Brannon Bowers graduated from Northwestern University's School of Communications in 2015. While he was a student he was a member of Homecoming Court in 2014 and served on the board for Arts Alliance. Here he checks in on his first few months since leaving Northwestern.
In August, I moved to the east coast to work at McCarter Theatre Center, a Tony Award-winning regional theater in Princeton, N.J. I am working as a season-long intern in the artistic department focusing in producing and casting. Essentially I am the producing/casting assistant for the season, which includes six mainstage productions as well as readings and workshops of new work. A few highlights of my time at McCarter have included coordinating children's auditions for our production of A Christmas Carol, coordinating and running adult ensemble auditions in New York City for A Christmas Carol, and helping with casting for a reading of a new Nilo Cruz play. Coming up I will be helping to produce readings of new work by Emily Mann, Ken Ludwig, and Christopher Durang. Since I am on the east coast for the first time in my life, I have been exploring and traveling to New York City and Philadelphia to see shows and meet artists.
Since I am so close to New York City, I have been able to keep in touch with a number of friends from NU who are now located in New York. I have also been able to reconnect with students who graduated before me and have been living in the city since their graduation. I have been able to go and support their work in the city and maintain those bonds. I also have travelled back to Chicago to visit friends and Evanston. I have travelled back to see my best friend and former roommate, have a reunion dinner with one of the student groups I was deeply involved in at NU, and see a rehearsal for the Dolphin Show. Most importantly, my boss at McCarter is a Northwestern alum so our office is always filled with purple pride.
Brannon was this month’s alumni spotlight in the Class of 2015 monthly newsletter. If you’d like to nominate your friends from the classes of 2013, 2014, and 2015 to be in the spotlight, fill out the nomination form here.