A Brief Introduction
My name is Laura, and I am a recent college graduate currently living and working in Springfield, OH. It is my ultimate goal to be a professional actor. In the Spring of 2012, I was accepted into the Actor's Studio MFA program at Pace University in New York, NY. Unfortunately, I don't have enough financial support to cover the costs of attending school. I'm working full time, looking for a second job to raise more money, and exploring other financial options as well. I'm not ready to give up on this incredible opportunity, which is why I am reaching out for help. The program allowed me to defer until the Fall of 2013, and I am doing everything I can to make my dream a reality.
Please visit my personal website (click the homepage link above) to view my Artistic Resume, read about my academic achievements, view production photos, and watch some videos of my work.
My Personal Statement (Why This Matters So Much to Me)
In the spring of my sophomore year of college, I took an Improvisation class centered around the ideas of Viola Spolin. Since that class, one particular concept has been engrained in my memory: according to Spolin, “Anyone can act, but not everyone is stage-worthy.” It is this concept, this quest to become truly “stage-worthy,” that has fueled my work as an actress and as a student. This, along with my desire for perfection, for self-awareness, for spiritual growth and understanding, has led me to pursue a Master’s Degree in Acting, so that I may immerse myself in my craft and eventually make acting my profession.
I have always aspired to a life upon the stage. However, it was not until I studied Theatre at Wittenberg University that I began to appreciate acting as a craft, as a specific skill-set that must be explored, polished, and perfected. Wittenberg University is the quintessential Midwest liberal arts university, and I have been fortunate in the regard that my decision to attend a small school has provided me with numerous opportunities. At Wittenberg, I have truly reaped the benefits of a liberal arts education. Within the Theatre Department, I have explored all aspects of the theatre, including acting, directing, stage management, costume design, stagecraft, improvisation, theatre criticism, and contemporary American drama. By studying all of these essential elements, I have come to understand and appreciate theatre as a collaborative process, one that requires people from different backgrounds and abilities to all unite to create Art. Alongside my coursework, I have been fortunate enough to act in several productions, playing leading roles in many of them, as well as direct two productions.
I truly believe that to be a successful actor, you must constantly step outside of your comfort zone in order to experience life in new and meaningful ways. Pace University’s location, right in the heart of New York City, is what initially caught my interest. It is essential that I leave the security of the Midwest in order to grow and adapt as an individual. Upon further investigation of the school’s curriculum and faculty of working professionals, I discovered that Pace is the ideal graduate program for me. I have learned to appreciate a personal, intimate learning environment, and have realized through my experiences at Wittenberg the importance of collaboration, community, and integrity.
My dedication to the craft of acting knows no bounds. I desire nothing more than to dedicate the next three years of my life to the study of it, and am ready to tackle a challenging graduate program. I believe that I possess the talent, drive, and determination to be an actor. However, this is not enough. I will only achieve success after I fully develop this talent and allow myself more time to grow in this graduate program.
I sincerely wish that I could offer more in terms of rewards. Just know that anyone who decides to contribute will have my deepest gratitude. I will do everything in my power to return your kindness in one way or another!