“I was an avid reader growing up because I loved immersing myself in new worlds. It was when I started acting that I realized I got just as much if not more joy from telling stories.”
“The first show I did here that really impacted me was Top Girls (fall 2016). It was an all-female cast and to get the opportunity to work with such talented women was amazing. Another show that I loved was Clybourne Park (spring 2017). That was my first time playing a character who was specified as a Black woman, so I felt a very intimate connection to her.”
“Acting is my first love. It also provides a kind of escape for me. I love getting to know a character—what makes them tick—and then bringing them to life.”
“I did just recently start directing, and I really like that, too. Watching actors you’ve directed perform is the most wonderful feeling; I can only equate it to feeling like a proud parent.”
“The thing that stands out most about Albion is I don’t feel lost here. Here I know that I have people who care about me and professors who actually do mentor me and are truly invested in seeing me succeed.”
THE CURTAIN RISES ON A CAREER “I’ve never seen anyone this young who is this advanced as a director,” says Zach Fischer, assistant professor of theatre and department chair, about Savannah Manning, ’19, who will direct the Pulitzer Prize-winning Topdog/Underdog September 21-23, 26-29. The Muskegon native is building on her keen stage interest through a costume-design internship in Rome this summer with visiting
assistant professor Stephanie Henderson. “It really comes from my love of stories,” says the theatre major, psychology minor, and newly elected president of Albion’s chapter of Theta Alpha Phi, the national theatre honors fraternity. Read more from Savannah, above, who plans to pursue an M.F.A. in acting and directing following her fourth Albion act in 2018-19.
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