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Each year the graduating class of music theatre majors participate in a three-day industry intensive event in New York City, which includes a showcase performance for major agents and casting directors from Broadway, television and film, and an opportunity to meet and network with the incredible ASU alumni working in the theatre industry. This integral educational opportunity is viewed as an essential component of their training.

The 2020 ASU Music Theatre Showcase at The Phoenix Theatre Company and “From the Desert with Love” at Feinstein’s/54 Below in New York City were canceled due to COVID-19.

Meet the Class of 2020

Kade Bailey


Kade began his music studies as a classical singer, completing his Bachelor of Music in vocal performance at Memorial University in his homeland of Newfoundland, Canada. Upon moving to Arizona, he switched his focus from classical to musical theatre, performing such roles as Jack Kelly in Newsies, Bill/Lucentio in Kiss Me, Kate, Signor Naccarelli in “The Light in the Piazza and Leading Man in Musical of Musicals: The Musical! Kade utilizes his training in both classical and musical theatre to express versatile vocal stylings across a wide range of different characters. Kade is excited to pursue this incredible opportunity alongside so many wonderful colleagues. 

Julian Mendoza


Julian Mendoza is a senior in the musical theatre program at Arizona State University. Recent credits include “The Sound of Music” (Phoenix Theatre), “Richard” in A New Brain (ASU), “Chino” in The Phoenix Symphony workshop of West Side Story, Americano (Phoenix Theatre).  He was also seen on stage at The Phoenix Symphony singing backup for Kristin Chenoweth, was a featured artist in the Utah Festival for Opera and Musical Theatre in Utah, The Barn Theatre in Augusta, Michigan, and Quisisana in Maine. He would like to thank his family and friends for the endless support throughout his career!

Cam Oakes

Cam Oakes

Cam Oakes is an actor, creator, and educator from the Phoenix area. Having been trained through Childsplay's conservatory program and the Phoenix Boys Choir in addition to his time at ASU, recent appearances include roles in Gianni Schicchi and Kiss Me Kate at ASU as well as Butch in Leading Ladies at Desert Foothills Theatre. He is also currently employed as a teaching artist though Childsplay Theatre and would like to thank all his friends, family, students and mentors for all the help and support they have given him over the years.

Kait Russell

Kait Russell

An Arizona native, Kait has been performing since the day her feet hit the floor and it is by far, her biggest passion. The empathy she brings paired with her fiery personality creates performances that are “effusive and exhilarating” and her “genuine sensitivity and assertiveness...infused with spunk” sets her apart on the stage. Kait’s favorite roles include Katherine (Newsies), Lauren (Kinky Boots) and Medium Alison (Fun Home). When she’s not on the stage you can find her on her yoga mat or hiking the Arizona desert with her dog, Hamilton. Kait is beyond grateful to have this opportunity to share her passion with the world!

Molly Cox


Molly Cox is from Floyd, VA and has been recognized for having a “fantastic voice, a delightful stage presence, and quite a range” ( Molly is at home in both the musical theatre and opera worlds playing contrasting roles from Dido (Dido and Aeneas) to Veronica Sawyer (Heathers the Musical). A few of Molly’s most favorite roles include The Baker’s Wife (Into the Woods), the title role in Handel’s Serse, and Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi). Molly is known for being a kindhearted colleague with a calming energy and she looks forward to pursuing her dreams in NYC with her ASU family.

Victor Mercado


Victor Mercado, a Los Angeles based performing artist, is very excited to be in Phoenix continuing his professional development in ASU’s Master’s program for Opera & Musical Theatre. Some of his favorite stage experiences include the role of Fenton in The Merry Wives of Windsor & featured roles in Jekyll & Hyde, Nine and The Magic Flute. Other performances include the Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall & ASU Gammage in Bernstein's Mass, Legend of Zelda Symphony of the Goddesses and John Williams: Maestro of the Movies.  As an aspiring linguist, he studies many world languages and shares his love of languages, music, & world cultures with others in & out of the performance space.

