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Hear from the students
Dustin Babin is from Lafayette, Louisiana. It was there he received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in the Humanities. He is incredibly humbled and thankful to all his sponsors: Judy and Don Markstein, Pam and Walter Hunt, and Eva Slane for their open hearts. His fellowship is also supported by the Esther Mertz Endowed Fund. His professors and parents have instilled a tremendous respect for this opportunity to perform at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory.
Andrew Bosworth returns after spending the last summer at Ozark Actor’s Theater in Missouri. He had the good fortune to go on as understudy as the Salesman last season in Ah, Wilderness! here at Asolo Rep. In addition to Theatre, he also holds a BA in Sociology. Any and all of his success here is made possible by the quiet grace and charm of his sponsor, Claudia Coville.
Christopher Carlson is excited to return to the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for his second year. A Kansas City native, Christopher has a BA in Theatre from the University of Missouri. Credits include Lysistrata Jones, Godspell and Carrie: The Musical. He also understudied the Asolo Rep productions of All The Way, Living on Love and Ah, Wilderness!. Many thanks to Margot and Warren Coville, Shari and Steve Ashman, Carole Crosby and Larry Wickless and to his family for their support.
Mary Ellen Everett is incredibly thankful to be working with the talented Class of 2018. Most recent credits include performing improv comedy at the Second City Conservatory in Chicago, Illinois. Other training credits include Moscow Art Theatre/USA, William Esper Studio NY and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. A tremendous thank you to my lovely sponsors Jim & Phyllis Turner and Ken & Colleen Rice. To my family, if you are reading this, I’m so excited you are here!
Anthony J. Hamilton is a second year student at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory. He received his BA from Western Michigan University. This past summer he appeared in Pocketful of Sand at the Chicago Dramatists Theatre. Last season, he made his Asolo Rep stage debut as an understudy in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. Many thanks to his sponsors Maurice Richards and Jack Kesler, and Betsy Coville.
Amy Helms graduated with her BA in Theatre Arts with a Performance Concentration from California Baptist University. Recent stage credits include Lady Bird Johnson (u/s) in Asolo Rep’s All the Way, Belle (u/s) in Asolo Rep’s Ah, Wilderness!, and Dr. Lyman Hall in an all-female production of 1776. Special thanks to her donors Marysue and Leon Wechsler, Paul Oversmith and Margaret Churchill, and Mike and Madelyn Tetmeyer, as well as her incredible family!
Nolan Hennelly is proud to debut on the Cook stage alongside his fantastic classmates. Recently Nolan understudied Asolo Rep’s All the Way and Ah, Wilderness! (Richard). Outside of school Nolan wrote and starred in The Two Month Rule for the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Many thanks to his family back home and his sponsors: Diana and Howard Armbrust, Carol and Marvin Baker and the Bill Yandow Endowed Fund.
Aleksandr Krapivkin is ecstatic to step onto the Cook stage and make art with his ensemble! At Asolo Rep he understudied Robert McNamara in All the Way and Arthur Miller in Ah, Wilderness! This summer he was seen on the Maples Rep stage in Missouri as Zebulon/Butler in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Huge thank you to my family away from home, my sponsors, my rocks: Janice Kunkel and Doug Bradbury. www.aleksandrkrapivkin.com
Colleen Lafeber received her BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Minnesota Duluth in Spring 2015 and is honored to be working toward her MFA from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory. Last year she understudied Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and All the Way for Asolo Rep. She would like to thank her wonderful parents, Beth and Kevin, for their continuous love and support on her artistic journey. She would also like to thank her fabulous and generous sponsors: George Kole and Judy Zuckerberg, Barbara Jacob, and John and Chris Currie. www.colleenlafeber.com
Amber Lageman received her BA from Columbia College Chicago and MA from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Shakespeare’s Globe Education Program. She would like to thank her sponsors: George and Jane Morgan and Tere Reis for making it possible for her to be here, her second year ensemble for being themselves, and her parents for their unwavering love and support.
Kedren Spencer is delighted to finally step onto the stage with her wonderful classmates! She thanks her family for their limitless love and support, and her incredible sponsors Nancy Markle, Ben Meluskey, and Joyce Menschel. Kedren was seen on the Asolo Rep stage in the world premiere musical Josephine; in Washington, D.C. at the Shakespeare Theatre Company (The Tempest, Measure for Measure); The Keegan Theatre (Hair); Center Stage (Amadeus); and will appear in the upcoming web series, ‘SUGAR’. www.kedrenspencer.com
Wes Tolman is honored to make his FSU/Asolo Conservatory debut. He holds a BS from Utah Valley University in Acting. Asolo Rep credits include understudy roles in All the Way and Living on Love last season. He is known as the Prince spokesman for the viral internet ads for Squatty Potty. Endless thanks to his sponsors Nancy Gold, India and Bruce Lesser, and the Foster & Martha Harmon Endowed Fund for making his time here possible.
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