Theatre Arts Alumnae Stories

Mount Holyoke students and alumnae can conduct informational interviews with alumnae working in the field through the Alumnae Association Career Directory. Search alumnae by major or career field. In addition, some alumnae are participating in the Alumnae Stay Program which is a network of Alumnae who have offered to temporarily host students or alumnae traveling for academic or professional growth.

Paula T. Alekson ’90
Paula T. Alekson ’90: I have been greatly served by the totality of my educational experience founded in the classroom, on the stage, and the box office.
Erin Murphy ’15
Erin Murphy ’15: My theater experience pushed me to be more flexible and open-minded about the ways in which theater could exist in my life.
Anna Driftmier '12 hooking up lights.
Anna Driftmier ’12: What tends to surprise people are the ways in which my classics degree has influenced my career beyond just its history with theater.
Naomi Rodri '15: like historians, theatrical professionals constantly question what a play means and how it can be understood in its historical context.
Photo of Anna Rose Keefe with garment
Anna Rose Keefe '13 thinks about her time as a costume shop assistant.
Laura Zingle ’03
Laura Zingle ’03: my academic/work experience made me a better stage manager and I thank MHC for shaping me into a more confident, worldly individual.
Ellie Schwetye ’04
Ellie Schwetye ’04: inspired by female-focused, female-driven and female-created theater traditions.
Erica Berman ’05
Erica Berman ’05: In the theater department, I explored my artistry, gained confidence in my storytelling abilities and expanded my artistic world view.
Josie Cooper ’20
Josie Cooper ’20: I am pursuing a major that makes me excited to practice the things that I love, such as acting, and trying new things, like lighting.
Cassandra Cushman
Cassandra Cushman ’08: I learned lessons that have carried me to New York City, on to film, to the stages of The Public and Roundabout theaters and beyond.
Emma Boisselle ’13
Emma Boisselle ’13: When people ask me what I do for a living, I say, “I’m an actor whose day job is being a lighting designer.”