Meet the Majors and Minors

Akhila Khanna '17 is a senior theatre major and psychology minor from New Delhi, India.  Along with acting in student and faculty shows at Middlebury, she has assistant stage managed for PTP's Scenes of an Execution and directed Damini the Damager at the Hepburn Zoo. Outside of theatre rehearsals Akhila spends her time choreographing for Midd Masti - Middlebury's South Asian Dance group, working as a writing tutor for the CTLR  and reading Augusto Boal's 'Theatre of the Oppressed.'  
Ashley Michelle ’18 is a double Theater and Spanish major with a Psychology minor hailing from Norfolk, Virginia. She is a singer in the Paradiddles a cappella group on campus and the president of the Middlebury College Musical Players. When she is not engaging in classes or performing onstage, Ashley works as an usher for the Middlebury Arts Department. During and after college, she hopes to combine her theater, language, and psychology knowledge in exploring new and existing forms of communication.

Kahari Blue '19 is a Theatre major with minors in Education Studies and African American Studies. His Middlebury credits include The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Chicago, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and American Sunset/Sunrise. Kahari works as a Residential Assistant (RA) for Ross Commons. He also interns with Green Dot, Middlebury's power-based personal violence prevention program. He sings with the Mamajamas, a coed acapella group on campus. He wishes to utilize the skills he learns in college to create social change through the arts, media, and education.

img_2000 Rebecca Coates-Finke '16.5 is a IGS Africa Major with a minor in Theater. She directed The Vagina Monologues February 2014 and Getting Out in November 2014. She is interested in telling stories through theater that are not usually heard, and engaging in theater that explores questions about identity.
Alexander Herdman '17 is from San Francisco and is a Theater-Computer Science joint major.  His past Middlebury credits include Life Under Thirty, A Clockwork Orange, and Mendel, Inc.  He has also co-written the short play The Semester Off, which was produced back home.  Currently, he hopes he can pursue both of his academic pursuits after college. Herdman

Jacob Dombroski '17 is a double major in Theatre and Chemistry.  He never intended to act, but was practically forced to the stage from tech work due to his high school's shortage of male actors. Since arriving on stage, he has scarcely left it.  While at Middlebury, he has participated as actor and stage manager in various productions including Pentecost (ASM), Home Free! (SM), Mendel, Inc. (Halibut), 24 Hour Play Festival, the DramaLabs, and various student film projects. He has also participated in two of the past three MiddSummer Play Labs.  He currently plans to produce and perform in the student production of Three Days of Rain, slated to go up toward the end of January 2016.  Off stage, Jacob is involved with Capoiera, Youthful Alliance of Merrymaking, Xenia, and Quidditch. He also enjoys reading, writing, and spending time outdoors.  He is grateful for all the support from family and friends which brought him this far, and looks forward to two more years with the Theatre Department and his fellow majors.

unnamed Lana Meyer '17 is a Theatre-English joint major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. During her time at Middlebury, she has performed in numerous faculty shows including In the Next Room, Vampire, The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls, Flare Path, and Stupid F***ing Bird.  She was also seen PTP/NYC's 2015 production of Scenes from an Execution. She is currently a production assistant at Middlebury's Town Hall Theater and a costume assistant in the Middlebury College costume shop.
Jackson Prince '17, is a senior Theatre major, English minor from New Canaan, CT. His credits include Tour of Pentecost, The Hangman, A Clockwork Orange, Vampire, Spring Awakening, Clickshare, Stupid Fucking Bird, and The Antigone Project (Fall 2016). He is a member of Middlebrow Improvisational Comedy, founded The Idle Times doodle magazine, and works in the scene shop building sets for faculty productions. img_2849
Gabrielle Owens '17 is a Theatre major and French minor who grew up bouncing around Europe and the US. She has acted in, directed, and stage managed both faculty and student shows at Middlebury, as well as performing in PTP's No End of Blame last summer. She is an avid Shakespeare lover and a fan of classic literature. When she's not in rehearsal, she can usually be found swing dancing, writing book reviews for the Campus, or trying to remember that French word that she knows she read just yesterday.

