How did you discover your passion for theater?

When I was in middle school, we had mandatory participation in the spring musical. Every student had to participate in some way. I was cast as an Oompa Loompa. I haven’t had that much fun in a role since. 

What’s your favorite part about performing and creating?

My favorite part about theater is actually scenic art. I began using a circular saw at age 15. I find acting is fun, but for me there’s nothing like seeing a piece of art come to life with your own hands. I use my art and my voice to work with people. Whether that be in the theater, the studio or during a volunteer opportunity on campus. I am constantly looking for more efficient, subtle and creative ways of doing that. 

What’s the hardest part for you about performing/creating?

For me the hardest part is staying inspired. So often, I get overwhelmed with other activities, that it is hard not to lose focus. My main goal is to connect with other people. I am constantly looking for more efficient, subtle, and creative ways of doing so. 

Why did you pick The Catholic University of America?

I chose to come to The Catholic University of America because of the way it felt like home. The people are so friendly and supportive that I just felt like I belonged. To be honest, CUA is not the college I had imagined for myself. I wanted to go to a large university in New York City; but life has a way of giving you what you need

What has been your favorite part of this program/college?

This program has a lot of flexibility. I am a Drama and Studio Art double major and also build sets for productions. So, I am a part of both the Drama and Art Departments. The Drama department not only understands this but also encourages it. A lot of my courses and work benefit from my studies in other areas. Much of my work in the technical theater overlaps with visual arts. I love that I am able to do what I am passionate about in so many different ways.  

How do you think this program will help in what you want to do next?

The program is small which means I can get a lot of individualize advising. I have very specific goals, so I need this guidance. This is so beneficial for students who are creating career plans. I plan on working in technical theater and installation art. My goal is to incorporate one another into each other as fluently as possible. That way I have interchangeable and a diverse set of skills to apply to any project I accept in the future.   

Where do you imagine yourself in 10 years?

In 10 years I really hope to be doing the same thing I’m doing now: creating and learning. I know I want to communicate effectively with others and make every day to be some sort of creative adventure. That’s it really.