Hometown: Lakeside, Iowa
What productions have you been involved with before, and how were you involved?
Throughout my Ambrose career I've been involved in many shows in a variety of capacities: Props Master for: Sweeney Todd, Fat Pig, A Year with Frog and Toad, The Glass Menagerie, and Oedipus Rex. Scenic Designer for: dark play or stories for boys, A New Brain, and Aaron Randolph III's original children's musical, Dakota Jones and the Search for Atlantis. Light Designer for Touch. Acted as Dumby in Lady Windermere's Fan. Stage Manager for: The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, The Plagiarists and The Drowsy Chaperone. Directed: Rock Bottom, a one-act written by SAU alum, Catie Osborn.
What's the latest project you've worked on?
I'm currently stage managing Aaron Randolph III's original play, The Plagiarists, as well as working on the scenic design for the next studio production, reasons to be pretty, directed by Grace Allen.
Why did you choose SAU?
I decided to come to SAU because of its close proximity to Palmer College of Chiropractic. I originally came to St. Ambrose as a Biology major planning on becoming a chiropractor (HA, what was I thinking?!). The transition into being a theatre major started after being placed with Kris Eitrheim for work study my freshman year. I quickly realized during a preview performance of Rachael (Mayer) Ramirez's production of Rabbit Hole that the theatre department was where I should really be. So, much to my parents' dismay, I dropped my biology major and haven't looked back since.
What is your dream job?
My dream job is to become a successful scenic designer in New York City.
Who is your favorite actor or actress?
Actress: Cory Johnson, Maggie Smith and Meryl Streep Actor: Geoffrey Rush and Robin Williams
Do you have any advice for the freshman/transfer students?
Do what makes your happy. Don't let the haters of the arts try and tell you it can't be done. It's your life you can make what you want out of it. Also, get involved and never turn down an opportunity! The SAU Theatre Department's smaller size allows for many opportunities to branch out and try different aspects of theatre that larger programs can't offer.
What are your plans after graduation?
I'm taking a year off to get some more experience as a designer before I return to Graduate School for my MFA in Scene Design.
What are some of your favorite moment(s) in the SAU Theatre?
There are far too many to list because every day in this department there are memories made. One of my favorite was being part of Lady Windermere's Fan, especially getting the opportunity to act beside Jim Seward, murmuring with Tim Stompanato, and working with the directing genius, Cory Johnson.
Also being able to work on two Aaron Randolph III original works (one as a scenic designer and the other as stage manager) was one of the most rewarding experiences I've been a part of.
Another group of amazing memories are the family dinners with the cast and crew of Sexual Perversity in Chicago after each rehearsal. Running through the streets of London with Cory, Dan Hernandez, and Michelle Chalkey to make it just in time for curtain to the one of greatest pieces of theatrical work I've ever seen, Sister Act, has to make the list also.
Finally getting to know the people of this department and all the adventures we've been through together will be one of my long-lasting memories from being part of the SAU theatre department. Thank you Cory, Dan, Kris, Dianne, Mike, Aaron, and everyone else in the department for a great four years!!
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