Corinne Lynette Marshall
Hometown: Prospect, Connecticut
Major: Musical Theatre Performance
WCSU Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre Performance
Internships: Many workshops and seminars offered through the theatre department, including a musical theatre industry showcase in New York City for casting directors, agents and industry professionals
Activities: Eversion dance club; WIG improv group; Center Stage illusive theatre club; heavily involved in every show the theatre department puts on, whether in the show or working on one of the crews such as props, paint, or box office; member of the chamber singers; stand-in for the lead singer of a local band called Group Therapy; spent two weeks in Idyllwild, California, as an alto section leader for the Idyllwild Summer Arts Program Choir; worked with Connecticut Free Shakespeare this past summer in "As You Like It"; sing at local church events; volunteers every summer as a counselor at Laurel Music Camp in New Hartford
Honors and Awards: Dean’s List; graduating with honors; recipient of Young Family Centennial Theatre Scholarship, Theatre Department Scholarship and Richard A. Asch Memorial Scholarship. The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival recognized her for her work in "Major Barbara," "Chicago" and "The Green Bird." Has participated in the KCACTF festival all four years at WCSU.
Corinne Marshall decided to become a musical theatre major while she was in high school in Prospect. "I have always loved to sing and dance, and acting has just come naturally along the way," she says. "When I was looking for colleges to apply to, WCSU was a natural contender because my older brother Aaron was already studying in the Music Department for clarinet performance. I had been on campus a few times to go to concerts in Ives Concert Hall and I liked the atmosphere. The location was another great factor for me because it’s such a short train ride into New York City. Being a musical theatre major and now a transitioning professional, I am going back and forth to New York City on auditions and callbacks, so being able to go to class and an audition is a major plus."
While at Western, Marshall says many members of the Theatre Department faculty became her mentors. Among them: Professor of Theatre Arts Elizabeth Popiel, "who has taught me so much by way of scenic artistry, and Professor of Theatre Arts Pamela McDaniel, who has taught me in every acting class and directed me in a couple of shows. The biggest mentor I found was Julio Agustin Matos Jr. When he joined the faculty my sophomore year, I felt like a new voice had emerged in the musical theatre program and it was there to inspire me. He has opened my eyes to the business part of showbiz and guided me through three intense years of finding out the unique aspects of myself that make me an awesome performer. I am so grateful for what he has brought to this program and I wish him the best in his next journey after WCSU."
Asked what she will remember most about her Western experience, Marshall says, "Performing in a flash mob at the ground-breaking ceremony for the new Visual and Performing Arts building; singing for Gavin Creel, an amazing Broadway performer; going to KCACTF and competing in the Irene Ryan Scholarship competition three years in a row; getting to perform on stage for countless audiences; having my picture put on the wall on the way to the Midtown café; performing in the Childcare Cabaret; meeting my boyfriend; opening the new building; and becoming a part of the crazy WestConn theatre family. I have met the most fantastic people in college and I’ve come out with a solid group of people I can count on for the rest of my life."
After graduation, Marshall plans to spend the summer at Laurel Music Camp and with family and friends before making the move to New York City to pursue her dream of being a working professional actress.
Marshall’s advice to new students entering WCSU is: “Cherish this time and use it to really find out what you like and get rid of what you don’t. This time flies by; I can’t believe I’m about to graduate! Find a group of people who support you no matter what, who will take those midnight rides to McDonald’s and stay up talking all night. Those are the people and the memories you will cherish forever. Oh, and go to class, it’s super important!”