Robert Allen, a senior theatre major from Westminster College, has been accepted into the Actors Studio Drama School in New York City.
"I started looking at theater schools when I was a sophomore at Westminster," Allen said. "Actors Studio looked like a good program, but I thought it was a long shot to get in because they cut 30 percent of their applications before even meeting you.
"Because of Westminster's size, I was able to be on stage a lot, and had the opportunity to grow. I was in a leading role more than once, and always got a part in every play, which gave me a good all around understanding of theatre," Allen said.
"Ever since I started here, professors have guided me through the graduate school process," he added. They taught me the language of the craft. They helped me with the essay I had to write. It was difficult answering the six questions required in 300 words or less. It had to be concise, but still fully explain my answers."
Allen had about two more weeks practice and several days of performance in "Tartuffe" when he received his acceptance at the acting school.
"I applied in January and was notified in mid-February that I had been invited to audition. I was told that the selection of the scene for my audition was crucial, and that I was going to need a partner," Allen said. I chose Kauleen Cloutier (a senior theatre and French major from Pittsburgh) to go with me, but we both had to wait until Tartuffe' was over before we could concentrate on my audition."
When "Tartuffe" was over, Allen needed help to began his preparation for this audition, so he went to a few of his professors , Dr. Andrew Ade, assistant professor of English; Dr. Jeffrey Bersett, assistant professor of Spanish; and Dr. Scott Mackenzie, assistant professor of theatre.
"I had two weeks to get ready. I went to talk to Dr. Ade, Dr. Bersett, and Dr. Mackenzie to get their ideas about what work I should use," Allen said. "This was important because the school indicated that the scene I chose would tell them more about me than the performance. Lucia Mad' was chosen because it was both a comedy and a drama."
Allen is not sure about what he will do after receiving his MFA in acting.
"I'm excited about being accepted to this school. I love acting and doing theatre, but I know that is a long shot," Allen said. "I also want to write and direct, and maybe someday teach, but I'll always want to be in theatre doing something."
Allen is a son of Robert and Dorothy Allen, Niles, Ohio, and a graduate of McKinley High School. While at Westminster, Allen was a member of Theta Chi fraternity, a student government senator, and a member of the Westminster Speech and Debate Team. Allen was also busy writing a full-length play "Hold On" as his capstone.
Katie Schultz, a senior music education major at Westminster College, will give her senior piano recital Saturday, April 1, at 3 p.m. in Orr Auditorium.
The program includes Bach, "Praeludium XXI;" Beethoven's "Sonate, Op. 27;" Schoenberg's "Sechs Kleine Klavierstucke, Op. 19;" Chopin's "Fantaisie-Impromptu, Op. 66;" Flaherty's "Soll Sollew;" Silver's "Son for My Father;" and Schwartz's "Defying Gravity" from Wicked. The piano music will be accompanied on several numbers by: Eric Walker, a sophomore music education major from McDonald; Sara Caveglia, a senior music education major from Leechburg; Douglas Spiri, a senior music education major from Plum; Katie Menhorn, a junior music education major from Berlin; Craig Dressler, a sophomore music performance major from Erie; Rachel Hammond, a junior music major from Pittsburgh; John Wescott, a 2004 Westminster graduate; J.P. Scanga, a freshman music education major from Sharpsville; and Allison Henley, a junior music education major from Grove City.
Schultz is a daughter of Robert and Jean Schultz, Sharpsville, and a graduate of Mercer High School. While at Westminster, she accompanied the Women's Choir, played the piano in the Jazz Band, and the percussion in the Titan Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, and the Symphonic Band. Schultz is vice president of the bands and chapter advocate of the Pennsylvania Collegiate Music Educators Association (PCMEA), where she previously served as treasurer and vice president. Last year Schultz was named "Most Outstanding Junior Music Major." She has played the piano for 20 musicals at local colleges, high schools, and the New Castle Playhouse. She has also been a musical director and pit director for several area musicals. Schultz is a member of the Community of Christ church, where she also plays the piano and sings.
Contact the Westminster College Music Department at (724) 946-7270 for more information.
Jessica Henninger, Megan Johnston, Meghan Medvick, Erica Nye, and Allison Pupo, elementary education majors from Westminster College, spent the summer teaching in the American School in Mexico City.
Westminster College kicks off its Diversity Symposium with a day of events commemorating The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tuesday, Feb. 13.
Dr. Russell E. Martin, associate professor of history at Westminster College, spent time this summer deciding which schools received grant funds from the Department of Education's Teaching American History Grants Program.
Six Westminster mathematic majors recently presented a colloquium about their summer internship experiences. They are: Bryan Bischof, Colin Campbell, Michele Fenske, Courtney Gilmore, Daniel Orrison, and Allie Rook.
Westminster College continues the "Get Real" life preparation series with "Wheels & Deals" Thursday, April 19, at 12:35 p.m. in the McKelvey Campus Center Club Room.
Dr. R. Tad Greig, Westminster College director of bands and assistant professor of music, will be guest conductor for the annual District Five Honors Band at Mercer High School.
The Sept. 24 Neil Sedaka concert at Westminster College has been postponed due to illness. All tickets will be honored for his Nov. 21 concert.
Dr. SoYoung Kang, Westminster College assistant professor of education, gave an oral presentation and a poster at the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) conference March 18-21 in Chicago.
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