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Paige Downey

Class Year



Wauconda, IL


Stage Management and Directing



Paige Downey ’26, a double major in stage management and directing with a minor in dance, has had a plethora of opportunities to showcase her skills and learn more about theatre through Carthage. Throughout her college career, she has been in several productions, ranging from plays to musicals to dance performances. 

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“Carthage, unlike big universities, allowed me to work on multiple theatre events and productions my first year instead of having to wait until my junior or senior year.”

Paige Downey, ’26

Why Carthage?

“I chose Carthage because of the small class sizes and the hands-on approach to learning.”

Faculty mentors

“At Carthage, the theatre faculty have made me feel so supported. I know I can go to them with questions I might have around my future career and academics at Carthage. Outside of the Theatre Department, I’ve had some wonderful experiences with multiple professors getting to know me on more of a personal level. All of this helps to build a more community-based approach here at Carthage.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class has been Play Production II: Costumes and Makeup. I learned so much about stage makeup and how to sew. The course even gave me the chance to learn a bit about designing costumes. The class always had a fun atmosphere, and Professor Kim Instenes was an amazing teacher.”