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Colleen Schuldeis

Theatre Arts

Email: k11cs01@kzoo.edu
Hometown:
Royal Oak, MI
Majors:
Theatre Arts and Biology
Study Abroad:
Ecuador
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:
Oreo Cheesecake
Best Adjective to Describe You:
Organized


In 10 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
Student involvement and mentorship keep this department inclusive and interesting.

What initially drew you to this department?  What keeps you coming back?
I was initially drawn to the theatre department because of the creative and welcoming atmosphere in the scene shop, and I soon became involved in technical theatre, taking classes to round out my knowledge as an artist in the theatre. I keep coming back because every year there are new people with great talents and ideas whom I can work with and learn from.

What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
Don’t be afraid to try something new. Everyone is welcome here. If you have never tried acting, take a performance class, the things you learn which can help in other areas ranging from class presentations to job interviews. Working a show improves time management and is an excellent opportunity to meet new people. Design and theatre history classes teach you to think in new ways about literature and personal expression.

How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
My involvement in the Festival Playhouse expands with each class that I take in this department, and each allows me to bring something new to the creative process and improves my value as a technician, actor, director, etc.

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
Getting organized is crucial to success. It allows you to keep up with your academic schedule and be involved in activities.

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
Stagecraft. It served as my introduction to many aspects of technical theatre and served as a chance to express myself creatively in a relaxed and open environment.

What is your SIP?
A combined history and practical documentation of the role of the stage manager.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
Next steps are earning my teaching certification/masters in education to become a high school biology teacher.

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