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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Sharriese Hamilton Alum Photo

Meet Sharriese Hamilton

Major and degree earned: B.A. in Theatre
Graduation year: 2006
Current show: WONDERFUL TOWN at the Goodman Theatre
Hometown: Okemos, MI
Now living in: Chicago, IL

Why did you choose Michigan State University?

It has a lovely campus and the psychology program at MSU was rumored to be pretty great. But in all honesty, I wasn't quite sure about my major and I wanted to stay in state should I change my mind.

How did Michigan State University help you prepare for your career?

I learned the value of being flexible and learning how to work with anyone. I learned how to obtain success in my chosen career. Before MSU I had no clue what I needed, or how to present it. Headshot? Resume? My Book? It was all a foreign language.

What was the most memorable experience at Michigan State University?

I guess this is like an extended memory looking back kind of thing. I took my acting 101 class my sophomore year. I had just switched my major from psychology to theatre so I had some catching up to do. At the beginning of class, we were handed the Season Brochure. We had to pick, oh I don't know, 4 out of the 7 shows to usher for. I remember my friend Tim and I picking the shows we wanted together. At the end of class, my professor notified me that they needed more ladies for MacBeth and that I need just go down and ask if I could join. I was so shocked because it was one of the shows on the brochure. My professor was like "Yeah...you can audition for these shows Sharriese." I auditioned for EVERY SINGLE SHOW. I didn't get them all, I mean I would have died, but I ended up being IN the ones that I so badly wanted to usher for. It was my first lesson in always showing up.

What advice do you have for today’s students?

Absorb as much as you can from every teacher and every experience. Be a sponge. My trajectory dramatically changed for the better from my experience with Rob Roznowski. We think we know so much more than we actually do. We made it to college and sometimes we get in our own way with what we think we need. How can you even know what you need if you don't have it yet! And sometimes what you need kinda sucks in the moment. Know that you don't necessarily have to agree with every single method or opinion, or like everything you cover in class, but try your best to really lean into it. Do the old improv rule and say Yes. You will get overwhelmed. You WILL bite off more than you can chew. You might fail at something. That is part of it. Fall down, breath, try again. Oh and don't buy all the books right away. Your theater books usually aren't too expensive and you actually use them... But these $300 bio books you don't even crack open...nah.

Photo from your time at MSU:

 Schoolhouse Rock Live Photo

Sharriese Hamilton in Schoolhouse Rock Live! at MSU (2005)

Recent production photo:

 Porchlight Music Theatre Aint Misbehavin Pohot

Sharriese Hamilton in Aint Misbehavin' at Porchlight Music Theatre (2015)


Sharriese Hamilton (MSU '06) hails from Okemos Michigan with a B.A. in Theatre from Michigan State University. Chicago credits include Thaddeus and Slocum (Lookingglass Theatre), Sister Act, The Velveteen Rabbit ( Marriott Theatre), Pericles (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), How To Succeed, Ain’t Misbehavin, Pal Joey, A Class Act (Porchlight Music Theatre); The Wild Party, See What I What I Wanna See, and Passing Strange (Bailiwick Chicago); All Shook Up (Theatre at the Center) Jesus Christ Superstar (Theo Ubique), We Three Lizas (About Face Theatre), and various roles with the Chicago based children’s theatre, Greatworks Theatre. Regional Credits include HAIR (McLeod Summer Playhouse) Spamalot, Working, The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee, and Buddy:The Buddy Holly Story (Timber Lake Playhouse). If not performing, Sharriese enjoys baking delicious cookies and pies, and her part time job as a freelance teaching artist.

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