Six years after our musical theatre program first began, our BFA students are taking New York and the world by storm. Our IU Theatre alumni have gained top billing on stage and screen nationally and internationally!
This year IU Theatre is partnering with Baldwin-Wallace College's Music Theatre Conservatory to present our 2013 graduates in New York for an outstanding Musical Theatre Showcase at the York Theatre.
Monday 15 April at 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday 16 April at 2:30 and & 7:00 p.m
Tayloris a senior B.F.A. student in musical theatre. For IU Theatre: Richard III (Edward IV & Richmond), Happily Ever Chloe (Sir Merid), Angels in America (Joe Pitt), Take Me Out (Shane Mungitt), The Three Musketeers (Porthos), and Blood Brothers (Sammy). For IFT: The Music Man (Harold Hill), Damn Yankees (Smokey), and The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs (Alexander T. Wolf). For BPP: Maggie Cassidy (Jack Kerouac) and Miles Away (Giles). Host/writer of WTIU’s Emmy -winning The Friday Zone, Taylor is from Bloomington, Indiana.
Aaron is a senior B.F.A. student in musical theatre. For IU Theatre: Lysistrata (Athenian Captain), The Three Musketeers (Duke of Buckingham), Happily Ever Chloe (Ensemble), and RENT (Homeless/Faceless). For Indiana Festival Theatre: The Taming of the Shrew (Lucentio), You Can’t Take It With You (Tony Kirby), Solana (Albert). Other credits: Kissing Frogs (Bill) for Bloomington Playwrights Project, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Caleb) at Central Washington University, Guys and Dolls (Benny Southstreet) at St. Martins University, and choral recording artist with the cast of BLAST! Aaron is a Robinson Merit Award recipient, and is from Shelton, Washington. http://densleya.wix.com/aarondensley#
Erica is a senior B.F.A student in musical theatre. For IU Theatre, she has appeared in Cabaret (Kit Kat Girl), Hair (Tribe), Anything Goes (Reno Sweeny), RENT (Alexi Darling), and Blood Brothers (Miss Jones). Other: Damn Yankees (Gloria) for Indiana Festival Theatre, Maggie Cassidy (Ma) for Bloomington Playwrights Project, An Evening of Kander and Ebb (Velma Kelly for IU Union Board. A member of the Varsity Singing Hoosiers and former member of the Broadway Cabaret, Erica's hometown is Ann Arbor, Michigan. http://eej291.wix.com/ericajevans#
Evan is from Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He appeared at Music Theatre of Wichita in Fiddler on the Roof (Motel), Legally Blonde (Kiki), 9 to 5, Singing in the Rain, and Honk! Other professional credits include Sweeney Todd (Anthony) at Off the Wall Theatre and Boy in the Bathroom (David) at Bloomington Playwrights Project. At IU, he was seen in Cabaret (Emcee), Spring Awakening (Adult Men), Hair (Tribe), and As You Like It (Peter). He has recorded and performed with IU's own Grammy-nominated Singing Hoosiers as a featured soloist, with notable performances in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong (2011). Evan is an Equity Membership Candidate. http://www.evanmayer.net/#
Kurt is a senior B.F.A student in musical theatre. For IU Theatre: Cabaret (Cliff), The Three Musketeers (Multiple Roles), Language of Angels (Seth). Indiana Festival Theatre: Rocky in Damn Yankees, Tommy Djilas in The Music Man. Other credits include The Truman Show (Marlon), West Side Story (Riff) for South Bend Civic Center. He recently did vocal work for the National Tour of BLAST!. Kurt is the recipient of the James F. Elrod Scholarship for excellence in theatre. He is from South Bend, Indiana. http://kurtsemmler.com/Home.html
Carrie is a senior B.F.A. student in musical theatre. For IU Theatre: Spring Awakening (Anna), Cabaret (Kit Kat Girl), Hair (Tribe), RENT, Anything Goes (Chasity), and A Midsummer Night's Dream (choreographer). For IU Opera Theatre: West Side Story (Margarita) and The Secret Garden (Mary Lenox understudy). An alumna of Varsity Singing Hoosiers, Carrie is from Bloomington, Indiana.
