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Successful Graduates

Brandon Palmer graduated in 2011 with a double major in Theatre and Psychology. He is currently working as an actor, director, producer, playwright, and theatre journalist in Denver, Colorado. He also sits on the board of directors for the Byers-Evans House Theatre Company. Recent credits on stage include Ken in John Logan's RED, in Cedar Rapids, member of ensemble casts of The Oscar Wilde Experience and An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe at the Byers-Evans House, Tiny Twist in A Christmas Twist at the John Hand Theatre, and as a part of many new play development projects throughout Denver. This fall/winter, he will be co-directing a production of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House at the Byers-Evans House.

Katherine Blanchard graduated in 2010, double majoring in theatre and political science. She works for the Smithsonian Science Education Center in Washington, DC as the Professional Services Coordinator. She organizes and implements professional development and systemic leadership development programs for educators, administrators and community leaders around the country and around the world. Upon graduating from Coe in 2010, Katherine accepted a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Serbia, where she taught English at the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Belgrade and studied theatre with Dah Teatar, whom she was introduced to through a Coe College May Term in Serbia with Dennis Barnett. After returning to the U.S., Katherine worked for DNAWORKS, a performing arts organization in Sata Fe, NM before moving to Washington. Katherine is also currently pursuing a Master's degree in International Education at The George Washington University.

“My time at Coe College not only helped to shape my future, but led me to the position I am in today. My well-rounded liberal arts education, and majoring in two diverse disciplines, clearly helped me to develop broad perspectives and be comfortable living and working in a different culture.” - Katherine Blanchard '10

Katie Becker is an actor, director, and teacher currently living in Chicago, IL. She worked for three years at Barter Theatre, a historic repertory theatre in Abingdon, Virginia. At Barter, Katie acted in 17 productions, directed 3 productions for young audiences, assisted Casting and New Play Development, and founded a theatre education program in a local juvenile detention center.  She spent the summer of 2011 teaching Classical Scene Study at the Springer Theatre Academy in Columbus, Georgia. Follow her work on her website:

“Coe College was my land of opportunity. The resources available within the theatre department, in other departments, on-campus, and off-campus were diverse and plentiful. I embraced the educational opportunities at every turn and they became the building blocks of my professional and personal life." - Katie Becker ‘07

Emily Dussault, originally from Blaine, Minn., graduated in 2006 with a major in theatre art and has been an actor in the Twin Cities since graduation. She most recently appeared as Ballet Girl in "Elephant's Graveyard" with Theatre Pro Rata. Emily has also worked with Bloomington Civic Theatre ("Les Miserables, Sunday in the Park With George"), Savage Umbrella (Rain Follows the Plow, The Ravagers) and The Moving Company ("Come Hell and High Water"), among others.

"Studying theatre at Coe was one of the best decisions I ever made. From day one, I was challenged and inspired. The Theatre Department at Coe gave me the knowledge, skills and confidence to pursue my dreams after college." - Emily Dussault '06

Matthew Hemesath '01 is a freelance Costume Designer in New York City and member of United Scenic Artists. His theatre credits include working as an assistant designer for Broadway's 2007 production of "Cymbeline" and the Second National Tour of "Jersey Boys." He has designed "Little Shop of Horrors" and "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" for Paper Mill Playhouse among numerous regional and Off Broadway productions.  Television/Online credits include Assistant Designer for "All My Children," "America's Got Talent," "One Life to Live," and "Saturday Night Live." Most recently, Matt worked as assistant designer on the pilot episode for "Gotham" (FOX - fall 2014), assistant designer on "John Wick" a Keanu Reeves action film, and he's currently assistant designer on "Mozart in the Jungle" an online series for Amazon Prime.

  • Jeanne T. Arrigo, Singer/Songwriter with a self-produced album released in 2005 (; actor and self-employed school psychologist in two suburban districts, Chicago, IL.

  • Melanie Bishop, Professional Stage Manager, Chicago IL.

  • Kristi Cockrell is in her second year of graduate school at the University of California San Diego. She recently joined Actors' Equity, a union for professional actors and stage managers. Earlier this year she worked on the La Jolla Playhouse production of Most Wanted with Michael Greif. Currently she is working on the winter dance show.

  • Keith Dixon, Director of Production for Wesley Morris Enterprises, Burbank, CA.

  • Beth Hoffman Faeth, Pastor at UCC Congregational Church, River Falls, WI.

  • Ginny Finn, Lawyer, Milwaukee, WI.

  • Cherie "Rhubarb" Gallinati, Estimator and Project Manager at SECOA, as well as a Freelance Lighting Designer in the Twin Cities, MN area.

  • Wendy Hamilton, Special Events Manager for Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

  • David Hoth, Prop Carpenter for the Denver Center Theatre Company.

  • Mo (Bayles) Moos '89 is a full-time voiceover artist and on-camera actor. She does local and regional work in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area as well as national broadcast and industrial projects.

  • Josh Odor, a 2000 sociology grad who minored in theater and religion, plays University of Texas football coach Darrell Royal in the "The Express," a motion picture about Ernie Davis, the Syracuse running back who in 1961 became the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy.

  • Dean Packard, Technical Director, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO.

  • Randall Presswood, Manager of Performing Arts Center, Bloomsberg, PA.

  • Kathy Schmitt, Resident Actress at Conklin Players Dinner & Starlight Theatre, Bloomington / Peoria, IL.

  • Beck Sloca, Director of Law and Business Affairs for MTV, Santa Monica, CA.

  • John Suchomel, Managing Artistic Director for Temple Circle Theatre, Temple, TX.