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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Hana Mastrogiacomo (DR ’12)

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Name: Hana Mastrogiacomo

Where were you born: Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY

Siblings: Yes! I have an older brother.

College: Ithaca College

College area of study: B.A. Theatre Studies with a minor in Sociology

First show you ever saw: Rent on Broadway in 2005

First pet’s name: Flower, the Japanese Fighting Fish

Hero: Sarah Ruhl

What was your first Waterwell experience: Assistant stage managing Emma the musical by Stephen Karam. This was one of the funniest and most beautifully executed musicals I’d seen in my time as a student at PPAS. To this day it still blows my mind that as a high school student I had the opportunity to work on a new work by a well known playwright in such a safe and supporting environment.

Pet peeves: The sound of loud chewing, movies with too many sequels, and people who take forever in front of me in the Chipotle line.

Favorite play/musical: Either The Dream of Burning Boy by David West Read or Hair the musical.

Karaoke song: “Maggie May” by Rod Stewart

Favorite New York spots: The High Line

What are you reading right now: Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

What is your philosophy of art: Art/theater/dance etc. produced currently should be accessible to all audiences. I feel that the future of new inspiring work is in a collaborative process and not rooted in stubborn hierarchies and fierce individualism. I’m not anti-escapism or anti-entertainment, but I do think that we need to be primarily producing art that is politically and socially driven and that serves the communities around us.

Where do you see yourself in ten years: Working on projects that combine my interests in theater and social justice and hopefully starting my own theater company geared towards education.

Give us one piece of advice: Do not let the toxic combination of fear and laziness hinder you from reaching your full personal and artistic potential. And put potato chips on sandwiches.