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Steven Grant Douglas plans to go on a road trip to New York after his final semester at UMD. But its not just any road trip; his destination holds the first big acting job of his post-graduate career.

Douglas completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre with an emphasis in Musical Theatre and a Dance minor this month. With his degree in hand, he will travel to Syracuse, N.Y. where he will live and work for the summer with Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts Summer Theatre Festival.

Im most looking forward to the new environment working with new people in beautiful Upstate New York, Douglas said. I feel very fortunate to work as an actor coming out of college.


Over spring break, Douglas made the trip to New York City for auditions. While he was there, he saw a listing for an audition he hadnt scheduled. It was by appointment only, but he decided to give it a shot. To his surprise, he received an email back 20 minutes later.

The next day, I went to the audition. I only sang 16 bars for themone song. I only had 45 seconds of music to be like Here, this is what I can do, he said. They called me back on Friday, and on Monday, I got the offer. Read More...

Steven Grant Douglas - UMD BFA Student breaks into the New York Acting Scene

Steven Grant Douglass

Nick Haug is the first to receive a marketing internship at Chanhassen Dinner Theatre under the new Alliance with UMD Theatre. May 22, 2012

Alumni Spotlight

Matt Weyer, BFA Lighting & Sound Design Technology, 2010

Since UMD:

Toured as a sound engineer with Patsy Cline Tribute Tour

Worked as a Technical Director for a theatre in Maine

Currently: Working as a Stage Technician for Disney World at Hollywood Studios in their FANTASMIC SHOW

Nathan Heldstab, BFA Stage Management, 2010

Since UMD:

Stage Manager at Huron Playhouse in Ohio

Venue Management at Queen Park Performing Arts Center

Assistant Production Manager at Merry-Go-Round Playhouse

Sarah Deiner, BFA Acting, 2009

Since UMD:

Freelance teaching at Duluth Playhouse as lead Acting & Movement instructor

Currently: Works in Education Program as Instructor & Outreach Program Coordinator

Working on Stage Play, a program geared for children with autism

Host of a National Conference for Stage Play in 2012

Acting Roles in Chicago, Reasons to be Pretty, & Taming of the Shrew

Matt Weyer, 2010

Nathan Heldstab, 2010

Sarah Deiner, 2009

Featured Story:
The Avengers Film: UMD Graduate Interns on Set

Imagine being a part of the Hollywood magic in producing and directing a Blockbuster movie. UMD graduate Kevin Kiemen ('12) spent his 2011 summer on the set in Pittsburgh, Penn., as a Production Assistant (PA) for Director Joss Whedon. Whedon is popular for directing Sci-Fis Firefly and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Kiemen was able to join Whedon and the crew as an intern for The Avengers movie, beginning the preparation of his dream career as the next big film director. Read more.

Kevin Kiemen (center) on the set of The Avengers with actor Tom Hiddleston (right), who plays Loki, and Loki stunt double, Paul Lacovara (left).