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New musical theatre professor brings stage, classroom experience

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (February 23, 2018)—It’s almost show time for Milligan College’s new musical theatre, launching Fall 2018, and the college has announced that Carrie Klofach, a veteran musical theatre teacher and stage actress with over 20 years of professional experience, has landed the role of assistant professor of musical theatre. Klofach will hit the ground running at the college’s musical theatre camp, part of Milligan Summer Camps for high school students, July 9-13.

Klofach, of Las Cruces, New Mexico, has extensive experience playing lead theatrical roles, singing in operatic productions and helping manage productions behind the scenes. She holds a Bachelor of Music from Grand Canyon University and a Master of Music in Musical Theatre Performance from Arizona State University. She currently is completing her doctorate in vocal performance from ASU and will graduate in May.

“We are excited to welcome Carrie Klofach to our faculty,” said Dr. Kellie Brown, music area chair. “Her expertise in musical theatre and vocal pedagogy, along with her charismatic personality, will greatly enrich our students and the college.”

Klofach will join a roster of dedicated and knowledgeable music and theatre professionals who will be teaching the musical theatre major’s interdisciplinary curriculum composed of courses in theatre arts, music performance and dance, while exploring stage direction, as well as the technical and design aspects of theatre production. Students also will create and perform in musical productions each year.

Klofach’s stage credits include appearing in the First National Tour of “Veggie Tales Live” as Marcy the Stage Manager and was the tour’s assistant stage manager when not on stage. She has premiered several musicals including the world premiere of “The Quiltmaker’s Gift,” playing the Quiltmaker at Phoenix Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona, under the direction of Michael Barnard. Klofach taught previously at Arizona State University, Estrella Mountain Community College and New Mexico State University.

“Milligan immediately felt like home,” said Klofach about her visit to the college. “The students and faculty welcomed me with such kindness, and I knew that I wanted to be a part of this family. I am beyond excited to build a successful musical theatre program and spread the word about Milligan. My husband and I can’t wait to plant our roots in Tennessee.”

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MILLIGAN COLLEGE is a Christian liberal arts college in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The college offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs.  To learn more about Milligan College, visit www.milligan.edu or call 800-262-8337.

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