In the fall of 2013 we called out to our alums to find out where they are and how they got there. 
Here’s what they said! 

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Ilana Rozin, ’13 – B.A. Theatre and History

“After graduation, I took on an internship in Directing and Arts Administration at Burning Coal Theatre in Raleigh, North Carolina.  I’m currently in rehearsal for three shows as either a dramaturge or director.  In April, I will travel to London with the company as a part of their biennial tour.”

Kelsey Chigas, '12 - B.A. Theatre and English

"While at Cornell, I completed an Education internship with Northlight Theatre in Chicago, and it was through this experience that I discovered my passion for arts education and teaching (an area I had no prior experience in). I was invited back to Northlight as a counselor and Assistant Director in their Performing Arts Camp for two more summers; teaching everything from theatre for social justice to stage makeup to character building.  After graduation, I acepted an apprenticeship at American Theater Company where I worked closely for nine months with the company's Youth Ensemble (a pre-professinoal actors' training program for high school juniors and seniors) while honing my skills as a teaching artist and theatre professional by working for companies such as Steppenwolf, ATC, Northlight and Mudlark Theater.  In late summer 2013, I was brought on as the Education Outreach coordinator for nationally-renowned Writers Theatre, where I teach all across Chicago through our theatre-and-literature-immersive residency programs, develop artist-integrated classroom curriculum, provide professional development and mentorship for teaching artists, and coordinate our yearly touring produciton THE MLK PROJECT - which last year reached over 8,000 students across Chicago!"

Kayla Prestel, 2012 - B.S.S. in Theatrical Entrepreneurship

"After graduation, I was accepted into Touchstone Theatre's 2012-2013 Acting Apprenticeship where I devised and performed with the ensemble in their four mainstage productions. I was also cast in their NEA Tour of a three-person adaption of The Tempest. While at Touchstone I also gained experience teaching in their education programs, developing new marketing strategies and earned them funds through grant writing. I have enjoyed living in the Lehigh Valley, just an hour from Philly and an hour and a half from NYC. Currently, I am a freelance teaching artist, teaching everything from ensemble-building, to puppetry, playwriting, and even fitness and nutrition. I am in rehearsal for an original theatrical adaption of A.E. Houseman's A Shropshire Lad and am also collaborating with Doug Roysdon of Mock Turtle Marionette Theater and Anne Hills, national folk singer, on a puppet play where I will be playing the title role and lead puppeteer."

Maggie Schlundt, ’12  -  B.A. in Theatre and Economics/Business

"While at Cornell, I completed an Arts Administration Fellowship with Creede Repertory Theatre in Creede, CO. After graduation I returned to Creede Rep to work in the Development Department and shortly after was hired on as a full time/year-round Development Associate.  I feel blessed to work here, where passion for theatre and human connection runs rampant. I thank Cornell for leading me to my new home.”

Monica Brown,  ’11  - BA in Theatre and English, with a Spanish Minor

“I am currently working as a Production Assistant at The Goodman Theatre. I was previously a Floor Manager and Stage Management Intern at Goodman, and those positions led me to where I am now. My next project is Stage Managing for Albany Park Theatre Project whose production will be mounted at The Goodman. Over the past year, I have worked as a Stage Manager, Floor Manager and Production Manager at several storefront theatres in Chicago. Also, last May, I was invited to be an Artistic Associate with Pavement Group, a successful up-and-coming theatre company in Chicago. I feel that my experience as a Cornell Theatre major has helped me immensely in the professional world in my work as a stage manager. The exposure I gained to every aspect of the theatre process through classes and hands-on experiences has made me approach the work in a more well-rounded manner.” 

Amanda Kai Newman,  ’11 – B.A. in Theatre and Art

“Currently in I am in graduate school for my MFA in Costume Design at the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music. I graduate in April, it has been a fantastic 3 years in this program especially since leaving Cornell. Afterwards I then will be in a real costume job, somewhere in the world!”

 Johathan Nadolny (Ton Ton) ’11 – B.S.S. in Musical Theatre

“I moved to NYC with a fellow grad, Natalie Kropf, in the fall of 2011 after a summer stock apprenticeship with St. Croix Festival Theatre. Since then I have performed at an Off-B'way venue with Honestly Abe for five months as well as being a voice on the original cast recording. After I finished that project, I performed in a Fringe show as the lead in a musical called Super Side Kick, the Musical. w. Once our show closed at Soho Playhouse, I got cast in the National tour of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the Musical as a Who child. It was such an amazing experience and I got the awesome opportunity to return to the 2013 cast, of which we are still touring until the end of the year.”

Greg Redlawsk, ’10 – B.S.S. in Directing/Performance

“After graduation, I moved to New York and found an internship with New York Theater Workshop as an Artistic/Casting Intern. Since then I've worked in various capacities with The Public Theater, HERE Arts, New Georges, and the Vineyard Theater. I also spent a year as a Teaching Artist with NYTW, where I am also the Program Director of their Intern Alumni Organization. In the years since that internship I've been involved in the founding of two independent theater companies, the second of which I'm still directly involved with as a director and playwright. I've had work presented by several independent companies around the city and have been a part of several readings/workshops at NYTW's upstairs space. Most recently I worked as a sound engineer on a production at The Public, and am currently developing several productions with That Toy Pony, a theater company I helped to found in association with fellow Cornell College alum, Natalie Kropf.”

Lindsay Tornquist, ‘10  -  B.A. in Theatre

“Since graduating from Cornell I went to FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training. While there I was able to study abroad in London with world renowned teachers such as Patsy Rodenburg. In my third year of the program I became of company member of Asolo Rep Theatre and performed in "You Can't Take It With You” which won the Handy Award for best professional production and "The Heidi Chronicles" as well as the new play festival in which I was able to work with John Guare. I graduated from FSU/Asolo with my MFA in Acting this last April.  Since then I co-starred in a feature length film "The Lucky 6" which was the first ever collaboration between Ringling School of Art and Design and FSU/Asolo.  I am now pursuing my acting career in Chicago.”

Hans Hinrichsen, ’10 – B.S.S. in Theatre and Music

“During our summers at Cornell, both Lauren and I worked at Glimmerglass Opera (now Glimmerglass Festival) in the Electrics department. After Glimmerglass, we moved to Madison, WI where I was hired at Electronic Theatre Controls (ETC) as a Technical Support Specialist. I currently specialize in the Eos Family of lighting consoles and work with the product development team.”

Lauren Hinrichsen (Kimmel), ’08 - B.S.S. in Theatre with a French Minor

“Lauren currently freelances as an electrician for a number of theatre companies in the Madison, WI area, including Children's Theatre of Madison and Four Seasons Theatre.”

(Hans Hinrichsen and Lauren Hinrichsen (Kimmel) were married in June of 2011 on the Cornell Campus.)

Last Update:  August, 2015