August 30, 2006

Three years of professional training makes a big NYC splash


Good news came to Case Western Reserve University and The Cleveland Play House that its 2006 graduates in the MFA Professional Actor Training Program made "a splash" among agents when they showcased their talent in New York City.

Paul Fouquet, the casting director with the Elyssa Myers Casting Agency in New York City oversees the MFA Agent Showcase for the graduates in the MFA Professional Actor Training Program—a collaboration between The Cleveland Play House and Case that professionally trains the next generation of acting professionals through a three year program which is housed in the Play House complex.

Fouquet reported to Ron Wilson, chair of Case's department of theater and dance in the College of Arts and Sciences and director of the acting program, that all of the students in this fourth graduating class in the collaboration have been signed with major talent agencies in New York.

The graduates from the Class of 2006 are Elizabeth Davis, Nicole Fitzpatrick, Joshua John McKay, Jason Miller, Lelund Thompson and Bailey Varness.

Fouquet also mentioned that students have had numerous call backs for commercials, television series, plays and voiceovers.

"This remains the most successful class in regard to agent signings in our history of working together. It is unheard of for an en entire class to get signed and especially by agencies of this quality, said Fouquet. "It only shows you the program is the talk of NYC and is working."

The goal of the acting program is to train a theater artist capable of performing skillfully in a variety of roles from contemporary to classical genres and to provide both technical skills and an aesthetic sensibility for a successful career in the professional theater. All three years of work take place at the Cleveland Play House where students are immersed in the theater from the first day of class until graduation.

To learn more about the graduates in the Class of 2006, visit

For more information: Susan Griffith 216-368-1004.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, August 30, 2006 12:00 PM | News Topics: Alumni, College of Arts and Sciences, HeadlinesMain, Provost Initiatives

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