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Meet the Majors

Em Ballou '21 is a senior double major in Theatre and American Studies from South Royalton, Vermont. Her studies are concentrated in Acting and Longform Journalism and focused in Asian American Studies with a dual emphasis in Race & Ethnicity and Cultural Politics. Middlebury acting credits include: finally, Julius Caesar, The Pussygrabber Plays, The Bacchae 2.1, American Idiot, The Wolves, Sunday in the Park with George, Cabaret, and PTP/NYC’s 2018 off-Broadway production of Havel: The Passion of Thought at the Atlantic Stage 2. This past summer, she trained with Boston Conservatory at Berklee and taught youth theatre and dance classes at Chandler Center for the Arts. This year, Em is looking forward to directing and producing finally, a night of Asian American theatre, and her senior acting thesis in the spring. On campus, Em is an Admissions Senior Fellow, Arts & Culture Editor for The Campus, member of the Provost Advisory and Senior Committees, co-president and dances with On Tap, member of Middlebury Discount Comedy, Zookeeper for the student-run black box theatre, community service chair for Tavern, and a proud Cohort 4 BOLD Scholar in the BOLD Women's Leadership Network. She is currently a development and production intern for Broadway Podcast Network, a rapidly expanding digital hub dedicated to theatre and the performing arts industry, and host of BPN’s “Young, Scrappy & Hungry,” a podcast for young artists, by young artists. Em believes representation matters, underrepresented voices of color should be heard, diverse stories should be told, and looks forward to a world of theatre where there is more color on the Great White Way. When she’s not on stage, she enjoys baseball, hanging with her rescue dog London, and curating charcuterie boards. Contact her at or visit her website at

Becca Berlind ‘21 is a Theatre major and Spanish minor from Burlington, Vermont. Middlebury acting credits include Julius Caesar, Men on Boats4.48 PsychosisThe Wolves, and Loners, Lovers, Freaks. She also assisted with design for The Violet Sisters, and assistant directed You Are Here (FYS 2018). Becca spent last summer working at the Women in Theatre Festival with Project Y and A.R.T/NY Theatres in New York City. This semester she is studying at the Eòlia Conservatory of Dramatic Art in Barcelona, where she is devising original theatre. Outside of rehearsals Becca is a public speaking coach and podcast actor for Oratory Now and enjoys dancing, comedy, and luxurious breakfasts. 

Ian Hanson 21’ is a Theatre Major (Playwriting focus) from Toronto, Canada. In the department, he has acted in the productions of Havel: The Passion of Thought and The Bacchae 2.1. Outside of the department, Ian has concentrated on Philosophy and Political Science, and is a member of the frisbee team, the Middlebury Pranksters. Ian also enjoys watching the sunset and scented candles.

Bair Lambert '21 is a Theatre and Philosophy joint major from Winchendon, Massachusetts. His previous Middlebury credits include Loners, Lovers, Freaks, Spring Awakening, Sunday in the Park with George, American Idiot, and The Bacchae 2.1. He is a dedicated member of the Middlebury Mamajamas, an a cappella group on campus. In addition, he helps fix computers at the Apple Desk in the college store, and works in the interlibrary loan department in the library.


Emily Ma '21 is a senior Theatre and Political Science joint major from New York City. Middlebury credits include Julius CaesarOne Flea Spare, American Idiot, and Men on Boats. She has acted with PTP/NYC and Project Y in past summers, and interned at Midd Kid Productions in L.A. her sophomore J-term. She is the Co-President of Middlebury College Musical Theatre and Head Director of Middlebury Discount Comedy.

Katie Marshall '21 is a senior Theatre major and Sociology minor from Cazenovia, New York. Middlebury credits include: One Flea Spare (Darcy Snelgrave), Men on Boats (John Wesley Powell), The River (The Woman), and Talking With (The Twirler). Katie spent last J-Term interning at Midd Kid Productions in LA and this past summer performing in Potomac Theatre Project’s 33rd season as a witch in Cahoot’s Macbeth. Katie is also a member of Middlebury Discount Comedy and in her free time she enjoys writing and running.

