North Central College - Naperville, IL

Emily Jewison '13

Emily Jewison landed a backstage role at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago with “The Jungle Book,” a world premier musical based on Disney’s animated movie. She started as a stage management intern and was hired as a young performer supervisor when the show began previews in June. Coincidentally, the other young performer supervisor was fellow alum Kate Cora Clark ’08. The pair helped Mowgli and Little Girl into their costumes, supervised them during the show and met their parents at the end of the evening.

Elizabeth Bracken joins North Central’s theatre faculty in fall 2013

Elizabeth Bracken, assistant professor of theatre
North Central College welcomes Assistant Professor of Theatre Elizabeth Bracken as new tenure-track faculty member for 2013-2014 academic year.

North Central College has appointed five new tenure-track faculty members for the 2013-2014 academic year, which begins Sept. 16. Among those new faculty are Assistant Professor of Theatre Elizabeth “Lizzie” Bracken.  

Rachael Hancz '12

Rachael Hancz played the role of Tuesday in Black Fox Theatre’s production of “Brothers Beckett” at The Athenaeum in Chicago.

Abigail Stark '10

Abigail Stark is a loan administrator at Chase Mortgage. She is also pursuing a master of leadership studies degree at North Central. Stark lives in Bolingbrook, IL, and may be reached at  abbystark@hotmail.com

U.S. News & World Report ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2014.

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2014.

Kristen Dunlap-Berg '10

Kristen Dunlap-Berg completed the Belle H. Bennett House program at Scarritt-Bennett Center in Nashville, TN. The 10-month service program focused on the empowerment of young women. The four young women in the program lived in intentional community while practicing spiritual formation and vocation discernment and engaging in social justice efforts. Each woman also interned at a local nonprofit. Dunlap-Berg spent her time at Book’em, a Nashville childhood literacy organization, where she learned about a small nonprofit business.

Elsa Yee-Hall '99

Elsa Yee-Hall is the division coordinator for the American Academy of Pediatrics. She assists in the coordination, planning and logistics of program-related activities. She lives in Harvard, IL, and may be reached at elsancc99@gmail.com.

Lucia Spina '97

Lucia Spina is a swing for the Broadway play “Kinky Boots,” which won two Tony Awards (Best Musical and Best Original Score Written for the Theatre) and four individual Tony Awards. Her job as a swing is to be able to step into specific roles at any given time during the show. As part of the cast, she performed during the television broadcast of the Tony Awards on June 9. She has been in three other major Broadway plays, including “Legally Blonde,” “Les Miserables” and “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” Her roles are listed on her website, luciaspina.com.

Robert Lentz '82

Robert Lentz contributed an essay to a new edition of Zane Grey’s “Riders of the Purple Sage.” The centennial edition is published by Zane Grey’s West Society, which reproduced the 1912 first edition text and includes essays regarding the novel’s history, geography and Grey’s mark on American literature. Lentz’s essay describes the five movie adaptations made from Grey’s novel. For more information visit zgws.org.

Emily Jewison

Emily loves theatre—particularly the behind-the-scenes parts of it.

The aspiring stage manager has taken advantage of numerous opportunities at North Central and in Chicago, expanding her knowledge and gaining experience while also having a blast.

“We have so many amazing opportunities in the theatre department,” Emily says. “Every year, we bring in a guest director—someone who’s prominent in the Chicago theatre world. We develop connections with the city and working artists.

“This fall, I was able to stage manage for [Chicago actor and theatre instructor] Ted Hoerl for a second time, which is absolutely amazing for a college student. I have a reference and someone I can work with in the future.”

Emily has also served as a management intern at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago and worked on the world premiere production of “The Jungle Book.” One of North Central’s biggest perks, she says, is its close proximity to Chicago’s vibrant theatre scene.

“So many doors are opened because we’re so close. It’s easy for theatre students to get internships in Chicago or to bring people in from the city. I love it!”

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