Broadway, TV and film actress and Northwestern alumna Ana Gasteyer '89, a former cast member of Saturday Night Live (SNL), will return to campus October 17 to serve as grand marshal of the University’s 2014 Homecoming Parade.
Gasteyer also will be an honored guest during the celebratory events planned for the University’s Evanston campus during the October 17-19 Homecoming weekend.
Gasteyer will lead the Friday night parade as it makes its way down Sheridan Road. She also will announce the names of this year’s homecoming king and queen at the pep rally immediately following the parade. Earlier that day, she will participate in a reunion panel for registered reunion guests and Northwestern students.
Homecoming Week 2014 culminates with the annual Homecoming football game on Saturday, October 18. This year’s theme is “Willie in the Windy City” and is centered around Chicago.
As this year’s grand marshal, Gasteyer will ride in the lead car during the 6 p.m. parade on October 17 as it works its way south from the intersection of Sheridan Road and Lincoln Street, to Chicago Avenue and Sheridan Road. The parade will be followed by a 6:45 p.m. Pep Rally in Deering Meadow.
During the six years Gasteyer appeared on SNL, she created some of the show’s most memorable characters, including middle school music teacher “Bobbie Moughan-Culp,” National Public Radio host “Margaret Jo,” and Lilith Fair poetress “Cinder Calhoun.” She also did “spot-on” impressions of television personality Martha Stewart, singer Celine Dion and former U.S. Secretary of State, U.S. Senator and First Lady of the United States Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Recently, she starred on ABC’s Suburgatory, and she currently acts as a brand ambassador for Weight Watchers Online. She has performed in a range of theater productions since her Broadway debut in the revival of The Rocky Horror Show. She starred in Wicked on Broadway as Elphaba and originated the role for the Chicago production, which earned her a Joseph Jefferson (“Jeff”) Award nomination.
On film, Gasteyer will soon be seen in Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, and she has appeared in Rapture-Palooza, Peeples, Fun Size, Dare and Mean Girls, among others. Her television credits include HBO’s Girls, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Good Wife, Showtime’s Reefer Madness, and many more. Gasteyer also just released her debut jazz album on iTunes titled I’m Hip.
For more on Gasteyer, visit her IMDb profile.
Gasteyer received a bachelor of science in speech, theater and performance studies from Northwestern’s School of Communication in 1989.
For more Homecoming 2014 information, visit northwesternhomecoming.com.
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