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Senior Spotlight: Aaron Randolph

December 2011

Hometown: I'm originally from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, but I have lived in Davenport now for over 10 years.

Previous productions: Since returning to school I've been in "The Drowsy Chaperone" and "Lady Windermere's Fan."

Latest Project: Currently I am working on my children's show "Dakota Jones and the Search for Atlantis," and just as soon as that is done I'll be working on my play "The Plagiarists," both of which are premiering at St Ambrose this school year.

Favorite show and why: I don't know if it's my favorite show, but one that has really had a lasting impression on me is "Private Eyes" by Steven Deitz. When I first saw it, it piqued my imagination about how a story could be told through theatre. I absolutely love the way it purposely deceives the audience.

Someone who inspires you: The playwright Sarah Ruhl. I really enjoy her plays. She has a wonderful imagination, a great style and voice, and she is a successful playwright while raising a family. There are very few people in the world who have the right mixture of discipline, passion and talent to be a stay-at-home parent and a Pulitzer Prize nominee.

Advice for new students: Be a good listener, put 100 percent effort into everything you do, and don't be afraid to fail. College is a great opportunity to grow, so take advantage of it.

Favorite memory of SAU Theatre: Having my kids in the audience for "The Drowsy Chaperone" last year. That was their first time seeing me on stage, and it was such a fun show. Knowing that that will be one of their first memories of the theatre was really special.

If you could thank anyone right now who would it be and why: Dr. Cory Johnson. I didn't even have to think about that for a second. She has given me an immense amount of her time over the years. I cannot thank her enough for reading my plays, giving me her advice, working with me on various projects, and providing me with some amazing opportunities. Now that I think about it, I really should send her a thank you card or something.

Your proudest accomplishment: Seeing the children's show, Dakota Jones, come together is incredibly fulfilling. I can't say it's my proudest accomplishment yet since it's not finished, but I can imagine it will be thrilling to see the first performance. I'm fairly certain that's going to be at the top of my list of accomplishments.

What is something that always motivates you: Nothing motivates me like the feeling of shame that comes from doing a terrible job. I have learned over the years that pride in my work is far more important to me than anything else.

If you could meet anyone right now who would it be and why: If time and space were not an issue, I'd love to meet myself when I was a younger so I could give myself some advice. I'd say, don't be such a coward, life gets better as you get older, and be sure to buy stock in Apple.

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