Alumni Spotlight: September 28, 2019

Akenya Seymour (Music ‘10) recently rocked Thalia Hall in a special ‘in the round’ performance opening for Saul Williams.

Kimberly Jones (Musical Theatre ‘94) made a stop in Atlanta as she promotes her critically acclaimed novel I’m Not Dying With You Tonight. Catch Kimberly at the 16th Annual YA Literature Conference in Naperville on Saturday, October 19th at 8 a.m.

Join us in congratulating Ann Sanders (Musical Theatre ‘88) for her new role as “Cynthia Murphy” in Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway. Ann has previously performed in Broadway productions such as If/Then, Leap of Faith, Avenue Q, The King and I, and Beauty and the Beast.

Check out the recent articles about job hunting in Forbes written by alum Chris Westfall (Theatre ‘84). In addition to writing seven books about the subject, Chris speaks to colleges and Fortune 500 companies around the world about leadership in business.

Over the summer, former Academy dancer Leyna Bloom became the first transgender woman of color to star in a movie that premiered at Cannes Film Festival with her role as “Wye” in “Port Authority”. Leyna told Variety that her role in this Martin Scorcese-produced film “is the moment that [she’s] dreamed about”.

Brittany Mack (Musical Theatre ‘07) will reprise her role as Henry VIII’s fourth wife, “Anne of Cleves”, in the hit musical SIX as it heads to Broadway early next year. Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s production earlier this summer has been nominated for several Jeff Awards, including “Best Ensemble - Musical”.

Catch Olivia Renteria (Musical Theatre ‘14) making her way across the U.S. as part of the ensemble in the first national tour of the Broadway hit Mean Girls. You can see her for the next two weeks performing in Minneapolis.

Patrick Stratton (Music, 2008), who performs as Stratus, has had an impressive summer. Not only did he perform at Chicago’s own North Coast Music Festival and release a new single, but his song “Once Again” was featured in HBO’s hit show “Euphoria”.