Sally Seitz '17 is a playwright from Nashville, Tennessee. She is a Senior Theater-English joint major. Past middlebury shows include Vampire (Stage Manager), The Hangman (Assistant Director), and Vinegar Tom (Stage Manager), Venus in Fur (Assistant Director), and  On an Average Day (Director). She has also stage managed for the PTP/NYC 2015 season, and interned for Act Like A Grrrl and Nashville's Actor Bridge Ensemble. She is most proud of her two full-length written works, At the Right Hand of God (Play), and Vera (Screenplay.)

celia_watson_photo Celia Watson '17 is a Theatre and English joint major and Education Studies minor from Surrey, U.K. She is a playwriting-devised focus whose Middlebury credits include Coordinates (Writer/Producer), and the 24-hour Play Festival (Writer). Celia's interests include theatre and arts education, community/devised theatre, playwriting, and arts for people with disabilities. She has interned for Tectonic Theater Project and the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival. On campus she is co-president of storytelling organization The Middlebury Moth-UP, a member of the Swing Dance Club, and a tour guide.
Oliver Wijayapala '17 is a Theatre major from San Francisco, CA. Oliver traveled to the "West Coast of New England" without the intention of majoring in Theatre; however, he soon fell in love with Acting 1 and the whole Theatre Department! In addition to acting, Oliver loves studying Chinese and Education Studies, hoping to mix all of his academic interests in the near future. Oliver can usually be found riding around town in a fire truck, building an igloo outside of his dorm, or yelling in Chinese over a game of Mahjong. pic_for_drama_board

Sam Martin ’19 is a double major in Theatre and American Studies. Recent Middlebury credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Robin Goodfellow) and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (El-Fayoumy). A native of Richmond, VA, Sam has spent several summers with the annual Richmond Shakespeare festival, most recently appearing as Balthasar in Much Ado About Nothing. Outside of theatre, his interests include cooking, reading, filling out forms, and staying hydrated.

Eliza Renner '18 is a Theatre major and education studies minor from Atlanta, Georgia. She is a member of the Otter Nonsense Players, an improv comedy group. She especially loves physical theatre, clowning, and puppetry. When not making theatre, Eliza loves spending time outdoors, cooking delicious local food, sharing stories, and interviewing people for her very real fake podcast.

Victoria Isquith (Toria) '19 is a sophomore joint Theatre-English major from Thetford, Vermont. Middlebury credits include The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Chicago, and stage managing for A Midsummer Night's Dream. Regionally, Toria has also performed at Northern Stage and the New London Barn Playhouse, where she served as a box office associate/acting apprentice for their summer 2015 season. This past summer, Toria was the SM Assistant for PTP/NYC's production of No End of Blame. Outside of rehearsals, Toria sings with the Middlebury Mamajamas a cappella group, and is a student worker at both the Middlebury College Box Office and the Otter Creek Child Center.

Lisa Mordkovich ‘19 is a sophomore Theatre and Psychology double major from the New York-New Jersey area. Along with acting in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at Middlebury, she assistant stage managed for Stupid F***ing Bird, and will be appearing in The Antigone Project in Seeler Theatre and The Waiting Room at the Hepburn Zoo later this season. Outside of theatre, Lisa’s dedicates her time to fitness at YouPower (Midd’s on campus indoor cycling studio), photography, spoken word and creative writing (Blackbird, Verbal Onslaught), and helping out with psychology research. She’s fascinated with theatre because she loves people, especially the people she gets to work with in this department.

Nolan Ellsworth'17 is a senior Theater/English major from Brooklin, Maine.  He is in the process of writing a full-length playwriting thesis, and is also interested in devised work and community-based theater.  Nolan is the cartoon editor of the student newspaper, co-founder of The Idle Times doodle magazine, and a peer-writing tutor.  He spends summers in Maine leading theater classes for kids and teenagers.

Iram Asghar '18 is a Junior Theatre and Studio Art joint major. With a focus in Costume design she has designed several Middlebury College plays. Outside of the college Iram has also costume designed for Roadkill at the NYC Fringe festival. She also works for the costume shop on campus and can often be found there at odd hours of the day. When she is not working or designing she is hosting her radio show, “Infinite c00l j@ms”. Overall, Iram loves analyzing characters, worlds of plays and building costumes that enhance them. She hopes to continue to explore different aspects of theatre during her time here at Middlebury College.

Roxy Adviento '18 is a Theatre/Dance joint major from New York. Middlebury show credits include The Antigone Project, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Heathers: The Musical, Damini the Damager, A Cautionary Tale, and her first co-directed show, Sexpectations. She works in the Theatre Department's Costume Shop and as a Barista in Crossroads Café. Outside of school, she likes thrift shopping, drinking various hot drinks, and coloring her hair more often than she should.
Madeleine Russell ’19 is a Theatre major and History minor from Pasadena, CA. Middlebury credits include The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, The Pitchfork Disney, and American Sunrise/Sunset. She will be performing in Women of Troy this spring. Outside of rehearsals, you’ll find Madeleine working in the Middlebury costume shop, helping manage Midd’s student-run black box space, the Hepburn Zoo, as its treasurer, or watching political dramas.

Department of Theatre

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