Schools of the Stars: Where Side Show Cast and Creators Went to College | Playbill

News Schools of the Stars: Where Side Show Cast and Creators Went to College What does it take to write, create or star in a big Broadway musical? Hard work, talent, luck—all backed up by a good education. You have to supply the first three yourself, but PlaybillEDU™ can help you find the fourth.

Erin Davie

Here is a rundown on where the principals of Broadway’s Side Show pursued their college studies.

Visit to learn how you can follow in their footsteps. Individual school listings on the site are linked below.

Cast Members:
Erin Davie: Boston Conservatory
Emily Padgett: New York’s Academy of Musical and Dramatic Arts
Matthew Hydzik: Pennsylvania State University
Robert Joy: Corpus Christi College, Oxford; and Memorial University of Newfoundland
Ryan Silverman: NA
David St. Louis: Howard University and British Academy Of Dramatic Arts at Oxford University
Brandon Bieber: University of Cincinnati
Matthew Patrick Davis: University of California-San Diego
Charity Angel Dawson: NA
Lauren Elder: Circle in the Square School
Javier Ignacio: Wichita State University,
Jordanna James: NA
Kelvin Moon Loh: New York University—Tisch School of the Arts
Barrett Martin: NA
Don Richard: NA
Blair Ross: Vassar College
Hannah Shankman: University of Michigan
Josh Walker: Ohio University
Con O’Shea-Creal: University of Oklahoma
Derek Hanson: University of Northern Colorado
DeLaney Westfall: Brigham Young University

Creative Team:
Henry Krieger (Music): American University and Columbia University
Bill Russell (Book and Lyrics): Morningside College
Bill Condon (Direction and Additional Material): Columbia College of Columbia University
Anthony Van Laast (Choreography): London School of Contemporary Dance
David Rockwell (Scenic Design): Syracuse University
Paul Tazewell (Costume Design): North Carolina School of the Arts and NYU's Tisch School of the Arts
Jules Fisher (Lighting Design): Carnegie Institute of Technology
Peggy Eisenhauer (Lighting Design): Carnegie Mellon University
Peter Hylenski (Sound Design): Carnegie Mellon University
Paul Kieve (Illusions): NA
Harold Wheeler (Orchestrations): NA
Sam Davis (Musical Direction and Arrangements): University of Michigan

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