Alumni

MSMT’s Educational Fellowship Program brings theatre students and early career professionals to the beautiful landscape of Midcoast Maine to participate in a full-immersion program focused on practical, experiential training designed to ease the transition into a professional career.

While the individuals below have all gone on to achieve success in their chosen fields, they represent but a small percentage of the roughly 2,300 participants who have taken part in the program.

They started it all at Maine State Music Theatre!

NOTABLE ALUMNI

ROBYN HURDER

2001 Performance Intern

Robyn is starring on Broadway in Moulin Rouge, and has been in the Broadway productions of Nice Work if You Can Get itGreaseChicago, The Wedding SingerChitty Chitty Bang Bang, and in national tours of A Chorus LineSpamalot, and Starlight Express

BLAKE STADNIK

2013 Performance Intern

Blake recently starred as Jack Damon in NBC’s “This is Us”. Stadnik discovered acting after he lost the majority of his eyesight due to Stargardt’s Disease. After receiving his BFA in Musical Theatre from Penn State University, he has had a successful theatre career appearing in national tours of Sweeney Todd, Les Miserables, Newsies, and 42nd Street. He returned to MSMT to play Crutchie in the MSMT production of Newsies.

DANIEL YEARWOOD

2017 Performance Apprentice

On Broadway, Daniel has starred in Hamilton as John Laurens/Philip Hamilton; in Ink, and in Once on This Island.

JENNIFER COTY

1991 Props/Performance Intern

On Broadway, Jennifer has been in Shrek the MusicalA Christmas StoryPajama Game, TabooUrinetown the Musical, No No Nanette (encores), Best Little Whorehouse(actor’s fund), Seussical, Grease, Beauty and the Beast and Cats.  She won the Annie award (The voice-over Oscar for Best Actor in an Animated Motion Picture Feature Film) for creating the voice of Charlotte La Boeuff in Disney’s The Princess and the Frog. TV/FILM: Princess and The Frog, Khumba, Blue Bloods, Unforgettable, Winx Club, Robot and Monster, American Dad, Phineas and Ferb, Law and Order, Gravity Falls, The Daily Show, Letterman.

(Feder)

BARRETT FOA

1997 Performance Intern

Barrett is currently starring as “Eric Beale” in the hit television show NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS and has a recurring role on Will and Grace as Will’s love interest “Paul”. He has starred in Avenue Q, Mamma Mia!, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee on Broadway.

Aaron

AARON LAZAR

1996 Performance Intern

Aaron has been in Mamma Mia! at the Broadhurst Theater and played Barry in Warner Brothers/dir. Shawn Levy’s This Is Where I Leave You, starring Jason Bateman and Tina Fey, Blair in Scorcese’s Wolf of Wall Street, and in John Logan’s new musical The Last Ship, directed by Joe Mantello.

Aaron has appeared in eight Broadway productions including the world premiere of Impressionism  with Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen, the revival of Les Miserables (for which he received a Drama Desk Award nomination), and the first ever Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones, Angela Lansbury, Bernadette Peters, and Elaine Stritch. He is also well known for playing the role of Fabrizio in the Tony Award winning production of The Light in the Piazza at Lincoln Center and broadcast ‘Live From Lincoln Center’ on PBS. http://aaronlazar.com

ELISE JOAN

1998 Performance Intern

Elise is the creator of Barre Blend, a fitness program, and the co-creator of Yoga for Beachbody. She is a Beachbody Super Trainer.

EPHIE AARDEMA

2009 Performance Intern

Ephie starred in The Bridges of Madison County on Broadway and in the national tours of Fiddler on the Roof and The Sound of Music.

KIM SAVA

2008 Performance Intern

Kim is currently starring in Beetlejuice on Broadway and was previously seen in Matilda on Broadway.

JEFF HEIMBROCK

2012 Performance Intern

Jeff has been on Broadway in The Book of Mormon and Wicked. He has also toured with the national tour of Newsies.

