Theatre Program

Alumni - 1970's

Loren Johnson - 1979
Currently works with the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Previously worked in film production and as a Stage Manager for such theatres as Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis.

Scott Stroot - 1979
Head of Department of Theatre and Dance, Western Kentucky University
He has earned an Associate Degree in Nursing from St. Mary’s Junior College, and an M.F.A. in Stage Direction from the University of Minnesota.  Scott worked as an RN at what was then St. Mary’s Hospital, and served as Artistic Director of the Minnesota Shakespeare Company, with SCSU alum Tim Streeter (BA Theatre 1979) at his side as Managing Director.  Scott, his wife Mary Ann Johnson (SCSU BA English, 1978) and daughter Kate headed east to New England, where for the next 15 years he served variously as Theatre Program Director, Creative Arts Division Chair and Associate Academic Dean of Bradford College in Bradford, Massachusetts, teaching Acting, Directing, Theatre History, Aesthetics and Taiji.  His professional gigs out east included stints as a founding member and performer with the performance art collaborative InCollusion, a dancer in Mary Lee Karlin’s modern dance company Dancers at the Edge of Time,  a columnist  for the arts journals ArtNEW England and P-Form, and free-lance director in the Boston area.  In 2001, Scott and family –which now included daughter Kelly- moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky, where Scott now serves as department head of the Western Kentucky University Department of Theatre and Dance.  He continues to direct and perform professionally , most recently as Serge in Yasmina Reza’s Art at the Public Theatre of Kentucky, in Bowling Green, and director of the The Importance of Being Earnest  and The Merry Wives of Windsor at the Kentucky Repertory Theatre in Horse Cave, Kentucky. 

Jane Hammill-Golembeck - 1978
Professional commercial actor and voice talent for film and theatre.

Kim Alan LaFontaine - 1978
Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts at the University of Texas at Arlington. Directed the world premiere of Richard M. Sherman's new musical "Little Old Broadway" in Arlington in 2005. Member of United Scenic Artists Union 829.

Bonnie B. (Teske) Kalla - 1975
Head of Circulation at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University Libraries
Manager of Music Library on the St. Ben’s campus.

Sally J. Zuehlke - 1974
In-House Recruiter for Amerilab Tech. Inc. and writer for the company newsletter.

James Robert (Bob) May - 1972
Professor of Playwriting at the University of Central Arkansas. Artistic Director/Playwright for Children's Theatre To Go, Inc. in Arkansas.

G. James Olsen - 1971
Vice President of the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches and author of many publications including "Why Angels Have Wings".

Janice Kastendieck - 1970
Theatrical Draper for Parson-Meares, Ltd in New York, NY. Has worked on many Broadway shows including Lion King and Marry Poppins, National Tours, Operas, and dance in US, Europe, and Japan.


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