- Graduation Year: 2011
- Degree: Bachelor of Science in Stage Management with an associated study in Interpersonal Relationship and Management Studies
Since graduating from UE in 2011, Hannah Sullivan has continued to fuel her passion for stage management through a variety of educational and work experiences. Immediately after leaving UE, she matriculated to Yale University in the School of Drama to pursue a MFA in Stage Management. She is currently completing her third and final year at Yale.
In addition to studying at Yale, Hannah has spent time working for French-Canadian company Cirque du Soleil on their production of Zumanity-The Sensual Side of Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas, Nevada. Last summer, she worked as a production assistant for the band Barenaked Ladies on their summer tour, Last Summer On Earth, featuring Ben Folds Five and Guster. Immediately following that tour, she served as a production assistant on Beautiful - The Carole King Musical, a new Broadway musical that will open in New York in November 2013.
Hannah credits UE and the Honors Program for providing her an educational experience that pushed her to her limits and encouraged her to think outside the box. She explains, “The commitment to curiosity and engagement that I found in the Honors Program has carried through to my work in graduate school and professionally. The Honors Program allowed me many opportunities, both in and out of the classroom, to develop my relationships with the professors. The Honors courses I took proved to be very challenging and very inspiring. The lectures and seminars outside of the classroom enabled me to explore other topics outside my own discipline and engage in a greater campus-wide dialogue with my fellow students and professors.”
Regarding her future plans, Hannah says, “I believe the possibilities are limitless. Upon graduation from Yale, I hope to continue working for Cirque du Soleil, but I could also see myself working in New York, pursuing opera production in Houston, or going back on tour with other musical groups. In my field it is impossible to predict what you will be doing three weeks from now or three months from now. It takes a certain amount of gumption to wake up every day with that unknown, but it keeps life from ever getting mundane.”