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Theatre Alums: Where Are They Now?

October 2011 | by Morgan Griffin '12

The St. Ambrose University Theatre Department is very proud of its graduates and wish them all the luck in the world! But where are some of those alumni now that they are out in the big, bad world on their own? Well, now we know the answers! Several students have gone on to bigger and better things and they have shared some of their experiences.

Jenny Stodd '06

This 2006 grad has had quite the year! She just finished a Jan-April stint in Reno, Nev., playing Maria Elena in "The Buddy Holly Story" at the El Dorado Casino and is now spending a few months in Tennessee, getting ready to perform in the musical Ring of Fire at the Gaslight Dinner Theatre!

"When I got to New York and started auditioning I realized that your talent is only a small part of doing this professionally. You have to show why you are the right piece for their puzzle when there are 50 more people just like you in the hallway. Even when it gets tough, you can't lose sight of the dream."

Seth Kaltwasser '09

Since graduating, Seth moved to the Twin Cities and has been "lucky enough to stay consistently busy with theatre work." He has worked with the educational, touring CLIMB Theatre, had an internship with Minneapolis' prestigious Jungle Theatre and performed numerous times for the St. Croix Festival Theatre.

Lately, he has come back to the QCA to perform for both the Curtainbox Theatre Company and Circa '21.

Tyson Danner '07

Tyson has certainly made a name for himself in the QCA! Upon graduation, he founded and directed The Green Room Theatre in Rock Island after discovering a lack of alternative theater in the Quad Cities.

Nowadays, he spends most of his time with the Curtainbox Theatre Company as a member; a vocal and acting instructor; directing its production of Time Stands Still; and directing a family show at Circa 21. He is also the Theatre Coordinator for the Davenport Junior Theatre and is in the midst of directing its production of Wizard of Oz.

Jennifer (Larson) Bjorn

Jennifer is currently in her tenth year teaching theatre for Hand Middle School in Colombia, S.C., and now has former students that "have studied everywhere from Julliard to FSU, to Southern Methodist in Theatre!"

Just this past summer, she took 50 students to New York City and got a backstage tour of a Broadway costume shop and the Lion King. These day she's not only found her calling in teaching, but also to being a parent to her 3-year-old daughter. Every day, she continues to pass on "what I have learned from Cory and Kris every day to young people."

Sarah Zoller Romanowski '98

Sarah is currently the drama department chair for Webster Groves High School in St. Louis, Mo. Not only does she get to teach and direct all the shows at Webster Groves, but last year, her students' production of "Noises Off" was adjudicated and chosen to perform in front of 5,000 people!

Sarah married her husband, Louis, in 2004 and "we are blessed with two little girls, Zoe and Addison. Both have enriched our lives so much."

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