Chloe is a senior B.F.A. student in musical theatre. For IU Theatre: Spring Awakening (Adult Women), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena), Hair (Shelia), Solana (Adele), RENT (Maureen), and Farewell to a Cannibal Rage (Fallawe). For Indiana Festival Theatre: Damn Yankees (Ensemble) and The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs (Magill). Other: independent student project Gone Missing (multiple roles); Kissing Frogs (Gretta) and Miles Away (Sissy) for BPP; and Oklahoma! (Ensemble), Jarson-Kaplan Theatre. A member of Varsity IU Singing Hoosiers, Chloe is from Cincinnati, Ohio. http://www.chloewilliamson.com/
Brook is a senior B.F.A. student in musical theatre. For IU Theatre: Spring Awakening (Martha), Cabaret (Gentleman’s Club Patron), RENT (Seasons of Love soloist), and Blood Brothers (Brenda). For Indiana Festival Theatre: Damn Yankees (Sister). She is a recent recipient of the JoAnn Athanas Memorial Award for NSAL and the 2012 winner of Campus Superstar. Brook is from Indianapolis, Indiana.
George Pinney is head of the B.F.A. program in musical theatre. Nominated for a 2001 Tony Award and National Broadway Theatre Award in choreography, George received an Emmy Award for outstanding choreography for the PBS broadcast of Blast! George has directed and/or choreographed over 150 musical theatre productions for international tours, regional playhouses, and university theatres including the IU Theatre’s recent productions of Anything Goes, Rent, A Little Night Music, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The All Night Strut, and The Music Man. A distinguished professor, George has been awarded a Friedrich Herman Lieber Award for Teaching, five Board of Trustees Awards for Excellence in Teaching, and membership in the Faculty Colloquium of Excellence in Teaching.
Terry LaBolt came to IU in 2008 after teaching for more than a decade at University of Cincinnati's Conservatory of Music. As music director, his Broadway and national touring credits include Sugar Babies (with Ann Miller and Mickey Rooney), Hello, Dolly! (with Carol Channing), George M. (with Joel Grey), and the original 42nd Street. As pianist, he played The Fantasticks Off-Broadway and toured with Aida, Phantom of the Opera, and Mamma Mia! For IU Theatre he was musical director for Anything Goes, Rent, A Little Night Music, Blood Brothers, Oklahoma! and The Wild Partyand conducted The Music Man for Indiana Festival Theatre. Terry has survived twenty-five years of living with AIDS, a liver transplant, and three Loveboat episodes.
Ray Fellman a singer, musical director, and pianist. He has performed lead roles with Florida Grand Opera, New Orleans Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Utah Festival Opera and Opera Illinois and been a soloist with the St. Louis Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Chautauqua Symphony and the Champagne-Urbana Symphony. He has received the Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation and a career grant from the Anna Sosenko Trust .In New York City, Ray was the musical director for Stephen Schwartz’s Off-Broadway production and national tour of Captain Louie (Little Schubert Theater)as well as a revue of Schwartz’s lesser known works entitled Reluctant Pilgrim (Barrow Group).
Liza Gennaro came to IU in 2012 to join the BFA Musical Theatre faculty as Professor of Choreography. Liza choreographed the critically acclaimed Broadway revival of The Most Happy Fella and the Broadway revival of Once Upon a Mattress. She has choreographed for regional theaters across the country including:Actor’s Theatre Of Louisville, The Old Globe, Hartford Stage, Guthrie Theater, The Goodspeed Opera House, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, the Paper Mill Playhouse and twelve consecutive seasons at The St. Louis “Muny” Opera. Liza collaborated with Stephen Flaherty and Frank Galati on their chamber musical Loving, Repeating: A Musical of Gertrude Stein at the About Face Theater and choreographed the 30th Anniversary tour of Annie.
Evan Rees (Accompanist) is a senior B.F.A. student in composition, with minors in vocal performance and conducting, from the Jacobs School of Music. He studied piano for two years at IU in the studio of pianist Edward Auer. Onstage, Evan has played Wreck in Wonderful Town , Papa Ge in Once On This Island , Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast , Malvolio in Twelfth Night , Eddie Flagrante in Zombie Prom, and Tommy in Brigadoon. Musical direction credits include A New Brain and Gutenberg! The Musical! (Michigan premiere revival and Indiana premiere ); Honk!; Bye Bye, Birdie!; Into the Woods ; Sweeney Todd ; and Company. Evan wrote four songs and incidental music for the 2011 production of CARTOON. http://www.evanreesmusic.com/music/home.html