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 Marymount Manhattan College theatre alumni are working on Broadway, off-Broadway, in television, in film, at regional theatres, and everywhere in between. Many of our students also go on to graduate schools across the country and the world. 

  • Annaleigh Ashford '05 

    2005, B.F.A. in Acting and Musical Theatre

    I always knew that my opportunity to become a better artist would start with living in New Tork City.  I could further my education as a performer with all the best resources at my fingertips.  Marymount Manhattan College and New York City were a perfect match for me.

    – Annaleigh Ashford ’05 (2015 Tony Award winner for Best Featured Actress in a Play for You Can’t Take it With You.  Other Broadway credits include:  Sunday in the Park with GeorgeKinky BootsWicked, and Legally Blonde.  TV and Film credits include:  Masters of SexAmerican Crime Story: Versace, Columbia in The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Fox, Nurse Jackie, The Big C, Law&Order SVU, Smash, Unicorn Store, Sex and the City, Better Off Single, Top Five, Rachel Getting Married, and Frozen.

  • Leigh Berenis '13 

    2013, B.A. in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Directing

    Life after graduating from Marymount Manhattan was definitely difficult. You leave a safe environment with an amazing support network of friends, professors, and mentors, and suddenly are in the real world. MMC allowed me to become a well-rounded theater artist. I was able to take courses in every aspect of theater, plus the liberal arts, and without that, I would not be running two theater companies today. The skills I learned at MMC have given me the confidence that’s necessary to succeed in theater.

    – Leigh Berenis ’13 (Executive Director, Saratoga Children’s Theatre and Spa City Theatre)

  • Dan Bittner '04 

    Class of 2004, BFA in Acting major

    A true testament to a school is its teachers. I was trained by teachers that I will consider mentors for the rest of my life. Plus, I got to go to college in NYC!

    – Dan Bittner ’04 (Broadway: The Vertical Hour; Film: That Awkward Moment, The Producers, and The Wolf of Wall Street; TV:  Blue Bloods, The Good Wife, The Leftovers, Elementary, Person of Interest, and Law & Order.)

  • Blair Bloomston '03 

    Class of 2003, Acting major

    An entrepreneur and game theory expert, Bloomston says she often applies lessons from her days as an undergrad: “All of my professors were phenomenal and I think back on their classes all the time.”

    Blair Bloomston ’03

  • Jacob Bressers at the 2019 Tony Awards 

    Class of 2013, BA in Theatre Performance , Musical Theatre minor

    “The beauty of a liberal arts education is that it’s so well-rounded. Although my focus was on theatre, in addition to performance training, I was able to build social, cultural and ethical awareness. In doing so, I made connections across many different fields that have been invaluable to my life’s journey.”

  • Nadia Brown '17 

    2017, B.F.A. in Acting

    Thanks to Marymount’s BFA Acting program, I have become a disciplined/well-versed actor and a well-rounded human being.  I particularly attribute this to the integration of my liberal arts education. I have carried all of the vocal, movement, and acting techniques I learned in school with me into the professional world, and needless to say, I would not be where I am today without the help of all of my glorious teachers paving the way!

    – Nadia Brown ’17 (Broadway: Rose Granger-Weasley in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child)

  • James Cusati-Moyer 

    Class of 2011, BFA in Acting

    “MMC, with its strong liberal arts foundation and passionate faculty, provided me with the opportunity to grow…as an artist and as a human being…opening my eyes to imagine my future…with curiosity, hope and a viewpoint of limitless possibilities.” 

    James Cusati-Moyer ’11 (Broadway:  Slave Play and Six Degrees of Separation.  Off-Broadway:  Fire and Air, at Classic Stage Company;  Regional:  Portland Stage Company and Williamstown Theatre Festival; M.F.A. Yale School of Drama)

  • William DeMeritt '00, B.F.A. in Acting 

    2000, B.F.A. in Acting

    The training I received and the teachers I studied with at MMC were instrumental in preparing me for a career in acting, especially in the theatre. Because of the MMC community, I have met life-long friends, collaborators, and colleagues.

    – William DeMeritt ’00 (Film: HBO’s The Normal Heart; TV: Person of Interest, The Outs, Law & Order SVU, Guiding Light, One Life to Live; London: Hamlet; Regional: Shakespeare In Love and The Merry Wives of Windsor, at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Sense and Sensibility, at the Dallas Theater Center; M.F.A. Yale School of Drama)

  • Travis on Access Live discussing his episode of My Last Days 

    Class of 2011, Theatre Performance  concentration

    Flores ’11 currently works as an executive producer for DonateLife and is the creator/writer for the upcoming comedy series (sorta) supportive , a new show that addresses chronic conditions and disabilities.

  • 2019 Tony winner for Best Revival of a Play, as a Producer of The Boys in the Band! 

