Southeast Theatre and Dance Students Debut on NYC Stage


NYC Showcase 2014CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., June 10, 2014 – Ten theatre and dance students at Southeast Missouri State University recently performed in New York City before agents, casting directors, industry professionals, alumni and friends of the University.

The New York City Showcase was held in Shetler Studio Theatre.

The students were selected to advance to the showcase based on their performance throughout the 2013-2014 academic year. Those performing in New York City were: Jacob Buckenmyer of Cape Girardeau; Alyssa Cooper of Lee’s Summit, Mo.; Madison Doty of Cape Girardeau; Molly Dowd of St. Louis; Andrew Gehrlein of Rolla, Mo.; Beth Guebert of Naperville, Ill.; William Humphrey of Owasso, Okla.; Courtney Kestermont of Festus, Mo.; Kyle Morr of St. Charles, Mo.; and Shannon Walton of Arlington, Tenn.

“This is an extremely important and exciting capstone to these students’ educational careers at Southeast,” said Dr. Kenneth L. Stilson, chair of the Department of Theatre & Dance. “We have an impressive number of young alums, who have now launched their careers in New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago, and the NYC Showcase allows them to make those invaluable connections once they make the move from Cape Girardeau.”

These select seniors performed songs, monologues and dance pieces they perfected through on-campus workshops presented by invited professionals.

“The NYC Showcase panelist watch their presentation, read through their portfolios, and then meet individually with each actor afterwards,” Stilson said. “It’s all very thrilling for the students, and the opportunity to network at this level is relatively rare among most theatre and dance programs across the country.”

The students also performed during Southeast’s annual Senior Showcase May 9-10 at the River Campus. The Senior Showcase is designed to present Southeast Theatre and Dance graduates to New York agents, casting directors and working professional actors to give them a jump-start to 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.