Freshman Alexa McGlathery Juggles School and Work (By Laura Duggan, Director of Marketing & Communications)

With 20 minutes to go in Spanish class on the first day students return to campus during the pandemic, Alexa McGlathery quietly gathers up her backpack, nods to her teacher and heads to work. In the car with her mom, she prepares for an audition for a public service announcement (PSA) concerning underage drinking. She got the job.

“Thankfully, St. Michael’s was very supportive,” McGlathery said.

The PSA will air on social media and television and was directed by Emmy and Addy award-winning director Scott Rice from the Radio-Television-Film department at the University of Texas. According to the university’s website, Rice has worked with Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey with whom he co-teaches a film course at the University of Texas. The PSA is funded by Utah’s ParentsEmpowered campaign to educate on health risks of underage drinking.  

“The PSA I filmed last week should be released in the next few months. I also filmed a commercial for Favor Delivery at the end of February — right before the pandemic hit the US, so that has not yet aired,” McGlathery said. 

When asked whether she prefers performing live or in front of the camera, McGlathery said, “I feel more natural on camera because I’m not focused on projecting to an audience. However — the audience energy makes stage production fun, too.”

Her favorite stage role so far was playing Kathy Seldon in “Singin’ in the Rain.” Alexa will be performing in the fall play at St. Michael’s. She is the only freshman in the varsity theater troupe.

Alexa signed with her first agent at the age of nine. Today, she is represented by Laura Maxwell-Scott of Collier Talent agency (Austin, TX) and Debralynn Findon of Discover Management (Los Angeles, CA). All on camera auditions (television, film or commercials) come through them.

Looking to the future, McGlathery said she hopes to continue acting in college and that she is also interested in broadcast journalism. 
    • Alexa sits for makeup and styling session for a shoot in pre-COVID times.

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