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Keya Boyles

Theatre Arts

Chicago, IL
Theatre Arts
Media Studies
Study Abroad:
Costa Rica
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:
Rocky Road
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In 10 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
The theater arts department is very unique because of its flexibility! Although you'll take a variety of classes with different focuses, you can bring so much of yourself and what you are passionate about into it as well. Whether that's science, or economics or sociology; you can make that a part of playwriting, the fundamentals of acting, directing and more! 

What initially drew you to this department?  What keeps you coming back?
I was initially drawn into this department because of the encouragement to take chances and the fact that it was a creative approach to learning. I keep coming back because I have grown so much understanding and confidence in myself through public speaking, collaboration with my peers and professors, and other essential life skills that I know will take me beyond K College. 

What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
My biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in the theater department is to approach everything with an open mind; this is a department that feeds off of the energy that is put into it. As long as you're willing to put yourself out on a limb and explore, things will turn out just fine. No! Even better! 

How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
The theater arts department connects very directly to my other interests and activities. I love spoken word, which sometimes requires me to speak in front of an audience. I also love to sing and there are really fun musicals in the theater arts department. I'm involved with dance and it keeps me energized and moving as there are a lot of physical warm ups in theater as well. 

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
The most valuable thing that I have learned at Kalamazoo College has been that the things I do and say affect much more than just myself. I have come into contact and connection with some amazing people who have shown me that although this world is a huge place, it's much smaller than we think. We have to be conscious of our actions just as much as we are of our own thoughts. I appreciate Kalamazoo College for giving a very real and humbling experience. 

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
My favorite class at Kalamazoo College has been Directing because it allowed me to combine every aspect of what I have been learning through the theater arts. I was able to work with actors while learning techniques to assist them with their performance; I worked on detailed scene work and very practical things like budgeting. Although the directing students received outstanding help from our professor, it was a very independent experience that brought things full circle for me.

What is your SIP?
Currently my SIP doesn't have an official title, but it involves the study of Kalamazoo College Festival Playhouse's production of Ntozake Shange's "For Colored Girls--" from my role as dramaturg. I'm hoping to come up with a thesis about the play and the effects of producing it in our community. I chose to do this as my SIP because of my particular interest in black arts. 

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
After K, I want to attend grad school for performance arts. I have the high hopes of becoming a theater arts professor one day. 

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