The theatre program at Anderson University not only helped me prepare for my career, but the people and the classes helped me to find my true self. I learned more about who I am, and that made all the difference in choosing a career. I found that my acting classes and directing experience prepared me to be a teacher and director, as well as a contributing member of society.
AU provided the perfect setting for me to pursue theatre: an individualized program with plenty of opportunities to practice my art. Ronn Johnstone and Laurel Goetzinger taught with passion, energy, and skill. My directing experience in both directing classes is the main reason I was accepted into multiple MFA programs for directing. Even now as a graduate student, I’m finding that the new concepts and strategies I learn for creating theatre pieces are easier to grasp because of the projects we complete in Directing I and II at AU.
My transition from AU to my career was relatively smooth. The staff in the theatre department have many connections to the Indianapolis area, so finding teaching and acting work was not difficult for me.
I've directed the Noblesville Cultural Arts Commission's Shakespeare in the Park, coached the Noblesville High School Speech Team, and directed for the Indiana Repertory Theatre's Bonderman Symposium.
Interning at Joyful Sounds School of Music in Forest Hill, Md., and directing a play that traveled to Theatre on the Square in Indianapolis were my most beneficial professional activities. They helped me find a professional attitude that easily transferred to my career.
I plan to direct plays as often as I can! Hopefully, I will also work as a college professor, teaching acting and directing.
BA 2006, Anderson University
Theatre studies major; English and education minor
MFA theatre directing student and assistant, Western Illinois University