Category Archives: Alumni Accomplishmentts

Alumna helps ‘set the stage’ with mobile shop in St. Louis

From standing in the spotlight to setting the stage for a home, she’s learned how to make herself (and others) happy. When alumna Jennifer Saputo-Peterson graduated from Missouri State in 2006, she wanted to use her bachelor’s degree in theatre to be …

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First musical theatre graduate brings cherished children’s book to Broadway

At 11 years old, musical theatre alumnus Nathan Tysen, ’99, fell in love with a coming-of-age story about eternal life, love and morality. “‘Tuck Everlasting’ had a profound effect on me,” Tysen said. “When you’re connecting to a character who …

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Theatre ‘family’ gets student back on her feet after devastating accident

Two months before Missouri State’s 2015 acting showcase in Los Angeles, Alicia Douglas was in her hometown of St. Louis for a cattle call audition — an opportunity to be seen by many casting professionals from across the U.S. hiring for theatre, television …

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Catch episodes of ‘Suits’ and ‘Grease: Live’ to see our alumni in action

We often hear stories about the great things our former students have been up to. Here are a few places you can watch our alums at work: Alumnus revs it up with ‘Grease: Live’ Musical theatre alumnus Andrew Call will …

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Alumnus returns to help with spring dance concert

Alumnus Mark Santillano is on campus this week teaching dance classes while assisting with choreography for the dance program’s spring dance concert, “Images in Motion.” Santillano teaches dance at Mercyhurst Santillano is an assistant professor of dance at Mercyhurst Univeristy …

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Alumnus known for ‘The Killing’ returns for acting workshop

Missouri State alumnus Brent Sexton will offer a scene study workshop and question-and-answer session from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8 in the Craig Hall’s Balcony Theatre. Workshop open to all students The workshop is free and open …

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Movie being filmed locally has strong MSU ties

Several Missouri State alumni, students and faculty are involved in making the SAG-AFTRA union-supported movie “The Weight,” being filmed in nearby Greenfield, Missouri. MSU connections to the film Alumnus Thomas Rennier is directing the film, a noir thriller set in …

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Alumna uses artistic performance to explore LGBTQ topics

Award-winning theatre and dance alumna Jessica Lynn Johnson will perform her newest solo show, “Ze,” on Oct. 16 in Coger Theatre. Alumna explores topics of spirituality, sexuality “Ze” is a one-woman, 15-character dramedy that examines gender construction, sexuality and spirituality, …

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Small-town living on menu in ‘Cucumbers’

Eavesdrop on a conversation that turns sweet, salty, sour, spicy, succulent and side-splitting in the first theatre and dance performance of the fall 2015 semester. Scheduled for Sept. 17- 27, this slice of life comedy is a dilly! Tickets are …

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SCT’s September production features stellar alumni cast

Springfield will be star-studded this month as Missouri State alumni and notable television and film actors Tess Harper and Jack Laufer take the stage for Springfield Contemporary Theatre’s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.” The Christopher Durang comedy won …

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