Whether it be through connecting with alumni in your area, serving as an alumni mentor to current students, attending an alumni or campus event, or supporting theatre at CSU financially, your participation as alumni is deeply valued.
Of course our theatre alumni can "do" theatre. But they also develop a number of highly valuable skills that make them valuable employees for any job and life situation…more advantages than almost all other liberal arts grads have.
Each year, a magazine or newspaper identifies what it considers to be the most and least valuable college degrees. Values are typically determined by imagining a particular career path for majors and then investigating its expected earning potential. To put it simply, such rankings attempt to tell readers which college degree will lead to the job that will pay the most. According to "Forbes," bioengineering is the major that is most “worth it.” Child and Family Services, the lowest ranked according to a Payscale.com listing cited by the magazine, apparently isn’t. Neither is theatre.
Theater folk can be quick to tell you about the skill sets imparted through the study and practice of theater: masterful self-presentation abilities, punctuality, an unparalleled work ethic, experience working as part of a team, and a creative intellect among numerous other attributes. In our theatres at CSU, we have seen the next generation of professionals who are now working in the field and beyond – using this invaluable experience beyond the specific skill related to theatre. They are using the power of collaboration, communicating things and ideas that are bigger that words or sound, and realizing value that goes beyond a paycheck. For 3,000 years, theatre has entertained, educated, and created community. We endeavor to continue that tradition here at CSU through our phenomenal alumni.
As we continue this tradition here at CSU and around the globe, we want to connect with you – our CSU theatre alumni. Whether you graduated last year or many years ago, we want to hear your stories and connect with you. Please take some time to learn about what’s going on in the department these days, fill out our alumni survey, send us your Class Notes, and let us know if you plan to visit campus – we’d love to hear from you!
Irina Yakubovskaya, ’12, Interdisciplinary M.A., French & Theatre, is working on her PhD at Tufts University in Boston, Mass., where her research combines Neuroscience and Theatre Practice. At Tufts, she teaches Intro to Acting and some theatre history courses. Irina has also been an assistant director, dramaturg, and director on several departmental and student theatre […]
Alex Billman, ‘14, Liberal Arts: Theatre, was recently awarded a fellowship at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamstown, Mass. through the national Kennedy Center for American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF). The fellowship was awarded based on Alex’s work on CSU’s production of The Night of the Iguana (Spring 2014) and included an internship during the summer […]
Alexandra Romberg, ’12, B.A. Performing Arts: Theatre works on the sounds crew for the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Between shows there, she works on outside shows, including audio mixing for the musical First Date at the cabaret space at the Royal George. Alex recently worked sound design jobs, as well as sound system installation at Redmoon […]