Black, Diana | Brown, Todd | Elesh, Ron | Fowler, Rachel | Hickling, Bill | Karsten, Laurie | Nash, Dan | Pollock, Dawn | Williams, Jean
Years Lived in Jones: 88-89
Roomate(s): Jean Williams, Christy Nelson
Year Graduated NU, School: 1992, Speech
Email address: raye7_at_juno.com or Fowler_at_ms.com
Snail mail address: 25-56 38th Street #2 Astoria, NY 11103
What have you been doing since? Almost got married (thank god I didn't), moved to NYC 7 months ago - just closed a production of Three Sisters here in which I played Masha. Film; Wild America - Sarah (Miss Devonshire Cream '66). Working at Morgan Stanley and still getting men over 50 asking me out.
Years Lived in Jones: 4
Freshman Year: 1988
Roomate(s): Arnie Stux, Kevin Dzierzawski
Year Graduated NU, School: '92, Music
Email address: bhickling_at_earthlink.net
Snail mail address: 802 W. 190th Street #4L, New York, NY 10040
What have you been doing since? After graduating from Northwestern in 1992, I moved to Los Angeles, to attend USC with the intention of receiving a Masters in Vocal Performance. Disappointed with the program, and with living in south central Los Angeles, I left school and moved to Hollywood. Over the next few years I continued studying voice, and worked several day jobs, eventually ending up in the Medical Department at Princess Cruises. Over the last few years my voice has continued to grow and mature. I am definitely a Heldentenor now, being able to sing roles like Bacchus, Siegmund, Parsifal, and the like. My friends tell me that singing Wagner has helped me get in touch with my inner barbarian. My voice teacher is in the process of moving to New York City. I arrived in mid-August having driven a 14 foot u-haul from Los Angeles (where I lived) to Oakland (to pick up furniture, etc, at my parents' house) to New York. What a scary, but interesting place America is! Now I am temping for money, and singing for hope for my future in the Big Apple.
Years Lived in Jones (and Roommates, if any): 1991-92 (RA)
Year Graduated NU, School: 1992, EDSP
Email address/Webpage: lkarsten_at_massed.net
Snail mail address: 500 Maine St., Apt. 1B Waltham, MA 02154
What have you been doing since? I got my master's in early childhood education at Lesley College in Cambridge. Did a full year internship at the Brookwood School in Manchester by the Sea. This year is my fifth year teaching second grade in Walpole Public School. Finally got overseas. Spent a week in London for a vacation. Found out you can't live on a teacher's salary. Been working nights, first at a restaurant, then at a liquor store. Spending a lot of time jogging and going to weddings.
Years Lived in Jones (and Roommates, if any): THREE RED THREE TIMES 1988-89 room 309 with Sara Levine 1989-90 room 311 with 1st Britta Gilmore then Gaby Santinelli 1990-91 room 312 single next door to Heidi Sandige
Year Graduated NU, School: 1992 Speech (2nd major in English)
Email address/Webpage: dawnlet_at_netzero.net
Snail mail address: 327 West 42nd Street, #4W New York, New York 10036-6913
What have you been doing since? When I graduated from NU, I ran off to Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Clown College. That's the extent of my graduate schooling. I didn't tour with Ringling, but I did tour with other shows - nationally for 1 1/2 years with Chamber Repertory Theatre of Boston, and around New England with Perishable Theatre's Theatre for Young Audiences. I also played Puss in Boots in Maine ("I've boots that are cute and that suit me to boot") and did some degrading Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre (but we don't need to go into that).
While I was touring, I passed through Evanston and used the Video Library. There's nothing quite like all those little booths with headphones.
There are other jobs in there, like work at a doctor's office and a beach club (I was in charge of booking entertainment and publishing a newsletter, not sweeping cabana's and serving fries). I stage managed a nightmarishly bad production of Macbeth in New Jersey, and from there, found my way into Manhattan where I acquired my IBM compatible computer complete with purple mouse pad. My Dad built the computer from bits of his old computer - he has a habit of upgrading his computer and consequently spawning other computers from the leftover components.
Now I'm living in NYC. Almost immediately after I moved here, I assisted the Exec Producer of the high profile (if not stellar) TNT's The Wizard of Oz in Concert. Then I had a day-player role on As The World Turns in which I played a couple of scenes as an ultra-perky ultra-irritating theme park employee. I've been in several major motion pictures as an extra, and am very much over it - One Fine Day, Private Parts and Game Day (which may go straight to video - ugh!). Commercials, I enjoy more, but would prefer to do work with more interesting subject matter. I'm working part time as a word processor at a law office - corporate - and would rather not need to.
