Thirteen graduating School of Theatre + Dance students performed for industry professionals at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in New York City on March 2, 2015. With 35 agents, casting directors, managers and producers in attendance, associate professor and UF Actor Showcase coordinator Tim Altmeyer said the annual showcase helps students gain momentum in field.
“They are the next generation of artists, brave and keenly aware of the practical needs of the marketplace, ready for the challenges that this profession offers,” said Altmeyer.
Yael Reich, a BFA Musical Theatre senior, performed a satirical duet from Spamalot followed by a dramatic solo from 9 to 5. She said the trip to the Big Apple opened her eyes to the possibilities of post-graduation life.
“Being in New York and making my way around the city allowed me to really see myself living there and pounding the pavement,” said Reich. “It got me charged and inspired to start making things happen.”
Altmeyer said ten of the students met with industry professionals the following day, several of them booking more than one meeting.
After performing a scene and a monologue at the showcase, Sunny Smith, a third-year MFA Acting student, landed two interviews, one with a manager and another with a well-known casting director.
“My meetings with the two industry guys blew my mind,” said Smith. “I came to New York with a specific goal—to do good work and have fun. I achieved both of those and walked away with two amazing New York connections.”
Altmeyer, who spent months helping these budding actors prepare their resumes, headshots and audition pieces, said he was very pleased with the industry response to the students.
“The Gator Nation is alive and well in New York City.”