Carissa is a rising sophomore at Mount Holyoke College studying Theatre Arts on the Acting/Directing track. A Massachusetts native, she has been involved in theatre since as long as she can remember at companies such as the Encore Repertory Company, Uncommon Theatre Company, and Mass Music and Arts Society, and she is thrilled to be taking her first leap into the professional theatre world. As a Keegan PLAY-RAH-KA Teaching Assistant, she is most excited to work alongside young performers as we all navigate what it means to create theatre virtually! She is extremely passionate about inclusivity and activism through theatre and she is very excited to nurture this passion with Keegan PLAY-RAH-KA this summer.
Sam Norman is a Brit abroad, currently studying for an MFA in writing musical theatre at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. He has co-written musicals that have been performed across the UK and authored a book of comic poems, A Teen’s Guide to Modern Manners (Little, Brown). A graduate of Oxford University, he is grateful to Keegan PLAY-RAH-KA for allowing him to combine his twin passions of creating theatre and working with young people!
Rebecca is a May 2020 graduate from St. Mary’s College of Maryland with a degree in Theatre, Film, and Media Studies. While at St. Mary’s, Rebecca was involved with stage managing, directing, playwriting, acting, and set and costume design. However, she has shifted her focus to Arts Administration in hopes to bring the joy of the arts to communities near and far. She is excited to begin her post-graduate internship and to further her knowledge in what it takes to run a theatre as great as The Keegan!
Julia Rabson Harris is a student at American University and a freelance director. jrabsonharris.com
Lily is a working actor and teaching artist with Keegan PLAY-RAH-KA, Imagination Stage, and CARE Actor.
Parker is continuing his studies at the University of Pittsburgh, double majoring in theatre and music, and hopes to someday perform professionally.
Olivia Hunt most enjoyed exploring the connections between Keegan’s repertoire and DC’s cultural and political climates during her PRK internship.
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.
Gabrielle Busch, back in her hometown of DC, has her sights set high on getting involved in the theatre community as much as she can.
Sage is currently pursuing a B.F.A. in Theatre Arts Administration at Howard University.
Zachary Pareizs is continuing his studies at the University of Georgia, triple majoring in Entertainment Media Studies, Theatre Studies, and Performance Studies.
Chloe Friedman is continuing her studies at Marymount Manhattan College in pursuit of a BA in Musical Theatre.
While working with PRK, Chris enjoyed passing on knowledge, watching students apply it, and then watching them shine.
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.”
Gracie Albus is continuing to follow her passion for acting and stage management.
Trevor Haren is continuing his studies at Luther College in Decorah, IA in Theatre, Musical Theatre, and Management.
Daniella is excited to continue exploring arts education and PR, and is looking forward to opening up new possibilities for her life in the theatre.
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.”