By: Natasha Thompson |
I didn’t grow up with much exposure to theater. In fact, I can count the number of plays I saw before college on my left hand. However, when I went away to school, I made it a point to try new things. I spent a lot of time roaming around the student organization fair checking out all of the great extracurriculars that were being offered. I passed by the table for a student theater group and thought, “why not?” After I proudly signed up with my newly obtained .edu email address, I walked away with a sense of excitement and anticipation for what would come next.
In the production team interview, I offered up what I could: I enjoyed applying makeup and I was relatively crafty. After all, I had just spent the last four years of high school immersed in the world of painting, so I figured that had to count for something.
I patiently awaited the email confirmation of which role I would be offered, if any. When it finally arrived, I was beyond pleased to see that I was listed for stage makeup and costumes. I couldn’t believe it! It was from this moment that I began to fall in love with theatre.
Being in the rehearsal room and helping create the magic of a performance was new and thrilling, and I couldn’t get enough! The following semester, I was offered a role to stage manage a play that my friend was directing. Everything started to fall into place.
By sophomore year, I had become a Drama major. By junior year, I was working on a main stage production. By senior year, I had interned with a regional theater company and a nonprofit arts center abroad. By the time I graduated, I had built my life around theater.
I still look back in awe at how quickly my life changed. Over the years, I’ve met the most incredible people through shows and I’ve seen gorgeous, powerful productions. Today, I’m the Head of Technical Theater and a teaching artist. I’m also involved in the local community theater scene. I’m proud of 18-year-old me. She took a chance and it changed her life.
Be brave. Take risks. Try new things. You never know where it will lead you.