Actor, Theatreworks USA
"Nazareth College really helped establish who I am as an actor and as a human being. I was lucky enough to be offered my first regional acting gig (right out of college) at Merry-Go-Round Playhouse! This, to me, has been a huge door opener to the business. I am honored to have met and worked with many seasoned professionals. Working for Merry-Go-Round gave me the opportunity to work along side past Broadway performers and a vast array of Equity Actors, and has also lead to future job offerings. Following a successful audition process, I will be touring with Theatreworks USA as Jojo in the National tour of Seussical the Musical, which will also start my membership in the Actor's Equity Association.
The musical theatre training that I received from Nazareth College has helped me immensely, especially with networking. This business is, in a way, a competitive sport. Nazareth College has given me the tools to play the game, be true to myself and still remain a good person. It truly is a diamond in the rough!"
Performer, Music Director, Pianist
"I am so proud to be one of the first graduates of the Nazareth College Musical Theatre program. Since graduation, I have been fortunate enough to work consistently as both a performer and a music director/pianist. I was cast in 'The Marvelous Wonderettes' at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre once I moved to New York City. The director of that production happened to be a director I worked with at Nazareth College, and because of the relationship I established with her at school, I was able to audition for her and work with her again, but in the professional world.
Nazareth provided me with a necessary networking base and through that I have been able to make many more connections in the business. The Nazareth College music and theatre staff also tailored an accompanying program for me specifically for musical theatre. This helped greatly as I have been able to play auditions in New York City, and have music directed professional productions all over the country. I was even hired as an accompanist for the musical theatre classes at Nazareth the year after I graduated from the program. There is a large community of Nazareth theater alumni living in Astoria, Queens. We all get together and reminisce and support each other in our new successes. I would not be where I am today, professionally, if it weren't for my education and training in the Nazareth College musical theatre program."