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CWU Theatre Arts Students Set the Stage for Success

More than 20 Central Washington University’s Theatre Arts students and graduates have found paid summer employment in regional and national theatre venues. The students, who range from sophomores to graduates, will tread the boards on the most prestigious stages in the Pacific Northwest, intern at Disney World, and even appear in the movies. The Theatre Arts Department, whose faculty are all working theatre professionals, places a premium on developing stage-savvy actors, directors, and technicians who can take advantage of the many opportunities in the field.

The following students are getting a head start on their professional careers:

Ballagan Theatre, Seattle
Michael Connolly, graduate, Les Miserable, from Ellensburg

Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Brandon Walker, senior, from Hoquiam

Seattle Children's Theatre
Carly Hutchison, choreography internship, senior, from West Seattle

Rain City Cinema, Seattle
Dustyn Moir, junior, has a role in an upcoming short film, MosaiXlogue from Hoquiam

Bellingham Theatre Guild
Joseph Sasnett, graduate, Sweeney Todd, from Ellensburg

Broadway Rose, Portland
Blake Cranston, sophomore, My Fair Lady, from Clackamas
Ryan Monaghan, senior

Virginia City Players, Virginia City, Montana
Brandon Peterson, junior, Fall City
David Connolly, graduate, from Ellensburg

Portland Area Theatre Alliance
Krista Chase, senior, year-long contract, Washougal

Leavenworth Summer Season
Trevor Williams, senior
Kaylene Jackson, sophomore, Everett
Jorie Jones, senior, Portland, Oregon
Nikki Delmarter, junior, Seattle
Nick Hyett-Schnell, sophomore, Renton
Megan Smith, junior, Ridgefield
Nick Tarabini , junior
Cherisse Martinelli, junior, Silverdale
Kylie Rose, junior, Kelso
Henry Van Leishout, junior
Natalie Copeland, junior, Seattle


Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,

May 19, 2013

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