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Senior Spotlight: Daniel Conlin

May 2013

Hometown: Aurora, Ill.

Major: Biology - Secondary Education

Previous SAU Productions: Sexual Perversity in Chicago; The Drowsy Chaperone; You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown; Dark Play, or Stories for Boys; Columbinus; Dakota Jones and the Search for Atlantis; The Plagiarists; Les Liaisons Dangereuses; Almost, Maine; Alice In Wonderland: A New Adventure; Eurydice; No Exit; Chicago

What was your favorite role, and why? My favorite role on stage was Harrison and Ensemble in this year's production of Chicago. I loved having the chance to be on stage with such great performers and the opportunity to dance to my heart's content.

My favorite technical theatre role was light designing The Plagiarist. This was my first main stage light design at St. Ambrose, and it was a fantastic opportunity to really grow as a designer.

Who inspires you? There are many people who act as sources of inspiration for me, one of them is Tim Stompanato. I have gone through these past four years of Ambrose theatre with Tim, and I have never seen him step down from a challenge either as an actor or a technician. Tim and I have worked on various projects together, and the product has always been better because of the collaboration. One of the most inspiring things about Tim was watching as he overcame his fear of heights while working as a lighting technician, master electrician, and assistant designer.

What is your favorite play/musical and why? My favorite show is Billy Elliot. It is my favorite for many reasons, but mostly it was the timing of me seeing the show. Watching how all the aspects of the show fit together re-energized me and reminded me why I love theatre so much.

What drew you to the Theatre and when? I was really drawn to theatre during grade school. What exactly the draw was, I am unsure, but it was strong enough to keep a biology major involved throughout college for four years.

What is your favorite memory of the Theater? My two favorite theatre memories are getting a backstage tour of The Lion King, and getting to go up into the light booth in New York during the intermission of Billy Elliot and getting a talk through of the technical aspects of the show.

Any words of wisdom or advice for future Theatre patrons? Get involved but don't get over involved. Find your passions and follow where they lead.

What will you miss the most about the SAU Theatre department? I will miss the feeling of excitement when everything goes right, and the feeling of accomplishment when all of my technical problems are resolved.

What are your plans after graduation? I plan on applying for both science education jobs and theatre jobs.

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