Musical Theatre Alumnus Connor Russell Makes Broadway Debut in The Book of Mormon Alumni Profile
Meet Connor Russell '12
- Job Title & Employer
- Ensemble member, The Book of Mormon on Broadway
- Musical Theatre
- Seattle, Wash.
- High School
- Skyline High School
"Point Park gave me the tools I needed to gain a well-rounded foundation in the arts. I left my college experience feeling like I had a solid footing in every area that I studied. In my opinion, this flexibility has greatly impacted my post-college career."
Highlight your career path since graduating from Point Park University.
I’ve had recurring roles on TV shows including The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Younger. I’ve been in the North American tours of The Book of Mormon and The Little Mermaid. Additionally, I've had the privilege to perform at regional theatres such as The Old Globe, The 5th Avenue Theatre, Asolo Reperatory Theatre and with the Pittsburgh CLO.
What’s it like making your Broadway debut in The Book of Mormon and what have you enjoyed most in your current role?
It has been a dream come true to make my Broadway debut in The Book of Mormon. I remember seeing the show on Broadway when I was in college and the stranger sitting next to me said, “You look like you should be in the show!” So years later, and after getting to travel the country in the show, being able to look at the Broadway seat I sat in that first time I saw it is pretty surreal.
In what ways did your Point Park undergraduate experience prepare you for your career?
Point Park gave me the tools I needed to gain a well-rounded foundation in the arts. I left my college experience feeling like I had a solid footing in every area that I studied. In my opinion, this flexibility has greatly impacted my post-college career.
Why would you recommend Point Park to a prospective student?
I loved being able to work with such a wide variety of faculty, who also continue to work as actors, directors and choreographers. This showed me so many different perspectives in the field I was going into.
As a dance minor, I was granted access to one of the best dance programs in the country. This training was incredibly valuable to me. Plus, the people I met at Point Park are some of the closest friends and chosen family I have in my life today.