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Broadway Performer Returns to His Alma Mater

Bellarmine alumnus Ryan Vasquez, right, discuss life in the theater with faculty member Russ Marcel, during a recent visit.

Professional actor Ryan Vasquez, currently performing in San Francisco in the national touring company production of the Tony-Award winning musical “Hamilton,” returned to Bellarmine on May 16.

Vasquez, a Bellarmine graduate from the class of 2010, spoke to students in two acting classes, then engaged in a captivating lunchtime session held in the Sobrato Center for Humanities and the Arts, moderated by Theatre Arts faculty member and alumnus Russ Marcel.

Vasquez has extensive Broadway experience, including roles in “Waitress,” and “Wicked.” While at Bellarmine, he starred in many of the school’s productions (“West Side Story,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Bat Boy,” “Arcadia,” “Urinetown,” “The Foreigner”). He was also a championship member of the speech and debate team, a member of Bellarmine’s improvisational comedy group, Sanguine Humours, and performed in Bellarmine’s Summer Alumni Theatre production of “The 24th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”

He credits his Bellarmine education for preparing him well for the rigors of acting. “The harder you study for anything, the more you’ll know it,” he told students, adding that he learns things “so much faster” because of his Bellarmine training.

To earn his role with the “Hamilton” company, he had to learn 150 pages and 25 songs, never having seen the show previously. “I’ve never studied for anything harder in my life, except at Bellarmine,” he said.

Following the San Francisco engagement, Vasquez and “Hamilton” are scheduled for a run in Los Angeles beginning in August.