Mandy Applegate Bloom is so excited to be leading the musical theatre program! Mandy studied musical theatre at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC, performed professionally as a singer/dancer for Costa and Radisson Seven Seas Cruise lines, and was a singer/dancer/showgirl in casino shows all across the US. The stages she calls home in Columbia are Trustus and Workshop Theatres. You may have seen her at Trustus Theatre as Cathy in the Last Five Years, or Edith/Edie in Grey Gardens, which she also choreographed. You may also remember Mandy from Workshop Theatre, where she played Ulla in The Producers, Velma Kelly in Chicago, and served as the choreographer for Young Frankenstein. Mandy was chosen as a finalist for Jasper Magazine Theatre Artist of the Year 2017. She is a wife and mother of two, teaches yoga and meditation, is a certified Nutritional Therapist, and a licensed esthetician and professional makeup artist. She is really happy to be joining the faculty here at Strutt and can’t wait to teach what she is most passionate about!