In just the few short weeks she has been at St. Ambrose, first-year student Amber Cook is already immersing herself in the St. Ambrose Theatre scene.
Originally from Manchester, Iowa, Cook came to Ambrose to major in psychology and minor in theatre. Her goal is to become an occupational therapist.
"St. Ambrose has one of the best OT programs," Cook said. "Plus, I will be able to get my doctorate in six years versus seven years somewhere else."
Cook appeared on stage this fall in the SAU Studio Theatre's production of Time Stands Still. She cited her role of Mandy Bloom as one of her favorite roles. Another favorite role was Maggie Culter from The Man Who Came to Dinner.
"My all-time favorite role was Brooke Ashton in Noises Off because she is very funny and ditsy, and I love to make people laugh," Cook said.
Cook also recently served as an assistant stage manager for the fall main stage show, Big Fish. She and the rest of the stage management team helped with scene transitions, quick changes and other tech elements, so the tech-heavy show would run smoothly.
"I'm obviously hoping to have a job by the time I graduate from Ambrose," Cook said about her goals for the rest of her time at SAU. "I am hoping to have a bunch of friends and memories, too!"
Cook has big plans for her time at SAU, and if her first semester is any indication, audiences can plan to see much more of her work both on stage and behind the scenes.