Submitted by John Albano

This is just an update on the progress of some of our recent students in the theater program that I have become aware of.

Interestingly, two of our students who participated in our American College Theatre Festival (ACTF) field trip to Hawaii in February are moving there to live and work.

According to Theatre Professor Carin Heidelbach, the students’ experiences from the ACTF trip were a significant factor in their decision to move there.

Here are some examples of theater students who’ve continued to study in their field:

  • Brittney Marcelli is transferring to University of Hawaii at Hilo in Theatre and Dance.

  • Chunymung (Clara) Park has been accepted at UC Irvine and is waiting to hear from Stanford, UC Berkeley, USC and UCLA to continue her studies in Scenic Design.

  • Edgar Alamo has been accepted both into CSU Fullerton and the University of Missouri in Kansas City to continue studying Lighting Design.

  • Sarah Winter transferred to Fresno Pacific University and recently graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Lighting Design at San Francisco State University.

  • Adrienne Blackwood was accepted into Columbia University in Chicago to obtain an MFA degree in Creative Writing/Playwriting.

These are outstanding institutions with very dynamic theater programs. The fact that our students are not only being accepted into these types of programs with regularity, but that they have also developed the self-confidence and dedication to pursue auditioning for this level of work is very telling of the kind of excellent training that is taking place in our theater program.

Much of this credit goes to Professor Carin Heidelbach and Theater Production Lead Chad Phillips, among others.

We have appreciated the financial support we have received from the Foundation and the President’s Circle, which has allowed us to enhance our programs and our students’ educational experiences.

I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported the theater program with the many upgrades to the lobby, basement, box office/fiscal operations, audio/video equipment, promotion, and more over recent years.

We are maximizing our dollars in ways that are directly impacting student success in a very positive manner.

This article originally appeared in the Campus Digest, April 2017 issue.

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