In our Always a Redhawk series, we highlight some of our most recent graduates and the jobs they landed.


Kylie Rehg has successfully turned her experiences at Southeast Missouri State University into nothing short of a magical career.

When Rehg graduated on May 13, she was officially ready to embark on a career in entertainment. Her first stop is Orlando, Florida, where she will be working with Walt Disney World Entertainment.

Rehg, from Swansea, Illinois, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in mass communications: film and tv, with a minor in dance. She’s participated in countless shows and activities at Southeast’s River Campus that helped her prepare for the audition at Walt Disney. This experience on stage is part of hte reason she felt ready to be a professional in the arts. 

“Having the opportunity to audition and participate in main stage dance shows such as Fall for Dance, Spring into Dance, and Moving Perspectives has helped me greatly,” said Rehg. “I was able to know what an audition process was like and what attire I would need to wear to auditions. Getting to perform in the shows at SEMO have also helped, giving me the experience needed to perform in front of big audiences and execute proper emotion.”

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Kylie earned a Bachelor of Arts in mass communication: film & TV. She also minored in dance, participating in shows on Southeast's River Campus and the Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory. Learn more about both programs and the degree options that students can cater to their interests.


Rehg has a list of faculty members who inspired her to follow in her entertainment aspirations from different departments in the Holland College of Arts and Media, including Fred Jones, Eun Jeong Lee, Anthony Scherer, Sarah Cavanah, Jim Dufek, Phillip Edgecombe, Hilary Peterson, and Alyssa Alger.

“Each of them had their own part in my learning, and I appreciate them greatly,” Rehg said. “The faculty all work individually with each student to make sure they have the experience and knowledge needed to go out into the world with a successful future.”

She's the epitome of a multifaceted student. Rehg filled her time at Southeast with her dance and theatre performances and extracurricular work in mass communication. 

Rehg will be helping bring Disney magic to guests in Orlando through dancing and character work. She’s confident after her experience at Southeast and on River Campus will translate to her career.

“From my time here, I have taken away the skills of being professional in a work setting as well as how to manage life skills in an efficient way,” Rehg said. “I have learned to be more confident in my creative choices and myself as a person. Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself creatively and chase your dreams.”


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