How WU Theatre Students Spent Summer 2012

Alessandra Fritz


Alessandra Fritz, WU Theatre class of 2012, is doing something a little different with her summer (and fall): she is volunteering full-time as a Field Organizing Fellow for President Obama's grassroots campaign, Organizing for America. While she still holds theatre very close to her heart, and plans to return to her roots in the not-too-distant future, she feels that for now, the most impact she can make on the world is to re-elect President Obama. Ali is also focused on registering to vote the 85,010 currently unregistered Multnomah County youth from ages 18-35. In the process, Ali will work to build a lasting progressive community of youth in Portland and its surrounding areas. Ali hopes that with her help, the issues that matter to her most - LGBT rights, women's rights, the environment, education, health care and more - will continue to move forward.

Alex Kimmel


Alex Kimmel, a rising junior, is a theatre major with a production emphasis. Her ultimate goal is to stage manage, but she enjoys working in theatre in any and all capacities. She is currently the lead SM intern on CalShakes’s production of The Tempest. During the course of her internship she will get to work closely with Equity stage managers, practice her craft, and make professional connections for the future.

Bryn Striepe


Beginning in late July, Bryn, a recently graduated Acting emphasis, Bryn will journey to Atlanta, Georgia for the first time to became an Acting Intern for the Actor’s Express Theatre. The internship is nearly a year long, and involves playing supporting roles in Equity shows while understudying for the lead roles. Interns also take classes, acting in their own show, and participate in staged readings of new plays, while of course doing other work for the theatre in return. The internship is also paid, which means Bryn is finally getting paid to act, which is a huge step in an acting career. In the mean time, Bryn has moved into San Francisco for the summer where she is acting in an independent film premiering in India and interning in July for Berkeley Rep’s The Ground Floor – a new plays festival – where she will manage and creatively assist the festival productions and readings while receiving a small stipend and getting to know the major players in the Bay Area Theatre scene. 

Emily Golden


Emily Golden, a rising Senior and Theatre/English double major, is spending her summer working as a production intern at the Berkshire Playwrights Lab. Throughout the course of the summer Emily will be immersed in all aspects of play development. Every two weeks BPL hosts a reading for a new play from an up-and-coming playwright. She will act as publicist, administrator, and assistant stage manager on every production, while also seeing first-hand the process that goes into playwriting and revising. 

Erika Lebby


Erika Lebby, a rising sophomore and a theatre major with an acting emphasis,  is attending the Summer Training Congress at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, California. She is excited about the opportunity to focus on Shakespeare and other classical works, and will also earn some college credits through this educational experience.  In addition to her other duties, Erika will attend "Conservatory Talkbacks" with prominent actors, directors, and theatre professionals. Erika is ecstatic to learn more about her craft while making important connections throughout the summer.

Gabe Kenney


Gabe Kenney, a rising Senior, is a Theatre Major with an emphasis in Acting. He is currently in rehearsals for the role of Anthony in Sweeney Todd with the Coastal Repertory Theatre in Half Moon Bay, to perform in late July. His interests include not only acting and singing, but also directing, inspired by his classes in the subject within the department and his experience Assistant Directing a show in San Francisco with the American Conservatory Theatre, as well as Directing a production at the local McNary High-School in Keizer. He is very grateful for these opportunities, the majority of which he never would have experienced if not for Willamette Theatre.

Joellen Sweeney


Joellen Sweeney is a junior from Portland, Oregon pursuing a double major in Theatre and Spanish. This summer, she will be combining her passion for theatre with her interest in teaching; Joellen works as a teaching assistant in theatre classes for students ages 4-18 at the Northwest Children's Theatre and School, where she helps to choreograph, teach music, and lead games. In July, she will be found back on WU campus for two weeks, serving as a theatre counselor at the Young Musician's and Artist's Camp. 

Jordan Ehrlich


My name is Jordan Ehrlich. I am from the San Francisco Bay Area and I have lived there for most of my life. I recently graduated from Willamette with a major in Theatre and a minor in English. This summer, I will be working as a program assistant at the True Acting Institute’s Meisner Certificate Training Program, as well as participating in Part Two of the program. Overall, I feel as though this will contribute greatly to my long-term goal of becoming a working actor, as it is my philosophy that as an actor, you can never stop learning, and this program has taught me a great deal about what you can accomplish not only as an actor, but also as a human being.

Josh Maduell


This summer Josh will be a camp counselor for nine weeks at a performing arts day camp ages 5 though 14. Every morning the kids will have rotations for dance, singing, etc. The rotations will be run by professional instructors and we as counselors will lend a helping hand. In the afternoon, the kids will prep for the end-of-session showcase. The oldest age group puts on a play while the younger age groups do a song and dance number. Both the showcase and play are staged and choreographed by the counselors.  During the final showcase, counselors will be helping out in either the light/sound booth or as a backstage hand.

Lauren Knapp


This summer, Lauren will be making the move to Manhattan where she will be spending time working on Broadway, serving as an  Administrative Intern at Circle in the Square Theatre on a part-time basis. In her free hours, she will be working as a personal assistant to Rita Powers, a casting director who works primarily in Independent films, although she is also well known for her involvement in the Bollywood circuit. Not surprisingly, Lauren is practically bursting at the seams with excitement to have been granted both of these amazing opportunities. She expects the next few months will be some of the most exciting and eye-opening that she'll ever experience working in Theatre, and she is extremely grateful -- as well as slightly nervous/anxious -- to dive head-first into the professional scene that the Big City has to offer. 

Sarah Quigley


Sarah Quigley is a recent graduate of the WU Theatre program who has returned to the east coast to pursue her acting career. Last summer she took on the prestigious apprenticeship at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey where she was cast in her first equity production as Phrynia in Shakespeare's rarely produced work, Timon of Athens. This summer she has found her way back to the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and will be an apprentice for the company once again. She is overjoyed to say that she has been cast in another equity production, this time on the theatre's outdoor amphitheater stage, where she will be playing everything from a nun to a lady of the evening in Shakespeare's rambunctious work, The Comedy of Errors! Sarah plans to move into New York City upon the completion of her apprenticeship and contract at the Shakespeare Theatre.