Poly Prep Arts Alumni

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Briana Riley ‘16 is receiving her B.F.A in Musical Theatre Performance with an emphasis in Devising and Solo Performance from The Boston Conservatory at Berklee in May. While her senior year classes are canceled, online classes are very much continuing; even sword fighting classes! At Poly, Briana was involved in Concert Choir, A Cappella (president 2016), Harmonics, Dance, Advanced Acting Class, Theatre Productions (Love and Information, Harvey, Americans in Breshkistan (Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and was a prominent feature in our musicals, most memorably as Fantine in Les Miserables.

The Knutsen family, Charlotte ‘21 and Olivia ‘18, and Rick won’t let the quarantine keep them from making music! Charlotte played the role of Sandy in our recent musical production of Grease. Olivia is a sophomore Vocal Performance Major at Northwestern's Bienen School of Music. An active performer at Poly, Olivia was a member of Concert Choir, Dance, Harmonics, A Cappella and musical theatre productions, most memorably as Catherine in Pippin, Cinderella in Into the Woods, and Evilene in The Wiz.

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Olivia is a member of the Northwestern University class of ‘22, where she is double majoring in Musical Theatre and Sociology. Online performance classes have continued throughout the quarantine; here she is working on a routine by Tucker DeGregory.

At Poly, Oliva was an active member of Concert Choir, A Cappella, Harmonics, Dance, and Dance Team. In Poly’s musical theatre productions she played The Witch in Into the Woods, Leading Player in Pippin, and Carla in In The Heights.

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Ellie Sherman ‘18 is a sophomore at Lafayette College, majoring in economics. At Poly, Ellie was performed in Concert Choir, A Cappella, and Harmonics and was a frequent soloist in our school assemblies. While she is not singing with any groups at Lafayette, she has continued to focus on her solo singing and playing several instruments: piano, guitar, and saxophone!

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Will Hochman (‘10) made his Broadway debut in 2019, starring opposite Mary-Louise Parker in The Sound Inside, a new two-hander by Adam Rapp, directed by David Cromer, at Studio 54 through January 12. At Poly (’10), he played on the squash team, cheered with the Superfans, and spent invaluable time talking and taking classes with then Head of the Upper School Bud Cox. He graduated from Colby College with a degree in economics. Theatre: Sweat [Mark Taper Forum], The Sound Inside (Williamstown Theatre Festival, original cast), Dead Poets Society (Classic Stage Company, original cast). Film: Let Him Go (Focus Features), Critical Thinking (directed by John Leguizamo), Paterno (HBO). Will joined us on the Poly stage as a performer in our recent stage-reading event of 26 Pebbles.

Alyssa May Gold (‘08) is an actress, director, and producer, currently in the Broadway cast of How I Learned to Drive, and recently appeared in 2nd Stage/WP Theater's critically acclaimed world premiere of Our Dear Dead Drug Lord. Her other credits include the Tony-nominated revival of Arcadia and Keen Company's revivals of Lemon Sky and Middle of the Night. On screen, she can be seen in Rebel in the Rye, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Taking Woodstock and multiple episodes of "Law and Order: SVU." She is also the founder of Pocket Universe, a theater company dedicated to reconsidering and reimagining classic stories and conventions (visit pocket-universe.com for info on upcoming productions). Alyssa, a proud Poly alum, has a multidisciplinary bachelor's from NYU Gallatin and a master's from the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art.