Since its establishment nearly five decades ago, the Florida State University (FSU) School of Theatre has continually exemplified theatrical brilliance and served as a beacon of unbridled creativity. The Music Theatre program, esteemed as one of the nation’s premier training hubs, has consistently propelled its alumni into highly sought-after positions on Broadway, National Tours, and Regional Theatre, as well as in the realms of film and television.
Reflecting the true essence of the FSU spirit, the school proudly celebrates the outstanding accomplishments of some of its recent graduates, commemorating their extraordinary triumphs within the industry:
Justin DeParis (BFA 2018) seamlessly transitioned into the bustling theater scene of New York City, making his highly anticipated Broadway debut in Aladdin in the spring of 2023. Reflecting on his formative years at FSU, DeParis acknowledges the comprehensive and holistic approach to theatrical education that significantly contributed to his preparedness for the demanding theater industry. Additionally, he expresses deep gratitude for the rich and diverse college experience that laid the foundation for his thriving career.
Aaron James McKenzie (BM 2020) currently graces the illustrious Broadway stage as part of the esteemed company A Beautiful Noise. McKenzie is actively involved in developing several promising Broadway-bound productions, including the stage adaptation of the timeless classic, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Acknowledging FSU’s role in his personal and professional growth, McKenzie emphasizes the university’s role in nurturing his ability to navigate the intricacies of life, work, relationships, and personal development.
Alberto Luis Blanco (BM 2023) attributes their recent accomplishments to the Theatre Showcase organized by the College of Music, held in the lively heart of New York City the week after graduation. This pivotal event served as the platform where Blanco secured representation, marking the commencement of their professional journey. Shortly after, Blanco was cast as the coveted Principal Role of Young Max in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, leading to a whirlwind tour across numerous cities and states throughout the US. Blanco expresses profound gratitude to the FSU College of Music and School of Theatre faculty and administration for their unwavering support.
Jessica Chunta (BFA 2023) recently concluded a series of captivating performances in various summer stock productions. From enchanting audiences as Ariel in The Little Mermaid to delivering a remarkable portrayal in Jesus Christ Superstar, Chunta has proven her versatility and talent. Currently preparing for a featured role aboard the Regatta Ship with Oceania Cruises, Chunta reflects on her time at FSU, emphasizing the institution’s invaluable preparation for her professional endeavors and the nurturing environment provided by her professors and colleagues.
The FSU College of Music and School of Theatre proudly congratulate their exceptional Music Theatre alumni on their remarkable achievements post-graduation. Their enduring legacy serves as a wellspring of inspiration, driving ongoing evolution and advancement within the College.
In line with this commitment to growth, the College has launched Preview@FSU. The mission of Preview@FSU is to nurture a culture of artistic growth and transformation by providing a platform for the development of groundbreaking musicals. With its dedication to fostering the evolution, cultivation, and presentation of new works, Preview@FSU embodies the harmonious collaboration between the FSU College of Music and the School of Theatre, providing enriching prospects for students to actively engage in the process of creative development.
Curated by Alisa Hauser, assistant professor of music theatre at the FSU College of Music, Preview@FSU is an innovative collaborative project featuring a team of guest artists who have recently conceived a new musical. Show Me Eternity, the inaugural spotlight, is a contemporary ode to Emily Dickinson selected by a dedicated student committee. This initiative fosters an enriching collaborative environment, inviting active participation and valuable feedback from the audience, and culminating in a captivating public performance in the Conradi Theatre.
Show Me Eternity is set to premiere on April 5-6, 2024, promising an unparalleled opportunity for audiences to be creative partners in this unique,
imaginative process. Tickets for this performance can be purchased at https://tickets.music.fsu.edu.