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Alpha Psi Omega

Welcome to Alpha Psi Omega. APO is a national honorary theatre fraternity whose mission is to “seek a life useful.”

“Seek a life useful” can—and does—mean many things. Hear what each APO member what it means to them and they’ll tell you something different:

“Find that one spark in your life of happiness and fulfillment and never let it burn out. Protect it, let it grow and let that flame of joy shine throughout your whole life.”

— Courtney Matula ’14

“Life is the singular most beautiful, dangerous, and powerful gift that we are ever given. I’ll do the best that I can with the time I’m allotted by finding my own way to push the pebbles.”

— Alex Johnson ’15

“Searching for the beauty in every day and sharing it with others.”

— Christian Aldridge ’16

“Always finding new ways to tell a story to others.”

— Simon Skluzacek ’12

“Using my abilities in order to strive to impact an audience and compel them to react, feel, think and seek truth about themselves, each other, and the world.”

— Kaylee Annabelle ’13

“Living every day to the fullest in a positive and productive way not only for yourself, but touching others’ lives too.”

— Emily Mortiz ’15


The one thing these testimonies have in common is the sense of community APO strives to instill within the theatre department at Carthage and extend to the world at large. APO works very hard to think beyond our own lives and touch the lives of others. We do this through:

Relay For Life

In 2013, APO participated in Relay for Life for the first time and have decided to make it an annual event to walk together and show our support in the fight against cancer.

Broadway Cares

APO wishes to help our theatre brethren beyond the city of Kenosha by donating money earned through various means such as benefit concerts.


We are always searching for new ways to add to and improve our skills, and working with Milwaukee Libraries to record audiobooks helps us not only utilize our voices in different ways, but gives back to a local community.

APO vs Lamba Kappa Kickball

This is the annual kickball game where the theatre and music fraternities play games of kickball to earn bragging rights for the year.

Flower Sales

APO members sell flowers during every show for the cast and crew members which is a small, but important, way to extend our congratulations to the cast and crew.

Freshman Thanksgiving

Upperclassmen cook and host a meal in the middle of the fall semester to get to know the freshman. This becomes a massive family meal.


The Ashby’s are Carthage’s own Tony award. Hosted at the end of every year, we nominate and vote on our favorites from the season. These are no ordinary awards as hilarious themes and ridiculous categories always equate to a fun evening.

APO Presents

APO Presents are monthly events that allow members of the department to show off their creativity through acting, directing, playwriting, etc. in innovative and student-initiated ways.

End of the Year Picnic

The End of the Year Picnic is a meal hosted by APO to celebrate the end of the year. We grill all sorts of food, bring yard games, and eat. It’s a fun send-off for the seniors and a great launch into the summer.

The best part about all of our community building events is that they are open and free to the public. You don’t have to be a member of APO to participate. This is because of our core belief in an united, strong, and generous theatre department. So keep your eye out for our many events throughout the year and we’re looking forward to seeing you there.


If you’re interested becoming a member of APO, simply work hard in the Carthage theater. Be involved in whatever you can, wherever your interests lie or try something you’ve never done before. The more you are involved, the more points you earn, the more eligible you become. If you’re curious about your progress, you can contact an APO Member who will help you with how you’re doing.

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2017), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • Scheduled to open in fall 2018, a new residential tower will offer suite-style housing and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about The Tower

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wins, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • 96% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit Career Services.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. 95% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • As a freshman in the highly selective Honors Program, learn how to gain expertise in anything from music to forest ecology. After that, tackle a contemporary social, economic, or political problem. If you like, you can live on an Honors-only floor of a Carthage residence hall. 

    • In 2016 and 2017, Carthage was named a top producer of Fulbright Scholars by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our athletic and recreation center, student union, computer labs, audiovisual production suite, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 10 years. Our new science center caps it off.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to athletic training, neuroscience to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of our students receive financial aid, a hefty chunk of which is scholarships and grants — including $1.25 million annually from the Presidential Scholarship Competition and numerous Merit Scholarships. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” says biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 30 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from 75% tuition up to full tuition, room, and board. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about the Carthage core.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 120 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Chemistry Club, to Frisbee and Latin Belly Dancing. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • Imagine presenting your original research at an international conference — as an undergraduate. Carthage is dedicated to undergraduate research. Learn more about current opportunities.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked No. 11 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …