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Senior Theatre Majors in Alabama School of the Arts Work with Casting Directors in NYC

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MOBILE, Ala. – A senior musical theatre student landed a job and another is in talks with agents after participating in New York City Showcase March 26-29, an opportunity provided by University of Mobile to help students move into the professional theatre industry.

Musical theatre seniors Ryan Dunn, P.J. Padgett, Angel Martinez, and Tara Bosarge each prepared a showcase audition that included songs and monologues. They received coaching from Broadway professionals and performed their showcases for a panel of talent agents, managers and casting directors.

“This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to work with and audition for the top agents and casting directors in the country,” said Bruce Earnest, associate professor of music and musical theatre. “Our students were both highly competitive and reflected UM values in their interaction with other artists and industry professionals.”

This showcase offered a unique opportunity for students majoring in musical theatre and theatre at the Christian university, and the four UM representatives turned the heads of the showcase panel members.

All four students received call backs from agents, and Dunn is in talks with an agent interested in representing him. With the help of references from professionals he met at the showcase and a recommendation from UM alumna Elyn Collier in the theatre industry, Padgett landed a job offer with Christian theatre company, Fellowship for Performing Arts in New York City. Both will move to New York City in June. Also, UM graduate Allen Dawson is now working with an agent this year, after participating in workshops the previous year.

“These experiences garner national attention to the excellence of our training and degree programs. We are among only a handful of institutions that are able to provide this opportunity for graduating students. The NYC Showcase allows our students to explore employment opportunities at the highest level while transitioning into the professional theatre industry,” Earnest said.

For information about the musical theatre and theatre programs in the Alabama School of the Arts at University of Mobile, contact Rebeca Lake, Chair of the Theatre

Department, at 251.442.2394 or




About University of Mobile:
University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Core values are: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted and Distinctively-Driven. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in over 40 areas of study. Founded in 1961, University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres.

For more information about University of Mobile, visit the website at or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.

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Rivers Brunson

Rivers is an experienced writer and an alumna of University of Mobile. She graduated in 2015 and holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication. She returned to University of Mobile professionally as marketing communications specialist in 2017. She also hosts a podcast with Bellum Creative Group called Due South about Southern arts and culture. A Grove Hill, Alabama native, Rivers fell in love with the city of Mobile as an undergraduate student and now calls it home; however she takes frequent trips to see her family who are NAMB church planters in Livingston, Montana. She has a lovable golden retriever named Cooper.

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