School of Theatre alumni, friends to share professional advice April 19

April 13, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Alumni and friends of the Penn State School of Theatre will participate in a day-long festival titled #psuSTAGES on Sunday, April 19. Presented by the Penn State School of Theatre Alumni Program Group and hosted at the Theatre Building, the event will showcase the talents of former students and professionals who are now working on Broadway and around the country. The event is free and open to the public.

The event will begin with opening remarks at 9 a.m. Participants may then choose to attend any of the 24 masterclasses that will be hosted by the professionals throughout the day. Culminating the event at 4:10 p.m. will be performance and portfolio reviews for the School of Theatre upperclassmen and an “Unexpected Trajectories” seminar focusing on outside-the-box careers for underclassmen and the general public.

School of Theatre alumnus Mike Karns, president of the APG Board, said, “I believe that Penn State’s School of Theatre is one of the most prolific programs in the nation. Our board wanted a chance to connect the students from Penn State’s School of Theatre with alumni and friends working in our field. Our goal is to bridge the gap between the academic and professional worlds.”

Participating friends of Penn State include four-time Tony-winning lighting designer Kevin Adams, Broadway scenic designer Wilson Chin, sound designer/associate Jason Chrystal, agent Michael Griffo, projection designer Alex Koch, casting director Mark B. Simon, producer/historian Jennifer Ashley Tepper, Olivier-nominated costume designer Alejo Vietti and theater agent Jim Wilhelm. Penn State alumni involved include Rich Biever, Stephen Brotebeck, Courtney Cavenaugh, Mike Karns, Allison Kirschner, Joan Lader, Allison Lee, Laura Matey, Kate Pappas, Robert W. Schneider, Mike Smanko and Steve Wilson.

A full schedule can be viewed at For more information, contact Mike Karns at

Last Updated April 15, 2015