Betsy Morgan, '03
Q. What are you currently working on?
I spent the summer of 2013 working on two totally different, amazing new musicals. Found, which was presented at New York Stage and Film, is Eli Bolin and Hunter Bell’s new hilarious and touching show. Mrs. Hughes debuted at the Yale Institute for Music Theatre and is the first collaboration between the incredible playwright Janine Nabers and composer Sharon Kenny. I got to play Sylvia Plath—it was pretty awesome. Coming up in the spring of 2014, I will be back on Broadway, and happily not living in hotels!
Q. Could you describe an experience at Emerson that shifted the course of your career?
There has only been one time in my life when I wasn’t positive that I wanted to move to New York City and pursue musical theater, and it came right around my senior year. Performing Arts Professor Melia Bensussen was my advisor, and she gave me the confidence to know that I am capable and free to choose any career. That freedom brought me right back to theater. I don't have to live it the way anyone else does. I am free to approach this insane business from my own perspective, and Melia gave me the freedom to not feel pigeonholed or limited in any way.
Q. Could you give an example of how a classmate aided you with your career?
As we were all stumbling (and sometimes falling) through college together, most of the inspiration and assistance that came from classmates was in the form of support, perspective, and friendship. I certainly would not be where I am today were it not for the love and integrity that I learned from my friends.
Q. Are you professionally connected to other Emersonians?
Emersonians are everywhere! Most of the alumni who I have worked with either graduated before or after I did, so the Emerson connection was always a welcome surprise.
Q. What’s the single most important piece of advice you’d like to give to Emerson students?
Stay weird! At Emerson, I learned to be my crazy, high energy, unique self, and the more I stay true to that person, the more interesting I am in an audition room and hopefully onstage. Any time I try acting like anyone other than who I am, I end up blending into the crowd. But when I’m honest and open, I usually end up right where I should be: working on interesting pieces of art with intelligent and inspiring people.
A Round of Applause...
Recent news highlights from the Department of Performing Arts.
Academy Fight Song involves PA alumni, faculty
in world-premiere production at Boston Center for the Arts.
Kinky Boots actor comes home.
Following a stint on Broadway, Lauren Chapman '12 returns to Boston in the Tony award-winning show's national tour.
Assistant Professor Christina Marin recieves service learning innovation grant
to support collaboration between Emerson's Theatre Education graduate program and ¡ACCIÓN! Community Theater (ACT) in Hyde Square.
Emily Skeggs '12 nominated for Tony Award
Emily Skeggs was with fellow Emerson alums when she learned that she had been nominated for a Tony Award (Best Featured Actress in a Musical) for her role in Fun Home.
No rehearsal needed: Students win theatre competition
They didn’t go to USITT to compete (in fact, they signed up after the race had begun), but a group of Performing Arts production majors took first place at the 2015 Tech Olympics!