In our first ever "College Week," The Ensemblist is celebrating the myriad of ways aspiring theatre artists receive an education in the arts. Today, we hear from Beth Felerski from Bowling Green State University.
Bowling Green State University took me by surprise. I wasn’t expecting a college in a small town in Ohio to have a theatre program that I would fall in love with. At my audition, there were current students there to talk to us and answer any questions we had. They were so welcoming and excited for us to be there. BGSU was my first college audition, and I was extremely nervous, but having the current students there cheering us on help me get through the audition. That welcoming environment helped me decide once I got accepted into the program.
What I love the most about BGSU’s program is how each student is able to personalize their path. All theatre majors, whether acting/directing, musical theatre, or technical, are required to work on productions or work in either the costume or scene shop. Through this experience, I got to try things I wouldn’t have thought I would enjoy, like being a spotlight operator or working on a wardrobe crew. I’ve also been able to focus on things that I enjoy, such as dancing, which I didn’t think I’d be able to do as much as I have been able to in college. Besides the required dance classes, I’ve been able to work with student choreographers, try different styles of dance, and even push my self as a choreographer. I love the theatre program at Bowling Green State University because I can be myself, and it also allowed me to find myself and find what I truly love.
Listen to our episodes on college theatre programs here.