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Featured Alum Courtney Alfrey, '11

Major: Theatre

Current Position: Principal wardrobe dresser on Disney Theatrics' Broadway production of The Lion King, housed at the Minskoff Theatre, in New York City. He is also a freelance costume designer/seamster, designing for various Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS events, as well as a designer of costumes/looks for producers on various low-budget music-video production shoots. 

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 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, 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. 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:

  • Nik Hoback is a professional actor in Portland, Ore., and a member of two professional nonprofit theatre companies. He developed a solo performance piece for a festival of new work and plans on touring with it to fringe festivals across the country.

  • Crissy A. Greenberg is an assistant attorney general for the State of Washington in the Yakima Regional Services Division. Before moving to Yakima, she used community-based theatre strategies in her work with Spokane's nonprofit Center for Justice.

  • Lexi Scamehorn is pursuing an MFA in directing theatre for young audiences at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She recently directed the U.S. premiere of a play, If Only the Lonely Were Home, at UNCG.

  • Sarah Thomson is the K-8 music teacher for Walla Walla Catholic Schools. She is also the director of children's ministries at First Presbyterian Church of Walla Walla.

  • Jess Liles and Andrew Coopman both work for the Missoula (Mont.) Children's Theatre as touring actors/directors.

  • Rachel Ewing is pursuing an MFA in dramatic writing from NYU's Tisch School. Her area of study is writing for television. She spent a year at the NYU Tisch Asia campus, in Singapore, and has been traveling the world, visiting film markets and exotic locations.

  • Nicholas Kemner is a co-founder and artistic development director of the Wit Theatre Company, in Denver, Colo. He heads the dramaturgy for productions, plans the season, and develops art for the company.