Intern, Alliance Theater
This summer I will be working as a Literary Intern at the Alliance Theatre. The position is funded through the Ethics and Student Leadership Program at the Center for Ethics on campus. I will primarily be helping around the theater and doing dramaturgical work for their fall season. Additionally, I will be writing sketch comedy and stand up with fellow Theater Emory alum, Forrest Manis, and auditioning for professional film/theater in the Atlanta area.
Theater at Emory Highlights:
One of the most memorable performances I had at Theater Emory was when we performed Mistero Buffo in Cannon Chapel for a special one-night performance. The pews were completely full with audience members and switching to a new location without any real rehearsal time in the space forced us to think on our feet and remain present in the play that I hadn't experienced in the run up to that point. It was also interesting to play with performing this material, which blatantly deals with and confronts aspects of christianity, in a space that is used as a place of worship for that religion. For me personally, it intensified and heightened my Madwoman monologue and opened up new meanings in it.
Another highlight would have to be tackling Amanda every night in the run of I am not that I Play during the scene from Twelfth Night where I, as Olivia, professed my love to Viola. The audience got such a kick out of it every single night.
I think my perspective of the theater program at Emory is unique in that I transferred in as a junior from the conservatory program at Tisch. For me, one of the most wonderful parts of the program at Emory as opposed to Tisch is that we were encouraged to explore our interests in all different aspects of theater--design, construction, playwriting, acting, scenic painting, history, dramaturgy, etc.--as opposed to merely what we consider our specialty. I think it made me a more well rounded theater maker, and certainly the history classes and the senior seminar, Aesthetics and Criticism, made me understand theater and the importance of criticism in a much deeper way. I also appreciated that the department encouraged us to branch out within the college at large, taking classes that have seemingly nothing to do with our major at all. For example, I took an Economics class (for fun) that was one of the most challenging classes I'd ever taken, and yet I'm grateful for the opportunity since it taught to think about and approach a problem in a different way than I would have otherwise. I think the ability to broach an issue from a myriad of ways of thinking is crucial as a theater artist, and I'm grateful that I gained this sort of education at Emory.