 Zoe Samuels '21 is a Theatre major and Chinese minor from Westport, CT.  Middlebury acting credits include The Bacchae 2.1, The Wolves, and Loners, Lovers, Freaks. Additionally, her short play, Jump, was featured in this year's First Year Show. Outside of theatre, she is a proud member of The Middlebury Bobolinks, an a cappella group on campus. She enjoys reading, writing, taking spin classes, watching romantic comedies, and eating more granola than humanly possible.
Zach Varricchione '21 is a Theatre and Political Science joint major from Williston, Vermont. Middlebury acting credits include The Bacchae 2.1, American Idiot, Sunday in the Park with George, ENRON, Spring Awakening, and Cabaret and he directed Airswimming in the fall of 2019. He is a member of the Middlebury Bobolinks, the oldest co-ed acapella group on campus, and co-president of Middlebury College Musical Theatre. He is also an employee at Crossroads Café and the Head RA for Ross. In his free time, he enjoys eating chips and salsa with friends and watching vine compilations.
Gabrielle Martin '21.5 is a theatre major and music minor from Old Bethpage, New York. Middlebury acting credits include Men on BoatsSunday in the Park with GeorgeAmerican Idiot, and Julius Caesar. She also directed and devised the play, I Like You (A Lot). She has TA’ed Shakespeare classes at Berridge Theatre and Film Programs in Normandy, France; was a literary intern and assistant to the producers with Project Y Theatre Company’s Women in Theatre Festival and, is currently an interning teaching artist with Breadloaf School of English’s Beyond the Page. Outside of theatre, Gabrielle is a steering committee member of the Middlebury College Choir, a house manager at the Center for the Arts, and belongs to Middlebury’s anti-human trafficking organization, Stop Traffick. She enjoys cozy sweaters, charcoal drawing, and funky music.
Bella Costantino-Carrigan '22 is a Theatre major and Italian minor from Arlington, Massachusetts. Middlebury acting credits include The Pussy Grabber Plays, The Bacchae 2.1, American Idiot, and You Are Here; design credits include Until I Do, Working, Stop Kiss, Airswimming, and Jump!. She was an acting apprentice for Commonwealth Shakespeare Company last summer and is now a representative for her alumni class. On campus, Bella is a member of the spoken word group Poor Form Poetry, the Vice President of Middlebury Queers and Allies, and works in the costume shop and as an Italian Language Table waiter.
Gibson Grimm ’22 is a Theatre and Film double major from Jacksonville, Florida. His Middlebury credits include The Bacchae 2.1, Untitled Romantic Comedy, Working, and the First Year Show. Outside the department, he is a member of Middlebury Discount Comedy, is a Social Activities Co-Chair for MCAB, and co-hosts a radio show. Gibson is hopeful that the Jaguars will one day win the Super Bowl, and he has no known allergies.
Ryan Kirby '22 is a Theatre and German double major from Waco, Texas. At Middlebury, he has performed in The Baltimore Waltz, The Bacchae 2.1, Sunday in the Park with George, and Der Teufel Liest Auch Keinanzeigen. He also helped produce and direct the Middlebury College First Year Show, Together Apart in 2020. Ryan is a member of Middlebury Discount Comedy and on the Middlebury College Crew Team, but his deepest passions lie within yoga practice. Ryan works as a graphic designer/media technician for the Costume Department and Dining Halls, and in his free-time, he is an artist, writer, photographer, and runner. Most importantly, Ryan knows Whitney Houston is the greatest singer of all time.
Wynn McClenahan '22 is a Theatre major from Montclair, NJ. Middlebury credits include Julius Caesar (Julius Caesar), American Idiot (St. Jimmy), The Pussy Grabber Plays (Sat Nam), The Bacchae 2.1 (Agave's Aide), Sunday in the Park with George (Harriett Pawling), and The 2018 First Year Show. She is currently studying acting with the Barrow Group. She spent the summer of 2019 interning with Broadway Workshop in New York City and taking classes at the Upright Citizens Brigade. Her seven prior summers were spent at Stagedoor Manor. At Middlebury, she is the Vice-President of the Middlebury College Musical Theatre club and works as the Theatre Office Assistant. Follow her on instagram: @wynnmcc
Molly Dorion '22.5 is a theatre and psychology double major from Carpinteria, California. At Middlebury, she has performed in The Bacchae 2.1Julius Caesar, a reading of Ms. Macbeth, and The Pussy Grabber Plays. Molly is also a member of the Middlebury College Musical Players and works in the costume shop. Outside of the theatre, Molly can be found running around Vermont or enjoying a large bowl of ice cream.
Madison Middleton '22.5 is a Theatre and Music joint major from Germantown, Maryland. Madison's Middlebury acting credits include Bacchae 2.1 (Tattooed Woman), The Light in the Piazza (Margaret Johnson), Julius Caesar (Brutus), and I Like You A Lot (Person 2). Some other favorite acting credits include Cabaret (Fraulein Schneider), Avenue Q (Kate Monster), SOON: A New Musical by Nick Blaemire (Charlie), and Polaroid Stories (Orpheus). Madison is also a playwright, and two of their 60-minute plays have been professionally produced in the DC area. On the Middlebury campus, Madison is a member of the Middlebury College Choir and vice-president of the Middlebury College Musical Theatre club. They're interested in musical and theatrical world-building, puppetry, magic, and environmental justice.
Charlie Porto '23 is a Neuroscience/Theatre double major from the warm beaches of Miami, Florida. He has appeared in 9 to 5, The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon, Jump!, and has worked lights for many, many shows. He is a technical member of MDC and labors in the production studio. In his spare time, Charlie likes to read poetry and potentially pretentious novels whilst completing the art hipster aesthetic by listening to the likes of Bob Dylan and Tom Misch.

Department of Theatre

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