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2011-12     BRIANNA ALLEN (09) has passed her theatre praxis exam with flying colors, and is now certified to teach theater in highschools.

                KATE GOLDSTEIN (11) has accepted an offer to become the new Arts Management Fellow at the prestigious A.C.T. in San Francisco.

                CATHERINE RODRIGUEZ (13) was recognized as an Andrew Carnegie Scholar.

               KENDRA CHAPMAN (11) has started a full-time job as receptionist for Nina Tassler, President of CBS Entertainment.

               LAUREN PARKS (11) is spending a year in Lesotho with the Peace Corps.

               ISABEL SMITH-BERNSTEIN (15) has been accepted into the highly selective "Spring at Tisch" Dramatic Writing Program.

2010-11      BREANNA ZWART (08)  has accepted a position with the US Treasury working in the Office of Executive Secretary Geithner.

             CORINNA ARCHER (11) Graduating with University and College Honors, Andrew Carnegie
     Scholar, Mary Margaret Gifford Award, Phi Beta Kappa.

            ANTHEA CARNS (11) Graduating with University and College Honors, Commencement CFA Banner Carrier, Winner of the Valdez Frontier Theatre Festival with her play BAD HAMLET (co-authored by Lillian DeRitter, Directing 11), Phi Beta Kappa, West Coast Alumni Clan Award.

         KENDRA LEE (11) graduating with College Honors, accepted to the Washington College of Law at American University, La Pocha Nostra workshop with Guillermo Gomez-Pena

             ALIA POONAWALLA (11, BxA) Commencement Valedictorian

             KATE GOLDSTEIN (11), Literary Manager at Creed Theatre, Colorado; La Pocha Nostra workshop. Graduating with University and College Honors.

             KENDRA CHAPMAN (11) Professional Internship with Odd Lot Entertainment, Hollywood. Graduating with University and College Honors.

            NICK MUDD (11) Professional Internship with Cami Patton Casting, Hollywood

           MARY MARGARET KUNZE (12) Spent a semester at Trinity University in Dublin, Ireland, where she received college honors. Dean's List. Summer: dramaturg and stage manager for Stage Door Productions, Chicago, IL.

            MICHAEL CHRISTIE (12) Accepted into the Accelerated Master in Arts Management Program at the Heinz School, Carnegie Mellon

          ALEXANDER MILLER (12) Dean's list, accepted into the New Play Dramaturgy Intensive at the Kennedy Center, Dramaturg with the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company in Boston.

         NICOLE LUNA (12) Interning at Stuart Thompson Productions in Creative Development. Deans list. Production Manager at No Square Theatre summer stock, Musical Theatre University, in Laguna Beach, CA.

          DANA SHAW (12), accepted into the New Play Dramaturgy Intensive at the Kennedy Center.

           CATHERINE RODRIGUEZ (13) was a recipient of the Gold Standard Scholarship Program, a significant award of $10,000 sponsored by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the National Basketball Association and Bacardi USA.

           MOLLY MCCURDY (10)

           BRIANNA ALLEN (09) Civics instructor at Holy Family Learning, Teacher at Pressley Ridge School for the Deaf, completing degree in Intellectual Property Law at the University of Pittsburgh.

           ALESIA ETINOFF (14)  was hired for a summer internship under dramaturg Gavin Witt at Centerstage in Baltimore.

2010      KEVIN EMRICK (06) Creative Director at Stuart Thompson Productions, New York City

              MOLLY MCCURDY ('10)
              Graduating with University Honors and College Honors
              - Summer dramaturgy residency with Ridge Theatre []
                 AD: CMU Alum Bob McGrath, in Manhattan.

              CAITLIN SAPORITO (MA Professional Writing '10) spent the summer on a professional
              internship with Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, CT, where she did script
              evaluations and literary management, and worked as a production assistant and script
              script supervisor and personal assistant to Lee Merriwether on Radio Girl.

            KENDRA CHAPMAN ('11) worked as a script coverage intern with filmmakers Odd Lot Entertainment in Los Angeles.

           KATE GOLDSTEIN ('11) spent a semester in Prague at Charles University.

           ANTHEA CARNS ('11) spent a semester in Athens, Greece.

                ALEXANDER MILLER ('12)
                - Summer internship with Book-It Repertory Theatre [] in Seattle.

                MICHAEL CHRISTIE ('12)
               -Dean's List
               -Documenter for Talvin Wilks, Dramaturg of the August Wilson Center/B.T.I. Conference
               -Elected officer of Pre-Law Society
               -Legal intake volunteer at ACLU

2009 LAVINA JADHWANI (alum '05)
-Lavina became the Artistic Director of RASAKA THEATRE (A South-Asian themed playhouse) in Chicago, IL.

KEVIN EMRICK (alum Theatre Studies '06)
-Kevin is Artistic Assistant at the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York City.

