Area of Study: BA in Theatre Arts, Concentration in Musical Theatre, Minor in Dance
Current City: West Chester, PA
Graduation Date: May 2009
Current Occupation: Associate Director of Marketing at The Grand Opera House/The Playhouse at Rodney Square
Company Website: The Grand Opera House / The Playhouse at Rodney Square
Why did you choose WCU and/or the Department of Theatre and Dance?
I chose to attend WCU, and its BA program, because of the opportunity to learn every aspect of Theatre prior to entering the professional world. First, and foremost, I believe we all are theatre artists - meaning we should learn every aspect of our craft before refining specific skills for our career.
What training or education did the Dept of Theatre and Dance provide for you that relates to your current occupation?
The opportunity to serve as the Treasurer of University Theatre, under the guidance of the faculty, allowed me to receive a practical example of what it would be like to run a theatre company after graduation. These skills proved instrumental as I was interviewing for careers in theatre administration.
What is a typical day like for you?
I am responsible for all ticket sales, donations, sponsorship, graphic design, and public relations for the theatre. While promoting our five-show mainstage season, I regularly make contact with press agencies including Playbill, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. As a member of the executive staff at the theatre, I report to the Executive Director and Board of Directors, and play a large part in the artistic programming of the theatre.
What advice would you give to someone who would like to enter your field?
Be persistent and have thick skin. There are thousands of students entering the field every year. Make a lasting impression on your first meeting with a potential employer and ALWAYS send a thank you note following your interview. It sounds small, but this small gesture will go a long way in your possible successes.
What is your favorite memory of being a student at WCU and/or in the Department of Theatre and Dance?
As a student I was afforded the opportunity to participate in numerous leadership opportunities that enriched my learning at the institution. From my work with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS to the American College Theatre Festival, the faculty introduced me to organizations that would play major parts in my development as a theatre professional. On a funnier note, I was horrible at dialects, and anyone I graduated with would tell you that the performance days of Dialects was their favorite class to observe.