Why Ambrose? I remember the college decision process so clearly. I went to a theatre festival and met Michael Kennedy. He convinced me to come visit and offered me a scholarship.
I visited Ambrose on a dull, rainy day and met with Admissions and the Psychology Department. Then we went to the theatre. The colossal set for Sweeney Todd was being painted by about 20 hard-working theatre students. When I came in they all dropped what they were doing and talked to me. Terrified they wouldn't be done for the house opening in six hours, I offered to help them but Kris Eitrheim told me not to worry, and that it would come together.
Through talking with him and Cory Johnson I got a sense this was where I belonged. Then, as I was leaving the theatre, the sun came out and the campus was beautiful. That was it. That was Ambrose.
Student actors and stage technicians have an amazing array of productions to choose from: drama, comedy, one-acts, musicals, etc. Click here to see photos from the 2014-15 productions. But wait there's more! See photos from other years.
Every other year we offer the "Theatre in London" course. It culminates in a two-week trip to London where students see up to 14 plays, visit Shakespeare's hometown, and study with British theatre professsionals.
We also offer a not-for-credit trip to New York City every other year. Students leave for this 4-5 day trip right after Fall finals. Students see plays, attend mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral, and have time to do some last-minute Christmas shopping.
Every January, St. Ambrose thespians and stage crew members attend the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) for Region V. Students attend workshops given by leading professionals, learn about internships, and enter into the Irene Ryan Acting Competition.
I chose SAU because I wanted a smaller school. I had heard from many alumni that the Theatre program here was one of the best locally. Theatre is a very important part of my life, and after visiting Ambrose and meeting my new professors, I knew that it was the University for me. It was an extra benefit that it was close to home!