Recent Theater Grads Snag Leading Roles in National Touring Productions

Rory Donovan BFA '11 (Musical Theater) and Lukas Poost BFA '11 (Musical Theater) talk about their UArts training in 'Citypaper' cover story

Rory Donovan (right) as the Monster in "Young Frankenstein"

January 17, 2012

As far as post-graduation success stories go, Rory Donovan BFA '11 (Musical Theater) and Lukas Poost BFA '11 (Musical Theater) couldn't have scripted it better themselves.

The recent grads both snagged lead roles in national touring productions almost immediately after receiving their University of the Arts diplomas last spring, with Donovan playing the Monster in Mel Brooks' "Young Frankenstein" and Poost as everyone's favorite ogre in "Shrek: The Musical."

Lukas Poost as Shrek in "Shrek: The Musical"

The friends and fellow alums, who credit their UArts training and networking for their success in the competitive world of musical theater, were featured in a cover story in the December 29, 2011, issue of the Philadelphia Citypaper.

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Born and raised in Wilmington, Del., Donovan took off a few years after graduating from high school before enrolling at UArts. Poost, who grew up in the small town of Wyalusing, Pa., graduated with honors and in his final year performed "Who I'd Be" from "Shrek: the Musical" as part of his senior showcase.

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