MINAMI YUSUI

2005 Performance Intern

Minami has starred on Broadway in My Fair Lady, Miss Saigon, The King and I, and in the national tour of Mary Poppins.

Renee

RENEE KLAPMEYER (Feder)

1998 Performance Intern

Most recently on Broadway in Young Frankenstein, Renee has also played roles in The Producers, Stairway to Paradise, Anything Goes, and 42nd Street on Broadway, and in the film version of The Producers.

MARTY LAUTER

2017 Performance Intern

Most recently on Broadway in Kinky Boots.

Jay

JAY CAREY

2001 Performance Intern

Currently Jay is the Stage Manager on the Broadway show Ain’t Too Proud. He has been Assistant Stage Manager for the tours of Jersey Boys and Kinky Boots and has stage managed God of Carnage at Virginia Stage Company. Though he says he is not done with acting, he is loving stage management. Jay also met his husband, actor Chris DeAngelis, at MSMT and they have been together ever since.

“I learned a lot about the ‘other side’ of the business working in the costume shop, helping focus lights, striking sets, etc. It gave me a better appreciation of the all sides of the business. I’d go back to MSMT anytime. It’s a fantastic theatre experience in a gorgeous setting with truly talented lovely people.”


ANGELA HOOPER

2010 Wardrobe Intern

Angela has worked in the Hair Departments of The Prom and School of Rock on Broadway.

BRITTANY WEBER

2008 Company Management Intern

Brittany has worked in company management for Company, Mean Girls and The Book of Mormon on Broadway.

JONALYN SAXER

2012 Performance Intern 

Jonalyn is currently in Mean Girls on Broadway and has also been in The Holiday Inn, CATS, Honeymoon in Vegas, and Bullets Over Broadway on Broadway.

 

Eric

ERIC JACKSON

1998 Performance Intern

Eric has been in the tour of The Book of Mormon and Dreamgirls, and in Young Frankenstein and Thoroughly Modern Millie on Broadway.

TRACY GELTMAN

2002 Company Management Intern

Tracy has been the Company Manager of The Band’s Visit on Broadway and has been company manager for War Paint, Fun Home, If/Then, Peter and The Starcatcher, and The Addams Family on Broadway.  She is currently COO of Stacey Mindich Productions.

Lindsay

LINDSAY CHAMBERS

2002 Performance Intern

Lindsay played Robin in the Broadway musical Lysistrata. Before that, she understudied Penny in Hairspray, and Enid, Kate/Chutney, and Serena in Legally Blonde, as well as Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking!, and the national tour of Kinky Boots.

“[The Fellowship] was like nothing else I’d done at the time. Besides learning the ins and outs of backstage life (laundry, set building, strike) I had the chance to work with professional actor, singers and dancers from New York City. This is why I really wanted to intern at MSMT – to work with people who are currently working where I was planning on working. It raised our game, gave us insight into the entire process of putting up a show.”

Ian

IAN RHODES

2000 Performance Intern

After summer 2000, Ian finished college and moved to NYC. He quickly got a touring gig with the National Tour of Mamma Mia! from 2003-2005, playing 51 cities, then direct to Disney’s On The Record with Ashley Brown for another 25 cities. He then moved to L.A., did a feature film and many short films, and landed a couple commercials including a national Apple iPhone 3GS commercial in 2009, working with David Fincher, and another directed by Justin Timberlake.

“The intern experience at MSMT was incredible for me. The opportunity to work with working professionals, from the actors to directors/choreographers, stage managers, staff, was inspiring and putting on the quality of theatre that is widely known about MSMT made me want to get to NYC immediately and take on professional theatre. That summer brought lasting friendships that helped me understand the true community that theatre develops. So unique and rare. It was a blast! I really never felt like an ‘intern’, I felt like the Broadway actor singing next to me. My summer at MSMT, an opportunity I feel very fortunate to have had, and share.”

BRIA JENE’ WILLIAMS

2018 Performance Apprentice

Bria is currently in Mean Girls on Broadway and previously was seen in the national tour of After Midnight.

