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Freshman Focus: Shannon Rourke


April 2013

Hometown: Skokie, Ill.

Major(s)/Minor(s): Theatre major with History minor

Age Started Theatre: 5-years-old, as the second-youngest daughter in my high school's production of Fiddler on the Roof. (My 3 year old sister was the youngest daughter.)

Dream Role & Why: Hedda in Hedda Gabler, Nora in A Doll's House and Tamora in Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus. They're all strong, powerful female roles and they're roles that, at the time, were very shocking and changed the way society saw women in theatre.

Productions I've been involved in: Merteuil in Les Liaisons Dangerous (Irene Ryan Nomination), Caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland, Stage Manager for Eurydice

Latest Project: Go-To-Hell-Kitty/Murderess/Ensemble in Chicago!!!

Why I chose SAU: I came to audition here and fell in love with Cory Johnson, Kris Eitrhiem and Dan Rairdin-Hale. I had the most fun I've ever had during an audition and on the car ride home, told my mom I was going here. I also chose it because I don't know if I want to act or stage manage or teach--- so the theatre major serves me a lot better than a strict acting major would. I also knew that at a small school, I would have the opportunity to audition and have leadership roles starting my freshman year instead of having to wait until junior year like a lot of big schools make you do.

If I could have any job in the world: I've always dreamed of being the first female play-by-play announcer for the Chicago Cubs.

Who/what inspires me the most: My own passions and dreams, my friend's successes and my parents, but mostly, I'd have to say the fact I know my younger sister looks up to me every day. I want to be a good role model for her and be successful for her.

Where I see myself in five years: In grad school for teaching theatre history or stage managing. If not grad school right away, moving to Chicago and picking up work there.
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