    2006, B.A. in Theatre Arts

    I moved to New York wanting to be an actor,” he says. “MMC helped me realize that there were other careers in the theater. If not for the flexibility of MMC’s liberal arts programs, I would not have been able to make the transition from in front of to behind the curtain so easily or fruitfully.

    – Aaron Glick ’06 (right) with his husband Nick Coburn (Aaron received the 2019 Best Revival of a Play Tony Award, as a Producer of The Boys in the Band.)

  • Zoe Kamil '18 

    2018, B.A. in Theatre Arts (Writing for the Stage)

    Playwriting at Marymount Manhattan enabled me to form the most incredible relationships. The small class sizes and culture cultivated by faculty encouraged genuine connection between myself and my classmates, and I always felt like we had each other’s backs creatively and beyond.

    – Zoe Kamil ’18

  • Ryan Kasprzak '02 

    2002, B.F.A. in Acting

     

    … the professors give generously of themselves in the classroom and as lifetime mentors … they encouraged and allowed me to emerge as the artist I was destined to be.

     –Ryan Kasprzak ’02 (Broadway:  Bandstand; National Tour:  Hamilton and Billy Elliot; TV:  Assistant Choreographer, NBC’s Smash and So You Think You Can Dance)

  • Sean Linehan 

    Class of 2004, BFA in Acting , Lighting Designer and Master Electrician

    “The hands-on nature of the classes left me ready to jump into the technical theatre world with real, applicable skills and knowledge.”

    Seán Linehan ’04 (Lighting Designer, Master Electrician, The Lighting Syndicate, and the T.E.A.M.)

  • Craig Long '19 

    2019, B.F.A. in Acting and Writing for the Stage

    Some of my favorite college memories happened in the Playwriting classes at Marymount Manhattan. MMC’s Writing for the Stage concentration helped me find and refine my voice as an artist. It not only gave me a better appreciation of the mechanics and technique of writing, but for the power of the art form itself. The professors always worked with us individually, continuously challenging and helping us explore within our own interests. The network of other students in the classes also helped and inspired me to grow every week. One of the best experiences offered to us was being able to produce a one-act of our own work in the Playwriting Projects. It was a great culmination and an incredible learning opportunity, connecting us with experienced professional directors. The Writing for the Stage concentration fostered in me a love for the craft of playwriting and gave me countless skills that I use every day in my artistic journey.”

    – Craig Long ’19

  • Mike Longo '11 

    2011, B.A. Theatre Performance and Musical Theatre

    With so many audition and performance opportunities, Marymount provided me with real life professional experiences in discipline, auditioning, technique, process and performance in the theatre capital of the world, NYC! Within the Theatre Arts program, I was introduced to countless, current working professionals, some of which today, I can now call my fellow working artists and/or co-workers on Broadway! 

    – Mike Longo ’11 (Broadway:  Aladdin and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical; National Tours:  Kinky Boots and Aladdin)

  • Joe Maybloom '16 

    “The Theatre Department was incredibly helpful in guiding me through my college years and beyond. The unique curriculum allowed me to explore a variety of disciplines within theatre, and ultimately showed me that there were lots of opportunities that I didn’t even know existed.”

  • RheAnn Mennefield '19 

    2019, B.A. in Theatre Arts (Writing for the Stage)

    The Writing for the Stage program helped me find my voice. Around my sophomore year, I had written a few assignments that I was unhappy with, so my professor talked to me about why I was writing them. My professor challenged me to create stories that came from within myself instead of trying to make stories that typical audiences were used to receiving. Those plays were fine, but I had no sense of fulfillment by them because they were not true to my experience as an African American woman. The answer seemed obvious, but it was a major turning point in my artistic journey. I took this lesson with me when it was my turn to have a short play in the Playwriting Projects. I wrote something that came from how I viewed and felt about the world and seeing it come to life was one of the most satisfying experiences of my college career. Furthermore, The Playwriting Projects taught me how to work with directors, and how to be a flexible team player when creating and producing new work. The lessons that I gained from that experience are the ones that I use in the professional world today. I can’t recommend this program enough because it allowed me to reach deep within myself to find what matters most to me in this world and write about that. This caused me to get to know myself in ways I could have never even imagined and in turn, has made me a more confident, curious, and truthful playwright.”

    –RheAnn Mennefield ’19

  • Meg Murphy '13 

    Class of 2013, BFA Acting  major, History and Business Management double minor

     

    Since completing her various training, Murphy has worked in the hair and makeup departments on dozens of projects in film, television, and stage, including Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway, Candide at Carnegie Hall, and HBO’s The Deuce. View her full stylist CVMurphy currently serves as hair supervisor for the Tony award-winning show, Dear Evan Hansen  on Broadway.

  • Ben Nemzer '08 

    Class of 2008, Theatre Performance major

    “I remember my acting teacher, Ellen Orenstein, explained to me that as a magician, the audience is my scene partner.  Looking back, I am very impressed by how she was able to help me stay focused and get the most out of my education – I’m sure it’s made me a better performer!” 

