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Below is just a sampling of Rider alumni who have gone on to success in the world of performing arts.

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Ronn Carroll WCC '56
Carroll has appeared in numerous stage productions on and off Broadway, including "Oklahoma!" and "Annie Get Your Gun." He was also seen on movie screens as police officers in the horror films "Friday the 13th," "House" and "House 2."

Brian Delate '75 (fine arts)
A Vietnam veteran who came to Rider after the war and discovered a love for acting and directing, Delate has written, directed and/or appeared in numerous films. He also has played roles in several television programs and stage productions. Delate is probably most well known for playing the title character's father in 1998's "The Truman Show," starring Jim Carrey. He also spent the summer of 2000 as the owner of the Queen of Hearts Cafe on ABC's long-running daytime soap opera, "All My Children." Other notable film roles were as a guard in 1994's "The Shawshank Redemption" and as Col. Marshall in 2001's "Buffalo Soldiers," starring Joaquin Phoenix, Ed Harris
and Anna Paquin.

Katierose Donohue '03 (fine arts)
A 2003 recipient of the Rider University President's Award, Donohue was selected to study at the Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard UniversityÑbecoming the first graduate in the history of Rider's theater program to study at Harvard. She recently appeared in an episode of HBO's "The Comeback," starring Lisa Kudrow.

Jennifer Larmore WCC '80
A world-renowned mezzo-soprano, Larmore made her professional debut in 1982 and began her rise to international fame with a series of successful performances with the Nice Opera in France during that company's 1986-87 season. She went on to make her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1995 and was invited to sing the "Olympic Hymn" during the closing ceremonies of the 1996 Olympic Summer Games in Atlanta. Larmore, who can be heard on more than 60 recordings, has appeared on television and hosted her own radio program, "Backstage with Jennifer Larmore," on XM Satellite Radio Network's classical music channel. She returned to Westminster in May 2005 to receive an honorary doctorate of arts and letters and serve as Commencement speaker.

Jennifer Makris Hill '97 (comm.)
While a student at Rider, Hill gained notoriety by being named Miss New Jersey in 1995 and finishing third in that year's Miss America Pageant. She later finished in the top 10 in the 1997 Miss USA Pageant. Hill appeared in numerous productions at Rider and went on to play the role of Elena Lopez on the NBC daytime drama, "Another World." She has since formed Makris Consulting, a firm specializing in coaching potential beauty pageant contestants and enhancing communication skills.

William Mastrosimone '74 (fine arts)
Mastrosimone wrote "Extremities" for both the stage and screen, with the 1986 film version garnering a Golden Globe best actress nomination for Farrah Fawcett as an intended rape victim who turns the tables on her attacker. In addition to a number of stage plays, he has also penned the screenplays for the 1994 feature film "With Honors," starring Brendan Fraser and Joe Pesci, and the Steven Spielberg-produced 2005 TNT miniseries "Into the West."

Ron Melrose MM '90
Melrose is a hugely successful Broadway music director, a role he served for the original musical comedy "The Scarlet Pimpernel." He was the associate conductor and vocal arranger for "Jekyll & Hyde" and handled the dance arrangements for the 1987 revival of "Cabaret."

James Mount '95 (fine arts)
Mount has appeared in a number of stage productions as well as television programs since 1996. He played Steve from 1999-2001 on ABC's long-running daytime soap opera, "All My Children," and had an uncredited role in the 2002 film, "Maid in Manhattan," starring Jennifer Lopez. Mount has also appeared in episodes of "One Life to Live," "Law & Order," "Ed," and "Upright Citizens Brigade."

Tom Papa '90 (comm.)
After bringing power to serious roles in "Equus" and Arthur Miller's "All My Sons" on the Rider stage, Papa went on to become a successful stand-up comedian and actor. A frequent guest of the late-night talk show circuit, Papa appeared in the Billy Crystal film, "Analyze That," and the NBC sitcom, "The Colin Quinn Show." He then went on to be star, writer, producer and co-creator of his own four-episode NBC sitcom, "Come to Papa," which aired after "Friends" during the summer of 2004. Papa has also toured with comedian and television icon, Jerry Seinfeld.

Anwar Robinson WCC '01
Robinson entered the national spotlight in early 2005 as one of the 12 finalists on FOX's "American Idol" and made it into the top seven before being voted off the show April 19. After a surprise appearance in Lawrenceville for Rider's 140th Commencement, the West Orange, NJ, middle school music teacher spent his summer touring the country with other "American Idol" contestants in a live series of arena concerts. Robinson was a member of the Westminster Symphonic Choir and the Jubilee Singers while he was a student on Rider's Princeton campus. He is a featured soloist on the Jubilee Singers' recording, "A Celebration of Spirituals, Hymns and Gospel Songs" (available
at Westminster's online store, www.westminsterchoircollege.org).

John Walker WCC '73
Walker serves as senior producer for music for the series, "Great Performances," on the Public Broadcasting System.


 

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