The CWRU Footlighters is a group that is dedicated to bringing arts to the CWRU campus and giving students a creative outlet outside classes. To accomplish these goals, the club produces an entirely student-run and student-driven musical each semester. We have produced such big-name shows as Avenue Q, RENT, Sweeney Todd, Next to Normal, Spring Awakening, as well as lesser-known musicals such as Evil Dead: The Musical, Merrily We Roll Along, and The Wild Party. Each and every one of these shows, regardless of name or scope is performed, directed, choreographed, built, and publicized by students. Over the years, we have gained a reputation both within Case Western Reserve and University Circle as a whole, and remain one of the most attended and prominent student groups on campus.
Taylor Smith
President
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Taylor is a junior majoring in Computer Science and International Studies. She has worked on four different Footlighters shows in various roles from stage manager to choreographer and has been the secretary for the last three semester. In her free time, she enjoys geocaching, drinking coffee, and traveling to as many as many different places as possible.
You can contact her at: tps45@case.edu
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Paulina Martz
Vice President
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Paulina is a sophomore double majoring in Psychology and Theater with a concentration in design. She has been apart of the last three Footlighters productions, performing in Heathers: The Musical and acting as Set Designer and Technical Director for Legally Blonde: The Musical and Into The Woods. Outside of Footlighters, Paulina has worked with Player’s Theatre Group and CWRUcio. Paulina writes for the Observer, and is always on the hunt to find new and interesting theatrical developments.
You can contact her at: pmm93@case.edu
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Rachel Arvizu
Secretary
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Rachel is a sophomore majoring in Computer Science and International Studies. She was lighting designer for Into the Woods and is looking forward to reprising that role in Be More Chill. She has also been lighting assistant in Heathers and Legally Blonde. Outside of theater, Rachel enjoys finding new places to eat around Cleveland and camping with friends.
You can contact her at: raa116@case.edu
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Hannah Swanson
Treasurer
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Hannah Swanson is a freshman who is fairly certain she’s majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Last semester, she was a spot light operator for Footlighters’ production of Into the Woods. Hannah is also the Vice President of Pep Band. In her free time, she can be found playing club water polo, or playing clarinet in various ensembles.
You can contact her at: hes72@case.edu
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Melissa Nakazawa
Publicity Manager
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Melissa Nakazawa is a second year student majoring in biomedical engineering and theatre with a minor in macromolecular science and engineering. She is also currently serving as secretary of Case’s chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society. She has been seen in casts of Footies productions and on crew for Eldred mainstage productions. During her limited free time she can be found belting musical theatre ballads in her dorm, stress coloring pictures of cats and eating a lot of mint chocolate ice cream.
You can contact her at: min9@case.edu.
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Dan Mottern
Show Director
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Daniel Mottern is a Junior double majoring in Material Science and Theatre with a concentration in directing. He’s been doing theater things all over campus since his Freshman year. Outside of theater, Dan enjoys baking, cuddling animals, and writing.
You can contact him at ddm81@case.edu
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