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"The theatre department and program impacted my experience at UW-Platteville in every way possible. It gave me a place to call home and created a passion for theatre that grew with every show and every class. It gave me a family and a purpose during my years there and will stay with me in years to come."
While at Platteville, Kim was involved in over 10 shows, including leading and supporting roles in The Marriage of Bette and Boo, The Importance of Being Earnest, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, God of Carnage, and Death and the Maiden. Kim also acted as social chair, vice president and president of Pioneer Players during her four years at UW-Platteville. Outside of theatre, Kim helped create and market events on campus through her leadership position at Campus Programming and Relations. Kim also was an active member of Kappa Alpha Sigma sorority. Kim was on the Deans List every semester at Platteville and graduated with honors and degrees in theatre and business administration. Kim currently lives in Madison, Wis. and works at Widen Enterprises in sales and social media marketing.
"What meant the most to me from my education at UW-Platteville was the time the theatre faculty took to mentor me both one on one and in the classroom, and the numerous opportunities that were provided for me to grow and develop my skills as a theatre artist in a realized setting."
Greg Griffin graduated from UW-Platteville with a degree in criminal justice, and minor in theatre. His love for theatre while at UW-Platteville and the guidance from the faculty there led him to attending graduate school at Western Illinois University where he received his Master of Fine Arts degree in theatrical design and technology in 2010. While at UW-Platteville Greg was active both on and off stage, performing roles in A Servant of Two Masters (2003), Barefoot in the Park (2005), Pirates of Penzance (2006), and Much Ado About Nothing (2007). However it was Greg's contributions behind the scenes that would shape his career path. During his course of study at UW-Platteville Greg served as the sound designer on numerous productions, as well as the lighting designer for Savage/Love (2006) and Old Times (2007). It was through these productions that Greg would come to realize his passion for design and technology in the theatre world. Since graduating from UW-Platteville Greg has designed professionally on over 75 productions. He has worked for theatre companies across the country including, The Wagon Wheel Theatre in Warsaw, Ind.; The Town and Gown Players, in Fairmont, W.Va.; The Great Midwestern Educational Theatre Company; The Chicago Academy for the Arts; and The Perry Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp in Steamboat Springs, Colo. In 2010 Greg returned to UW-Platteville and designed the lighting for the Heartland Festival Production of Beauty and the Beast. Currently Greg is in his fourth year as an Assistant Professor of Theatre at The University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio where he teaches theatrical design and technology. In addition to teaching Greg owns and operates his own freelance business, PFMDesign, offering theatrical design and consultation services, sound and lighting equipment rental, and special event Design and DJ services. Greg currently serves as the Vice Chair of Design Technology and Management for The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region 2, and in 2014 will assume the position of chair until 2017. Greg is also active with the Ohio Valley Section of The United States Institute for Theatre Technology, and continues to work on a regular basis with the Perry Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp, as their Sound Designer and Head of Production.
“I wouldn’t be the person I am today without my participation in the theatre department. I was learning about myself and others just like me; discovering my own capabilities as an actor, singer, and dancer. I discovered who I was, gained confidence in myself, and met lifelong friends. The theatre department is a family and I am forever grateful because it changed my life.”
Patrick J. Harker graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education and minor in public relations. Patrick was the UW-Platteville Student Ambassador President, Collegiate FFA President, a member of the Alliance, Pioneer Players, and studied abroad in Ghana, Africa. He also worked as a tour guide and peer advisor for the UW-Platteville Prospective Student Services office throughout his academic career. Patrick currently lives in Chicago and is the Chicago Regional Admission Advisor and Development Officer for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Patrick is very grateful for his opportunities at UW-Platteville, especially his involvement with Pioneer Players and the theatre program.
"UW-Platteville’s theatre program is very welcoming of all majors and yielded me enough design opportunities that I could build up a portfolio and apply to graduate school."
While at UW-Platteville, Molly earned her Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering and snuck in as many theatre classes as she could. Her interest in theatre started with acting, but eventually realized technical theatre allowed her to combine both interests. She went on to earn her MFA degree in scenic design from the University of Florida. Her summers were spent working at theatres all across the country including: the Wagon Wheel Theatre (Warsaw, Ind.), Flat Rock Playhouse (Flat Rock, N.C.) and Arundel Barn Playhouse (Arundel, Maine). Upon graduation, Molly moved to St. Louis to work as an event designer/project manager. She worked as a props artisan for the Opera theatre of Saint Louis. She recently moved to Champaign, Ill. and is pursuing a career as an independent designer. She hopes to one day earn one of the coveted teaching positions in the area while continuing to design on the side.
“The Pioneer Players has helped me gain the confidence I need in the real world. I am able to accept any challenge, be it through auditions, character development, or just the personal mountains I see in my life. I will forever be grateful for the training and the experiences they have given me.”
Jeremy graduated from University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a double major in theatre and communication technologies with an emphasis in broadcasting. He made his professional debut at The Illinois Theatre Center, an Equity theatre in the suburbs of Chicago, Ill. He portrayed the character Mickey in the play Greetings where the South Star Sun Times was quoted saying “Keene, in his area theater debut, is compelling as he plays opposite character roles.” Before Chicago, Jeremy performed in Madison, Wis. at Stage-Q and VACT while also working as a Fred Astaire Dance instructor. In college Jeremy portrayed Boo in The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Bobby in Cabaret and directed his own play Family 2.0. In college he was also in the comedy group “Two Cousins and Adopted Kid,” which was a hit on campus. Jeremy recently trained at the Second City’s Conservatory program in Chicago, and he spends his time now doing sketch comedy and improvisation throughout the city.
"I will be forever grateful to Dr. David Schuler, Dr. Ann Farrelly, and all those I have had the sincere privilege of working with onstage and backstage because I learned from them that there is more to the arts and to performing than just lines or showing up. It's what you put into what you do and how you do it that makes your work genuine, honest, and unique."
Bryan attended UW-Platteville from September 2005 to December 2010. He graduated with a fine arts-theatre degree, as well as minors in creative writing and music. During his time at UW-Platteville, Bryan participated mostly in musical productions, including Anything Goes, The Fantasticks, Fiddler on the Roof, The Pirates of Penzance, and Thoroughly Modern Millie, as well as Heartland Festival productions of The Producers and Beauty and the Beast. He also performed in such plays as A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Importance of Being Earnest, as well as participated behind the scenes for the One-Act Festival in 2009 and 2010. His most recent theatre credits include the one-act plays The Eleventh and Good Sports at the Platteville Municipal Auditorium in Fall 2011. He currently lives in Shakopee, Minn., volunteering as an Elementary Literacy Tutor for Minnesota Reading Corps, and helping students ("age three through grade three") become successful readers by the end of third grade. It's a challenging but very rewarding experience, in terms of seeing the growth and change in students, as well as recognizing the support and accountability he has as a member.
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Our theatre students have found success after graduation in many different fields. The theatre program is committed to making sure our graduates have the skills and opportunities necessary to find jobs after they leave UW-Platteville. Click on the links to find out what some of our alumni are doing today.
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