Recent Elon Music Theatre grads hit the stage and big screen

Recent graduates from Elon University’s BFA Music Theatre program are auditioning and booking jobs around the globe. From Broadway to Hollywood, here are just a few of the many alumni making a name for themselves.

Elon University’s Music Theatre program is consistently ranked as a top music theatre program in the United States. The program accepts less than 3 percent of applicants, having small cohorts of sixteen students. These students spend their four years training with industry professionals in all aspects of dancing, singing and acting to prepare them for post-graduate careers in the performing arts and beyond.

From Hollywood to Broadway, recent Elon music theatre grads are cementing themselves in show business as future stars of the industry. The music theatre program would like to highlight a few of the many alumni from the past two years and the work they have done in the theater and film industry.

Madeline Hudelson ’20 (New York City)

Photo credit to @madelinehudelson on Instagram. Pictured: Madeline in Ricky D’Ambrose’s “The Cathedral” screening at Sundance Film Festival

Hudelson graduated from Elon at the height of the pandemic but still managed to establish herself as a rising talent. She was recently featured in the film “The Cathedral” as a supporting role and was showcased at Sundance Film Festival and the 2022 Venice Biennale Film Festival.

Marella Francia ’20 (Los Angeles)

Photo credit to @marellasabio on Instagram

Since graduating, Francia signed with Artists United Agency in Los Angeles and KU Talent in the southeast. With the help of her agents, she recently shot two short films, one commercial and is currently shooting a feature film as a lead which will Mae her SAG-AFTRA eligible.

Jaylan Evans ’20 (New York City)

Photo credit to @jaylanevanz on Instagram. Pictured: Jaylan jumps for joy in Times Square, NYC as he sees the billboard for the show he appeared on TV as a guest star.

Evans has landed numerous roles since he graduated from Elon. Some highlights include making his television debut as a guest star on “Power Book III: Raising Kanan” and making his off-Broadway debut in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s “…what the end will be” written by Mansa Ra. He is set to play the role of Skull in the world premiere of a new rock musical, “Punk Rock Girl!”

Christine Wanda ’21 (New York City)

Photo credit to @thechristinewanda on Instagram. Pictured: Christine in costume for “Belle” in A Christmas Carol at Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre.

Since graduating in May 2021, Wanda has performed at several theaters around the United States including, Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre’s Summer 2021 season, Lexington Theatre Company’s Concert with the Stars, The Lex’s Summer at Home Program teaching music to children and Oregon Shakespeare Festival playing Storyteller and Ti-Moune/Asaka understudy in “Once on this Island,” receiving her Actors Equity Card.

Haile Ferrier ’21 (New York City)

Photo credit to @haile.ferrier on Instagram. Pictured left to right: Alaina Anderson (Zoe understudy) and Haile Ferrier (Alana Understudy) pose for a picture as they make their debuts together at the Orpheum Theatre in Omaha, Nebraska.

Ferrier was booked in the “Dear Evan Hansen” national tour not even six months after graduating from Elon. Understudying both female leads, Zoe and Alana, Ferrier made her National Tour debut in Omaha, Nebraska as Alana.

The Music Theatre program at Elon congratulates our incredible alumni for all of their successes, whether they were featured in this article or not. We always look forward to hearing about the work our alumni are doing post-grad and are proud to share it with the world.