CAMERON J. HITE '15
Currently: Executive Artistic Director of State Theatre Company
Cameron recently moved back to his hometown of Kingsport, TN, where he is working for a non-profit arts organization that is dedicated to restoring, renovating, and revitalizing the historic State Theatre as a multi-purpose performance venue in the heart of Downtown Kingsport. The project itself is still in its early stages of growth, but the past year of work and regular theatrical programming has proven to Cameron that his passion for theatre, coupled with the need of performing arts within a strong community, can only be a testament to the education, experience, and training he received while at MC.
“This program of study challenges your academic and artistic integrity; it opens your mind to the study of theatre beyond a classroom, and it gives you hands-on training and experience with professional artists, all the while developing the professional artist within you,” he said.
Rachel Jarnagin ’14
Currently: Assistant Production Manager/ Rentals Coordinator at the Clarence Brown Theatre in Knoxville, TN
After she learned what a stage manager was, Rachel knew it was for her. In addition to assisting with Theatre Department productions, she rounded out her technical knowledge through the work-study program at the Clayton Center and guidance of Technical Director David Rasnake ’05. After graduating, she worked as a Clayton Center Assistant Technical Director for almost two years before accepting a position as stage manager for Boston-based Chamber Theatre Productions. She joined ArtsPower in 2017. “It was through the theatre department with Heather McMahon’s coaching that I learned the basic skills necessary to build a professional stage management career,” she said. “Having the hands-on experience of working on a show, as well as in a theatrical facility, made me the professional I am today.”