MAJOR: BFA IN THEATER PERFORMACE
WHAT ARE YOU INVOLVED IN ON CAMPUS?
“I am a Resident Assistant; I work at WRHU. I do Newsline, Airwave, and I am on the E-Board for The Screening Room. I also work at University Relations as a Student Aide.”
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT BEING A BFA THEATER MAJOR?
“I love my major. I have wanted to perform since I was really young, and this gives me an opportunity to do it. I am learning, and I am growing. There are 16 of us in the BFA class, and we all are taking the same technique class together, and we also take a lot of the theory classes together, so I am really close to this group of 16. It is amazing to watch them grow from just last semester, and to watch them grow for the next two and a half years is such a privilege.”
WHEN DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU WANTED TO PERFORM?
“Really kind of stupid, but I remember the first time I realized I wanted to perform I was watching the American Girl doll movie for Samantha, and I remember watching this movie and going, ‘I can do that better than her,’ and that’s when I knew that I wanted to perform.”
WHO IS YOUR INSPIRATION?
“A person that I would love to emulate classically is Julie Andrews. I LOVE her. I think that she is the epitome of grace and poise. If you go back and watch videos of her—young, old, whatever—she is just so happy to be where she is. She is so loving. I love reading the story about the first time that she won the Academy Award for Mary Poppins. Later on in her life she had a botched surgery on her voice, and she lost her perfect pitch, four octave range—that is unheard of in singing. Instead of going and not doing anything, like bemoaning her voice, I went and saw a play that she directed in Connecticut about a book that she wrote with her daughter. She went on and did The Princess Diaries, and ended up singing in the second one. The longevity of her career and the amazingness that she holds herself to, I just love her.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT BEING A HOFSTRA STUDENT?
“I love walking around the campus; it’s not a big campus, but it isn’t small either. I love walking on the unispan and waving to 12 people that I know. I love that Hofstra is a place where I feel like I can try everything. Hofstra is a venue to try absolutely anything that you want and experience it all. The other amazing asset that we have is being so close to New York City, but not actually being there in the city, which gives you that great break. I love Hofstra, and I am so happy to be here.”