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Major: Art & Theatre
Owner/Artistic Director of The Comedy Spot
Choosing a Major
Liz avoided what can be a frustrating task of narrowing the seemingly infinite possibilities of careers in her future: “I simply picked an area where I wanted to learn,” she explains. Double majoring in art and theatre, she was able to pursue these interests simultaneously until theatre consumed the larger portion of her schedule. Liz converted her art major into an art minor and continued to focus and develop her skills on the stage.
The Messiah Experience
Despite her active interest in the major, Liz did not play a main role in Theatre Messiah’s chief productions. She instead turned her attention to off-campus opportunities in order to hone the skills she was developing on campus. She was also able to expand upon this education at the Philly campus, which offered her a myriad of performance skill classes as well as a role in a minimum of one production per semester.
Liz is able to clearly connect how the experiences gleaned at Messiah have been and continue to be relevant to her professional life. “I’ve been in a variety of performances and the variety of skills I learned have allowed me to [be] self-employed since 1996, and I now own my own comedy club in Arlington, Virginia.”
What to Do Next
“I never thought of my major as vocational training,” Liz explains. Following graduation, she moved to the D.C. area, leaving her own small town that lacked “many theatre opportunities.” Assuming that she would maintain a day job, Liz simply expected to perform as an actress whenever she had the chance.
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Profile by Brianna Davidson, March 2005