ALAN KATZ (alum '08)
-Enrolled in the Dramaturgy and Theatre Studies M.A. at Catholic University (where he maintains a Dean's List 3.9).
-House Manager for Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Washington Shakespeare Company and Forum Theater, all in Washington, DC.
- Dramaturg at the Forum Theatre, Washington DC, where he interviewed Jose Rivera
- Directed or dramaturged 3 new plays, including We Fight/We Die by Tim Guillot

-will be joining the artistic team at the Cleveland Public Theatre
-Rose was awarded the Mary Margaret Gifford Award for Excellence in Theatre Studies

-Brianna is graduating with University and College Honors
-Awarded prestigious Andrew Carnegie Scholarship, and headed the University-wide gift-back effort associated with this prize.
-Admitted into the Heinz School MAM program with a 50% merit-based scholarship
-Admitted into the MFA in Dramaturgy Program at Columbia University

-Awarded a summer URO Fellowship of $3,300 for her performance piece called Collective Thresholds: A Social Sculpture.

- Research Assistant to the African and African-American Studies Minor
- Applied for a grant with Dr. Norman to do Anthropological research on facebook (methods and meaning)

-Dean's List
-Scholarship: $1200 from The Abel M. Bomberault Fellowship Fund for Study Abroad
-Article in French published in Polyglot 09, the Undergraduate Journal of the Modern Languages Dept.

-Dean's List (4.0)
-Led talkback on One Flea Spare with award-winning playwright Naomi Wallace
-Led talkback on Brecht on Broadway with playwright and director Holger Teschke of the Berliner Ensemble
-Scheduled to direct The Taming of the Shrew for Alaska Theatre of Youth's Summer Shakespeare Conservatory

-Dean's List

-Summer internship with Paul Mesner Puppet Theatre, St. Louis
-Dean's List

- Dean's List
-Summer 2008-February 2009: Porgy and Bess with Opera Theater Pittsburgh, Dramaturg
- Kendra is also maintaining a multimedia dramaturgical/educational/critical blog about cultural life in Pittsburgh, entitled Straight Up Jank
- Will be doing dramaturgical work with Quantum Theatre this season

- Dean's list.
- serving as an Assistant Directing intern on the upcoming Lionsgate film "Warriors," starring Nick Nolte.

-Dean's List

-Dean's List
2008 KATE GOLDSTEIN ('11) accepted a summer Dramaturgy Internship at InterAct Theatre in Philadelphia.

ROSE SENGENBERGER (09) has been awarded a paid internship with the Summer Theatre Enrichment Program (STEP) at the Cleveland Public Theatre, where she will work on theatre-for-youth projects with kids from under-served city communities.

Alan Katz (08) was accepted into the prestigious M.A. program in Theatre History, Criticism, and Dramaturgy at Catholic University.

Brianna Allen (09) is one of only four undergraduates accepted into Carnegie Mellon University's Accelerated Masters in Arts Management Program.

Rose Sengenberger (09) and Brianna Allen (09) were selected to form the dramaturgical research team for the 2008 summer program at the Rhodopi International Theatre Collective (RITC) in Smolyan, Bulgaria.

Lavina Jadhwani ('05/MAM '06) was Carnegie Mellon University's nomination for the LUCE international scholars program, and is assisting Chicago Shakespeare Theatre's Artistic Director Barbara Gaines on this year's production of COMEDY OF ERRORS.

Lavina Jadhwani ('05/MAM '06) worked as dramaturg on THE PILLOWMAN at the Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre (PICT)

Ashley Birt (07) became an intern at the CORO Center for Deliberative Democracy in Pittsburgh.
2007 Breanna Zwart (08) was accepted into the graduate program at the Heinz School at Carnegie Mellon University

LAVINA JADHWANI (LD '05/MAM '06) was awarded a prestigious LMDA Dramaturgy Residency for her work with the Silk Road Theatre Company in Chicago. She is also directing for the Rasaka Theatre Company, and just landed a job in the Marketing Department at the Steppenwolf!

GREG VAN HORN (ENGLISH '07) has received a great dramaturgical honor: he was awarded first alternate for the Northeastern Region KC/ACTF competition for his casebook for our production of AFTER MISS JULIE.

TIM ISRAEL (DTURG '08) was offered a summer dramaturgy internship at the Rebel Theatre Company in New York City.

BRIANNA ALLEN (DTURG '09) was offered a summer dramaturgy internship at the SignStage Theatre for the Deaf in Cleveland, Ohio.

Timothy Israel ('08) was awarded a summer dramaturgy internship with the Rebel Theatre Company in New York City.
2006 Lavina Jadhwani ('05, MAM '06) appointed Literary Associate/Dramaturg at the Silk Road Theatre Project in Chicago, IL, and works as dramaturg for Lifeline Theatre and Next Theatre.

Sasha Ludwig-Seigel (’07) awarded Literary Management internship at La Jolla Playhouse, CA.

Timothy Israel (’08) awarded Dramaturgy internship at Alley Theatre, Houston, TX.

Ashley Birt (’07) awarded Dramaturgy internship at the 13th St. Theatre, New York City, NY.
2005 Lavina Jadhwani (’05, MAM ’06) awarded second place in the KC/ACTF Dramaturgy Competition for her work on CMU’s Urinetown!
2004 Lavina Jadhwani (’05, MAM ‘06) awarded the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Federation (ACTF) Dramaturgy Prize for her work on CMU’s Arcadia: this is the highest award available to an undergraduate dramaturg in the United States.
2002 Lavina Jadhwani ('05, MAM '06) was Dramaturgy/Literary Management intern in 2002 at Northlight Theatre with Gavin Witt (currently Dramaturg of Center Stage).