“Every detail of a costume tells the audience something specific about the person wearing the costume,” says 2018 MFA costume design graduate Brandi Mans. She reflects on her thesis for Sarah Ruhl’s In the Next Room, in which she navigates the visual language of clothing to tell historical narratives of medical practice and female sexuality.
Recent graduate JT Weaver calls framing his dance major in a liberal arts context “game-changing.” His well-rounded education equipped him to explore ideas through movement and to create dance pieces that are thoughtfully crafted ideas of creative research. “The biggest takeaway from my time at the University is my level of awareness in all facets of my life,” Weaver says. “My years at the U instilled an approach to life that is highly thoughtful and perspective-driven.”
"When you work on a play with a group of people, you’re working on math ideas and spatial relationships. They might not recognize that.” Lisa Channer, associate professor of theatre arts and dance, knows the value of a liberal arts degree but worries that many students might not. By focusing on career readiness in her class assignments, she makes sure students can explain what they can do.