Twenty four May theatre and dance graduates from Southeast Missouri State University made their debut in New York City yesterday before agents, casting directors, industry professionals, alumni and friends of the University.
“Southeast on Broadway” was held May 17 at the famed Michael Howard Acting Studio in New York City.
The recent graduates were selected to advance to the event based on their performance throughout the 2015-2016 academic year. Those performing were Taylor Asberry of Ironton, Missouri; Mason Brown, India Duff Shanelle, Sarah Girardier, Erin Goodenough, Michael Hegger, Kaylin Kellin and Brendan O’Brian, all of St. Louis, Missouri; Shawn Cahail of Camdenton, Missouri; Perri Nicole Edwards of Webster Groves, Missouri; Kalena Schubert of Perryville, Missouri; Maclin Schweger of Edwardsville, Illinois; Molly Smith of Poplar Bluff, Missouri; and Grace and Rebecca Taylor of Bloomfield, Missouri; Coline Duncan of Columbia, Missouri; Brandace Anderson and Jessica Carlson of St. Louis, Missouri; Martiqua Hopkins of Memphis, Tennessee; Riley James of Monroe City, Missouri; Natasha Lipscombe of Perryville, Missouri; Amanda Marsh of Marion, Illinois; Hannah Matheny of Bradford, Tennessee; Erin Stevens of Paris, Tennessee;
Southeast students participated in New York City in a master class with Thayne Jasperson from the cast of “Hamilton.”
“We did something different this year, and called it ‘Southeast on Broadway,’ which was designed to help them transition from college to the post-grad world,” said Dr. Kenn Stilson, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance.
This year, “Southeast on Broadway” featured master classes for students, hosted by industry professionals. These professionals worked with the students on their material, providing direction on what they will need to launch a career in a major production market, such as Los Angeles, Chicago or New York City.
These select seniors performed songs, monologues and dance pieces they perfected through on-campus workshops presented by invited professionals.
The students also performed during Southeast’s annual Senior Showcase May 6-7 at the River Campus. The Senior Showcase is designed to present Southeast’s soon-to-be Theatre and Dance graduates to New York agents, casting directors and working professional actors to give them a jump-start on their profession careers as actors, dancers and designers.
The Cape Girardeau Senior Showcase allowed friends and family members of the participants and other interested community members who were not able to travel to New York City the opportunity to attend the show locally.