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Claire-Frances Sullivan (’17) performing in a play

All the world is Sullivan’s stage

2017 graduate Claire-Frances Sullivan is putting her stamp on the theater world

Contact: Emily Stulz


​Claire-Frances Sullivan graduated from Central Michigan University’s musical theatre program in December and already is making a name for herself.

In April, CMU hosted Sullivan’s play “Close Encounters” during Project 586, a Studio Theatre production.

Earlier, in February, Sullivan was awarded the prestigious National Music Theatre Award by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for her musical “Fostered Love.” 

In March, “Close Encounters” was performed at the 2018 Talos Festival in London, England.

Now, Sullivan is making plans for her summer fellowship as part of her Kennedy Center award.

Grateful for the faculty and her opportunities at CMU, Sullivan has advice for students.

“Jump in,” she said. “I didn’t take advantage of some great opportunities my first year or so on campus because I was so worried about saying yes. I wish I had said yes more.”


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