Successful Graduates

Life after Wooster

Wooster Theatre and Dance majors choose diverse career paths. Some pursue advanced study at schools such as Yale, Rutgers, Ball State, Columbia, Boston University, Carnegie Mellon, Purdue, Ohio State, Florida State, The University of Illinois, and New York University. Some work for professional theatre or dance companies, while others join arts organizations.

The broad liberal arts background offered at Wooster and the research skills gained through I.S. prepare students for a wide variety of careers.

Stephen Quandt ('85) (MFA NYU) is a professional lighting designer located in New York city and also teaches at Queens College.

Sarah McGraw ('85) is an actor, director, instructor at Wexford Acting Studio.

Jonathan Becker ('86) is master mask make and owner/director of The North American Laboratory for the Performing Arts. Assistant Prof Ball State University; graduate of Ecole Internationale de Theatre Jacques Lecoq.

Martin McDougall ('86) is a London based film actor (tSaving Private Ryan, Batman Begins, FDR, The Fifth Element).

Raymond Inkel ('88) worked as a technical director at Kalamazoo College and as production manager at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, and currently serves as production manager for the Utah Shakespeare Festival.

Cathy Taylor ('92) runs Cathy Taylor Public Relations.

Elizabeth Staruch ('95) is an Associate Professor of Dance at West Chester University.

Ilana Brownstein ('98) (MFA Yale) became a literary manager and director of new play development and commissions at the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston.

Dance alumni including Rhiannon Fink ('00), Alyssa Wilmot ('00), Jenifer Hill ('01) have earned the M.F.A. in dance at various schools, such as New York University, Mills College, the University of North Carolina, Temple University, and the University of California at Irvine, and they continue to dance and choreograph professionally.

Chris Matsos ('00) is an Assistant Professor of Theatre and Director of Theatre Studies at the University of Findley.

Craig Dorer-Abadia (’00) worked at Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Opera Idaho, and Boise Contemporary Theatre before leaving the industry to take a position at Synteract, a mid-sized Contract Research Organizations the Associate Director of Program Strategy in Dermatology.

Jim Beaudry ('01) (MFA Mills College) served as Executive Director/Producer at Timber Lake Playhouse, the longest-running, professional summer theatre in Illinois, then returned to NYC where he serves as Company Manager for New York Stage and Film.

Sarah Hamilton (’01), since graduating from Wooster, has fulfilled her arts habit by working at 4myBenefits, which builds and maintains websites structured for corporate benefit enrollment. Her habit has included work with Theatre IV, Cincinnati Black Theatre Company, Cleveland Opera on tour, Cincinnati May Festival/Symphony/Pops (singing with the symphonic choir), and a number of other choirs and choruses.

Jack Pitney (‘01) has worked at the Massachusetts State House as a Legislative Aid, as a Locations PA for the Motion Picture Industry, and is a Location/Propmaker with IATSE 481.

Clayton Drinko ('02) received his MA from NYU and his PhD in Drama and Theatre Studies from Tufts University. Clayton published his book, Theatrical Improvisation, Consciousness, and Cognition and currently manages Play Your Way Sane.

Anne Medlock-Ely (’03) is an Associate Professor in Costume Design at West Texas A&M University in Amarillo, TX.

Katie Hammond ('03), a member of the actors equity, tours the country with musical improv group Broadway's Next Hit Musical and is on a musical house team at The Pit in NYC. She co-wrote a musical, Season, that was produced in London summer 2013.

Rachel Kirley ('03) got an MA in Arts Administration, worked for the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra as their Director of Major Gifts, helping cultivate and solicit gifts from key supporters in the community, and now serves as the Director of Development at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.

Aaron Schwartzbord (’03) pursued a career in theatre marketing and management, receiving an MFA in Performing Arts Management from Brooklyn College/CUNY. He's held jobs with The Arca Group (Urinetown, Wicked), The Pearl Theatre Company, Daryl Roth Productions (August: Osage County, Kinky Boots), Seattle Repertory Theatre, and The New Victory Theatre. Currently he is Marketing Manager at Patron Technology in NY.

