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Alumni Success

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Lauren Knoop is a BFA Performance 2015 graduate, currently studying in Ireland at Trinity College Dublin through the Masters of Philosophy in Theatre and Performance. She is currently working on The Suppliant Women, David Greig’s adaptation of Aeschylus’ ancient Greek play of the same name. The production will be featured this year at the Dublin Theatre Festival from September 27-October 1, 2017. 

Lauren Knoop, Theatre Performance, 2015

Shawn HawkinsShawn Hawkins

Congratulations to Shawn Hawkins (Theatre and Drama, 2015) for being named Best Actor for his role in “Barbie’s Kenny” at the 2019 Oregon Independent Film Fest. The independent film also won Best Drama at the festival.

"I love being able to say that I am a working actor, trudging through Los Angeles and living my dreams! The years here in LA have proven to be the most influential and memorable experiences of my life. I am growing, improving and pushing the boundaries of my art and my knowledge. This wouldn’t have been possible without the friends, wisdom and training that I received at Belmont. I owe my heart and soul to the Theatre Department and the people who continue to believe in and support me. Currently I am reading a feature script that I have been cast in as lead actor for this fall. I booked and shot a worldwide Toyota commercial this past weekend and an episode of My Crazy Ex that I starred in aired on Lifetime this week.  It continues to be a whirlwind of exciting projects but the work continues and we all have to keep pushing onward and upward! Much love and dream big my friends!"

Shawn Hawkins, Theatre & Drama, 2015

Benjamin ReedBenjamin Reed, Theatre Alumni

I have been a company member with the American Shakespeare Center since 2014. The ASC is home of the beautiful Blackfriars Playhouse, the world’s only recreation of Shakespeare's indoor theatre located in Staunton, Virginia. This season, I am playing Peter in Peter and the Starcatcher and Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing. I am also the seasons Fight Captain and have taught master classes for Mary Baldwin University. The program at Belmont laid the groundwork for me to go on to earn my MFA and to work with the industry’s leading professionals at such theaters as The Alley, Houston Shakespeare Festival, Tennessee Repertory Theatre, and the American Shakespeare Center. 

Benjamin Reed, Theatre & Drama, 2008

Mason SullivanMason Sullivan, Theatre Alumni

The final words that President Bob Fisher said to my graduating class in May of 2014 were “From here to anywhere.” That statement could not have more true. Since my graduating at Belmont I was accepted into The Actor’s Studio Drama School; one of the Top 10 Graduate Drama Schools in the United States. While I have just recently graduated from ASDS and am working actively in the industry, recently booking a paid feature and meeting a world of agents and casting directors, it goes without saying that Belmont University’s Theater Department laid the groundwork for what would catapult me in the years beyond and into employment. The team that Paul Gatrell assembles and maintains is absolutely among the best that any student will find anywhere. While your degree may be a Bachelor’s, mark my words their program is every bit as strong as any Master’s Degree you’ll find anywhere.

Mason Sullivan, Theatre Performance, 2014

Other Alumni Successes

Belmont Theatre Alumni 2016 graduates, Eliza Garrity (sound design), Rebekah Lecocq (assistant stage manager), 2014 musical theatre graduate Matt Rosenbaum (Mint Julep, one of the main characters), and current students Sam Lowry (projection designer) and Robert Helvey (assistant technical director) were involved in Studio Tenn’s production of The Battle of Franklin

Ara Vito (BA Theatre, May 2016) received second place for the Harold and Mimi Steinberg National Student Playwriting Award for her play Alice.  In addition, the play was named one of the best collegiate theatrical productions in the country by the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) in April 2016, including Outstanding Performance & Production Ensemble and Distinguished Production of a New or Devised Work. 

Morgan Davis and Kyle Odum, both 2016 Theatre Performance graduates, are given stellar reviews for the production of "Noises Off" at the Nashville Rep.

Alumnae Kallen Blair (BFA Theatre, Performance Emphasis, 2014) and Alie B. Gorrie (Musical Theatre, 2015) created “Able: A Series” to raise awareness about actors with disabilities. The video series premiered on Amazon Prime on September 12. Guests interviewed in the series include actor Danny Woodburn, comedian Maysoon Zayid, actress Ali Stroker and several notable others. The goal is to discuss how people in entertainment can create more inclusive and representative stories surrounding those with disabilities.

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