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

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MOBILE, Ala. – Two senior students in the Alabama School of the Arts at University of Mobile worked with casting directors and Broadway professionals during a New York City Showcase held March 7-11.

Bruce Earnest, associate professor of music and musical theatre at the Alabama School of the Arts, said the UM students participated in professional workshops with students from throughout the nation.

“This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to work with and audition for the top agents and casting directors in the country. Our students were both highly competitive and Christ-like in their interaction with other artists and industry professionals.” said Earnest.

Musical theatre major Allen Dawson of Mobile and Skyler Gilliland of McCalla, Ala., a worship leadership major with concentrations in film and theatre, worked with the casting director for Telsey + Company, a top casting agency.

Dawson and Gilliland prepared a showcase audition that included songs and monologues, were coached by Broadway professionals and performed their showcases for a panel of talent agents, managers and casting directors.

Earnest said the NYC Showcase offers a unique opportunity for students majoring in musical theatre and theatre at the Christian university.

“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 Earnest at 251.442.2325 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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