Adjunct faculty member Lou Hare graduated from St. Ambrose University in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in theatre, journalism, and radio/TV. He earned his Master of Fine Arts in acting from Western Illinois University in 2006. Upon returning to the Quad Cities, he discovered an opening for an adjunct faculty instructor at St. Ambrose. He currently teaches Survey of Theatre.
"The whole point of 'Survey of Theatre' is to foster an understanding and appreciation for theatre. What I enjoy most," Hare said, "is comparing theatre to the other mediums of entertainment that students are more familiar with (film, TV, etc.) and showing them how their roots trace back to the theatre and how theatre still offers things that other mediums can't provide.
Hare said his favorite job-so far-was acting/directing/teaching at Blue Lake Fine Arts Summer Camp, featuring the world premiere of "Over The Top," a stage play based on the 1986 Sylvester Stallone classic.
The oddest job? Playing Frosty the Snowman at Festival of Trees.
Here's his advice to students:
1. Every show you do isn't going to be good. It is vital to have standards, as well as the humility to acknowledge when you didn't meet those standards.
2. Even if you never plan on doing it again, everyone should stage manage at least one show in their life.
3. Enjoy the ride!
Hare's future plans include wanting to act or direct again. Hare is married to fellow adjunct professor Donna McNider Hare with whom he has a two-year-old daughter, Christianne.
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