​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Since its founding in 1892, more than 140,000 students have received their degree from CMU.  Graduates from the department of Communication and Dramatic Arts span the globe, successfully putting their education to use in all aspects of their lives.​ ​

Over 7,000 Communication and Dramatic Arts alumni reside across all 50 states and in several foreign countries.  

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Notable Alumni and Alumni Voices

  • An interesting story about CMU Communication alumnus, Katie Broekema, appeared in a recent CCFA article.  Below is an excerpt of the article:
     Katie Broekema, '16 Masters of Art in Communication graduate is currently the Special Event Coordinator in the City of Kalamazoo Department of Parks and Recreation. Katie oversees more than 90 events per year, maintaining all event documentation and collaborating with external organizations in the government, for profit and nonprofit sectors. 
     In 2016, Katie presented at the National Communication Association Conference in Philadelphia.  Her paper, titled, "Disclosures of Cystic Fibrosis-Related Information to Romantic Partners" focusing on interpersonal health communication was later published in the March 2017 issue of Qualitative Health Research.

  • Jaime Samson is a freelance Costume Technician, Dress and Freelance Designer.   He is currently a dresser for the Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical, Groundhog Day.  Jaime was mentioned in a June 5th article in The New York Times about the backstage challenges of the costume changes for the production.   Read the article, here.

  • CMU Theatre alum, Claire-Frances Sullivan's original musical, Fostered Love, has been selected as the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival's recipient of the National Musical Theatre Award.  Claire-Frances created the original music, score and book for Fostered Love.  This very prestigious award comes with a check for $1500, membership in the Dramatists Guild and the Playwrights' Center of Minneapolis, an invitation to attend the National Festival at the Kennedy Center April 10-14 at KCACTF's expense, and a professional development residency, to be determined, in Summer 2018.  A panel of artists, selected by KCACTF, determined that Fostered Love was this year's winner.

    A workshop production of Fostered Love, directed by Theatre faculty member, Elaine Daugherty, was presented as a CMU University Theatre Studio Production in the fall of 2017 when Claire-Frances was a CMU student.

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  • Congratulations to Dr. Devika Chawla, a graduate of Central Michigan University's Communication MA program and of Purdue University's doctoral program, who has been honored with the Graduate Student Senate Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award. This award recognizes a faculty member who exemplifies scholarship, civility, and mentorship, and who is an integral member of the graduate faculty at Ohio University. As a result of receiving this honor, Dr. Chawla will be speaking at the 2018 Ohio University Commencement.

Phil Powers, CMU Notable Alumni

  • Phil Powers, CMU University Theatre alum and professional actor, was selected as a Notable Alumni.  You can read about Phil's story, here

  • Check out the CCFA Alumni Voices web page for feature stories on the following alumni: 

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Greg Ott
'08 Theatre
Actor, Writer, Comedian



Caleb Carr - Communication Alum

Caleb Carr
'02, '05 Communication
Associate Professor



COM Conferences and COM Connect Newsletter

Communications faculty, graduate assistants and students will be attending periodic Communication Association activities and conventions across the U.S.  If you're in attendance, please look us up!  Also, be sure to checkout the latest issue of the COM Connect Newsletter, here.

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  Elizabeth Carlson catches up with a COM alum at the Central States
Communication Association conference.  

CDA Alumni Updates

  • CMU Theatre alum, Karen Opper, was recently invited to perform her choreography at the Martha Graham Studio Theatre in New York.  Karen performed in NEXT@Graham, the latest addition to the dynamic Martha Graham Studio Series that showcases the work of established and emerging Graham Alumni choreographers. More information about the event is available at http://www.marthagraham.org/nextatgraham.

  • CMU Theatre alum, Kyle Burch, is playing the roles of Charles the Wrestler and William in Eclectic Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s As You Like It.  The production opened at the Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago on March 29th and will run through April 22nd.  Tickets and information are available athttp://www.eclectic-theatre.com/as-you-like-it.

  • CMU Theatre alum, Greg Siers, recently directed and executive produced a tv/web hybrid pilot program for STATE OF PAY, a retail business program for CNBC.   Segments are currently airing on CNBC on-air as well as online.  The project was funded by Synchrony Financial and was live as well as recorded in Las Vegas.  More information about the project is available at http://www.tearsheet.co/marketing/synchrony-is-launching-a-content-marketing-platform-with-cnbc.

  • CMU Theatre alum, Richard Marlatt, performed the role of Melvin in the film Super Dad!  Super Dad! was just selected as the Best Film at the Apex Short Film + Music Video Festival in Tucson, AZ.

  • CMU Theatre alum, Jeremy Meier, has written and will be performing a solo piece concerning Robert Kennedy’s 1968 Campaign for the Presidency.  Jeremy will portray RFK as he wrestles with issues including the Cuban Missile Crisis, the 1960's Civil Rights Movement and the impact of family legacy.  Each performance will be followed by an interactive question and answer session which will be conducted in character.  The production will be performed in in four communities as part of the Ohio Chautauqua:  Modern Legends and will also play in Greeley, Colorado as part of the High Plains Chautauqua.  Information about performances is available through these links: http://www.ohiohumanities.org/ohio-chautauqua/2018-tour  and http://www.highplainschautauqua.org/introduction.aspx.

  • CMU Theatre alum, Ben Cole, will be appearing in North Coast Rep’s (Solana Beach, CA) production of How the Other Half Loves by Alan Ayckbourn.  The production opens April 11th and will run through May 6th.  Tickets and information are available athttps://northcoastrep.org/production/how-the-other-half-loves.

  • CMU Theatre alum, Claire-Frances Sullivan, has had one of her plays selected to be performed at the 2018 Talos Science Fiction Theatre Festival in London.  The play, Close Encounters, will be performed March 22nd through March 25th at the Bread and Roses Theatre.  Information and tickets can be found at http://www.chelseatheatre.org.uk/whats-on/talos-science-fiction-theatre-festival.

  • CMU Theatre alum, Kyle Kelley, will be performing the role of Spike in Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike at the Open Book Theatre Company in Trenton, Michigan.  The production opens February 23rd and will be performed through March 17th.  Tickets and information are available athttp://openbooktheatrecompany.net.


Stay Connected!

We're interested in your story and hope you'll take advantage of one of the opportunities below t​o share, and reconnect with faculty, staff and friends from your past.

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​​​​Theatre faculty and alumni got together in Chicago recently.