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Get to Know Our Student Bloggers for Fall 2021


This season, we've added 19 new bloggers to our ever-growing student blogger team.

The BroadwayWorld student blogger program is excited to welcome 19 new writers to the student blogging team this season, running from October to January. The bloggers represent colleges from all over the world!

Our student bloggers write about how they're coping with the current global health crisis, give insight on their school's performing arts programs, share their opinions on the latest theater news, and so much more.

Check out more Student Blogs here! And don't miss a single blog by following our Instagram and liking our Facebook page!

Get to know our new writers and read their latest posts below.

Student Blogger: Allie Flanders

Allie is a sophomore at Vassar College.

Student Blog: How to Find Connection After Almost Two Years of Isolation

Excerpt: Coming back to school this year was a difficult transition. I felt a little bit cheated out of my freshman year, as I am sure so many can relate to. Between online classes and limited activities and clubs, meeting people and feeling connected was difficult. This year, I decided I wanted to seek out hope and connection through my passions.

Read the full blog here!

Student Blogger: Annie Petrelli

Annie is a freshman at Loyola University Chicago

Student Blog: Midterms and Musicals

Excerpt: This is my first year at college. It can be both exciting and at the same time anxiety-inducing. After finally getting through the fear of move in, a new fear has formed: midterms. While I had semester exams throughout high school, those only accounted for a small portion of my grade.

Read the full blog here!

Student Blogger: Brighton Horan

Brighton is a senior at Marymount Manhattan College.

Student Blog: An Introduction

Excerpt: Hello, BroadwayWorld readers! I'm Brighton (they/them) and I'm a current senior at Marymount Manhattan College on the Upper East Side of New York City! I am studying for my BA in Theatre Arts with concentrations in Directing and in Theatre & New Media.

Read the full blog here!

Student Blogger: Carmen Vimo

Carmen is a freshman at Florida International University

Student Blog: Music, My Best Friend

Excerpt: Music is your number one empathizer. Every genre, every song, and every lyric to me represents different people to depend on to find solace or simply as an escapade from ennui. Especially since I associate much of my musical erudition with my parents' and grandparents' upbringing classics along with the new music I grew up with, you're exposed to a whole universe of magic that can really cheer you up at any given time. It's also something I take to heart since I've sung throughout my life and just always look further than just how music makes me feel, such as analyzing the instruments utilized or how harmonies were built to make a fabulous syncopation, and blah-blah-BLAH. I shan't bore you with that since I'm not a music teacher. But, I revel in the fact that music can solely convert itself into an act of leisure to a lengthy encyclopedia of rhythms that I must observe and then learn from.

Read the full blog here!

Student Blogger: Elisa Kluger

Annie is a sophomore at Marymount Manhattan College

Student Blog: Quick and Easy Broadway Costumes for Halloween

Excerpt: Have you ever wanted to dress like your favorite theater character? Now you can! Read this student blog post to see how you can have some great and easy Halloween costumes of different theater characters.

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Student Blogger: Emily Pugh

Annie is a sophomore at University of California, San Diego

Student Blog: The Top Five Musicals to Get You Ready for Halloween

Excerpt: With the leaves changing, the temperatures dropping, and the new display of pumpkin and skeleton decorations everywhere, it is clear that fall is in the air and Halloween is just around the "coroner," to quote The Addams Family musical. Although October is usually an exciting time for students as they get further settled into their college routine, it can also be a stressful period due to the increasing amounts of assignments and midterms. For all of these reasons, it is not hard to imagine that college students, like me, have not yet gotten in the mood for Halloween. Thus, to help get you ready for October 31st, I have listed the top five Halloween musicals. Whether you stream these titles in your free time or listen to the curated playlist below, these musicals are sure to put you in the Halloween mood.

Read the full blog here!

Student Blogger: Erica Lambert

Erica is a senior at Manhattanville College

Student Blog: An Original Adaptation

Excerpt: We received such a great response from the audience. It was great to receive such a positive response for something all of the cast and the director/writer himself put so much hard work into! We created an original production in seven weeks. Plus, it was the first live performance back at my school since the COVID-19 outbreak. Being a part of this production was such a breath of fresh air, wholesome, fun, and positive experience. This really made me see a different side to what theater can be when we forego 'normal'. If you ever get the opportunity to work on a new production you should go for it!

Read the full blog here!

Student Blogger: Jake Aron

Jake is a freshman at Bradley University

Student Blog: A Great Theater Teacher

Excerpt: Although he was my teacher, I, and many other students, considered him a friend. He was one of the easiest, most enjoyable people to talk to, and he always found the good in those around him, even if there wasn't much good to find. [...] If I were tasked with characterizing a great theater teacher, I would give them every trait of Mark Guerra. If I were tasked with characterizing a great human, I would give them every trait of Mark Guerra.

Read the full blog here!

Student Blogger: Jana Denning

Student Blog: Staying Involved in Theatre (for Non-Theatre Majors)

Excerpt: Almost everyone, including myself, expected me to major in musical theatre. It's what I eat, sleep, and breathe. Instead, I'm pursuing a degree in Architecture, but I don't want to miss out on theatre while I'm in college, so I've compiled some ideas for how you (and I) can stay involved in the theatre scene no matter what your major is.

