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Senior Spotlight: Dan Hernandez

October 2010

Hometown: Geneva, IL
Previous Productions: The Drowsy Chaperone, Inherit the Wind, Rabbit Hole, Fat Pig (Director), A Year with Frog and Toad, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Eastern Standard, Pippin
Latest Project: The Drowsy Chaperone as Aldolpho and Hedda Gabler with the Curtainbox Theatre
Why I Chose SAU: I picked SAU because I came from a smaller high school and I wanted to continue that by going to small University where I would know all my teachers and they would know me.
Favorite SAU Experience: Sweet Lord, I have too many experiences to just pick one. Whether it be climbing all the way up on Christ the King bell tower with Sean Tweedale after a late night of socializing, or having the honors of being Katie McCormack's partner at last years ACTF Finals for the Irene Ryan Competition or being in any of the shows. It's a hard one; this department has given me so many happy memories to tell my grandchildren.
Dream Job: My dream job is to one day be an ensemble member at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. They are the country's leading ensemble acting company and it would be an honor for them to accept me as a company member. When I move to Chicago, when I am done with school, I will work hard every day to make that dream a reality.
Favorite Actor/Actress: Peter O'Toole and Meryle Streep
Advice for Freshman and Transfer Students: My advice to all incoming students is to make connections with everyone. Kindness and respect will get you far in this world. Ambrose is an incredible community; people here who started off as teachers and staff have now become good friends and family whom I will keep in contact with throughout my life. I know that what I have learned here at school will benefit me throughout my career. Thank you so much Dianne, Cory, Kris, Mike and Dan. You guys are truly amazing and you guys are the reason that this Department is so awesome.
Plans After Graduation: After graduation I'm going to move to Chicago and work over the summer to get myself grounded and then audition, audition and audition. I have wanted to act in Chicago for years now so that's what I intend to do: act.

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