Elizabeth Morton started her Internship in the Summer of 2017 and will continue through the 2017-2018 Season. Elizabeth studies Theatre Arts and Public Relations/Strategic Communication at American University. Her two passions within theatre are costume design and public relations. She hopes to use public relations to bring more audiences to DC theatre, and/or study to receive an MFA in stage design and work in costumes. She hasn’t quite decided yet. She’s excited to work at Keegan where she can explore both her areas of interest, assisting with marketing and wardrobe projects. Elizabeth chose Keegan because of the intimate and community-based atmosphere where she feels she can really make an impact, even as an intern.
Erica Pierce began working at Keegan in May and will be continuing her internship through the 2017-2018 Season! She was an Assistant Stage Manager for Big Fish and is also a teaching artist. She recently graduated from American University with a B.A in Theatre Performance. She is pursuing a career in Acting/Directing and hopes to return to school for her Masters so she can become a professor of Theatre. Erica chose Keegan Theatre because she wanted to find a small group of people who share similar career and life goals. Keegan allows her to pursue teaching, acting, and directing in a way that larger theatres might not. Having the option of exploring multiple concentrations in the theatre was appealing to her. She also loves working with children and felt that the Keegan PLAY-RAH-KA program fostered a creative and exciting opportunity for young theatre lovers.
Izzy Smelkinson started working at Keegan in 2015 when she played Rose in Dogfight (Helen Hayes Nomination for Best Actress). She fell in love with the theatre and is currently Keegan’s sole Apprentice. Izzy acted as Assistant Stage Manager for The Lonesome West and Assistant Director for Keegan PLAY-RAH-KA’s first production, Hamlette. She also both performed and assistant stage managed Mack, Beth. Izzy has also spent time as a Teaching Artist for Keegan PLAY-RAH-KA’s Bright Stars Camp. Izzy continues to return to Keegan because of the wonderful people, opportunities, and beautiful productions. EDUCATION: BA Musical Theatre from American University.
Jackson Kalat started his internship at the start of the 2017-2018 school year and will continue the internship through the 2017-2018 school year. He is a senior at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School. His two passions within theatre are acting and directing. He hopes to go to college to study stage acting and theatre in general and is excited to work at Keegan to get an inside look at the day-to-day operations of a professional theatre. He chose to apply because of the recommendation of a previous intern, Nadia Gaylin, who enjoyed working there last year.
Karim Angulo started his Internship in the Fall of 2017 and will continue through the 2017-2018 Season. Karim is a Junior at the Lab School of Washington, D.C. His passion is acting, which he hopes to pursue in college and professionally. He has performed in numerous plays at Lumina Studio Theatre in Silver Spring, Maryland, which principally produces the plays of William Shakespeare. Karim has performed in adaptations of Hamlet, Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, and many others. He was also an understudy in Arena Stage’s production of Akeelah and the Bee. Karim is excited to learn about other, behind the scenes aspects of theater through his internship at Keegan. He chose Keegan for his internship because he enjoys the close-knit, community-based atmosphere that it offers.
Lauren Frautsch was an Intern in the Summer of 2017. She currently attends the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia where she is majoring in Theatre and minoring in Arts Administration! Her career goals include working for an arts organization and contributing in some way to the amazing field that is theatre. She also has goals of performing in a professional production here in DC! She chose to work at Keegan for several reasons — “The atmosphere of the theatre felt very encouraging and understanding. There was a clear relationship between everyone that walked by, and you can tell that everyone is working hard to produce something great.”
Ariana Hooberman-Piñeiro was an Intern in the Summer of 2017! She was a teaching assistant for the five-week collaboration between Keegan and DC Public Schools and Young Playwright’s Theatre. She is a rising Junior at Coastal Carolina University where she is a Theatre major and Creative Writing minor. After graduation, she hopes to return to D.C. to perform and to write. She loved the opportunity to observe and learn from the professionals at Keegan. “Keegan has created and maintained an amazing community and impact.” She admires the honest storytelling and the production of new works. She feels that learning from the professionals at the creative hub that is Keegan did her a great deal of good.
Magenta Howard started as an intern at Keegan at the end of March and continued through September 2017. She was the assistant stage manager for both Big Fish and Outside Mullingar. She was a teaching artist with Keegan PLAY-RAH-KA and Camp Director for the Bright Stars Summer Camp. She is currently a senior at University of California Santa Cruz, where she’s majoring in theatre with an emphasis in directing and minoring in education. After graduation Magenta plans to pursue arts education and directing. Keegan’s internship program interested her because of its children’s theatre program Keegan PLAY-RAH-KA. The theatre’s projects and presence in its community also drew her to the program. It seemed to be the perfect place to find a strong group of artists from the DC area. In her time here, Magenta found Keegan to be more than a community, but a loving and welcoming family.
Erin McGrath was thrilled to be an Intern at The Keegan Theatre in Education during the Summer of 2017. She is a rising senior at New York University, where she will receive a BFA in Drama and a minor in Global and Urban Education Studies in Spring 2018. After graduating she hopes to work to bring arts enrichment programs to less fortunate students both in the US and abroad. Coming from the New York City theatre scene, she was looking to spend her summer somewhere a little smaller and with a big sense of community. After extensive research into the DC theatre scene, she fell in love with the idea of Keegan PLAY-RAH-KA and all that it offers and decided then and there that she wanted to spend her summer at Keegan with PRK. “With Keegan, I felt as though we were all in it together all the time. It is an experience that I will be able to apply to any institution I work with in the future, or may even help me start an education program of my own someday.”
Cynthia Mullins was an Intern during the Summer of 2017. She is currently a senior Theatre Major with Minors in Musical Theatre and Arts Administration at the University of Mary Washington. She would love to be a working actor post-graduation, getting to work on producing thought-provoking and meaningful material for theatre communities. She chose to intern at Keegan because she absolutely loves the community. Everyone is so kind, professional, and hardworking at Keegan, which really shows in the top-notch productions. She especially admires how much of a mindset there was that everyone gets to experience a little bit of everything and participate in all areas of theatre, not just one. “I think Keegan is a wonderful community of artists that produces great work in a safe and collaborative space that my friends would love to be a part of.”
Hugh Raup was an Intern for the summer of 2017 and worked on the set construction team for Outside Mullingar, When We Were Young and Unafraid, and Big Fish. He is currently enrolled at American University majoring in Theatre Performance with a minor in Business Entertainment. He aspires to act/work in theatre in The District before moving to Chicago. “I first came to Keegan to see Jon Townson in A Man For All Seasons, I quickly became enamored with the theatre and knew I wanted to get involved. I found out that a fair number of my friends from American University have also interned at Keegan and even gained employment. I decided I wanted to join them, so here I am! The most valuable part of my Keegan internship was learning how to use all the power tools needed to build a set. I am hoping to use these skills to land overhire jobs in the near future.”
Ilyana Rose-Davila was a Summer 2017 Intern in set building. She graduated from Eckerd College with Honors May 2016, majoring in Theatre and East Asian Studies with a minor in Japanese. Her future plans involve attending graduate school for a Master of Arts in Theatre. She intends to create a traveling theatre troupe that reflects her passions for theatre, while also using the dramatic arts as a platform for activism and social change. Her most recent work as an actor was in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (as Helena) with the McLean Community Players, and in The Best of Everything (as Amanda) with Eckerd College. One of her current hobbies is voice acting using a variety of character voices and accents. She chose to intern at Keegan mainly for her interest in a variety of theatre disciplines. Keegan offers many opportunities to work backstage and in the box office. Keegan taught her an array of new skills and it has allowed her a unique experience working in a professional theatre unlike any other.