Theatre Interpretation program
Hometown: Warren, Mich.
Meet Zack, an actor with a goal to move to Los Angeles after graduation and audition for Second City. To prepare for such a big dream, Zack’s studying theater at CMU, where he participates in the improvisation group Trap Door Improv and was recently one of the leads in CMU’s winter play “Criminals in Love.”
Zack started acting when he was little, but came to Central to be a history major. After speaking with a CMU theater professor, he finally started to believe that he had the ability to pursue his goal of being an actor. “That’s what I always wanted to do more than anything, but I wasn’t sure if I could. He convinced me that I had what it takes, so that’s when I decided that I wanted to pursue my dream.”
Enter, stage left. “The acting classes teach you what it is to be an actor. It’s not just saying lines or looking pretty, but it’s about being able to portray a real, honest person.”
Captivating a full house. “In high school, no one really knew what acting meant. When I got here, it was such a shock. I realized it’s something that takes a lot of time and energy to prepare. You really have to discover who your character is so that you can feel those things and help the audience feel those things.”
The world is your stage. “I think I got lucky. I’m still going to college so that I can get a job, but the fact that it’s my dream is really just icing on the cake.”
CMU prepares you for your big break
Highlights of CMU theater degrees include:
- Faculty and staff dedicated to developing performance and production talents
- Scholarships specifically for theatre interpretation students
- Technical theater support facilities, including a scene shop, costume shop and rehearsal rooms
- Participation in several theater production programs, including University Theatre, Studio Theatre Series and the CMU Summer Theatre
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