Arts alumni entertaining audiences nationwide

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 3:55:00 PM

From Washington, D.C., and New York City to Los Angeles, with a heavy concentration in the Midwest, Cardinal Stritch University arts alumni can be found in front of the curtain, backstage, and active in theater companies throughout the country. These are some of the latest works involving our alumni. For anyone we missed, please let us know at

Stritch theater and art alumnus James Konicek, ’95, currently is cast as commander-in-chief/ensemble in “Mother Courage and Her Children,” which runs through March 9 at the Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater in Washington, D.C. The production’s title role is being played by Kathleen Turner, known for her roles in movies like “Romancing the Stone” and “Body Heat.” Konicek also received a nomination for the prestigious Helen Hayes Award, which recognizes outstanding theater work in Washington, D.C. He’s up for Outstanding Supporting Actor of 2013 for his performance as Captain Hook in “Peter Pan and Wendy.” Award winners will be named at an event in April.

In a run that finished on Feb. 16, alumna Anita (Kane) Domnitz, ’87, starred in “Shooting Star” as Elena at the Boulevard Theater. Retired Stritch faculty member and former Theater Department chair David Oswald directed the production. Reviews by Harry Cherkinian of the Shepherd Express, Peggy Sue Dunigan of, and Mike Fischer of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, as well as several others, offered praise for the production.

Alumna Mallory Metoxen, ’10, is the new director of marketing and public relations for Renaissance TheaterWorks. She joins alumna Lisa Marie (Moldenhauer) Rasmussen, ’03, who has served as the company’s development director since 2008.Metoxen directed “The Understudy” at Renaissance, which ran from Jan. 19-Feb. 9 and starred Stritch alumnus Philip Sletteland, ’03, as Jake. The production received rave reviews from several local critics: Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Dave Begel,; Tom Strini, Striniwrites blog; and Matthew Reddin, Third Coast Daily. Metoxen also appeared on WISN-TV in an Arts Avenue segment to promote the show earlier this month. And, in recognition of her professional directorial debut, published a story that describes Metoxen’s journey from her first production in 8th grade through this latest production. A group of Stritch faculty, students, alumni and supporters gathered at one of the January shows when it was recognized as a Renaissance Community Partner. The group was captured in a photo posted on the Renaissance Theaterworks Facebook page. Another photo taken by alumnus Troy Freund, ’95, of the cast of “The Understudy” shows Metoxen and Sletteland together with fellow castmates.

Sean Anthony Jackson, ’13, performed in the ensemble in Skylight Music Theatre’s “In the Heights” and art alumnus Ryan James Treviranus, ’12, served as a stage management intern for the production, which ran through last Sunday.

Music alumnus Doug Clemons, ’12, did several recent Milwaukee performances, including Sunset Playhouse's "One Singular Sensation: A Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch" in November, and Skylight Music Theatre's "Les Miserables” in November and December.Clemons also took part in the Eurydice Festival, a multi-show event dedicated to the ancient Greek myth of Eurydice, as Aristaeus in “The Crawling Dove” at the Otteson Theatre. Providing music direction for “Go to Hades” at the Eurydice Festival was theater alumna Joanna Kerner, ’09.

Kerner also performed as the maid/oracle and contributed original music to Leda Hoffmann’s production of “The Penelopiad” last summer. Several Milwaukee reviews praised the production. She also performs in various venues as singer-songwriter Rocket Paloma.

Katie (Landa) Cummings, ’97, just finished directing First Stage Children’s Theater’s production of “The Cat in the Hat” as part of the First Steps series, which is geared toward children ages 3 to 6. She works at First Stage Theater Academy, “the nation’s largest high-impact theater training program for young people,” as an academy director. Fellow Stritch alumna Leah Dueno, ’09 also works for First Stage as lead wardrobe.

Jen (Wade) Anderson, ’12, was an assistant stage manager for Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s productions “End of the Rainbow,” which ended its month-long run on Feb. 9, and for “Noises Off,” which ran Nov. 19-Dec. 22, 2013. She begins working this week as the assistant stage manager for “An Iliad,” another Rep production that runs from Feb. 25-March 23.

Bradley Anderson, ’06, played Thomas Putnam in the Flea’s production of “Sarah Flood in Salem Mass” from Sept. 24-Oct. 7. The Flea, an off-off Broadway theater, is located in Tribeca, a neighborhood in Lower Manhattan, New York City. View photos and brief videos about the production on The Flea’s website.

Jason Lovett, ’03, played a plumber in a December episode of “The Young and the Restless,” filmed in Los Angeles. In 2008, he had a recurring role as a mystery man on another soap opera, “Days of Our Lives.” Other TV appearances include single-episode appearances on “The West Wing,” “Will and Grace,” “According to Jim,” “Nip/Tuck,” and “Victorious.” See his demo reel at and view a 2009 video below of his reflections on his experiences at Stritch.

Out of 3,000 submissions from around the world, a TV pilot featuring Neil Arsenty, ’03, was one of six independently-made Chicago comedies selected for screening along with 41 other finalists at the New York Television Festival last October. “Hank Frisco: Galaxy Defender,” first showed in a preview at The Music Box Theatre in Chicago. Arsenty played Lieutenant Bonzo, Hank Frisco’s loyal assistant.