CEN Alumni

Courtney Blackmun

This is a photo of Courtney Blackmun

"I would like to thank Cathy Hudnall, Laura Carroll, and the rest of the Columbia State faculty for all that I've learned. Without the knowledge of the talented staff of the Commercial Entertainment Program, I would have never learned the many important aspects that are necessary in the success of an entertainer."

Regional Theater Productions
“Hair” – Dionne
“Bye Bye Birdie” – Margie
“Seussical the Musical” – Mayzie La Bird
“Les Mis” – Upcoming
“A Chorus Line” – Upcoming
Cruise Ships and Theme Parks
Dance captain for Holland America Cruise Line
Featured performer on Celebrity Cruises
Parade performer at Walt Disney World

For more details on her career, visit Courtney's website.

Seth Teegarden


"Cathy Hudnall, Laura Carroll, Lili Eubank, students and everyone in the Commercial Entertainment Department, I couldn't be where I am today without your guidance, teachings, support and love. I get to use all of my talents in many areas of the entertainment field because I have the knowledge and experience from Columbia State's Commercial Entertainment Department.  Thanks, Columbia State!"

Bassist for National Touring rock band, The Cavalry (Fuel, Alter Bridge, Elvis Monroe)
Off-Broadway Productions
"Silence! The Musical" - Assistant Wardrobe Supervisor
"HIM" - Wardrobe Supervisor
Regional Theater Productions
“The Columnist” – Philip/Andre
“Smokey Joe's Cafe” – Michael
Owner of Teegarden Music Group, productions include:
Josh Dragoo and The Moonlighters
Coral & Chloe Ellerd
Josh Lowery
Hayley & Jennifer Sorensen

For more details on his career, visit Seth's website.

Courtney Pierchoski

Courtney Pierchoski

"Young Frankenstein has been such an exciting project! I have been given the opportunity to be the assistant to the directors as well as dance captain and a performer in the ensemble.  The rehearsal process for this musical has been an incredible learning experience as I get to play on stage and then also be a part of the production team. My director says to me every day "welcome to the world" as I juggle swinging tracks, cleaning dance numbers, giving notes, assisting set transitions and performing! This world of 'not just a performer' is fascinating and I love every second of it! Long days of dedicated work with a talented team of creative professionals has paid off and we now have a fantastic show on our hands!"

Regional Theater
"Young Frankenstein"   Asst. Dir. / Ensemble
"La Cage Aux Folles"     Cagelle Nicole / Dance capt
"Sword Called Excalibur"   Actor/Singer/Educator

REDKEN L'Oreal     Runway Model
Purity Dairy    Daughter
"Public Morals" (TV show)    Featured Extra
"Nashville" (TV show)    Featured Extra
St. Thomas Hospital    Principle

Rachel Hocket

CEN Graduate Rachel Hocket

One of the things I love most about Columbia State's CEN program was the quality and professionalism of the teachers. After studying at CEN for 2 years, I finally was accepted to what I thought was my dream college. It is a prestigious music university, but I was disappointed to learn that the quality of educators did not parallel the ones at Columbia State. I can honestly say that the best and most oral teaching concerning the arts I have ever received was given to me from the instructors and the Commercial Entertainment department at Columbia State Community College!  Not only did they teach me how to better my craft but they also taught me the importance of having a professional and humble attitude. Columbia State Community College CEN department comes highly recommended by me!

Film / Television / Live Performance
"The Billy Graham Story"   Alfred's Wife
2004 Dove Awards     Background Vocals
"The Monica Shmelter Show"   Musical Guest
Musical Theater

"FAME The Musical"    Mabel Washington
"Bye Bye Birdie"    Rose Alvarez
"Ragtime"   Sarah
Studio Work / Artists
Donna Summer    Background Vocalist
"Disney's The Little Mermaid"   Adella
Modeling / Print
Blue Cross Blue Shield   Model
The Nashville Scene    Featured Article

Hayley Sorensen

CEN alumni Haley Sorensen

Film / Television  
"Ruben Studdard Music Video"   Dancer/Extra
"Stuck"     Allie (Lead)
"Remnant"   Nurse
"Disney LIVE Int'l Tour"    Belle/Cinderella/Dance
Walt Disney World  Shows and Parades
"Cats"   Victoria
"Nunsense"     Sister Amnesia"
"Pop-up Cabaret"     Singer
"Cinderella"     Portia
"Through the Looking Glass"     White Knight
Right Choice Auto Insurance    Flight Attendant


Maureen Maltez

I'd like to thank the Commercial Entertainment Program at Columbia State for giving me the skills and knowledge to become the performer I am. Thanks to great professionals like Cathy Hudnall and Laura Carroll, I have been able to have the best experiences ever. Below is a link to a video of the last song I sang for an event called Trojan Idol at Trevecca Nazarene University. This is the song that gave me the chance to win 1st place. Thanks to every single class I took in the CEN program, I have become a performer with competitive advantages. It's a hands-on program that, with hard work, will convert your dream to a career. Press on dreamers! 


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