Monday, November 17, 2008

GTA Board positions

GTA needs your help! As you know, Georgetown Theatre Alumni is a volunteer-run organization. We will be selecting new volunteers for most board positions for 2009 on a conference call this Thursday, November 20 at 6 pm EST. If you would like to become more involved with GTA, we would be delighted to include you! Please email me at for conference call details.

Sleepwalk With Me

Hoya Mike Birbiglia has a new one-man show Off-Broadway called Sleepwalk With Me. Check out the New York Times review here and the Variety review here and be sure to see the show too! Want to go to the show with other Hoyas? Leave a comment!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

An Invitation from Jamie Gahlon, SFS '07

Jamie is a Management Associate at Arena Stage.

Monday, September 22, 2008

GTA Events at Homecoming

You're invited to join Georgetown Theatre Alumni as we celebrate Georgetown's incredible history in the performing arts over Homecoming Weekend! If you weren't sure about making it home to Georgetown for the weekend, let the opportunity to raise a glass to Georgetown Theater call you back to the Hilltop--we won't make you go to the game.
So, what's on the agenda?

Saturday, October 11th,
4:00-6:00 pm: Reception celebrating Black Theater Ensemble's 30th anniversary and the new Department of Performing Arts. Join us in the Davis Center lobby (that's "the new theater building" for us old folks) for this opportunity to honor BTE's commitment to racial dialogue and its enrichment of Black culture and perspectives through its work on and off the stage.

6:00 pm: Immediately following the reception, join us at the Davis Center for "suddenly BLACK, at Georgetown" a one-woman show written, directed and performed by student and BTE member Obehi Utubor (SFS '09) which presents the history of racial discourse at Georgetown.

8:00 pm: nomadictheatre will present "The Clean House" by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Laura Brienza (COL '10) and produced by Jamie Scott (COL '10) at Walsh Blackbox. If you wish to attend, please get your tickets now online at, as Saturday night tickets are bound to go fast!

10:00 pm: GTA reception and post-show talkback. Join us as we celebrate and mingle with past and present faces of Georgetown theater.

Sunday, October 12
11:00 am: Georgetown Theater Alumni general membership meeting. We will discuss current Georgetown theater projects, board membership/involvement, and upcoming events such as next year's Gala. Breakfast will be served, campus location TBD.

At each event, GTA representatives will be on hand with Hall of Fame nomination information, donation forms and the Georgetown Theatre Alumni newsletter. We hope you will consider becoming more involved with the group, so please ask us about it!

Please reply to if you plan to attend so that we can make preparations for enough people.
We hope to see you in October!!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Harlan at the Rockpile by Seamus Sullivan, SFS '08

Harlan at the Rockpile by Seamus Sullivan, SFS '08

Georgetown University Department of Performing Arts August 19, 2008

The Kennedy Center's 7th Annual
Page-to-Stage Festival

August 30 - September 1, 2008

An annual showcase for new plays and musicals, Page-to-Stage hosts free readings and open rehearsals to give you a glimpse of Washington's new theater season. Featuring:

Harlan At The Rockpile

By Seamus Sullivan (SFS, '08)
Directed by Professor Tim Raphael
Featuring a Cast of GU Students and Alumni
September 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
World Premiere!

GU alum Seamus Sullivan's new play, Harlan at the Rockpile, extends over three centuries and two tumultuous lives. In the 19th century, Josiah Harlan, a Quaker, botanist, surgeon, governor and general, becomes the first American to penetrate Afghanistan's notoriously dangerous landscape and government. And in the 21st century, Harlan O'Neill, a sportswriter and failed foreign correspondent, returns to post-Taliban Afghanistan to monitor parliamentary elections, take political clout back from the warlords, and resurrect both his own career and Afghanistan's future- if he and an entire town aren't blown up first. Directed by Professor Tim Raphael, the creator of 2008's roots-rock opera Wisconsin Death Trip.

Also at the Festival

Sholom Aleichem: Laughter Through Tears

Written and Performed by Theodore Bikel
Musical Direction by Tamara Brooks
September 1 at 2:00 p.m. in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

Most recently seen at Georgetown University's Bridge To Peace Interfaith Arts Festival, Bikel and Brooks return to DC to unveil the world premiere of this movingly delivered, beautifully sung show about the pioneering 19th Century author Sholom Aleichem. Directed by Professor Derek Goldman, director of Georgetown University's Theater and Performance Studies Program.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Spite at Fringe Festival NYC

Mike Lavoie (Col '03) will be appearing with his theater company, Strings Attached, in the Fringe Festival NYC for five shows August 8th - 22nd. InTariq Hamami's, SPITE, five strangers are told they are the heirs to an unthinkable fortune, but only one of them can have it. They must decide who takes it and if it even exists at all. Tickets go on sale July 20th at midnight! More details at

UPDATE: GTA night will be August 22. Come see the show with other alumni! Please leave a comment here if you plan to attend or email

Revenge of the Poisoned Ladies at The Capitol Fringe Festival

Don't Miss Revenge of the Poisoned Ladies!

