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Alumni

PGT Graduates

The PGT staff applauds all of our graduates, who have attended the following Colleges
and Universities:

  • Bard College
  • Bennington University
  • Boston Conservatory
  • Boston University
  • Brandeis University
  • Brown University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Catholic University
  • Clark University
  • Colgate University
  • Columbia University
  • Connecticut College
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Duke University
  • Emerson College
  • George Washington University
  • Goucher College
  • Harvard University
  • Indiana University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Middlebury College
  • Muhlenberg College
  • New York University
  • NYU Tisch School of the Arts
  • Northwestern University
  • Oberlin College
  • RISD: Rhode Island School of Design
  • Skidmore College
  • Smith College
  • SUNY Binghamton
  • SUNY Buffalo
  • SUNY Purchase
  • Syracuse University
  • Tufts University
  • University of the Arts in Philadelphia
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Miami
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Vassar College
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Wesleyan University
  • Yale University

Alumni Highlights

We love keeping the PGT community in touch with our alumni through alumni highlights in our show playbills. Here are some highlights from recent playbills:
A Midsummer Night's Dream playbill - Spring 2012

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

PGT Grads inspired by ‘the Bard’

CHIARA KLEIN

Graduated in: 2006
Favorite PGT Show: A Man of No Importance

Recent Shakespearean Adventures: A lot of my life has been a Shakespearean adventure! Most recently, I founded MaineStage Shakespeare, a non-profit regional theater in Kennebunk, ME. I serve as the Artistic Director in addition to acting in 2 shows, directing 1 show, and running our educational programs. During our inaugural season last summer I directed Midsummer and acted in Romeo and Juliet and The Comedy of Errors. This summer I will act in Othello and As You Like It while directing Love's Labours Lost. Check us out on Facebook or at mainestageshakespeare.com!

Most important life skill learned at PGT: I think probably that you can do really good work and work really hard but still be nice. In theater, the combination of amazing talent and amazing kindness is not always easy to find. PGT taught me not to settle or to embody anything less.

MADDIE HENDRICKS

Graduated in: 2009
Favorite PGT Show: Romeo and Juliet

Recent Shakespearean Adventures: Ever since Jill taught me that acting in Shakespearean plays is just like "real acting," I have loved reading, analyzing, and performing Shakespeare. Ironically, none of my professors at GWU know that I love to sing because I keep acting in Shakespeare plays! I adored playing Hero in Much Ado Nothing, Miranda in The Tempest, and Jessica in The Merchant of Venice. I've learned that Shakespeare is truly the "ballet" of theatre. It is the basis of everything. It is not just a tool in your actor toolbox-- it's the toolbox itself.

Most important life skill learned at PGT: The first thing I remember learning in acting classes at PGT was "never judge your character." If you're playing a murderer, you have to understand why she does what she does, and not judge her for her flaws. The first thing I learned at PGT during dinner breaks and while waiting to be picked up was "never judge your friends." Treat your friends the way you treat your characters, because everyone has a story to tell. I remember this life lesson every time I meet someone new. As talented and brilliant as the PGT students are, what makes the community so magical is the quality of the people, not how high you can belt or how well you can cry on cue. I feel so grateful to have grown up with, and still be a part of, this magical home.

RYAN McGOVERN

Graduated in: 2007
Favorite PGT Show: Zanna, Don't!

Recent Shakespearean Adventures: Since September, I have been assisting Michael Edwards, the Producing Artistic Director of Asolo Rep in Sarasota, Florida. A few months ago, I had the great privilege of assisting Michael in rehearsals for his show Hamlet, Prince of Cuba, a bilingual production of Shakespeare's text we rehearsed and opened in English before going back to remount the same production (with the same actors!) entirely in Spanish.

Most important life skill learned at PGT: Make strong choices. If your strong choice includes a risk, you're on the right track.

DANIEL CARLYON

Graduated in: 2007
Favorite PGT Show: Secret Garden, Godspell

Recent Shakespearean Adventures: I designed sound and projections for a production of Henry V with Promethean Theatre Ensemble, a small storefront theater company here in Chicago. The director wanted the design (particularly the projections) to serve as a counterpoint to the action, and to tie the themes of the play to modern-day warfare. As Henry called his soldiers to go "once more unto the breach," we projected images of bombed-out cities and battlefield hospitals. I also mixed into the battle scenes sounds of modern warfare, to further blur the line between the play and our own time.

Most important life skill learned at PGT: There is never a problem so big that it cannot be solved with enough thought; and there is never a problem so small that it can't help to have someone else thinking too.

ZACH SORROW

Graduated in: 2009
Favorite PGT Show: Romeo and Juliet

Recent Shakespearean Adventures: I actually played Paris in another production of Romeo and Juliet at Northwestern University in September 2010, which was COMPLETELY different from when I was in it at PGT. I also spent a quarter studying Shakespeare this past fall and I'm headed to Oxford this summer, where I'll be doing Shakespeare at BADA, the British American Drama Academy.

Most important life skill learned at PGT: The greatest thing you can always do is to ask questions, and you know you've found a great director when they don't give you the answers, but instead ask you the right questions.

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