Santino Fontana (BFA Acting '04) receives the 2019 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his role in Tootsie on Broadway. This is his second nomination in the category, and first win. Other credits include Frozen, Cinderella, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and more!
“I was starting to think more about the role of theater. What are we even doing here? Why are we regurgitating these old stories? I took a class in Performance and Social Change. It totally changed my life."
PhD candidate David Melendez discusses his thoughts on marginalized theatrical communities and representation in the Twin Cities. Through his research, he’s looked at popular shows such as West Side Story and works to spread awareness about work that forces minority cultures into the past by refusing to recognize their existence at present.
"This room of people is so incredible. It feels so much like home really, there’s so much creativity and problem-solving going on here and it’s so incredible what everyone is putting together… we’re all in the same boat and we’re all on the same team and it’s just been an awesome, awesome process."