I'm engaged to Carson Jones who's getting his Master's in screenwriting at Columbia University, and who always wears very imposing combat boots which lets me know when he's walking up the stairs to my fourth floor apartment. We'll be getting married May 17, 1998.
Heidi Sandige and I traveled through India from February through April 1997. It was fabulous for a change of perspective.
To finish, here's my current favorite cookie, because it's just so quick and easy:
MANILA WAFERS 1 stick butter 1 1/8 cups sugar 1 egg 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 1 1/4 cups flour 1 teaspoon vanilla
Cream the butter with the sugar till they're well-acquainted, add the egg, then the sifted dry things and the vanilla. Then drop them by the teaspoonful onto a greased baking sheet and put it on the middle rack in a 400 degree F oven, to bake for 7 or 8 minutes. And watch them. When they start to brown, they BROWN.
Years Lived in Jones (and Roommates, if any): 1988-1992; Rachel Fowler and Karen Hall
Year Graduated NU, School: School of Speech 1992
Email address/Webpage: jmwillie_at_mindspring.com
Snail mail address: 103 Tullialan Ln. Cary, NC 27511 (919)-467-5207
What have you been doing since? I am so glad to see the names and remember the faces of so many of you former Jonsians. It is great to hear about you and to know you are alive. Recently, many of you have been on my mind as I visited old NU and our old home, JONES, in January! I took a break from what I have been doing for the past 41/2 years and was home in Illinois for all of January. And then a friend asked me to go see a women;s basketball game at NU. Well, I had never been to a basket ball game at NU, so I thought - why not? It took me a while to actually find the sports center. Why did they put it 6 blocks from campus? Anyway, I dragged two other friends along and took them on a tour of my - our - little world at NU. We started at T.I.B. I gulped down my fear and made it up those steps to the office of my old acting teacher, Ann Woodworth. She wasn't there, so I left a note. But then I got bolder and found out her schedule. It just happened she was about to end one class and start another. It was great. She remembered me. (She's been getting my newsletter and reading it - more about that later) I asked if I and my three friends could watch the class. They were doing a scene from a Pinter play. It was so excellent to see people work on a five minute scene for an hour.
Then I draged my friends to JONES. (oh- first we got a parking ticket - as if I didn't already give 'em enough money) A guy who looked like Shawn let us in. I was showing my friends where we used to have Bible study my senior year down the hall near the paint room. all of a sudden guess who appeared from a darkened room? CARL! He was muttering, "....this is the only room they heat where you can take a nap....." I said, "Hey, Carl! Remember me? I used to live here six years ago." He said that he remembered me. I asked him if it was okay for us to go on the fourth floor to see the lake view. He said, "oh, sure." and unlocked the elevator for us and sent us up. Oh yeah! remember climbing on top of the elevator? Don't tell Jeremy and Hillary!
The fourth floor was like coming home except I think they must have sandblasted the painting off the suite walls because there was no evidence of our graffiti.
My next mission was the lake - my haven from the oppressive world of NU. I could persuade only one of my friends to brave the icy, January, lake effect winds. The lake is still a haven, a place of refuge.
Went to Siam Square that evening - remember the Thai food restaurant? Took me forever to remember where it was. Scott Parker met us there. Once again my friends thought I was crazy - no one else was in the restaurant.
Finally made it to the NU Women's game. Purdue won. who cares? I thought I might get a free NU alumni pass to see the game. Are you kidding? I probably would have had to pay a visitors fee to stay any longer.
Really, i love NU, but its the people I miss. I hope my path crosses with yours some day. If you're ever in North Carolina, that is where I am. Come and visit. For 41/2 years I was working with a non-profit Christian organization called New Life Ministries. We did Christian musical theatre and traveled all over the U.S. and the former Soviet Union. I played the part of a Tiger, Leopard, clowns, and other animals. Clarise the Clown was my favorite. In 96, I came on staff and did things like finances and organizing and administrating our Bible camps overseas. We went to the Ukraine, Belarus, Latvia and Russia. It was incredible. Going into the hospitals, orphanges and schools there was incredible. Have any of you been? I am still learning Russian, but speak some.
Then I burned out and needed to take a break, so that is what I am doing this year. I am working at a bookstore, enjoying the beach from time to time, and at some point will decide what is next.
God bless all of you. I would love to hear from you.
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