Georgetown University-Program in Performing Arts July 15, 2008

Revenge of the Poisoned Ladies
at Capital Fringe Festival

A Multi-media Storytelling Performance by Live Action Cartoonists.

Two weekends only! July 17-19, 24-26 at 8 p.m.

Corduroy Restaurant, 1122 9th St. NW

Come see our theatrical B-Horror, based on ghost stories from Feudal Japan and Victorian England! Featuring five performers, interactive video, and puppets! The entire show on a dinner table!

Directed by Prof. Natsu Onoda, the creator/director of the Georgetown University productions Trees and Ghosts and Swimmy and Other Stories. Featuring a cast of gifted GU Theater and Performance Studies students and graduates.

The Capital Fringe Festival connects exploratory artists with adventurous audiences by creating outlets and spaces for creative, cutting-edge, and contemporary performance in the District.

Reserve your tickets at: or purchase at the door.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

GTA on LinkedIn

Join the Georgetown Theatre Alumni group on LinkedIn! Go here:

Reunion Weekend at Georgetown and elsewhere

Georgetown classes ending in 3 and 8 had their reunions on campus May 30-31. Read Mike Lavoie's ('03) great blog post about the event here. He's not the only one to report that a visit to the Royden B. Davis Performing Arts Center caused considerable drooling.

Elsewhere that weekend, a number of other members of the class of 2003 (and others) gathered in Sonoma County, California for a commitment ceremony for Clayton Lord ('03) and Seth Miller ('03). Some photos:

Have you been hanging out with alumni lately? Let us know at!

Monday, May 26, 2008

Medium Man on Campus

The Georgetown Players and a gaggle of alumni get a shout out in comedian Mike Birbiglia's recent interview with New York Press.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Paid Positions in New DC Film Academy

Kevin Miniter (COL '05) is looking for applicants for an exciting new project in DC. This innovative film academy will open this summer by admitting high school students to programs in Directing and Acting for the Camera. In the future, the academy will evolve to provide a multitude of exciting programs for both students and adults.

We are searching for the following paid full and part-time job positions. We will be starting them in the month of June.
  1. Directing Instructors: Individuals with film degrees and teaching experience or with directing experience to teach the directing programs.
    • Directing Teacher's Assistants: individuals with some film experience.
  2. Acting Instructors: Individuals with acting degrees and teaching experience or substantial acting experience.
    • Acting Teacher's Assistants: Individuals with some acting experience, or who are in acting programs in college.
  3. Technically savvy individuals with camera and editing experience
Interested? Contact Kevin at kminiter [at] gmail [dot] com.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Sit Down, Shut Up to include a Hoya voice

Nick Kroll, '02, will join the voice cast of the new animated feature on Fox, Sit Down, Shut Up. The show also reunites several members of the cast of Arrested Development.

"Sit Down," from Tantamount, Sony and Granada, centers on staff members at a high school who are preoccupied with their own needs and agendas, which means the students come second. Fox greenlighted a table read of "Sit Down," based on the live-action Australian series, last month.

Read the complete article in the Hollywood Reporter.

Good Boys and True premieres at Second Stage

Good Boys and True, a new play by Georgetown alum Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, opens at Second Stage Theatre in New York on April 23.

For generations, Saint Joseph’s Prep, an all-boys Catholic school in Washington, D.C., has taken privileged young men and shaped them into “good boys and true." In the late 1980’s, a scandal rocks the school, drawing in a mother and her son — the school’s star football player — forcing each to judge the difference between teenage irresponsibility and what might be a deeper, more unsettling lapse of character.

In New York? Want to see the play with other alumni? Email Christina at

Mike Birbiglia's Secret Public Journal gets Greenlight at CBS

Mike Birbiglia, '01, who has had two Comedy Central specials and was the youngest comic to appear on The Late Show with David Letterman will have a TV version of his wildly popular blog, My Secret Public Journal, on CBS this fall. The pilot tapes in Los Angeles on April 22.

Read the article in the Hollywood Reporter.