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Tony Award Winner Alice Ripley '85 Recalls Her DePauw Experience

Tony Award Winner Alice Ripley '85 Recalls Her DePauw Experience

September 14, 2013

"I was really grateful for DePauw," Tony Award-winning actress Alice Ripley tells Playbill. The publication's website features a video interview with Ripley, a member of DePauw's Class of 1985, who discusses her path from college to the Broadway stage.

"I think that when you're a creative artist a liberal arts school is a really good idea," says Ripley, who majored in music at DePauw then transferred to Kent State University, where a new musical theatre major was being offered. "Not that a conservatory is a bad idea, (but a liberal arts college) gives you a little bit more freedom of choice, and that's good, and flexibility with your time."

The accompanying text begins, " What theatre kid doesn't dream of having a career like Tony Award winner Alice Ripley's? Understudy for the role of Mrs. Walker in The Who's Tommy … replacement Fantine in the original run of Les Misérables … original Broadway Betty Schaefer in Sunset Boulevard … rose to stardom in Side Show … and earned the Tony for Best Actress in a Musical in the Pulitzer and Tony-winning Next to Normal."

Access the piece at Playbill.com.  The video is also embedded below.

Learn more about Alice Ripley in this previous story.