Stephanie Castro

Director of a Computer Software Firm

2007 Alumni

Biography

Theater Studies and Biology, 2007
Boca Raton, FL
Director at Computer Solutions and Software International

Since Emory

After graduation, I interned at the Alliance Theater as an assistant in their playwriting program for students ages 13-16. Then I performed professionally in an Actor’s Express Theatre production, the regional premier, of the Humana Fest-winning play, Dark Play or Stories for Boys. I also worked as a box office assistant at the Horizon Theatre in Little Five Points. In January 2008 I moved back to my hometown of Boca Raton, Florida to work for my family business, an international software firm.

I began as an administrative assistant, then marketing specialist, account executive, and am currently a Director at Computer Solutions and Software International, a software company that creates business software for companies in the insurance vertical.

Current activities

I am an active member of my church, and my husband and I volunteer with and support a local organization to help end homelessness in South Florida. I run in 5ks and half marathons and support local cultural programs. I’ll be giving birth to my first child in the winter of 2012.

Highlights at Emory

I provided administrative support to faculty in the Theater Studies Department during my four years at Emory as a work/study student. With Ad Hoc Productions, Emory’s student-run musical theater group, I played Sally in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown!, Ti Moune in Once on This Island, Shelly in Bat Boy: The Musical, and I was the group’s president for the 2005-2006 school year. With Theater Emory I was Elsie in The Time of Your Life and Wendla in Spring Awakening. I received the first ever Brenda Bynum Theater at Emory Award for contributions to Theater at Emory, and was a finalist for The Fine Award for acting.

In retrospect

My time at Emory is defined by the Theater at Emory program and its supportive professors, engaged students, and family-like community. As a work/study student, I gained experience as an administrative assistant that would help me stand out in future positions. Participating in theatrical performances gave me skills that have become invaluable in my career. I learned and honed the values of teamwork, self-sacrifice, humility, and confidence in rehearsal halls and on stages at Emory.

And…

In my career, I’ve often heard the phrase, “If you can’t act, you can’t sell.” I feel very grateful to my theater experience for making me a better actor, and by consequence, a better businesswoman. In business, as in theater, it is often necessary to be your authentic self, but communicate some sort of imagined reality or abstract concept, whether performing a sales demonstration, pitching a vision for a new product or marketing campaign, or negotiating important details of a business deal. Theatrical performance is the best experience for feeling confident in yourself when speaking publicly and communicating any sort of message to an audience, regardless of your eventual line of work.