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Here's what our former students are doing:

Audra Atkinson Ballet Rincon, On The Mark, New Articulations, Dancers with a Cause

Lee Borden Cabaret Dinner Theatre, Western Colorado Center for the Arts

Laura Bradley Spider Arts, Shelter Repertory Dance Theatre, Push/Don't Pull Dance Theatre, Beyond Boundaries Dance Collective, Aspen Dance Connection, Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, Greenwich Village Chamber Orchestra, Denver Independent Choreographers Project, The Enigmatic Movement Project

John Byer Cirque du Soleil

Scot Cahoon Spotlight Theatre, Shake-in-a-Day, Redhouse Arts Center

Trista Cron Theatre by the Sea, Ocean State Theatre

Cody Gay Poperazzi

Jessica Hanson Circle on the Square on Broadway

Stephanie Hesse Cleo Parker Robinson, Avatar Movement Dance, Vintage Theatre, Equinox Theatre, Performance Now!, Town Hall Arts Center

Nellie Jo Hoffacker Disney

Katie'B Jarvis Denver University, NYU Cap 21, Summer Music Theatre Intensive, CSU Summer Arts, Missoula Children's Theatre, Gravity Defied Theatre, Fort Peck Summer Theatre, Hitchingpost Theatre

Mistelle Jimenez Laurie Devito and Dancers

Landen M. Jones Barter Theatre, Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, Broward Stage Door Theatre, Wheeler Opera House, Prather Family of Theatres, The Actors Enterprise

Natasha Krasnow Illumicirque, New Urban Dance, Casbah Dance Experience

Carolyn Listal West Virginia Public Theatre, Lincoln Center

Raymond Jaramillo McLeod Broadway credits include The Phantom of the Opera, The Wild Party, A Tale of Two cities, Dance of the Vampires, Jeckyll and Hyde, Wonderful Town Eric Patterson Utah Shakespeare Festival, Phoenix Theatre, Orpheum, Mesa Arts Center (AZ), Meadow Brook Theatre

Abbi Phillips Kim Robards Dance

Thomas Phillips American Movie Company

Jessica Rose B & B Dance Company, American Dance Festival

Suzanne Rose Talent Manager in LA, Universal Studios, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Deadliest Warrior, Club Disney, Morningstar Entertainment, Marliss-Seeff Productions, Notorious Films, Crossroads Films, Rawi-Sherman, KTLA, See What I'm Saying: The Deaf Entertainers Documentary, Artist's Company-Hudson

Aaron Rustebakke Last year of MFA in Acting at DePaul University, Saratoga Shakespeare Company, Dream Theatre Company, Grand Theatre Company, Pioneer Playhouse, Manhattan Children's Theatre, Michael Chekhov Theatre, DePaul University, Cobb Productions

Gabrielle Schutz Annex Theatre, Eclectic Productions, The Little Red Studio, Absurd Reality Theatre, E.T. Productions

Maridee Slater Intiman Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre, Poliglot Theatre, RK Productions, Canoe Social Club, Absurd Reality Theatre, Theater Schmeater, On the Boards, Eclectic Theatre Co., RK Productions, Open Door Theatre, Ray Burly Productions, Balagan Theatre, Langston Hughes Performing Arts, Freehold, Second Story Repertory, Rippley Productions, Colorado Mesa University

Lisa Stahler Pasadena Playhouse, Intiman Theatre, Jewish Ensemble Theatre, Open Circle Theater, Theater Schmeater

Jill Tarr West Virginia Public Theatre

Sarah Thompson Westlake Dance Company

Brooke Vlasich Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Denver Center Theatre Company, Central City Opera, National Theatre Conservatory, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Arvada Center for the Arts

Michael Weakley Snob Productions, Colorado School of Dance, RHINO Staging, True Fans Photography

Jenna Webster PACE Center, Zikr Dance Ensemble, APEX Dance

Rachael Weinstein West KYGO Radio, Kevin Campbell Films, CK Media, Manmade Media LLC, Premiere Image Agency, Options Multimedia, Pinto Pictures, Devil Dog Films, AK Hottman Productions

Sarah Wilhelm Union Colony Dinner Theatre, Southern CO Repertory Theatre, Massari Theatre, Evolution Theatre Co. Up in Lights Productions

Nicholas Witham University of Idaho, Idaho Repertory Theatre, Telluride Playwright's Festival, Nevada Conservatory Theatre, Gold Coast Casino

Corey James Wright Equity, AFTRA, World Premiere at Perseverance Theatre, International Tour of Phantom of the Opera, Paper Mill Playhouse, Theatre Works USA, Fireside Theatre, NBC Productions, 3rd Avenue Productions, ACT Alaska, Moore on Stage, The Little Theatre on the Square

Taylor Young Town Hall Arts Center, Englewood Summer Drama Program

Alumni Feature


Susan Haldeman

1995 • Music Theatre

Memorable Roles at Mesa State College:
Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady
Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Lady Macbeth in Macbeth
Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
the Marquis de Merteuil in Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Susan’s first professional job was in a melodrama in Cripple Creek just before graduation. She then went on to a national tour of Pippi Longstocking as Mrs. Prysillius. In 2000-01 she did a national tour of Phantom and has worked regionally all over the US and Canada. After living in New York for about 4 years, she moved to Florida and joined Actors' Equity Association. She has worked ever since as not only an actress, but as a stage manager, wig designer, props designer, company manager and operations manager. She currently works at freeFall Theatre, an SPT-8 Equity theatre in St Petersburg, Florida as their Company/Operations Manager. She owns a home with her wife, Sheryl, and her 2 corgis, Boston terrier and 2 cats. During her time at Mesa, Susan learned the importance of training.

“I also learned to be strong enough for this business. I was pretty fearless at Mesa, and I like to think I’ve carried a bit of that along with me.”