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Ocean-going vessels provide the stage for Wright State theatre, dance alums

Paige Dobkins, who earned a bachelor’s degree in acting, is one of many Wright State performing arts graduates with successful careers performing on cruise ships.

Article by Jim Hannah, Wright State News Bureau


Singers, dancers, actors and other graduates of Wright State University’s theatre and dance programs typically make their living on terra firma. But a few take leave of dry land to ply their craft on the high seas, entertaining passengers on cruise ships from Alaska to Australia and the Caribbean to Italy.

“We have graduates all over the world right now from many programs,” said Joe Deer, head of the Musical Theatre Program. “We even have a pair of Wright State sisters who are working on different sides of the globe on ships as performers.”

One of them is Paige Dobkins, who graduated from Wright State in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in acting with an emphasis on musical theatre. She works for the Carnival Cruise Line in a fleet that includes the Ecstasy, Fascination and Legend.