What Our Alumni & Students Are Doing
- Jimmi Simpson ('98) returned to the BU campus for a series of lectures and workshops during the Fall 2011 semester. He appeared opposite Hank Azaria in The Farnsworth Invention on Broadway. Read the NY Times review here. He has also had recurring roles on "24," "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "Carnivale," "Psych," "My Name Is Earl," "How I Met Your Mother" and "The Late Show with David Letterman," where he appears regularly as "Lyle the Intern." He also appeared in Stephen King's "Rose Red" where he met his wife, actress Melanie Lynsky, best known for her roles in "Ever After," "Heavenly Creatures," "The Informant!" and as Rose in "Two and a Half Men." Jimmi''s film credits include "The Mother of Invention," "Loser," "Herbie: Fully Loaded," "D.E.B.S.," "Stay Alive," "Seraphim Falls," "Zodiac," "The Invention of Lying" and "Date Night." He is currently starring in "Breakout Kings" and the as-yet-unreleased "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter."
- James McMenamin ('01) appeared this spring in a two-month run of At Home at the Zoo at the Arena Stage. Mead Center for American Theater. Check out video from the rehearsals here. Read the MetroWeekly review here. Read the ExpressNightOut.com review here. Read the Washington City Paper review here. He previously appeared in the off-Broadway production of Thornton Wilder's Our Town, where he played George Gibbs in David Cromer's "intimate revival". Read the NY Times review here. Other credits include TV's Law and Order and Law and Order SUV and a regional theater production of Three Penny Opera.
- Scott Moses ('03) is part of the Hell's Kitchen design team that received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Art Direction in a Multi-camera Series. They were nominated for episodes 915 & 916 of the reality show featuring Chef Gordon Ramsey that airs on FOX. He is still working in art direction on Hell's Kitchen, including seasons 11 and 12, which started filming in July 2012. He was recently the lead art director for The Glass House on ABC and is a member of Local 800 Art Directors Guild in Los Angeles, CA.
- Zak Knoll ('04) is currently working as the Master Electrician for the national tour of Priscilla Queen of Desert the Musical. Find out more about it here. Part of his rig includes a bus with over 30,000 LEDs mounted on it. He recently finished working as the Master Electrician on the national (international, really, by way of Japan) tour of Come Fly Away. Before that he was on the road as the Master Electrician with the touring Broadway production of Grease. You can read about it here. He's also been involved with a variety of haunted houses in the the Wilkes Barre/Scanton area. You can read a profile of him here.
- Joe Popson ('09) just received his Actor's Equity membership card and is currently appearing in a new play with music called, "The Death and Life of Dr. Cutter". The play is written by Carrie Robbins, who's a also a costume designer. She designed the costumes for the original Broadway production of Grease and also did White Xmas.
Joe did a staged reading of this last year at The Snapple Theatre on 50th and Bway, and a table read of the new script with a new director a couple months ago, then had the incredible opprounity to do it again in this Off-Bway / Staged Reading contract production.
Before his current show he rehearsed Fairy Tale in New York City. It's an equity showcase and he is one of the 4 ensemble tracks. The show has catchy music, lots of funny stuff and a silly book. The lead is Sahara Davenport, a drag queen, from RuPauls Drag Race on television. You can find out more about the show here, here, or here. Before returning to NYC , he was performing My Fair Lady at the Arizona Broadway Theatre in Peoria, AZ. This production gives him the chance to escape the NYC winter until late February. You can find out more about Arizona Broadway Theatre here. It comes on the heels of his performance in a new rock opera in NYC. It's called "TESS" and is based on the novel Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy. He did a staged reading of this show in NYC and is transferring with it to the NYMF Production. Read more here or here. He has also recently rehearsed for another new musical called "7:32 " which he saw at the KCACTF Region II festival in Philadelphia his senior year. The production It won an award at KCACTF, and he is working on the NYC debut/workshop of it. He also participated in the recording of the cast album of it. Learn more about the show at http://www.732themusical.com/. Click the skeleton to the left to see the cast.
- Marie Danenhower ('10) works full-time at a year-round scene shop outside of Philadelphia, doing everything from painting to sewing and miscellaneous crafts. Some of the projects she has worked on can be seen at the Philadelphia Zoo, on Carnival Cruise ships, and in the upcoming 2013 Children's Medical Center Holiday Parade in Dallas, Texas. After graduating, she was the Master Electrician for The Media Theatre's 2011 production of The Who's TOMMY. She also ran video projections for the run of the show. As soon as TOMMY closed, Marie worked for Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre as a scenic painter for The Music Man, and as an assistant stage manager for Godspell. She picked up some extra work doing load-ins and paint touch-ups for Storybook Musical Theatre, which lead to serving as the Scenic Artist for Saint Joseph's University Theatre Company's production of Is He Dead?. She also did some live event gigs as stagehand/lighting crew. Prior to her current job, she spent most of 2012 working at the PA Renaissance Faire, painting signs during the week and running one of the stages during Faire days.
- Eddie Buck ('11) won the Second Place Audience Award for his short film "Inspiration" in the See What I Am Saying Short Film Contest. See more about, and his film, here.
- Liz Nugent ('12) is currently a production intern at the Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia, PA. She participated in the construction of scenery and properties in the company's productions of Next to Normal, Freud's Last Session, and Cinderella. Liz just accepted a Stage Management Internship position at the Lantern Theatre Company starting in mid December 2012 until the end of February 2013 on their production of The Beauty Queen of Leenane. After she graduated college, Liz worked as a Stage Operations Intern for the summer at the world renown Glimmerglass Opera Festival in Cooperstown, NY, participating in the loading in of scenery, stage crew, changing over between productions in a rotating repertory style, and striking the productions at the end of the summer for the season's productions of Aida, The Music Man, Lost In the Stars, and Armide. She plans on returning to this venue in the upcoming summer season either as staff or a second-year intern.
- Joshua Current ('12) has kept busy since graduating! In Fall 2012, he was the Lighting Designer for Elmira Little Theatre's production of "A Little Night Music" at the Clemens Center. He's also working for IATSE local 289 as over hire (at the Clemens Center), working on shows such as The Color Purple, West Side Story, Shrek the Musical, Cirque Dreams Holidaze, Blue Man Group. More recentluy, he's been busy as Lighting Adviser for Troy High School Drama Club's Production of Seussical the Musical and
Lighting Designer for Elmira Little Theatre's production of Anything Goes at the Clemens Center, both during Spring 2013.
- Holli Trivelpiece ('13) got the internship with the Prospect Theatre Company for their Off Broadway Musical production of Unlock'd during summer 2013. She's part of wardrobe crew and various activities such as quick changes, makeup, wigs, and show run crew. Read more about the show here: http://www.theatermania.com/new-york-city-theater/reviews/06-2013/unlockd_65470.html
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