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    Maggie Ellsworth is a 2007 theatre graduate.
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Maggie Ellsworth ‘07

Class Year

‘07

Major(s)

Music Theatre, Political Science

Current home

Chicago, Ill.

“In theatre, it’s totally impractical to think that you will be successful if you only have knowledge of a single trade. Having the opportunity to study both political science as well as music theatre not only satisfied my quirky obsession with political theory, but also strengthened my commitment to social justice and social responsibility. My professors were always very supportive of my desires to integrate both studies. My political science professors approved my thesis on exploring the effectiveness of socialist realist art, and my music theatre professors encouraged and embraced my cognitive skills and pushed me towards directing. I’m not sure what I’d be doing if my professors didn’t have such high expectations of me in both fields. They taught me how to challenge myself–a skill every theatre artist needs to master.”

“Currently I am a freelance director and choreographer based out of Chicago. Upcoming projects include choreographing Forever Plaid! at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre and Children’s Director and Stage Movement Director for A Christmas Carol at Milwaukee Rep in the historic Pabst Theatre. I am also an adjunct instructor for the theatre and music departments! I’m teaching a MWF Intro to Acting class for non-majors, and co-teaching “Freshman Music Theatre Bootcamp” with Corinne Ness this Fall.”

“My advice for current students is to remember that when you are constantly demanded to cross new frontiers and exceed your limitations, there is no limit to what you can accomplish. Never settle and never stop learning. Also, get to know you. You’ll learn to tell a better story the more you understand the uniqueness and the intricacies of your own.”

“My variety of interests and tendency towards over-involvement didn’t dissipate after graduating from Carthage. I am excited about the opportunity to teach college students, direct professionally, teach voice, and choreograph. My career plan is to be busy.”

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