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 Haley Ayers from Syracuse University.
It's the perfect balance of intense musical theatre training and the typical "college experience" that I was craving after going to an arts high school.
Within the Department of Drama, Syracuse offers acting, musical theatre, stage management, theatre management, and theatre design and technology majors. So you're constantly surrounded by fellow emerging theatre artists who are incredibly supportive. We’ve also got some pretty cool alumni that have walked the halls before us. There’s Jessie Mueller, Vanessa Williams, and Taye Diggs just to name a few.
Our faculty is wonderful as well! They're all there to help us become our best self so we're prepared for whatever path we take after graduation. Even if that means taking us on a casual coffee date just to talk about how crazy life is.
I think the most unique aspect of our department is our relationship with Syracuse Stage. We take our classes at the stage, we get to see their incredible shows for free, and we're even lucky enough to have the actors join us in our classes to discuss their experiences in the industry. Another special thing about this relationship is that in addition to our regular Drama Department season of shows, we do at least one Syracuse Stage and SU Department of Drama co-production each year. We get to audition to be in these Equity productions and work with professionals, so we can start racking up EMC points in addition to our training.
Listen to our episodes on college theatre programs here.