Featured Alum: Molly LeCaptain

Molly LeCaptain graduated in May of 2012 with a major in Musical Theatre and a minor in Human Development. Molly now is an actress and singer in Chicago, IL. In addition to acting, she works as a copywriter and marketing for a bedding manufacturer.

What do you do now? Now I’m acting and singing in Chicago. Over the last six years, I’ve performed for various storefront theatres in Chicago, worked at a professional summer theatre in Terre Haute, Indiana for three summers, and even had a seasonal job singing for beluga whales and dolphins at the Shedd Aquarium. In 2018, I was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Supporting Performer in Yank! A WWII Love Story, and this past spring, the musical The Bridges of Madison County, of which I was a part, won the Jeff Award for Best Musical. In addition to acting, I work as a copywriter and marketing assistant for a high end, wholesale bedding manufacturer.

Why did you decide to major in Theatre? I’ve been singing since I was old enough to speak, participated in community theatre productions with other kids from the Green Bay area, then went on to middle and high school plays and musicals. I never imagined myself doing anything other than singing and performing, so it only seemed natural for me to major in Theatre in college. I chose theatre over music because I loved acting AND singing, but I was still active in the music department, participating in Chorale and Vocal Jazz for a good portion of my time at UWGB.

What academic experience or accomplishment are you most proud of? One of my favorite memories of my time at UWGB is music directing the musical [title of show], a collaboration with my friend and fellow Theatre alum, Kyle Pingel. The show was the first student-produced musical in the school’s history, and it was so wildly popular that we had to add a late-night showing to the end of the run. Another experience I’m incredibly proud of is playing Sally Bowles in the Spring 2012 production of Cabaret, which was the first show that the Theatre Department had produced in Cofrin Family Hall of the Weidner Center in over 10 years.

What is an important goal or accomplishment you are currently working on? I’m currently seeking representation – while I’ve been working consistently and landing jobs on my own, having an agent will allow me to stretch my wings to work in other areas (film, voiceover, commercials) in addition to theatre. I also have an idea for a cabaret I want to put together by suggestion of a friend – I love doing theatre, but I want to start creating my own art, too. I’m also hoping to build up my copywriting resume and expand my work in that field.

What do you do for fun? I love running – I completed the Chicago Marathon in October 2019, which I still can’t believe. I also love crocheting, watching terrible horror movies on Netflix, and cooking with my InstantPot.

What else do you want people to know about you? I used to sing the National Anthem for the men’s and women’s basketball games – I’m hoping someday to sing at a Cubs game, or even a Packer game.

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