Parker is a freshman at the University of Pittsburgh double majoring in theatre and music. He has a strong passion for the arts and hopes to perform professionally. He’s thrilled to be able to participate in the Keegan PLAY-RAH-KA program and is incredibly excited at the prospect of being able to expand his theatre experience.
Zachary Pareizs is a student at the University of Georgia, triple majoring in Entertainment Media Studies, Theatre Studies, and Performance Studies. He loves directing, writing, and acting, and hopes to work as a teaching artist.
Chris is a senior at Christopher Newport University with a major in Musical Theater. While performing and taking part behind the scenes in high school, college, and community theater, he also has an interest in teaching and mentoring young aspiring performers. When Chris passes on knowledge, watches students apply it, and then watches them shine, it makes him feel like he’s done his job.
Carly is a rising senior at Elon University with a double major in Acting and Arts Administration with a minor in business. While Carly is very passionate about performing, she also has a big interest in what goes on behind the scenes on the administrative level. This summer she is looking forward to seeing how a high caliber theater such as Keegan is run.
Ileana is a senior Theatre Performance and Physics double major at American University. She is most excited about sharing her enthusiasm and love of theatre with kids and teaching them how to be storytellers.
Daniella is a rising junior at American University who is studying Musical Theatre and Journalism. She’s excited to explore arts education and PR through her internship this summer, and is looking forward to opening up new possibilities for her life in the theatre. Daniella loves how theatre can transform people’s lives for the better and empower people to express themselves.
Olivia Hunt is a playwright, screenwriter, and actress pursuing a B.F.A in Dramatic Writing at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, as well as a minor in French. She was most recently awarded the finalist title in London’s Sunday Shorts Festival for her short screenplay, ICE, as well as the Josh Goldfaden Expository Writing Award for her essay writing at NYU. Her work has otherwise been published in Philadelphia Stories Literary magazine and the America Library of Poetry. As for her penchant for comedy, Olivia is also a member of Bechdel Test, NYU’s only all-female sketch comedy and improv team. While in DC she will be acting in and co-directing her short film, Hannah and Kate, with a team of local artists, and is thrilled to be interning with Keegan PLAY-RAH-KA during that same time! She is most looking forward to exploring the connections between Keegan’s upcoming repertoire and D.C.’s cultural and political climates.
A graduate of The University of California Santa Cruz, Magenta served as Keegan PLAY-RAH-KA apprentice, teaching artist, and fellow for 2 seasons (2017-2019), focusing on education, marketing, and stage management.
Ayu hopes to apply her studies by focusing on diversity and inclusion in theatrical performance and space.
Lily is currently a Performance Apprentice at Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach, FL where she teaches and directs with their children’s theatre. She is also performing in Evita and then Junie B. Jones.
Sophia finds theatre education to be incredibly important, as it provides a space for students to think and to feel outside of the confines of the traditional classroom setting.
Quinn is studying theatre at UCLA where she has been part of the stage management team on several productions.
Nadia is a sophomore at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, majoring in Theater, Film, and Media Studies. She recently played Penelope in Kurt Vonnegut’s Happy Birthday, Wanda June on campus.
Elizabeth chose Keegan PLAY-RAH-KA because of the intimate and community-based atmosphere where she felt she could really make an impact, even as an intern.
Jackson hopes to go to college to study stage acting and theatre in general.
Erin graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Theatre and has sinced moved from NYC to Charleston, WV where she is focusing on education policy and reform and serving as an AmeriCorpsVISTA with Literacy Volunteer.
Sonali believes that theatre is a space for storytelling and imagination that allows for a better understanding of each other and our individual experiences.
Conor is in his final semester at The Catholic University where he is getting his MFA in playwriting. His thesis play will be performed in February.
Carly is still at NYU but has switched her major to Politics and is applying for internships with NGOs and advocacy organizations.
Kate is now in undergraduate business school at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska and studying marketing. She is so thankful for her time at Keegan Theatre. She believes that both marketing and theatre are rooted in storytelling, and she is looking forward to using her theatre skills in this new field of study.
Megan loves the way theatrical education allows students to grow into their most kind and confident selves.
Arjun is a freshman at Virginia Tech where he is studying engineering.
Izzy has continued to return to Keegan because of the wonderful people, opportunities, and beautiful productions.
Lauren is currently working as the individual campaigns assistant at The Kennedy Center.
“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.”
Ilyana’s 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.
Michael is grateful for his work at the Keegan Theatre and looks forward to exploring the many challenges directors face in engaging contemporary diverse audiences.
Cassie hopes to help a new generation of artists to flourish! To find more information on Cassie’s theatrical endeavors, please visit www.cassiecope.com!
Kelly is excited to have worked with Keegan and learned from the professional and emerging artists alike.
Naomi is a sophomore in high school and is working in costumes for her school’s theatre department.
Karim chose Keegan for his internship because he enjoys the close-knit, community-based atmosphere that it offers.
Erica loves working with children and felt that the Keegan PLAY-RAH-KA program fostered a creative and exciting opportunity for young theatre lovers.
Ariana is in her senior year at Coastal Carolina, where she will be graduating with a B.A. in Theatre and a minor in Creative Writing! After graduation, she is hoping to move back to the DC area to rejoin this fabulous theatre community for a while.
“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.”