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“At Ramapo, I was a Theater major with concentrations in Stage Management/Directing and Design/Tech. I toured several different schools and felt most at home at this campus. It was the only place I really felt that I could fit in and be happy for four years. I was incredibly lucky to gain hands-on experience as an assistant stage manager while still in college. I started my professional career as a stage manager the summer after my freshman year. My adviser, Rachel Budin, gave me the experience, tools and contacts to get into the business. I recently accepted a position as the assistant stage manager in the 2014-2015 national tour of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. I couldn’t be more thrilled to join this professional company. I look forward to taking all of my experiences and memories from Ramapo along with me.” – Jess Gouker ’14