Where Are They Now

They started it all at Maine State Music Theatre! See what former MSMT performance interns are up to these days…

Former Intern? Tell us what you are up to now!

Lindsay

LINDSAY CHAMBERS

2002 MSMT Performance Intern
The King and I, Chicago, Ragtime, She Loves Me

Lindsay played Robin in the Broadway musical LYSISISTRATA. Before that, she understudied Penny in HAIRSPRAY, and Enid, Kate/Chutney, and Serena in LEGALLY BLONDE, and has just wrapped up a triumphant run in FORBIDDEN BROADWAY: ALIVE AND KICKING! She is currently starring the national tour of KINKY BOOTS.

On being an MSMT intern “It 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 MSMT Performance Intern
Big River, Victor/Victoria, Titanic, Sound of Music, Swingtime Canteen

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.

On being an MSMT intern “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.”


Robyn

ROBYN HURDER

2001 MSMT Performance Intern
Oklahoma

Robyn has starred in GREASE, CHICAGO, THE WEDDING SINGER, and CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG on Broadway and in national tours of A CHORUS LINE, SPAMALOT, and  STARLIGHT EXPRESS.


Amy

AMY HALLDIN

2001 MSMT Performance Intern
Guys and Dolls, Scarlet Pimpernel, Oklahoma, Footloose, Little Shop of Horrors

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.

On being an MSMT intern “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 MSMT Performance Intern
Big River, Victor/Victoria, Titanic, Sound of Music, Swingtime Canteen

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.

On being an MSMT intern “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 MSMT Performance Intern
Guys and Dolls, Scarlet Pimpernel, Oklahoma, Footloose, Little Shop of Horrors

Amy is the Artistic Director and a founding member of the L.A.-based Transcendence Theater Company. She performed on Broadway in 42nd STREETwhich 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.


Jay

JAY CAREY

2001 MSMT Performance Intern
Guys and Dolls, Scarlet Pimpernel, Oklahoma, Footloose, Little Shop of Horrors

Currently Jay is the Assistant Stage Manager on the JERSEY BOYS tour. He recently finished a gig stage managing 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.

On being an MSMT intern “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.”


Patrick

PATRICK O’NEILL

1999 MSMT Performance Intern
The King and I, Chicago, Ragtime, She Loves Me, Thoroughly Modern Millie

Patrick was the assistant choreographer and dance captain of the ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER revival starring Harry Connick, Jr.!


Renee

RENEE KLAPMEYER (Feder)

1998 MSMT Performance Intern
A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum

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.


Eric

ERIC JACKSON

1998 MSMT Performance Intern
Anything Goes at MSMT

Eric is currently performing in the 2nd national tour of THE BOOK OF MORMOM. He starred on Broadway in YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN and THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE and performed in national tours of DREAMGIRLS, RAGTIME and CHICAGO.


(Feder)

BARRETT FOA

1997 MSMT Performance Intern
Camelot

Barrett starred in AVENUE Q and THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE on Broadway and is presently starring as “Eric Beale” in the hit television show NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS.


Aaron

AARON LAZAR

1996 MSMT Performance Intern
Chamberlain

Aaron can be seen starring in the new Broadway production THE LAST SHIP. He has been in the Broadway / global musical phenomenon MAMMA MIA! at the Broadhurst Theater (Nov. 2013) and recently 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 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


Marc

MARC KESSLER

1993 MSMT Performance Intern
West Side StoryBest Little Whore House in Texas, The Secret Garden, Cabaret

Co-creator of the off-Broadway hit musical ALTAR 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.