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Kalamazoo College

Thaddeus Buttrey

Theatre Arts

Thetford, Vermont
Theatre Arts and Music
Media Studies
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:
Black Raspberry
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In 15 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
“[To] every color, class, race, shape and size, to the boys and girls, transgenders too, to every Broadway would-be: don’t wonder if this could be you, it absolutely could be.” - James Corden

What initially drew you to this department?  What keeps you coming back?
I’ve done Theatre in one capacity or another since I was six years old, so naturally it was something I wanted to continue pursuing in college. When I got here, I found that K’s theatre department cultivates a wonderful and supportive community of professors and students that does its best to be as inviting as it can.

What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
Let yourself branch out. Try things you’re not sure you’ll like, or things with which you’re not familiar. Who knows? You might surprise yourself.

How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
I’ve definitely gotten better at juggling multiple projects at once, which is good for me because I can be quite restless when idle. I’ve also gotten better a self-motivation: If I want to accomplish something, or want something to happen, all I need to do is actually do it!

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
Learn to forgive yourself. You’re going to make mistakes. You’re going to make academic mistakes, personal mistakes, and social mistakes, maybe to the point where you may feel like you can’t do anything but screw up. But it’s important that you don’t beat yourself up, and that you learn from them.

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
Mask Performance will always be at the top of my list! I used to rely too heavily on my voice when giving a performance, but this class offered a challenge of developing my physicality, and finding truth in my character and my performance without having to rely exclusively on dialogue.

What is your SIP?
I acted in a production of Company with a group called Musical Theatre on the Thames, which is based out of London, Ontario, Canada. My following write-up will consist not only of my own process of preparing for this role, but will also include a research component of Sondheim, his greater works, and the processes and the work that goes into performing in one of them.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
I want to pursue the performing arts in hopes of turning my passion into a career. It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do, and I can’t imagine doing anything else.

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