Heather Lessard graduated in 2012 with a double major in Theatre and English.  She is currently the Associate General Manager at Saint Michael's Playhouse (www.saintmichaelsplayhouse.com), the Equity summer theatre in residence on the Saint Michael's College campus.  In the interview below, Heather describes her career, work at the Playhouse and thoughts on her experience as a Theatre major at Saint Michael's College. 

What have you been doing since you graduated?

Immediately after graduation I began my second summer as Company Manager with Saint Michael’s Playhouse. It was fantastic to return to a theatre that had really become my home over the past 4 years.

Evyn Whiteley, Michelle Kazanowski, Sean Morrissey, Richie Bernache and Mckenzie Bergan are sitting by the River Thames across from The Globe Theatre in London.  Evyn and Michelle shared some of the highlights of their trip this summer.

What was the  Saint Michael's course that prepared you for the trip?  

Michelle:  This past spring semester we took Professor Nick Clary's "Shakespeare in Film" course, which focused on film adaptations of Shakespeare's scripts.

Andrew Parise featured in RENT at Lyric Theatre Company in Burlington, VT

Andrew Parise graduated from Saint Michael's College in 2009 with a double major in Journalism/Mass Communication and Music.  His twin brother Kevin was a Theatre Major at Saint Mikes at the same time which made it fun to cast them as the Anthopholus twins in Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors on our mainstage season. A few years later, I directed Andrew and Kevin again in the Maltby/Shire musical revue, Closer Than Ever.

Liz Hartford graduated from Saint Michael's College in 2007 with a degree in Theatre.  Here is her update:

What have you been doing since graduation?     

A lot!!  Since graduating, I've been fortunate enough to travel the country coast to coast with a few different children's theatre tours.  I have toured for three companies and have seen 48 states!  One tour with Missoula Children's Theatre was to Mexico with another SMC Theatre alum, Melissa Briner.

Peter Sampieri ('99), Theatre major at Saint Michael's College, is standing outside of the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, holding three of the awards that he received as playwright and director of the play, KAFKA IN TEL AVIV at Salem State (where he is currently  an Assistant Professor).

Kate Clark graduated from Saint Michael's College in  2010 with a Major in Theatre and Minor in English Literature.  I had a chance to catch up with her recently and found out that she's been busy working as an artist and activist in New York City.

Exciting news from Katie Healy ('11) 

I wanted to email you about the project I'm working on. I recently started my own production company with fellow alumni from my conservatory program, The Maggie Flanigan Studio. We decided to start our own company (Ruddy Productions) and decided to host our own New Works Festival on June 1st in NYC. We have a core group of actors only from our conservatory program and directors.

Meet Anna Forger -- Class of 2017

What is your major at Saint Michael's College? Theatre! Hopefully with a double major, though I'm not sure exactly what I want to do yet, so I'm exploring several different options. I also want to add a music minor at the end of the year.

Why did you decide to come to Saint Mikes? I came here while visiting a friend before I was even thinking of applying, but as soon as I set foot on campus, I knew this was the place for me.

DJ Tetreault ('15) plays the role of Jesus in the current production of GODSPELL in rehearsal at Saint Mikes this spring.  The cast consists of Shelby Davis ('16), Jill Holland ('15), Zac Pesner ('15), Aaron Gasson ('16), Anna Forger ('17), James Devoursney ('15), Chris Holloway ('17), Evyn Whiteley ('15) and Kelly Ainsworth ('15).  Right now we're in the process of learning the music, choreography and staging the parables.
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