Western Alumna Betsy Sodaro Cast as Regular on NBC Comedy

Fans of TV sitcoms will see more of Western alumna Betsy Sodaro (B.A. Communications/Theatre) this fall following the announcement that the 2006 graduate will be a regular on the new NBC comedy series “Animal Practice.”

In the series starring Justin Kirk as a “House”-like veterinarian who loves animals but generally hates their owners, Sodaro plays Angela, an animal hander. Following a strong guest-star performance in the series pilot, Sodaro earned a promotion to her first regular role in a television series.

“Betsy is by far one of the most unique people I've ever met,” said Paul Edwards, Ph.D., who instructed Sodaro during her career at Western. “(She is) instantly likeable and has an almost superhuman ability to engage in improvisation.”

At Western, Sodaro appeared in productions of “Polaroid Stories,” “The Ophelia Project,” “MacBeth” and “Little Shop of Horrors.” She also assisted Karin Waidly, Ph.D., with the Gunnison Valley School’s dramatic projects and appeared in a number of plays at the Gunnison Arts Center.

Originally from Leadville, Sodaro currently writes and performs with the Los Angeles-based improv group Upright Citizens Brigade, as well with the sketch comedy group Cream.

"Animal Practice" premiers this fall in the Wednesday 8 p.m. (EST) time slot on NBC.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - 4:00am