Michael Misko ’08 earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2008.
Without SU, I wouldn’t be the actor I am today. I wouldn’t be the human being I am today. Those four years were the best of my life. The friendships I formed will outlast most others. I couldn’t imagine replacing that education with anything else. Shenandoah gave me the tools I needed to persevere and the willingness to say, ‘Sure… I can do that,’ and then the persistence to go and learn how to do what I just said I could do!”
Misko is a freelance actor/director. He has traveled the country, performing in regional houses from coast to coast. From 2011-2012, he worked full-time at the Great Plains Theatre in Abilene, Kansas, as the marketing director and a resident actor. While there, he was instrumental in implementing a “Shakespeare in the Schools” program, bringing classic works to area children for the first time in more than 40 years. “Most recently, during the summer of 2013, I was seen at [Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre] as Shrek in ‘Shrek the Musical,’” states Misko. He is currently finishing up a run of “The Odd Couple” in Macon, Missouri, as neatnik Felix Unger, before traveling back to Abilene, Kansas, to play Bob Wallace in “White Christmas.” His wife, fellow alum, Sarah Sesler ’10, is also cast in the production as Judy Haynes.
“Getting to work in this field is rewarding in and of itself. I’ve been able to take what I learned at SU and apply it into various avenues of theatre, keeping myself employed almost constantly since graduating — except for that time I worked for Circuit City, but we won’t talk about that,” said Misko. “There is a distinct lack of job security that comes in this field. Moving around from place to place and job to job can be taxing. So, if you know of any openings for a six-foot, brown haired, blue-eyed baritenor — share the wealth!”
“First and foremost, meeting my wife, Sarah, is my fondest memory,” expressed Misko. “Also the friendships that were forged in the halls of Ruebush are the greatest of my life. It seems too, that there are no class boundaries. It’s like being in a brotherhood, so to speak. In talking with current students, most of whom do not know me, I’ve learned that we’ve got the same stories and are stressed about the same stresses! Also, from what I can remember, Apple Blossom was always a good time.”
Misko is looking forward to being more involved with campus activities, returning for special events and reconnecting with professors and friends. “Perhaps I’ll sit in on Mac Bozman’s History of Theatre and retake some of my notes. I still can’t believe I threw that notebook away,” said Misko. “I feel a great sense of pride when I say, ‘I went to SU.’ It seems about time I thanked them for that.”
Misko married Sarah Sesler in August 2013. He was born and raised in Pittsburgh and still lives in the area. He explains, “Mom, Dad, dog — think the Brady Bunch, except my parents stayed married, I’m an only child and we didn’t have a housekeeper. But other than that, just like it.”