2018-2019 Waa-2

What is Waa-2?

Waa-2 is a group of freshmen who represent the Waa-Mu show throughout the entire Waa-Mu process, from before the script exists until the final curtain and beyond. Waa-2 serves as the workshop cast of the musical as it is written, as well as performing as the public face of The Waa-Mu Show throughout the year. Auditions for Waa-2 will be happening in the Fall!

Waa-2 Members

Brandon Acosta is freshman theatre major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This year he will be appearing as a cast member in the Dolphin Show. Outside of theatre, Brandon plays the alto saxophone in the Northwestern University Marching Band. He is beyond thrilled to be a part of the Waa-2 team!

Tom Bentsen is so excited to be joining the Waa-Mu community with Waa-2! Tom is a resident of Bellevue, WA, just outside of Seattle, and is a Theatre major with an intent to double major in something but has no idea what right now. Also on campus, Tom is a member of THUNK a cappella and is a part of the Ensemble for Hello, Dolly! this winter. He would like to say thank you to Waa-Mu for this amazing opportunity!

Emily Brooks is a freshman theatre major from Seattle, Washington. Adventures at Northwestern include performing in The Phantom Tollbooth and AMTP’s Scotland, PA, dancing with Tonik Tap, and assistant choreographing Fefu and Her Friends. Favorite Seattle performances include Second Story Rep’s Anne of Green Gables (Anne), The 5th Avenue Theatre’s Rising Star Project, and Village Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals.

Martina Cavard is a freshman from Palm Beach, Florida, studying Theatre with an intended double major in International Studies.  She is so excited to be a member of Waa-2! 

Claire Kwon is a freshman from New Jersey. She is ecstatic to be a part of Waa-2 this year! She is studying Theatre and is also a proud member of Thunk, The Bix, and Steam Heat.

Mariana Leone is currently in her first year at Northwestern University. She graduated from The Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, PA in 2018. Some of her recent credits include, Pippin 2014 (Catherine), Romeo and Juliet 2015 (Tybalt), A Chorus Line 2015 (Diana Morales), The Music Man 2016 (Marian Paroo), Into the Woods 2016 (Baker’s wife), Sister Act 2016 (Mother Superior), First Ladies 2017 (Jackie Kennedy Onassis), As You Like it 2017 (Celia), and Harispray 2018 (Velma Von Tussle). She thinks arts are an important way to build empathy and understanding and is honored to be a part of the age-old literary and dramatic tradition of theatre arts. She is unbelievably excited to be a part of Waa-2! 

Joe Nedder is a freshman Political Science and Jazz Studies dual degree student from Boston, Massachusetts. He is thrilled to be a member of Waa-2 this year, and he is grateful to have the opportunity to work with such a talented group of individuals! On campus, Joe is also a member of Freshman Fifteen A Capella and the NU Jazz Orchestra, and he enjoys reading about and discussing current events.

Maddie Novak is a first year student majoring in Theatre. In high school Maddie was involved heavily in choir and theatre, and served as Choir President and as a member of the Fine Arts Executive Board her senior year. Some high school accomplishments include: ILMEA All-State Chorus 2017 & 2018, ACDA Regional Choir, NAfME All-National Choir, and All-Sectional Actor award 2016 & 2017. She is currently singing in Northwestern Camerata and is a proud member of X-Factors A Cappella! 

Liam Oh was a 2018 YoungArts Finalist in Theater and semifinalist for the Presidential Scholar for the Arts. Favorite credits include: Chip in 25th… Spelling Bee, Clyde in Bonnie and Clyde (Actor’s Training Center), and Ren in Footloose (New Trier High School). You can see him this spring in the Writers Theater production of Next to Normal as Gabe.

Jay Towns is a freshman Theatre major who is thrilled to be part of Waa-2. In addition to his love for theatre, he's also an avid musician and photographer. He is a member of several student groups at Northwestern, including STITCH, NSTV, and The Undertones. While at NU, he plans on continuing to expand his horizons in theatre & beyond, and he is thankful to Waa-Mu for being an outlet for students to express their creative freedom.

Waa-2 Co-Chairs

Peter Carroll is a Sophomore in the Musical Theater Certificate program. He participated in the 88th annual Waa Mu show last year, and was a part of the Waa-2 ensemble. He is stoked beyond words to be a co-director for Waa-2 this year with his other crazy talented and passionate classmates.  

Danielle Kerr is so excited to return to Waa-Mu the co-directors of Waa-2! She first got involved in the organization as a member of Waa-2 last year. Besides Waa Exec, she is a proud member of X-Factors A Cappella and Gamma Phi Beta. 

Ruchir Khazanchi is a sophomore Musical Theatre and Integrated Marketing Communications student. He was involved with Waa-Mu as a member of the Manhattan Miracle ensemble, events executive team, and Team Music. He is thrilled to be a Waa-2 co-director this year! On campus, Ruchir is both an active music director and performer, and is grateful for all the opportunities provided by the Waa-Mu community.

Lydia Weir is a sophomore Theatre Major in the Music Theatre Certificate. After having been a part of Waa-2 and the Writing the Musical class last year, she is so thrilled to be able to welcome the next generation of Waa-Muers into the family. Last year she was a cast member in AMTP’s “Marie in Tomorrowland” and Project NU. If not in Wirtz, she can be found DJing for WNUR Rock Show or taking photos of squirrels trying to find their buried nuts in the snow (which she finds very sad). She cannot wait to see what Waa-Mu has in store for us all this year!