Major: Production Design and Technology
Year: Sophomore
Expected Graduation: May 2021
Hometown: Centerville, OH
Involvement on Campus: I am actively involved in the performances put on at OHIO; I spend most of my time working in the prop shop building everything from a frozen bird to a café table. I also love volunteering at Passion Works Studio, where I’ve met some of the most talented artists I know.

How did you choose OHIO?

OHIO was actually my last choice. Both my parents and my older brother attended OHIO, and I refused to follow the family trend. I looked at other campuses, but they were too small, too snobby or too stale. After touring school after school, I realized my heart had already found a home at OHIO. In addition, OHIO is one of the top ranked schools for props artistry. Now that I’m here, I don’t regret my decision at all.

How did you choose your major, and what excites you most about it?

I’m currently learning to be a props artisan, taking classes about things like steel work and furniture construction. I picked theatre because of the messages this art form can send and the intimate way it reaches its audience. I picked production design because what we choose to create shows what is important and what needs to be seen. I’ve been in theatre since preschool, eventually finding my way over to technical theatre during my freshman year of high school. I realized I loved power tools, sculpting foam, scenic painting and everything else that came with working behind the scenes. I began taking on leadership roles as Student Technical Director and led set builds, painting the sets as Scenic Artist, being Assistant Stage Manager, and my favorite, being Props Master. I couldn’t imagine a life without building gargoyles and school buses, so I decided to become a Props Artisan so I could do just that. People asked me if I miss performing on stage and being in the spotlight, but I wouldn’t trade what I get to do for the world.

Have you ever used career or leadership training services on campus?

My first semester at OHIO, I found out about Pepsi Scholars, a scholarship organization for freshmen that focuses on leadership development and community service. I knew immediately I wanted to apply, but with only 12 scholars accepted, I was nervous about my chances. I decided to have a resume review and mock interview through the CLDC to help me prepare. I was so thankful for this service because it helped me tie up those loose ends and feel much more confident going into my interview. In the end, I was accepted as a Pepsi Scholar, and I know the services at the CLDC helped me get there. I now look forward to pursuing a Professional Leadership Certificate through the CLDC.

Have you taken on any leadership roles at OHIO? If so, please describe.

Although my term as a Pepsi Scholar has ended, I’ll still be involved as a co-coach for the Collegiate Leadership Competition. From competitor to coach, I’ll be helping the scholars train and prepare for the competition alongside Pepsi advisor and co-coach, Kendra Lutes.

Tell us about one of your most significant career development experiences at OHIO.

I am currently embarking on one of my biggest projects by accepting the role as scenic designer and props master for the realism project Bug. Although I was props master for OHIO’s performance of 365 last semester, this has shorter preparation period and more props! I will also be working as an artisan for a 360 film during the same time frame. Although I know it will be a very hectic month for me, I know it will also be one of the most exciting and rewarding learning experiences.

What is your favorite thing about being a Bobcat?

Being a Bobcat means having a built-in family. I found some of my greatest friends, mentors and supporters at OHIO. They make some of the worst days at OHIO better than some of the best days elsewhere.

What advice would you give to your fellow Bobcats?

Always take time to appreciate and check in on your friends! We’re all busy and stressed, but you can always make time for an adventure with your friends while you’re all still together. It’s also never a bad time to treat yourself to some ice cream. College is hard, be proud of yourself!

What would you like to do once you graduate?

As much as Ohio has been a home to me, I’m ready to get on the road. My goal is to join a touring theatre company so I can travel around doing what I love most. From there, I’d like to work in a city either in theatre or film or whatever allows me to keep building and creating art.

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Interview conducted by Hannah Schuller, CLDC Content Marketing Intern

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