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Elizabeth Carlin-Metz

Smith V. Brand Endowed Chair of Theatre

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Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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4 (Of the Many!) Ways Our Grads Are Finding Success After Knox

Knox College's Theatre program prepares its students who are seeking professional careers in theatre for continuing their studies in graduate school or conservatories. Even after graduating, alumni will always have the connections they made at Knox. Some alumni, like those who founded Anaemic Theatre, will continue to work together long after they graduate. No matter where they end up, these alumni are making their mark on professional theatre and the world.

1. Some are professional artists.

Rachel Sypniewski '01, Chicago After Dark Award "Overall Technical Achievement" Winner (with Craig Choma '93), Vitalist Theatre production of A Passage to India, Jeff Award Winner for costume design for La Bete and Titanic.

Vir Das '02, actor and comedian. Television: The Great Indian Comedy Show; News on the Loose; Now Not Showing. Film: Dehli Belly, 31st October, Go Goa Gone. Creator and producer of the Weirdass Pajama Festival, India's largest comedy festival.

Amy Carlson '90, actress in Blue Bloods, Third Watch, Law & Order: Trial by Jury, and The Untouchables. Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Acress in a Drama Series nominee for Another World.

Richard Hoover '69, Tony Award winner for set design with the Broadway production of Not About Nightingales, artistic designer for Twin Peaks.

2. Some make theatre happen.

Kat Reiser '11, Freelance Stage Manager, Chicago.

Melinda Evans '01, Contractor, Content Strategist, National Association of REALTORS®.

Theodore DeLong '00, General Manager of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Allison Greaves Amidei '97, Artistic Director, WildClaw Theatre, Chicago.

3. Some go to grad school.

Rebekah Heusel '14, MFA Candidate, Yale University (Stage Management).

Ryn Flynn '10, MFA Candidate in Lighting Design, University of Washington.

Megan Hall '08, Child and Family Therapist, The Mariposa Center for Infant, Child and Family Enrichment.

4. Others have succeeded in fields outside of theatre.

Rachel Abarbanell '02, Vice President of Production and Development at Lynda Obst Productions, Los Angeles ( Hot in Cleveland, Black Dahlia, Interstellar)

Keith Belzer '85, nationally recognized trial attorney, Wisconsin State Public Defender, and international legal-affairs consultant.

Richard Riddell '72, Tony Award winner in lighting design for Broadway production of Big River and currently special assistant the president at Duke University and Chair of the Knox College Board of Trustees.

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Printed on Saturday, January 19, 2019