Leesa Haspel

Law School

2010 Alumni

Biography

Theater Studies and Art History, 2010
Chicago, IL
M.A., Education
Law student, art enthusiast

Since Emory

I was a 2010 Teach for America Corps Member in Nashville, Tennessee. I taught 9th grade Algebra 1 for two years at a low-income school just outside the city (and knew nothing about math before I started). While in Nashville, I got my Masters in Education. Now, I'm living in Chicago and going to law school at Northwestern University!

Current activities

Volunteering at an art museum in the children's art center

Highlights at Emory

Getting to work with professional artists through Theater Emory was an amazing experience: to watch the talent, dedication, and professionalism of the pros really inspired me to work harder to learn and improve myself. I also loved being a part of Ad Hoc, which gave me such insight into how a show really comes together, since students produce every aspect of it! The third highlight was working with the fantastic faculty and staff, who became my second family while I was at school. They have fostered a tight-knit environment amongst the Theater Studies community that is unlike anything else you will find at Emory.

In retrospect

Theater at Emory taught me so much about collaboration and hard work. No show, whether it is a tiny cabaret or a full-scale musical, could be put on by just a single person. At Emory, not only do you learn to work well with others to make your project succeed, but you also get experience in a variety of different fields. Between my classes, TE, and Ad Hoc, I was able to perform; design costumes, lighting, and sets; work on set crews, create publicity, serve as a dramaturg, and select shows for a season – which were almost all things I'd never done before I came to Emory. The theater curriculum allowed me to explore all aspects of my interests in both theater and art and my advisors were so supportive of the things I wanted to do, both related to theater and outside of it. The best part of being involved in theater at Emory is that it prepares you so well for the real world: you learn to work with others on tight deadlines, communicate your ideas and act on them, and have a great time doing it! Plus, where else will you learn to mime, deconstruct Nietzsche's criticism of art, analyze texts from Sophocles to Sondheim, and play with stage blood? Theater at Emory opens so many doors and is something everyone should take part in.