Mary Elizabeth Ott


Born and raised in Charleston, SC, Mary is known for bringing the southern charm, both on stage and off. Her emotional honesty and collaborative spirit, accompanied by "a voice that could blow the roof off any theatre she graces”, make her a strong yet relatable presence for audiences everywhere. Her most recent roles include Margaret Johnson (The Light in the Piazza), Lucille Frank (Parade), and Jo March (Little Women). She is thrilled to join her talented colleagues to be a part of this wonderful opportunity!

Vaughn Sherman


Vaughn Sherman is an Arizona native originally from Tucson, Arizona. He has performed in numerous musicals and plays such as Singin’ In the Rain (Don Lockwood), Hello, Dolly (Cornelius Hackl), and Hand to God (Timothy). He has also performed with the Phoenix Symphony in West Side Story and has performed in College Light Opera Company 50th season. Vaughn wouldn’t be able to pursue his passion without the love and support he receives from his friends and family. @thevaughnsherman /

Sara Louise

Sara Louise

Sara Louise is a Connecticut native who has been on stage since the mere age of 5. She began her performing by singing, "Broadway Baby" in her elementary school talent show and knew from that moment on, the stage was her home. She came to ASU to enjoy the sunshine and has since been seen in Kiss Me Kate (Bianca Quartet) and the new works reading as well as official cast recording of The Anxiety Project (Macy) which was in collaboration with The Phoenix Theatre Company. She cannot wait to see what lies in store for her and would like to thank everyone from teachers to family, for helping her along the way.

Vaibu Mohan


 Vaibu Mohan is a multi-faceted Indian-American artist with an emphasis in musical theatre. She is an Indian classical vocalist and dancer who has worked as a performer and choreographer at Silambam Phoenix. She developed a love for telling stories and found her way to musical theatre. Vaibu was most recently seen as Franca in The Light In The Piazza and Malala Yousafzai in Carmel Dean’s Well Behaved Women at ASU. In November, she made her debut as a director and choreographer in Fly By Night. An alum of the National Music Theatre Institute at the O’Neill Theatre Center, Vaibu is dedicated to creating new work and is working on her first full length musical, Adi-Antham.

Greg Paladino


Greg is passionately dedicated to collaborative storytelling.  As a music director, conductor, and pianist he has led compelling narratives with theater companies and educational programs around the country, including Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre, Arizona State University, James Madison University, and Buffalo Chrysalis Theatre Company.  He is an experienced coach and educator, maintaining positions as accompanist and independent vocal coach for singers/actors of all training levels and styles. Greg’s interest in acoustics and orchestration led him to proficiency in synthesizer technology and Finale notation software, with which he designs and programs custom keyboard parts.  Greg occasionally appears onstage singing, playing accordion, and piano (most recently as “Pianosaurus” in Triassic Parq).

Meet one of our students from the class of 2019.

Calean Creaser

Caelan Creaser "The ASU Music Theatre Showcase in New York City truly changed my life in many ways. For the week we were there, my peers and I got to perform for some of NYC's top industry professionals. From our actual showcase where I was able to perform and eventually sign with a NYC agency that I love, to taking multiple workshops with NYC casting directors, directors, and agents- the ASU Showcase week truly pushed me to be the best performing artist that I can be. Being able to have a showcase in NYC allows students to truly learn the most up to date information because we are learning from some of the industry's biggest casting agencies, agents, and directors. I will never forget the multitude of information and knowledge I gained from our showcase week in NYC.

My life and career path was also completely changed by having our NYC Showcase. Right after showcase, I was able to sign with Bloc Agency, a top NYC agency, who was able to get me auditions and callbacks for two brand new Equity National Tours. All because of ASU's NYC Showcase, I signed with Bloc Agency and am now prepping to open in the First National Tour of "Frozen" the musical performing in the Ensemble and Understudying Princess Elsa. Thanks to Arizona State, our generous donors, and the Musical Theatre NYC Showcase, I am now a working Equity actress and am living my dreams performing all over the United States in a National Broadway Tour!

The Arizona State MT Showcase in New York City is truly a life-changing week for ASU's Musical Theatre students. I am so grateful to have been able to attend our 2019 NYC Showcase, and am so excited for the class of 2020 to take NYC by storm! Go Sun Devils!

- Caelan Creaser, '19 (

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