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Haley Wilson, Professional Actress, Class of 2015
Haley graduated from Drake University in 2019 with a BFA in Musical Theatre and Concentrations in Directing & Choreography.
She was awarded an internship at the Regional Theatre, Playhouse on the Square, in Memphis, Tennessee and is now a professional company member. At Playhouse, she has performed in Memphis, Kinky Boots, Head Over Heels, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Songs From a New Word, School House Rock, Peter Pan, Days of Rage, and The Taming. in 2022 she will be taking on the lead role of Patsy Cline in Just A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline. Follow her on Instagram
Other professional Credits include, Urinetown & La Cage Aux Folles at Theatre Memphis.
Caroline Ragland, AEA STAGE MANAGER & PERFORMER, Class of 2013
Caroline has been working in the theatre - on stage and behind the scenes - since she was 10 years old. A 2017 graduate from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, she received her BFA in Musical Theatre while pursuing stage management as an independent study.
An Austin, Texas native, Caroline enjoys hiking in the Hill Country, walking around the lake, and surplus amounts of queso and coffee. She has a fierce love and strong loyalty to her friends and family and will always fight for what she believes is right.
Caroline currently lives in Brooklyn with two wonderful friends, where she is pursuing a career as a freelance stage manager.
Jack Kyser, Web Video Editor at Comedy Central, Class of 2009
Jack graduated is a 2013 graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where I was a Dean's Scholar and film major. I am currently in pre-production on my first feature film, "Cinephile," and recently completed my latest short film, "Harvey's Last Night on the Avenue." I work as a web video editor at Comedy Central for The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, and I was previously an associate producer and assistant editor for Emmy-winning filmmaker Nancy Buirski.
"Harvey's Last Night on the Avenue" was an Official Selection of the 2020 Raleigh Film and Art Festival and the 2020 Black Cat Picture Show in Augusta, GA. "Four Play" won the Audience Award at the Iron Mule Comedy Film Festival in 2018, while "Jack and Lucas Go To A Wedding" was an official selection of the 2017 NewFilmmakers New York Summer Series, 2016 Hudson Valley International Film Festival and 2016 Black Cat Picture Show. My senior thesis film "You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory" won the Best Student Film award at the 2015 Black Cat Picture Show, and was an Official Selection at the 2015 Santa Monica Independent Film Festival, 2015 Hudson Valley International Film Festival, 9th Athens International Film Festival Psarokokalo and Blow-Up Chicago International Arthouse Film Festival.
His film "Jake the Cinephile" was an Official Selection of the 2014 Beacon Film Festival and 2014 NewFilmmakers New York Spring Series. The film "The Wheels" won the Best Student Film award at the 2012 Metropolitan Film Festival of New York and was an Official Selection of the 2012 Coney Island Film Festival, while my first film, "With Love, Marty," was an Official Selection of the 2011 Big Apple Film Festival.
He interned for a year-and-a-half at Martin Scorsese's Sikelia Productions, and served on the Tisch New Theatre Executive Board. At Austin High School, I performed in twenty-three plays and won fourteen Best Actor or All-Star Cast awards at all levels of UIL competition, and advanced to Nationals competition in Monologue, Duet Musical and Shakespeare performance.