This fall, Paper Mill Playhouse welcomed its first class of Fellows to campus. Paper Mill Fellows will spend two years (October 2021–June 2023) practical training to launch a professional career in theater administration. The Fellows will take on substantive roles within their departments, engage in cross-departmental collaboration, and attend enrichment events and social gatherings. This is a unique opportunity for the next generation of theater leadership to work, learn, and play in an environment with some of the top musical theater professionals.
There are six fellows in six departments including education, finance, production, artistic, marketing and management. Meet our Fellows below!
Sabrina Alamo (she/her) is a New Jersey based actress and teaching artist for grades K-12. She is a graduate of Kean University with a BFA in Theatre Performance and regularly performs in educational children’s theatre shows in schools across New Jersey and New York. She has had the pleasure of teaching and assistant teaching various classes in Acting, Play Making, Musical Theatre, Writing, Stage Makeup, and Stagecraft with Illuminart Productions, Phoenix Productions, Premiere Stages, and the Kean University Theatre Conservatory. She is also currently pursuing an MA in Applied Theatre at CUNY School of Professional Studies where she will continue to perform in and create educational theater for all.
Gabby Hammond (she/her) is very excited to join the Finance Department this Fall. Originally from Philadelphia, she moved to New York City almost 10 years ago to pursue a Theatre degree at NYU Tisch with a minor in Business Studies and Applied Theatre. Throughout college, and after graduation, she has worked as a Tour Guide, an Usher, an Insurance Intern and a Talent Agency Assistant. When not in the office, you will probably find her cooking, baking, or watching videos about how to cook and bake.
Amanda C. Lopez (she/her) is an up-and-coming Stage Manager based in the New York/New Jersey metro area with a variety of experience that ranges from developmental workshops and readings to full regional theater productions. Amanda graduated from Montclair State University where she received her BFA in Theatre Production and Design with a concentration in Stage Management. She is an advocate for providing an inclusive platform for all voices in theater. She is also passionate about mental health awareness in the theater community.
J Ragland (they/he) is a theater maker, actor, musician, director, and writer from Kansas City, MO. Ragland has worked all over the country as a performer and creative, focused on the ongoing effort to uplift Non-binary and BIPOC artists in the national theater community. They are thrilled to be joining the Paper Mill team and ready to bring theater back to Millburn!!
Billy Swann (he/him) is an aspiring professional dancer, choreogra- pher, and graphic designer from Newark, DE. Upon graduating high school in 2015, he also received his certification in Web & Graphic Design. In 2017, Billy transferred to Towson University where he performed and choreographed in various productions there, including being a member of the Towson University Dance Company. Aside from performing and choreographing, he had the opportunity of being involved in different community outreach programs including being a staff member for AileyCamp Baltimore for 3 years, under the direction of Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell. As of May 2020, Billy finished his final year at Towson receiving his BFA in Dance Performance & Choreography.
Alec Lee Williams (he/him) is from Odessa, Texas and holds an M.F.A. in Arts Administration from Texas Tech University. Previously, Alec was the Festival Manager for The Neurodiversity New Play Festival in Providence, Rhode Island, cofounded Less Than Three, an immersive arts company located in Austin, Texas and was a Finance and Management Intern at 321 Theatrical Management. Past credits include Hivemind, an immersive escape room experience, Conspiracy Play, a murder mystery centered around fringe theorists, A Collective Noise by Lauren Ferebee, a choose-your-own-adventure Zoom play, and The Hairy Ape by Eugene O’Neill, performed in a homeless shelter. Alec’s artistic and managerial work focuses on furthering disability representation and advocacy in the arts, active audience participation, and environment/previous knowledge as a means of influencing artistic experience.