6/13/13 ASHLAND, Ohio - Brandon Wurgess, a native of Fremont and a hospitality management major who will begin his senior year at Ashland University this fall, is living his lifelong dream this summer.
Thanks to his hard work and a connection with an Ashland University alumnus, Wurgess is working this summer as a marketing assistant at the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company in Weston, Vt.
Wurgess is a 2011 graduate of Fremont Ross High School. He is son of Beth Wurgess of Fremont.
Wurgess made a connection with Stuart Duke, who serves as managing director of the theatre company. Duke is a 1978 radio/TV, theatre, and public speech graduate of Ashland University and has worked on more than 200 Broadway, Off Broadway, regional and international theatre productions.
Wurgess calls this summer job a lifetime dream because of his desire to work in the arts.
“I am so thrilled, and downright ecstatic to work for Weston Playhouse,” Wurgess said. “I’ve loved theatre ever since I was 8 years old, and I am so glad that I get to start doing what I love as my career. It’s like all the pieces have finally come together.”
Wurgess believes that achieving this dream would not have been possible without his education, dedication and most importantly, his own personal coaching section at Ashland University. “I have been so blessed with a supportive family and great mentors who let me practically live in their offices, and a little bit of luck,” he said.
Duke instantly connected with Wurgess as a fellow Ashland Eagle, but says that there were a lot of reasons he offered the position to him.
“This position is very competitive. While the AU connection certainly helped get Brandon get on my radar screen, it was his confidence, passion and skills that landed him the job,” Duke said. “We're delighted to give him this opportunity to build on his experience.”
As the marketing assistant, Wurgess currently resides in Vermont and serves as Weston Playhouse’s main press contact, focusing on advertising, photography, e-marketing, staff leadership, and audience services.
Weston Playhouse, a not-for-profit regional theatre located in the village of rural Weston, Vermont, has been described by the Boston Globe as “the most beautiful theatre in New England.”
“The playhouse pioneers original works, while also producing professional, well-known plays and musicals with a large company of actors, designers and administrators,” Wurgess said.
Famous past company members include Emmy award-winning actor Christopher Lloyd, TV/screen actor Alan Ruck (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off), and even the great American actor Lloyd Bridges (Sea Hunt), who started at Weston in 1937.
Weston Playhouse is continuing its dedication to “world class theatre in the heart of Vermont” by producing its 76th season, comprised of seven plays and musicals, late-night cabarets, and several special events in multiple venues. The main stage summer season runs between June and September, and includes a range of classic and modern theatre, presenting the shows “Educating Rita,” “Next to Normal,” “42nd Street” and “To Kill a Mockingbird.” More information on Weston Playhouse can be found at http://www.westonplayhouse.org.
Wurgess prepared for his dream by working as the current public relations chair for the Ashland University chapter of The National Society of Minorities in Hospitality, while working on and off stage with the AU Theatre Department.
Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2013, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###