Alumni, agents and adieu

  • Patrick Rutkowski performs "Move On" from Sunday in the Park with George at Robin Ellis and David Montee's retirement celebration.

  • Patrick Rutkowski and Hannah Eisendrath embrace Montee and Ellis after their performance.

  • Marguerite Arbogast (left) and Drake George (right) present Montee and Ellis with commemorative books.

  • Lucy Sharp (left) and Rebeca Rad (center) look on as Chris Stahl (right) addresses student during the alumni panel.

  • Theatre students react to the conversation at the alumni panel.

May 29, 2018

April and May were busy months for young actors, with a variety of performances and special guests.

The curtain rose on both mainstage productions in the past month. The Noh-inspired Oedipus Rex ran for three sold-out shows in Harvey Theatre, while Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street packed hundreds into Corson Auditorium.

After the final performance of Sweeney Todd, the Theatre Division surprised retiring Instructors of Theatre David Montee and Robin Ellis with a retirement party, featuring three decades of Arts Academy theatre alumni as special guests. The evening included typical cast-party fare, performances by alumni and current students and the presentation of a festschrift to Montee and Ellis.

Between performances and celebrations, six guest artists worked with the students. On April 26, three Interlochen Arts Academy alumni—Lucy Sharp (IAC 06, IAA 06-08), Rebeca Rad (IAC 03, IAA 05-08) and Chris Stahl (IAA 07-09)—arrived on campus for the annual alumni panel. The trio led a variety of workshop sessions with the students during their two-day visit, then united for a question-and-answer panel.

On May 3 and 4, Academy alumna Julieanna Richardson (IAA 71-72) worked with Theatre Company students. Richardson, whose HistoryMakers project has curated the nation’s largest collection of African American oral histories, conducted a staged reading with the students.

After Sweeney Todd, theatre students participated in another annual event: the Theatre Agent Showcase. During the three-day showcase, two professional talent agents—Gerald Koch of AMT Artists and Nora Brennan of The Transport Group—visited campus to lead workshops and hold auditions.