Amy

AMY HALLDIN

2001 Performance Intern

Since MSMT, Amy has been working non-stop doing regional theatre. She toured nationally with Grease, and has also performed on a cruise ship while she traveled the world. Amy is currently living in NYC and doing film, television, commercials and print ads – including one for Bud Light – and modeling.

“MSMT completely impacted my life in a major way. It was the first time in my life I was handed a paycheck for performing. So, that was huge. I also remember things I was taught and still take to heart. I ALWAYS wear great shoes to auditions.  I also remember something Ken Kantor (actor) told me because I was bummed I didn’t land a role. He told me ‘never let them know how much it matters to you’. I still take that with me and think about that. I was so young, and had such little confidence. When I was offered a job as an intern, it was the first time I thought I could really do this. They see something in me that I don’t even see. I was surrounded by such veterans, and they made me feel like one of them. I had never worked in an equity house, and it was SUCH a learning experience, and I took that professionalism with me back to school. I also a few years later worked as an intern for The Walnut Street Theatre, and I absolutely feel it was because I had worked at Maine State. I mean, it was a huge part of my young career and I still feel like I was so lucky to be a part of it.”

Kyle

KYLE WRENTZ

2000 Performance Intern

Kyle has been able to play wonderful roles regionally such as Jim in Big River and Black in Lippa’s The Wild Party to name a few. He has also traveled the world for his work and lived in fascinating countries such as Hong Kong and Taiwan. He has performed on Broadway as Simba and Scar in Disney’s The Lion King.

“One of the most valuable things I took away from my experience at MSMT, was work ethic.  As an intern, you have many responsibilities throughout the summer, and clearly those who are serious about their craft are there for the experience.  Working with such talented and giving professional individuals, I was given a free master class while watching the process of great stage actors in rehearsal and throughout the run of the shows.  I learned great time management as interns were in all the shows, sometimes rehearsing one during the day and performing another at night.

“I felt very privileged to be a part of such high quality productions and I even made some life long friends from that very summer.  It’s quite simple, the more you put into the experiences, the more you open your eyes and ears and absorb everything around you, the more you knowledge you will attain for future professional endeavors.  I am proud to have worked at such a wonderful theatre.  I know the continued success of MSMT is due to the amazing staff, who work very hard at making sure that everyone has a pleasant experience each summer.”

Amy

AMY MILLER

2001 Performance Intern

Amy is the Artistic Director and a founding member of the L.A.-based Transcendence Theater Company. She performed on Broadway in 42nd Street, which won a Tony Award for “Best Revival of a Musical”. She has performed at numerous regional theatres across the country including Maine State Music Theatre, Theatre By The Sea, The Barn Theatre, and Naples Dinner Theatre. Amy has had the honor of dancing with such Broadway legends as Donna McKechnie, Thommie Walsh, and Randy Skinner.

Amy has enjoyed a bi-coastal career working in the theatre industry in New York and the TV, film, and modeling industries in Los Angeles. She has appeared in close to twenty national commercials. Select TV/Film credits include Law & Order Los AngelesJake in ProgressGeneral Hospital, and Bad Blood. She recently starred in the short film Secret Identity that debuted at the 2011 Comic-Con Independent Film Festival. Amy is also well known across the world for being in the hit You-Tube Video, “The Best Wedding Toast Ever“, which has been featured in the New York Times and Time Magazine.

Patrick

PATRICK O’NEILL

1999 Performance Intern

Patrick was the assistant choreographer and dance captain of the On a Clear Day You Can See Forever revival starring Harry Connick, Jr.

Marc

MARC KESSLER

1993 Performance Intern

Co-creator of the off-Broadway hit musical Alter Boyz, winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical 2005. For six years, Marc was a member of the tap dancing trio, the Manhattan Rhythm Kings. Highlights with the Kings include performing at the Kennedy Center, in the movie The Aviator, and off-Broadway with Tommy Tune in White Tie and Tails.