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Senior Spotlight: Stacy Phipps

September 2013

Hometown: Eldridge, IA

Major: Theatre/Speech/Communications Education

Previous SAU Productions? A New Brain, Dakota Jones, A Midsummer Night's Dream, No Exit, Almost Maine, Alice in Wonderland, and Oleanna

What was your favorite role, and why? I played Ramona Quimby in high school, which was my first experience with children's theatre. Children's theatre is one of my favorite genres to be involved in. I love how responsive child audiences are.

Who inspires you? My dad is my biggest inspiration. He moved out on his own at 16, and has worked his way up the first company he started with. My concept of an outstanding work ethic comes from him.

What is your favorite show and why? My favorite show, at the moment, is Spamalot. I am obsessed with the song "Die Vampire Die!" I just love quirky, racy musicals.

What drew you into the Theatre and when? I had a fantastic Speech teacher in high school, Stacie Kintigh. She helped create my deep appreciation and respect for theatre. I never would have had the guts to begin my college career as a BFA if it weren't for her. She also encouraged me to transfer to Ambrose, which is a huge blessing.

What is your favorite memory in the theatre? I played Wendla in Spring Awakening my Freshman year at Western Illinois University. There was a moment in our final performance when I was creating my "grave" after the character's botched abortion. I was particularly moved at that moment, and happened to look up at a woman seated in front of me in the audience. She was crying just as hard as I was. There is something so amazing about theatre, and the way it touches people.

Any words of wisdom for future theatre students? Do anything and everything. Just because you are most comfortable on stage, doesn't mean you should stay there, or vice versa. Try costumes, try lights, and if you've never auditioned, go for it. It's always worth it.

What will you miss the most about the SAU Theatre department? I will miss having a ginormous, wonderfully dysfunctional family near me at all times. Life in the Ambrose theatre department is always interesting, and always keeps me on my toes.

What are your plans after graduation? I would like to take a few years and attempt to work with a Broadway touring company. I love to travel. Eventually, I would like to settle down- do theatre and the family thing, while sharing my love for theatre with high school students.

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