Read the full blog here!

Student Blogger: Lana Sage

Lana is studying acting at Boston University

Student Blog: Beautiful, Brilliant Change

Excerpt: Hi Friends! My name is Lana Sage (She/Her). I am currently attending Boston University for my BFA in Acting with a musical theatre concentration ('25). In my first blog, I contemplate my lack of homesickness and acceptance of the loneliness I've experienced my first two months of college. I hope to remind myself of the necessity that is change.

Read the full blog here!

Student Blogger: Lauren Lakra

Lauren is a freshman at New York University

Student Blog: The Struggle of Becoming an Educated Actor

Excerpt: 'What makes a successful actor?' is a question I hear all too often at workshops and intensives, questionnaires, and even in classes. A question with no defined answer, open to perspective and experience to guide it. A question that prompts me to raise another, much more important question that I find somewhat synonymous; 'what makes an educated actor?'

Read the full blog here!

Student Blogger: Makalah Sizer

Makalah is a senior at Nazareth College

Student Blog: Day at the Museums

Excerpt: Visiting the African American Museum was a wonderful experience. I had been in the past, but wasn't able to see all of the exhibits. One of my favorite exhibits was the 'Taking the Stage' exhibit. I had the most amazing time on this trip, not only because I was able to see my sister, but also because I was able to learn more about my peoples histories and have a fun time while doing it

Read the full blog here!

Student Blogger: Mariana Elosúa

Mariana is studying International Relations at Tec de Monterrey

Student Blog: What Does Musical Theatre Mean to You?

Excerpt: This is one question. Yet, one question holds a myriad of answers. How do we respond to this? We go back to the basics. We try to search for answers in their most complex forms, when in fact we should be looking for them in their most simplest forms. Simplicity goes with the purest of things. What makes you smile? Do you feel at home? Do you feel natural when doing things or do you feel forced? Does it feel like new every time?

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Student Blogger: Max Martinez

Student Blog: Pura Vida, Jonathan Larson!

Excerpt: One of the songs from the project, 'Pura Vida', particularly caught my attention. It is about environmental preservation and nature. Pura Vida literally means 'pure life', but in Costa Rica it's like a motto; it's an expression used in almost every conversation. It means that everything is fine, but it can also mean thank you. When I first listened to the song I wondered if Jonathan Larson had ever been to Costa Rica. How did he come up with the phrase?

Read the full blog here!

Student Blogger: MC Chocolate

MC is a senior at Fordham University - Lincoln Center

Student Blog: Friendly Reminder: Smile!

Excerpt: A smile brings many benefits, one of them is in our health. How is that possible? Simple, it releases endorphins or the 'happiness hormones' which help fight stress, improves oxygenation of the blood as the lungs expand and more air enters, also digestion improves as the diaphragm moves and facilitates the digestive process, and last but not least prolongs life up to 4 more years.

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Student Blogger: Olivia Murray

Olivia is a sophomore at American University

Student Blog: Hadestown at the Kennedy Center

Excerpt: This show was absolutely immaculate and there is nothing that can compare to it. I could honestly continue to go on and list every detail I noticed and analyzed, but that would be a very long read for you. I am just so grateful I was able to see this talented company with my sister and her grandmother, and I loved being able to show them why I love theatre so much. The touring company of Hadestown is no joke. I highly recommend to anyone who is able, to go and see the show when it comes to a city near you, you won't want to miss it.

Read the full blog here!

Student Blogger: Rebecca Goldfarb

Rebecca is studying musical theatre at Long Island University Post

Student Blog: Curtains Up! Light the Lights!

Excerpt: The magic of being in a rehearsal room again, of watching a cast perform without a script in their hands for the first time again, of tearing up and getting chills from a powerful moment on stage again-- they're all parts of putting a production together that I didn't even realize how much I missed. After waiting over a year for live theatre to return at LIU Post, I am currently assistant directing our production of The Laramie Project! Here's everything you need to know about our rehearsal process so far since we open this weekend.

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Student Blogger: Sarah Tennille

Sarah is a freshman at AMDA

Student Blog: Three Things I Learned in My First Month Studying Musical Theatre in NYC

Excerpt: I quickly found myself nervously anticipating my first day of class, worrying that something would go horribly wrong or that I'd somehow end up hating it. Thankfully, once I said goodbye to my cat and actually began college in earnest, I realized that it wasn't so intimidating afterall and that I could share my experiences with others to help them through this process that was so stressful it nearly turned my hair grey at 18. So, for those of you out there who will soon be moving to the big city to continue their fine arts education, here are some of my most helpful notes.

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Student Blogger: Sophie Rossman

Sophie is a freshman at New York University

Student Blog: Park Royalty: "Fame" at NYU is Not What You Think

Excerpt: Everyone's a star in the park: the street performers masked in paint, the dimpled, grey-haired lady blowing bubbles for the passersby, and even you, a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed 17-year-old college student whose only objective is to breathe in the vibrance of your new home.

Read the full blog here!

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