CHICAGO–(ENEWSPF)–March 15, 2016. A Roosevelt University musical theatre alumna is one of the stars of the new TV sitcom Crowded, which debuts on NBC network TV beginning on Sunday, March 20.
Mia Serafino, a 2011 graduate of Roosevelt’s Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA), plays Stella, the grown daughter of an empty-nest couple whose newfound freedom ends when Stella, her sister and her father’s parents move in.
“Crowded is relevant and very funny,” said Serafino, a series regular on the new show that includes Seinfeld’s Patrick Warburton, The Good Wife’s Emmy-award winner Carrie Preston and legendary Hollywood star Stacy Keach.
“I’m thrilled to be a part of an incredible cast,” added Serafino, who is the crazy and rebellious oldest daughter of empty nesters’ Warburton and Preston.
A native of Detroit, Mich., Serafino moved to Los Angeles about eight months after graduating from Roosevelt.
“It was rough at first to find my footing,” said Serafino, “But I was drawn to TV and movies and really wanted to give it a try in Hollywood.”
The Roosevelt alumna credits CCPA’s Theatre Conservatory for instilling her with discipline and diligence.
“My Roosevelt instructors taught me that you don’t just get handed things. You have to work for them,” said Serafino, who has had small movie roles in Saving Mr. Banks, Oz the Great and Powerful and The Color of Time and has also appeared in episodes of TV’s Scorpion, Shameless, NCIS: LA and Stitchers, to name just a few.
“I learned what it takes to be an artist at Roosevelt, and that as an artist I have a responsibility to be a good person and to use my artistry to do good in the world,” said Serafino.
Sean Kelley, director of Roosevelt’s Theatre Conservatory and associate dean of CCPA, said he wasn’t surprised that Serafino has been able to successfully navigate and compete on the Hollywood acting scene.
“Mia is one of our great success stories,” said Kelley. “She’s always been engaged and quite serious about doing the work it takes to make it in acting. We are proud of her accomplishments and her starring role in Crowded.”
Serafino appears in 13 episodes of the new sitcom, which will air locally on NBC5 on Sundays at 8:30 p.m. Central Standard Time.