You might say Solid 8 got its start when theater majors Magan Carrigan and Taylor Williams met freshman year. The 2011 graduates went on to produce, write, and star in the web comedy series they released in February 2016. Within weeks, decider.com recommended the 10-episode first season, and later in the year Solid 8 was an official selection at the Brooklyn, Austin, and Miami web fests.
Season one finds protagonist Nicki, played by Carrigan, trying to break into New York’s theater and film scene, hitting obstacle after obstacle –many of her own making – and tenaciously staying in the game. In one of many nods to the couple’s real life, Williams plays Nicki’s playwright boyfriend, Dylan.
After graduating from UMW, Carrigan and Williams moved to New York City and completed master of fine arts degrees at Actors Studio Drama School, Williams in playwriting and Carrigan in acting. They founded Solid 8 Productions and launched an Indiegogo campaign that funded the web series.
UMW theater alumni Maggie Bausch ’11 and Peter Mumford ’13 also write for Solid 8.