Lyn Alessandra, class 2016, currently serves as a stage management assistant at Broadway at Music Circus in Sacramento.
What was your major? Major Theatre & Dance, double minor in French and Managerial Economics.
Did you travel? Studied abroad: France
Any research or projects during your time as a student here? Lyn did the Honors project in her senior year: scenic, costume, and bit of lighting design of French play that she studied in France. She took a stage direction class, focusing on a Moliere play, so she thought to design it since she did direction for it.
Courses/Activities in Theatre Dept? Lyn stage managed mostly, but also took classes in every other area of production/theater. She worked through college as a peer advisor and a company manager, then during the summers working at various places
What did you enjoy about the honors project? The Honors project was different because it was all her design. Since it was not assigned to her, it was all her choice and she was able to spend valuable time learning from Maggie Morgan and John Iacovelli. “Faculty connections are very important.”
“It’s your education, take charge if it. Push yourself and reach out to the faculty, and build a connection with them. Make it your own, try to create opportunities for yourself.”
Any internships/apprenticeships/jobs after college? Right after graduation, Lyn worked at Music Circus as a microphone dresser. From that opportunity, she was able to become Production Assistant/ASM at McCoy Rigby in Los Angeles; from there came back to Sacramento, and worked at the Sacramento Theatre Company. She worked at Music Circus again last summer, then moved to Dallas for an apprenticeship for 7 months, which was a production apprenticeship that focused on stage management. She was a Production Assistant for most shows, but she helped build the sets for one show.
How did you get to work at Music Circus? “I applied to be a Stage Management Assistant.” But the Circus had hired two Equity stage managers, so she took whatever they had for that summer. From working as a microphone dresser, she got to know them, and next year she asked if there was an opening in stage management.
How was the move to Dallas for this apprenticeship? “I rented an apartment blindly. I knew nothing about Dallas,” but she talked to people about any tips on living there. She just packed up and left for her apprenticeship when she received the opportunity.
What did you take away from your internships experience? From Dallas, she learned more about her own stage management style, and was able to learn new ways of doing things, as they differ from city to city, state to state.
What made you like stage managing? “I had so much fun figuring everything out myself – stage management’s what I want to do.” [As a stage manager,] you need to be able to talk to every person, to every department, and know their jargon.”
“I don’t care what I’m doing, I just always want to be in the theater.”
Did you do any other jobs while working in theatre? She had a side job of dog walking to help with extra bills, then she started selling dog bandanas – “Bark in Style Bandanas,” (check out her Instagram if interested). She also worked briefly in the restaurant industry, in retail, and took a bartender class just in case. But in theatre, she knew she wanted to be a part of Equity, so she pulled a list of every theater in the country that offered Equity points, and considered where she’d be willing to move to work for those Equity points. She wants touring experience before obtaining the Equity title.
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Cal State University, Fullerton, B.A. Theatre Design and Production, 2016
Lindsay Putnam has worked as Head of Audio at Disneyland’s Fantasyland Theatre and as a sound designer for Chemical Imbalance: a Jekyll and Hyde Play (regional finalist for KCACTF), Footloose, Reckless and The Laramie Project. At UC Davis she has designed Gibraltar, The 39 Steps, Elements, The Briars, The Trojan Women, The Shape of Things, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, NAM WAR RAW MAN and Outside the Lines.
Regina Gutierrez is a multidisciplinary artist and theater educator expert on movement, training and energy work. Specialist in the area of movement and physical theater, she has been formed in Corporal Mime, Acrobatics and Scenic Combat. She has participated in numerous productions as an actress and assistant director and is a founding member of the group Entrópico Teatro in which she has been an actress and assistant director since 2007.
B.S. American History, Northwestern University 2000
Lucas Hatton served as Artistic Director of Chicago’s Barrel of Monkeys and directed hundreds of original performances of the company’s critically acclaimed show That’s Weird, Grandma. He directed Incident at Vichy with Steep Theater and Foolin’ Around with Infinity with Phalanx Theater, both of which received Critic’s Choice in Chicago Reader. He also directed the sketch group Southern Mothers at Second City Donny’s Skybox.
Recently at the College of Southern Nevada he played Emil in Jeffery Hatcher’s Three Viewings, Mike Talman in Wait Until Dark and co-directed Reefer Madness. He just finished his fifth year teaching theatre to high school and Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)Â (herself) andÂ DraculaÂ (Mrs. Westenra) at Acalanes High School.
A native of rural New England and graduate of Reed College in Oregon, Darren Blaney is a teacher, essayist, playwright, solo performer, actor, and director. He graduated with a PhD in Dramatic Art with a graduate minor in Critical Theory from UC Davis in 2009. His doctoral dissertation was entitled: ”Staging the Social and Cruising the Crisis: A Genealogy of Utopian Aspiration in U.S. Queer Theater from the 1960s to the Present.”
taught theatre at the International School of Brussels, Belgium for the first six months after graduation, then took a one-semester job teaching acting and improv at South Lake Tahoe Community College. He landed a role in Foothill Theatre Company’s two-person comedy A Tuna Christmas, moved to Los Angeles in fall 2000 and worked for the Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program. Although Sundance is best known for its Film Festival, it is appreciated in the independent film community for its film program.
lives in Kenwood, CA. She is a full-time faculty member in Theatre Arts at Santa Rosa Junior College where she directed the world premiere of Watermelon Nights, adapted from the Greg Sarris’ novel. Leslie directed The Kitchen Side of the Door, Word for Word Theatre Company’s holiday show at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco. Leslie has also acted with the California Shakespeare Festival, Marin Theatre Company, Intersection for the Arts, TheatreWorks, Shakespeare at the Beach, and the Willows, among others.
owns the American Blues Theatre, 2337 Pacific Avenue on the Miracle Mile in Stockton, CA.. This spring Harvey plays George in the American Blues Theatre Company’s production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.
Sue Murphy (BA 1979)
Now living in Los Angeles, was nominated for a 2001 American Comedy Award for Best Female Standup. She has appeared on Late Night with David Letterman, HBO, and many times on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Catch her act in her own half-hour comedy special on Comedy Central.
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