Meet the Scholars
2020 Michael Gahagan Transplant Community Scholar
Caroline Bateman (left) hails from Catonsville, Maryland, and she recently finished her junior year at Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland, where she is pursuing a BS degree in Elementary Education. In December 2019, Caroline’s father Mark (right) donated a large portion of his liver to her cousin Meghan Smith, who was in liver failure from a rare genetic disease.
Austin Brannan lives in Elkton, Maryland, and he recently finished his freshman year at Syracuse University in New York, where he is pursuing a BFA degree in Musical Theater. Local performance credits include Frank Abagnale, Jr. (Catch Me If You Can); Cornelius (Hello, Dolly!); Robert (The Drowsy Chaperone); Jack (Into the Woods); and Young Patrick (Mame). National Tour: Elf the Musical (Michael understudy, ensemble).
Sarah Lambeth is from Bel Air, Maryland, where she recently graduated from Patterson Mill High School. In the fall, Sarah will be attending Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, where she will pursue a BFA degree in Musical Theater. Local performance credits include Sandy (Grease), Wendy Jo (Footloose), Abigail Williams (The Crucible), Mercutio (Romeo and Juliet), Genie (Aladdin Jr.), and Wendy (Peter Pan).
Emily Signor lives in Reisterstown, Maryland, where she recently graduated from Franklin High School. In the fall, Emily will be attending Ohio Northern University in Ada, where she will pursue a BFA degree in Musical Theater. Local performance credits include Miss Honey (Matilda), Carolyn (The Bridges of Madison County), Cecily (The Importance of Being Earnest), Molly Aster (Peter and the Starcatcher), and Jane Banks (Mary Poppins).
Kiley Ernest hails from Forest Hill, Maryland, and she is currently a junior at Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, where she is pursuing a BFA degree in Musical Theater. Local performance credits include Velma von Tussle (Hairspray), Morticia Addams (The Addams Family), Cosette (Les Misérables), Judy Haynes (White Christmas), and Ariel (The Little Mermaid). During the Fall 2019 semester, Kiley performed in Rider’s production of It’s a Grand Night for Singing.
Samantha Sheldon is from Catonsville, Maryland, and she is currently a sophomore at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, where she is pursuing a BA degree in Musical Theater. Local performance credits include Anita (West Side Story), Ariel Moore (Footloose), Babette (Beauty and the Beast), Snow White (Snow White), and Mary Lennox (The Secret Garden). During the Fall 2019 semester, Samantha performed in Seton Hill’s production of Chicago.
Samantha is our first scholar to have previously performed with Emily when they shared the stage in 2012’s Anything Goes.
2018 Michael Gahagan Transplant Community Scholar
Sarah Jones calls Astoria home now, but her roots will always lead back to Baltimore. She graduated as valedictorian from Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts in 2018 and has since found another home in the CUNY Baccalaureate program at Hunter College. Sarah’s path has shifted to study Theater Production and Management, but she will always love musical theater and looks forward to producing work that is important for our world to see.