Department and Alumnae News

Elivia Bovenzi ('09) is in her third year of graduate school at Yale, finishing her M.F.A. in costume design. She is currently designing a co-production of Dario Fo's An Accidental Death of an Anarchist, with Yale Repertory Theatre and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Previous designs at Yale include Carol Churchill's Cloud 9 and Shakespeare's Richard II.

Little Bi Peep

Anna Shields ('12) wrote and starred in her first feature film, Little Bi Peep, which won three awards (Best Feature Comedy, Best Comedy Director, & Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy) at the Atlantic City Cinefest/Downbeach Film Festival. Winning for Best Supporting Actress (playing Anna's mother) was Sage Theatre Artist-in-Residence, Leigh Strimbeck. (UPDATE: Little Bi Peep was named an Official Selection at the 28th Annual Tels Quels LGBT Film Festival in Brussels, Belgium and is being translated into French for this screening.

Emily Curro ('07) is in her second year of graduate school at Florida State University, working towards an M.F.A. in theatre management, with a full-time assistantship as manager of the Florida State University Fine Arts Ticket Office, as well as an associate in the School of Theatre Marketing Office. She is organizing the Theatre for Young Audiences Community Fundraiser in Tallahassee and currently serves as the Graduate School of Theatre representative on the Florida State University College Leadership Council.

The Merry Wives of Windsor

David Girard ('11) is in his second year of graduate school at Temple University, working towards an M.F.A. in directing. He is currently directing Tarell Alvin McCraney's Marcus; Or the Secret of Sweet, which is part of the Brother/Sister Plays trilogy. This past summer he directed Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor at Saratoga Shakespeare Festival, which starred alums Brian Sheldon ('11) and Kyrie Ellison ('13), current students Matthew McFadden ('15) and Ethan Botwick ('15) and chair of Arts and Letters, David Baecker.

Nick Mariniano (’15) spent the summer on Cape Cod with the College Light Opera Company in Falmouth, MA, performing as Georg Nowack in She Loves Me and Motel in Fiddler on the Roof.  (UPDATE: Nick is touring with American Family Theater's production of The Wizard of Oz during Spring 2014)

Katie Pedro (’15) was a stage management intern at the Theatre Workshop of Nantucket and worked on a production of Sarah Ruhl's Dead Man's Cell Phone.

Matthew McFadden ('15) worked as production assistant for Hubbard Hall Opera Theatre's summer production of Rossini's The Barber of Seville.

Brandon Hansen ('14) stage managed the summer education program at Capital Repertory Theatre, organizing rehearsal arrangements, running sound and light boards and managing production meetings. (UPDATE: Brandon is a company manager intern with Proctor's during Spring 2014)