Alumni Tale: Linette Miles ’90

What did you study at UNH?

Theater and Dance, College of Liberal Arts

What are some of your strongest memories of UNH (such as professors or classes, friends, events, athletics or student activities)?

My time at UNH was consumed with theater and dance. I spent a lot of time in the dance studio with Gay Nardone, who is still teaching. I also spent a lot of time in PCAC with Carol Lucha Burns, she was tough but so honest. She had created a strong alumni network that helped me to see that I could pursue a career in musical theater and be successful. Mask and Dagger, and the UNH Dance Company were also a big part of my time at UNH.

How do you feel your time at UNH has had an impact on where you are today?

UNH allowed me to get the education my parents wanted me to have (otherwise I might have just moved to NYC without going to college), without getting into a ton of debt (like I would have if I stayed at Syracuse). It was absolutely the right decision for me. I met great people, in a small department, and was prepared to go after the career I wanted when I graduated. I also met my husband at UNH. We dated for 4 years, mostly long-distance, then got married. We traveled a lot for both his job and my performing contracts. Once we had kids we looked at school systems in NH and decided to move to Durham. It doesn’t feel like the same place I went to college, it feels like a great small community, with the benefits of a large university next door. My husband now works at Paul College, and my boys are both currently attending UNH!

Tell us about your career path to date… what have been some career milestones in your life?

The summer after I graduated, I worked at The Bucks County Playhouse in PA. From there, I made friends that wanted to move to NYC and pursue a career in theater. We got an apartment together, and I was fortunate to work pretty consistently for the next 10 years. Some highlights were a contract on the Crown Odyssey cruise ship, three national tours, and one European tour. I did a CVS commercial, and a Diet Pepsi commercial, both of which paid more than my highest paying theater contracts! Also, since moving back to NH, I have worked in pretty much all the local theaters and made some great friends. I currently teach theater for Friends in Action, a non-profit that creates community for young adults with developmental disabilities, based right here in Durham.