2017-2018 New Team Members
Ruchir Khazanchi is a first year Voice & Opera student from Omaha, NE, and a member of Waa-2. He is also excited to be involved with Waa-Mu as a member of the events team. In addition to the Waa-Mu family, he is involved with the University Company of Opera Singers production of LOLANTHE as Private Willis.
Jasmine Sharma is a Freshman Theatre major passionate about new work. She is overjoyed to be a member of both Waa-2 and Waa-Mu Development. Jasmine is honored to work with such a generous, uplifting, and gifted group of people.
Rachel Khutorsky, a freshman theater major, is thrilled to be working on Waa-Mu! For Waa-Mu, she is on the community programing team. Outside of Waa- Mu, Rachel is Assistant Producer for both the 76th Annual Dolphin Show: RAGTIME and for Arts Alliance’s production of THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE! During the past two summers, Rachel has interned at the National Endowment for the Arts and for Tony award-winning Broadway director Diane Paulus. Professional performing credits include the National Tour of SHREK, THE MUSICAL.
Aubrey Leaman is a 2nd year Ph.D. student in music theory and cognition with a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the University of South Carolina. After assistant directing THE WHO’S TOMMY at Northwestern last summer, she is excited to be continuing her work with theatre as a part of the Waa-Mu sales and promotions team! Aubrey's research focuses on the analogies and associations people use when listening to music, the role of music in creative multimedia programming, and how to engage new audiences in the arts.
Elvan Babuna is a freshman and her involvement in the Waa-Mu community began this year. Her major is currently declared as economics but in reality she is pretty undecided. She used to work in an amateur theatre group called ‘’Speechbubbles’’ that produced musicals each year to raise money for charity in Turkey. She has no prior experience in working for the development team of such a huge production. She is so excited to have the opportunity of being a part of such an amazing and talented team and hopes to learn what it really takes to create a successful show.
Gaby Godinez is so excited to be following in her family’s footsteps by joining the Waa-Mu family! Gaby is a freshman in Radio/TV/Film department. In addition to Waa-Mu, she is a part of The Blackout, Northwestern’s premier late-night talk show, and Northwestern Sketch Television.
Hannah Hakim is excited to be working on The Waa-Mu Show again this year! Hannah is a sophomore theatre major as well as in the Musical Theatre Certificate Program. Last year she was in the Waa-Mu writing class as well as in Waa-2. Along with Waa-Mu, Hannah is the Community Engagement Director of Spectrum Theatre Company, a member of the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, and has been involved in many Northwestern productions including PARADE, ANON(YMOUS), and THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE.
Alexa Moster is a first-year double major in Theatre and Gender & Sexuality Studies. She is so excited to be on the team for Waa-Mu and Waa-2. She is also a proud baby of THUNK A Cappella. When not at Northwestern, Alexa sings in Vocality, the alumni ensemble of Chicago Children's Choir dedicated to innovative and original work that showcases diverse talent.
Jessica Nekritz is so excited to be on the Waa-Mu team! She is a freshman theatre and economics double major. She will be stage managing for WAVE productions this winter and also enjoys being a part of Seesaw Theatre, Hillel, and of course, Waa-Mu!
Vy Duong is a freshman in Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications. A Vietnamese, born and bred. Even before coming here, she had always wanted to be part of Waa-Mu. Vy is now beyond thrilled to work on the marketing team and get to know amazing people from the Waa-family!
Shealyn Abbott is a sophomore studying English Literature and Political Science with a certificate in Integrated Marketing Communications. She became a huge fan of Waa-Mu after watching the show come together last year, and is excited to be part of the Sales and Promotions team for the show this year. On campus Shealyn is involved with Jumpstart, Dance Marathon, Delta Zeta sorority, and various student dance productions. She can't wait to help get the community as excited about Waa-Mu as she is!
Theo Janke-Furman is delighted to be involved in The Waa-Mu show as both a part of the marketing team and as a member of Waa-2! He is a freshman from Saint Paul, Minnesota, and is currently studying theatre. Aside from Waa-Mu, Theo will be appearing in Arts Alliance’s production of THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE. He can’t wait to work with such creative and amazing people!
Jillian Korey is a freshman theatre major at Northwestern University. Some favorite roles have included Doris in FAME, Vera in SHE KILLS MONSTERS, and Fraulein Schneider in CABARET. She was also the Head Costumer for Jones College Prep High School's theatre department and President of their Drama Club. Jillian is really excited to be involved with Waa-Mu in any way she can, and especially excited to have a hand in the creative aspect of the show!
Emmet Smith is a freshman theatre major from New York hoping to minor in Spanish and maybe dance! Who knows! In addition to being on the digital team for Waa-Mu, he is in Waa-2, AMTP’s fall production THE WOMAN IN QUESTION, and Freshman Fifteen A Cappella. Emmet is over the moon to have Waa-Mu in his life and can't wait to begin!
Josh Krivan is thrilled to join the team as a historian! Last year, he served on the Waa-Mu executive board and was a cast member in BEYOND BELIEF; previously, he was a proud member of Waa-2. Elsewhere on campus, Josh coordinates alumni relations for the Dolphin Show, sings with ShireiNU A Cappella, and sits on the Northwestern A Cappella Community Alliance. You can also catch him as Jasper in this winter's production of JASPER IN DEADLAND.
Madi Hart is a freshman Theater major with a minor in something cool (hopefully). She is overjoyed to be able to join the Public Relations team for Waa-Mu for the 2017-2018 season! She is very excited to be part of a group that is passionate about bringing new and innovative work to life.
Stella Cole is a freshman theatre major who will possibly also be majoring/minoring in German, Women’s Studies, and Acting for Screen. Who’s to say! At Northwestern, she is currently Assistant Producer for the Dolphin Show, a member of the marketing team for THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, and a teaching artist for STELLA LUNA. She can’t wait to be involved with Waa- Mu and be part of such a joyful, creative, inspiring group of people.
Jake Larimer is a sophomore theatre and philosophy double major from Portland, Oregon and is so excited to join Waa-Mu this year as part of the development team! In addition to Waa-Mu, Jake is the treasurer/fundraising director of Tempo Tantrum and on the fundraising team for L&M’s winter production, JASPER IN DEADLAND.
Hope Banach is a first-year student from Boston, MA, and can’t wait to join the Waa-Mu family! She is super excited to be a member of the production team, and is honored to work with such an insanely talented and creative group of people! She is a Bienen student studying Voice and Opera, and, outside of Waa-Mu, is a current member of the University Company of Opera Singers and The Renaissance Singers, Northwestern's premier classical a-capella group.
Eli Cohen is a sophomore Theatre and Computer Science major. He is from Highland Park, Illinois, and a member of the Creative Team, a writer for the show, and a new member of the Sales and Promotions team. Eli most recently performed in The Who's Tommy at Northwestern University's Wirtz Center. Off the stage, he assistant directed Company, and will be working as a writer's assistant on AMTP's Marie in Tomorrowland.