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Actress Daina Michelle Griffith, a 2003 graduate of Point Park University's B.F.A. in musical theatre program, landed a role in The Dark Knight Rises, one of the most anticipated films of 2012. Griffith, a native of Fairfield, Ohio, plays Mrs. Foley, the wife of Gotham City Police Department Deputy Commissioner Peter Foley.

Daina Michelle Griffith is a 2003 graduate of Point Park's B.F.A. in musical theatre program.

"I'm a huge Batman fan, so being a part of this film is mind-blowing," said Griffith. "It still hasn't sunk in yet ... I'm not sure that it ever will."

Griffith credited much of her successful professional career to the education and training she received at Point Park.

"The Conservatory of Performing Arts program provided a safe, artistic outlet that allowed me the opportunity to create and take risks. I trained with professional artists, and discovered that I was actually capable of being an actress when performing in conservatory shows," she said.

Griffith has acted on the stages of several local theaters: City Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre, Quantum Theatre, Pittsburgh CLO and The REP, Point Park University's professional theatre company.

The actress said her best advice for students considering a career in the arts is to practice patience and maintain focus.

"You have to be strong enough to be knocked down repeatedly, and have the ability to get back up and try again. I loved the struggle and the payoff of each experience that has come my way," said Griffith. "I couldn't be more grateful for the chance to follow my dream. The dream that lead me to Pittsburgh and eventually to The Dark Knight Rises."


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