Visual and Performing Arts

Alumni

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We value our alumni and the stories they give to potential and current students. We are reviewing our programs and your feedback is essential to our process. The Michigan Technological University Department of Visual and Performing Arts is looking for information about your experience as a student in the department. This feedback will be used to improve the opportunities we provide to students, to refine our curriculum, and to develop plans for the future.

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What Are Our Alumni Up To?

Starting Their Own Businesses and Recruiting.

Smart Monkeys

Our alumni create businesses and employ our students. They were recently on campus recruiting students. Smart Monkeys specialize in AV control systems. One of our alumni for example headed the final programming check for the Smithsonian Museum on African American History, a museum that is particularly rich in multimedia content.

Big Names. Big Jobs.

8th Day Sound

Many of our alumni are working with big name artists are doing it through this company. Dan Bluhm is currently working with Taylor Swift. Others like Sam Balk have been on tour with Lady Gaga.

Luke Boicourt '14, BS theatre and entertainment technology

Assistant Automation, Feld Entertainment

Anna Catton '16, BS audio production and technology

Consultant at Soundscape Engineering LLC. She is finishing her Ph.D. in Architectural Acoustics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Tom Conran '14, BA sound design

Freelance Audio Engineer in Philadelphia.

Steve Green '14, BA sound design

Video Game Sound Designer. Worked on award winning games: ABZÛ and What Remains of Edith Finch.

Alec Grietsell '15, BS theatre and entertainment technology

Rigging Crew Chief, Walt Disney Company

Lindsey Johns '13, BA sound design

Audio Crew Chief, Walt Disney World.

Dan Labrie '09, BS audio production and technology

Works with ATR Magnetics, the leader in working with reel-to-reel tape. His work has included work at the National Archives in restoration of historic recordings. 

Zach Olsen '12, BS theatre and entertainment technology

Technical Director for Theatre and Dance at East Tennessee State University. He teaches courses in Stagecraft as well as Theatre Laboratory.

Melissa Patterson, BS theatre and entertainment technology

Production Supervisor/Assistant Technical Director, Kulkarni Theatre, Penn State Harrisburg

Jason Scott '17, BS theatre and entertainment technology

Designer, TAIT

Greg Sidnam '15, BS theatre and entertainment technology

Stage Manager, Luckman Fine Arts Complex

Kenny Stahl '11, BS audio production and technology

Freelance Production Manager (currently Chance the Rapper stage manager). Currently he is working on an album that will be mixed by Alan Parsons.

Ken Showler '07, BA sound design

Head of the North American offices of 7thSense Design. He headed up the sound installation at the Ferrari Theme Park in Dubai. They have overseen the multimedia/sound for the Rockettes show at Radio City Music Hall.

Thom Sullivan '14, BS theatre and entertainment technology

Touring Head Carpenter and Head Rigger for Disney on Ice.

John Watza '14, BA sound design

Worked as a sound engineer at Comerica Park (Detroit Tigers). Currently, he is working in Chicago with Sound, Production & Lighting, LLC.

Alumni News

What You Can Do

Professional Networking

Your experience and knowledge is incalculable. Share it with a student or recent graduate.

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