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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). Though we missed a few years, 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. Please share your news (and where you are!) here: KTAN Information Form (complete by March 31, 2018 to be part of the next newsletter). 

Notable Kalamazoo College Theatre Alumni

Lisa Kron '83

Kron is a Tony Award winner for Best Book and Best Lyrics and Score For A Musical for her musical Fun Home in 2015 (the show also won Best Musical and Best Actor for 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 a one woman show titled 101 Humiliating Stories, produced at Kalamazoo College last year. In 1989, Kron and some fellow actors 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.

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. 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 members. 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 a number of voice overs including American Dad!, Legend of Korra, Netfix Original Trollhunters, and Voltron: Legendary Defenders.  

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 hosts The Opposition with Jordan Klepper on Comedy Central. The show airs September 25, 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 '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 work includes Netflix Original Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Epic, Lights Out, and Clarence.

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.