Kevin McFillen ('03) is a playwright and teacher based in Columbia, Missouri. Kevin completed an MA in Theatre at Miami University before beginning his PhD in Theatre at the University of Missouri. He now serves as a UMLD at the University.

Erin Koster ('04) completed her MFA in stage management at Columbia University and has worked with such companies as Epic Theatre Ensemble, The Public, New York Stage and Film, The Atlantic, Classic Stage, and Roundabout. She is also a member of Actor's Equity and Caborca Theatre Company.

Corrine (Brush) Gosling (’04) is currently a Masters Candidate in Publishing at George Washington University. In September 2018 she published a children’s book entitled Sherlock and the Baskerville Beast.

Ada Smith ('05) received her MFA in Scenic Design from Boston University, worked with Glimmerglass Opera, and in NYC developed a career in Film as an Art Director and Production Designer.

Andrea Hiebler ('05) is the Literary and Artistic Coordinator at the Lark Play Development Center in New York where she leads the organization's writer selection processes and facilitates artistic programming.

Kate Anderson-Hall (’05) received an MA in English at Case Western Reserve before completing a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia (UK) where she is currently a researcher, as well as at King’s College London.

Yining Lin (’06) completed her PhD from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and now serves as a Teaching Artist and Wraparound Services Assistant at Cleveland Playhouse.

Kristen Cooperkline ('07) earned her MA in American Culture Studies at Bowling Green State University and her MFA in Stage Management at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has worked as stage manager for Bebe Miller Company and an event coordinator for the first ever American College Dance Festival Association's South Regional Conference. She now works at Otterbein University as Production Manager for the Department of Theatre and Dance.

Patrick Midgley ('07) (MFA Purdue University) spent several years as an actor with the American Shakespeare Center in Virginia before completing a PhD at Texas Tech University.

Kellee Roston Edusei ('07) is Dance USA Director of Member Services & Board Liaison

Stefanie Genda ('08), completed her MFA in Costume Design at Rutgers and now works as a Freelance Costume Designer out of New York.

George Myatt (’11) is currently the Project Coordinator at Charles Schwab in Austin, TX

Ben Pfister ('14) attended Yale School of Drama receiving an MFA in Stage Management. He is currently working in stage management throughout NYC.

Chelsea Gillespie ('14) is the Production Assistant for Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre in New York and tours internationally with Alvin Ailey II.

Kent Sprague ('14) worked as an Assistant Lighting Designer and Electrician for Florida Repertory Theatre before becoming a Freelance Designer in NYC.

Amadi Baye Washington (’14) is currently a swing in the immersive production of Sleep No More at The McKittrick Hotel in Manhattan.

Colin Martin (’15) went to Second City and completed levels 1 & 2 of conservatory training. Since then he has been doing comedic and dramatic improv in Chicago as well as working odd jobs to continue his passion for travel.

Emily Baird ('16) is a graduate student at Miami University, in dance kinesiology

Emily Donato (’16) is the Career Development Coordinator at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania, as well as a registered yoga instructor teaching anti-racist raja yoga.

Shannan Burrows (’17) currently works for High Output, a rental house for film, theatre, and event equipment/services based out of Boston.

Becca Snedeker-Meier (’17) is the Development Associate at Cleveland Playhouse.

Maria Witt ('17) is a certified Pilates trainer; graduate student, Walsh College, physical therapy for dancers,

Helen Rooker ('18) is the Master Electrician for Northern Stage in Vermont. 

George Marn (’18) has been part of the Vocal Company at the College Light Opera in 2017 and 2018, a Young Artist at OLO in 2019, a Studio Artist at Opera in the Ozarks (2016) and currently performs in Three Brothers Theatre in Waukegan, IL. Starting in September 2019 he will be a teaching artist with Forte Theatre Company in Franklin, WI.

Nicole Heusner-Wilkinson (’19) is a dance instructor with Moving in the Spirit.