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For theatre and interpretation major Alexandra Jackson, there’s just something about getting on stage and putting on a show.
It all started in third grade, when her parents decided to put her big personality on stage and signed her up for a drama class.
“I was having so much fun, and I remember I was just studying my lines. I just had a connection with theater right away,” she said. “You can connect with the audience and connect with a character.”
That passion never subsided. After graduating from high school, Alexandra attended a community college in southeast Michigan, but knew she would transfer to a university to pursue a degree in theater.
It didn’t take long for Alexandra to decide Central Michigan University would be the best choice. A friend, who told her about CMU’s theater program, convinced her.
After transferring, Alexandra had the opportunity to immerse herself into the program almost immediately.
“I was in a show four weeks later,” she said with a laugh. “There are tons of opportunities here. You just have to take advantage of them.”
Set to graduate in August 2017, Alexandra has taken advantage of every opportunity CMU has offered her.
She’s been a member of Trap Door Improv for three years and as part of that has traveled around the Midwest taking part in events and workshops with improv groups from other large universities. She has assisted in production management and sound design and has acted and directed in more than 100 shows.
“In CMU’s program, you can do multiple things. When students leave here, they can build a resume and not say they just acted or only know tech,” Alexandra said. “And the faculty are the type that are super supportive. If you do a theater show, they will come see it. They want to see people succeed.”
Alexandra is president of CMU’s chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, a national honorary theater fraternity.
She put on a show, “Hilarity for Charity,” which helped raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease.
Alexandra plans to move to Chicago after graduating to pursue a career in theater.
Alexandra and her family raised pheasants for nine years at her home in Sterling Heights.