    Ben Nemzer ’08

  • Anthony Goggin '98 

    Class of 1998, Theatre Arts major

    “My passion for travel and the arts – which led me to the opportunity to live in Japan for two years and retain the language – has been a wonderful gift that keeps on giving.”

    Anthony Palenscar ’98

  • Cati Pishal '11 

    2011, B.A. in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Producing and Management

    Learning from professors who are also workingtheatre professionals afforded me hands onexperiences … prepared me for an immediatecareer in the arts.”

    – Cati Pishal ’11 (Production Stage Manager, Broadway Asia and Sleep No More, NYC)

  • Pamela Price '08 

    Class of 2008, Theatre Performance major, Art History minor

    “The incredible community of friends at MMC becomes a family base, especially as many of us move from NYC to LA.” 

    Pamela Price ’08

  • Penny Pun ’17 

    Class of 2017, English and World Literatures  and Writing for the Stage  double major

    A double major in English and World Literatures and Writing for the Stage, Pun currently works for The Dramatists Guild of America as the National Conference Writing Workshop Coordinator.

  • Emmy Raver-Lampman ’12 

    2012. B.A Theatre Performance and Musical Theatre

    Marymount Manhattan College allowed me to create the exact college experience I wanted!  The wide variety of classes, the wonderful professors, and the convenience of being in New York City all helped me explore many different aspects of theatre arts.  I got real-life experience in the city during my years in school.  That was the most valuable part of my time at Marymount Manhattan.

    – Emmy Raver-Lampman ’12 (Broadway:  Hamilton, A Night with Janis Joplin, Jekyll & Hyde, and Hair; National Tours:  Hamilton, Wicked, and Hair.  TV:  The Umbrella Academy)

  • Matthew Rodriguez 

    Class of 2004, B.F.A. in Acting major

    “Studying theatre helped me to discover and explore all the different parts of my personality and gave me confidence to make bold choices. The actor in me loves to bring a lot of energy, physicality, and humor to my hosting work.”     

    Matthew Rodriguez ’04 (A longtime staple of the Hollywood entertainment scene as anchor of the celebrity and lifestyle TV program POPSUGAR and as a live broadcast reporter from the Academy Awards.  He’s worked with leading names in the industry such as Hilton, Cirque du Soleil, CBS’s The Talk, Wanderlust, ABC’s The View and FOX.)

  • Joshua Sherman 

    Class of 2000, BA in Theatre Arts, Theatre Design concentration

    While enrolled in a nutrition course to cover his science requirement, Sherman decided to pursue a career in medicine. “To my surprise, many of the skills I had developed in the arts – problem solving, communication, dealing with a wide range of personalities – carried over perfectly,” he says. Now a practicing physician, Sherman credits MMC for preparing him for success. 

  • Shelby Solla '18 

    2018, B.A. in Theatre Arts (Writing for the Stage)

    When I started at MMC as a Playwriting major, I knew that I loved writing and theatre, but had never written a play and had no idea where to start. My classes at MMC taught me the skills I needed to piece together my playwriting tool belt, discover my creative process, and establish my individual voice as a writer. Having companions for two full years who felt the same growing pains was incredibly important and provided me with a built-in support system for post-grad. Now, as an alumni, I see how fortunate I was to have been part of a program that not only helped to shape my creative identity, but also gave me the opportunities and savvy to take on the professional world confidently.

    – Shelby Solla ’18

  • Rodolfo Soto '17 

    2017, B.F.A. in Acting and Writing for the Stage

    Playwriting at Marymount Manhattan challenged and molded me into the artist I am today, while also giving me the tools to be the artist I dream of being tomorrow. I couldn’t be grateful enough for my experience and the support system I feel I still have even two years after graduation.

    – Rodolfo Soto’17 

  • Adrienne Warren '09 

    Class of 2009, Theatre Performance major, Musical Theatre minor

    “Marymount Manhattan is where I learned to run a light board, help build a set, and assist in hanging lights. As an actor, I believe it is important to have an appreciation for every aspect of what goes into making a complete piece of theatre. Now I joke with the crew of shows I work on and say…’I know how to do that!’”

    Adrienne Warren ’09 (London:  Tina - the Tina Turner Musical.  Broadway:  Tina - the Tina Turner Musical; 2016 Tony Award Nominee, Best Featured Actress in a Musical for Shuffle Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed; Bring It On:  The Musical)

  • Tom Wojtunik '02 

    2002, B.F.A. in Acting and Directing

    I started at MMC as a B.F.A. Acting major, but soonrealized that I was really a Director at heart.  Theflexibility of the Theatre program … allowed me to study Directing AND Acting, as well as Musical Theatre and new play development, giving me the tools to begin mydirecting career right out of school.

    –Tom Wojtunik ’02 (Former Artistic Director, Astoria Performing Arts Center)