School of Communication & Media

Alumnus Profile: Ruthie Ann Miles
'05 Theatre

Palm Beach Atlantic University alumnus Ruthie Ann Miles graduated from PBA in 2005 with a degree in musical theatre. After graduating from PBA, Miles went to New York and received her master’s degree in music and vocal performance. Since then she has been on the professional stage.

In a 2013 interview for PBA’s Centre Stage, Miles spoke about her experience at PBA. “I learned how to be a Christian drama-student, how to love my neighbor, grow friendships, invest in a character, as well as how to be the Light that Christ has called us to be, on and off stage.”

In June 2015, Miles received a Tony Award on Sunday for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical for her role in the Broadway revival of “The King and I.”

Click here to read more about Ruthie Ann Miles in Current, our alumni publication.

 

 

Alumnus Profile: Christopher Marks
'09 Theatre

Alumnus Christopher has been featured in popular TV shows like The Glades and America's Most Wanted. Our Theatre program trains students to become the best performers they can be.

If Christopher Marks looks familiar, it might be from seeing him on the small screen in such popular TV shows as Burn Notice, The Glades and Magic City, all filmed in South Florida. He also had a role on America’s Most Wanted, but not as one of the bad guys, he said. He played a detective as part of an investigation re-enactment.

His classmates at Palm Beach Atlantic University, however, will remember Marks primarily for the 11 theatrical productions in which he was cast, starting with Camino Real, in which he played a street cleaner, and concluding with a memorable role as Capt. Brackett in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific.

In between, Marks had a chance to appear in PBA and community theatre productions of The Tempest, Les Miserables, Medea, The Fantasticks and Man of La Mancha. He said he felt drawn to the stage from his very first show. “It wasn’t until I discovered musical theatre that I started to fall in love with it,” he said.

For three years, Marks belonged to A.L.I.C.E., PBA’s improv comedy troupe. He remembers the camaraderie he felt with his classmates and professors in the Theatre Department.

“It’s this strong bond that ties everyone together,” he said. “Most of us still keep in touch with each other to this day.”

After graduation, Marks continued working on the stage, appearing in Side By Side By Sondheim and a Palm Beach Dramaworks production of Three Tall Women.

Gradually he began to gravitate toward television and film. He found work doing short films and commercials. In addition to his television roles, Marks has appeared in nine motion pictures, all of which are listed on his profile on IMDB.com.

The Jupiter resident says he hasn’t left his theatre roots entirely behind.

“My heart is on the stage,” he said. But “my passion for movies and television goes well into my childhood.”