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Alumni Achievements

Featured Alum Courtney Alfrey, '11

Major: Theatre

Current Position: Costume intern at the Florida Studio Theatre, in Sarasota, Fla. Alfrey works with local and New York City costume designers. 

Why Whitworth? "The opportunity to audition for roles and have a higher probability for stage time was key in my choice. Also drawing me in was the passion for community and diversity that emanates from the pine-tree-covered campus. The pride and loyalty for Whitworth that students leave with was something that I wanted to be a part of for life."

Whitworth Activities: Acted and worked on the technical crew for theatre productions

Quote: "Whitworth gave me a well-rounded education and introduced me to all aspects of my field. This allowed me to broaden my focus on the art as well as to home in on the things that I really loved about theatre and dance. Whitworth also provided me with real-life situations and work experiences that continue to help me succeed in my work today."

Influential Whitworth Experiences: "For three years I worked as the theatre department's wardrobe master. During that time, I was responsible for helping build and construct costume pieces, organizing costumes for shows, maintaining and mending them as needed, and organizing and physically dressing shows when quick costume changes were needed. With the undying support of my mentors and professors in the theatre department, I searched for an internship, and I am now furthering my knowledge in wardrobe, which I am very excited about."

Career Goals: "In the next few years I plan to continue pursuing my career as an actor and dancer, as well as to further my work in the wardrobe field.  I know that I want to wake up every day and find myself working with the amazing, passionate people in theatre. The arts can change the world, and I am grateful that Whitworth instilled that in me."

Here's what some other recent Whitworth graduates are doing with their theatre degrees:

  • Jennifer Bacon, '06, worked for Walt Disney World performing in parades, shows, meet-and-greets and character dining. She also portrayed 4-year-old Annie, from the Little Einsteins, in a traveling Disney show with Feld Entertainment.

  • Ben Bonnema, '10, is pursuing a master's degree in musical theatre writing at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

  • Nik Hoback, '08, is a professional actor in Portland, Ore., and a member of two professional nonprofit theatre companies. He also is interning with Artists Repertory Theatre, where he handles events and fund raising.

  • Katie Mesaros, '07, has been stage managing a variety of shows in Seattle, including Beauty and the Beast, with Broadway Bound, a theatre for kids.

  • Stephanie Wiley, '11, is interning at Taproot Theatre Company, in Seattle.

  • Crissy A. Greenberg, '06, is an associate attorney at Halpern & Oliver, PLLC, in Olympia, where she advocates for people with physical and/or mental impairments. Before moving to Olympia, she used community-based theatre strategies in her work with Spokane's nonprofit Center for Justice.

  • Lexi Scamehorn, '09, is an actor and choreographer at the Tacoma Musical Playhouse.

  • Sarah Thomson, '09, is music director for the Walla Walla Community College Children's Theatre.

  • Silvia Lazo, '06, is executive assistant to the Spokane Opera and is completing an M.Ed. at the University of Montana.


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