A Swinging ‘Gates alumna has added an Emmy to her list of accomplishments.
Audrey Morrissey ’89 received the award in September for her work as one of five executive producers of The Voice, a television show in its fifth season on NBC. The show’s producers were given the award for outstanding reality program that uses a competition format.
“Having produced music-based award shows for most of my career, I know the army of talented and dedicated people it takes to mount award-show scale performances week after week. Receiving an award from your peers recognizing the tireless efforts of the team is incredibly humbling and gratifying,” Morrissey said.
The job presents challenges that include thinking of how to keep things fresh without losing the show’s core values, staying on schedule, and finding the right song for each contestant, a critical project that keeps the music department busy for weeks, Morrissey said.
“I think people would be very surprised to know how much time and effort goes into choosing the right song for the contestants to sing each week,” she said.
Her first job after graduation was with MTV, which she landed when her friend and fellow Swinging ‘Gates member Jennifer Dowd ’87 referred her to Douglas Wilson ’88.
Wilson was working at MTV at the time while Dowd, a political science major, was employed with an insurance company in New York City, Dowd said.
Years later, Morrissey hired Dowd at MTV. The two went on to work together on shows such as the MTV Video Music Awards and MTV Unplugged, Dowd said.
“Audrey is wonderful to work with,” said Dowd, who works as an executive in charge of television productions. “She is a great producer as well as being a great friend. Audrey and I were both in the Swinging ‘Gates together, and I think this bond carried us into our working life.”
Morrissey, who lives in Los Angeles, Calif., said there’s an increasing amount of Colgate graduates working in entertainment and living in Los Angeles.
“Some of my Colgate graduate friends are actors, development executives, talent executives, producers, line producers and music supervisors,” she said.
Morrissey said her time at Colgate was a special one.
“Beyond academics, Colgate taught me how to work with people and maintain relationships—essentially what producing entertainment is all about. And the Swinging ‘Gates, especially, was an incredible experience of working with fellow singers and artists to create and produce shows — not much different from what I do on a daily basis producing The Voice.”