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Alumni and KTAN Updates

Alumni Reunion at the 2017 Production of Fun Home

 Alumni Reunion at the 2017 production of FUN HOME

Graduating from college is an achievement--and for K students, it is the chance to build upon other significant experiences and create one's own life path.

Here in the Department of Theatre Arts, alumni stay connected to the department and each other through the Kalamazoo Theatre Arts Network (KTAN). First formed by Ed Menta before the days of Facebook, KTAN keeps our theatre major alumni connected and informed about what everyone is doing. We have over 350 theatre alumni connected through KTAN.

To become a part of KTAN, fill out our KTAN New Member Induction Form.

To Update your current KTAN Information or provide updates for the Newsletter fill out our KTAN Information Update Form.

Though we've missed a few newsletters, we're aiming to get a newsletter out in June 2018. Here's how it works: an updated directory is sent to theatre major alumni which lists their occupations and contact information. Current students are able to turn to these alumni as important resources and for ideas regarding internships. 

Notable Kalamazoo College Theatre Alumni

Lisa Kron

Kron (picture left) accepting 
her award for Best Musical
Score at the 2015 Tony Awards
 

Lisa Kron '83

Kron (picture left) is a Tony Award winner for Best Book and Best Lyrics and Score Of A Musical for her musical Fun Home in 2015 (the show also won Best Musical and Best Actor in a Musical). Fun Home is based on the graphic novel of the same name by Alison Betchdel. Festival Playhouse is proud to be the first college production company to produce this show! Kron has also written two one-woman shows titled 101 Humiliating Stories and 2.5 Minute Ride. In 1989, Kron and some fellow actor founded a New York theatre company 5 Lesbian Brothers. The group writes and performs witty satiric works from a feminist and lesbian perspective. The Brothers have also toured all over the United States. The Brothers have won the Obie Award as well as other awards and have published The Five Lesbian Brothers' Guide to Life and Five Lesbian Brothers Four Plays. Her most recent achivement was being awarded the Kleban Prize for most promising musical theatre librettist in 2017.

Her musical Fun Home was produced at Kalamazoo College in 2017, click here to see photos and news stories about the production.

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Yeun and K College 
President Jorge Gonzalez

Steven Yeun '05-

Steven Yeun is best known for his role as Glenn Rhee, one of the lead characters, in AMC's The Walking Dead. Yeun was awarded a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television for his role on The Walking Dead. Most recently he did the voice of Bo the Donkey in the 2017 movie The Star. He has also been in improv groups such as The Second City in Chicago and Stir Friday Night, an improv group made up of all Asian American actors. Yeun has also been in a number of TV shows and films including The Big Bang Theory, Law & Order LA, Netflix Original Okja, and Drunk History. He has also done voice acting for a number of movies and TV shows including American Dad!, Legend of Korra, Netfix Original Trollhunters, and Voltron: Legendary Defenders 

Jordan Klepper

Klepper hosting his 
show 'The Opposition
with Jodran Klepper"
on Comedy Central

Jordan Klepper '01-

Klepper is a comedian and former correspondent on The Daily Show. He became the 13th person ever to host The Daily Show. He is currently hosting the satirical show The Opposition with Jordan Klepper on Comedy Central and has been hosting since 2017. Klepper also hosted his own TV Special titled Jordan Klepper Solves Guns that aired in June 2017. He began his career working for the Big Ten Network as a comedian on the show Big Ten Friday Night Tailgate. Klepper is a former member of improv groups The Second City and Upright Citizens Brigade.

Joe Tracz

Joe Tracz '04-

Tracz is a playwright, screenwriter, and librettist. His adaptation of the first book in the Percy Jackson series, The Lightning Thief received a Lortel nomination for Outstanding Musical. The Lightening Thief is currently performing Off-Broadway. His plays have been developed at Manhattan Theatre Club, Roundabout Theatre Company and Second Stage, and published in “Best American Short Plays”. Film and TV screen writing includes Netflix Original Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Epic, Lights Out, and Clarence. Most recently, he wrote the book for the cult musical Be More Chill that is making its Off Broadway premire July 2018.

Click here to read a NY Times article about the new musical! 

Click here to read a interview with Joe Tracz about his new musical Be More Chill.

Holly Hughes  

Holly Hughes '77-

Hughes is a lesbian performance artist known for her collection of performance pieces titled Clit Notes. In this piece, Hughes performs several roles: herself at different ages, her mother, and various lovers that she has had. She is considered to be one of the most popular and controversial out-there-and-in-your-face writer-performers around. She has been awarded a Lambda Book Award and an Obie Award. In February of 2017 Hughes organized a D.I.Y. style cabaret-style series of performance events protesting newly-elected Donald Trump's presidency entitled "Not My President's Day." She currently teaches fine arts at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.