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Category: Arts Program Testimonials

Posted May 22, 2019, 11:07 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Acting Ian Duff

Ian Duff spent time studying acting at Neighborhood Playhouse. How did you discover your passion for acting? The reason I became an actor is because there are a plethora of things that I need to say, and I simply do not have the words to say it. For as long as I can remember I have always been a person of extreme emotion and empathy, always trying to understand and identify with the motivations of someone else's actions. My first "aha" moment happened while watching the film Antoine Fisher. That movie impacted me on a level I had not anticipated. ...

Posted May 22, 2019, 10:47 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Fine Art Jillian Ballas

Jillian Ballas is studying a range of fine art mediums at Norwich University Arts. How did you discover your passion for Fine Art? Fine Art was an instinctive choice for me, ever since I was little my parents have fostered creativity and so I just found myself time and time again finding opportunities to create. It felt so incredibly natural that I pursued it and eventually felt that I wanted this as a career and not just as a hobby. Why did you choose to study to NUA? Is it how you expected? I chose to study at NUA because ...

Posted May 22, 2019, 10:32 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Music Michelle Leidecke

Michelle Leidecker spent part of her summer at the Stanford Summer Arts Institute. Why did you choose to participate in a summer program or go to overnight camp? I was looking for a program where I would learn about music and its impact on us as students and the world in general. As a classical musician, I wanted to explore a different perspective of music. I also wanted to attend an overnight camp to be able to experience a college-like style of living before I went off to college in order to be more prepared. How did you decide which ...

Posted Dec. 3, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts - Henry Crater

Henry Crater spent part of his summer at French Woods performing arts camp in Hancock, New York. Why did you choose to participate in a summer program? The point in my life when I chose to go to French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts was the point in my life when I started thinking about theater as something serious, a professional career rather than just a hobby. I was 13 years old, in seventh grade. I had done mostly community theater shows and a few professional shows at a local regional theater, Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. My love for ...

Posted Oct. 19, 2018, 5 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama: Jessica Mullen

Jessica Mullen studies Writing for Performanace at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. How did you discover your passion for drama, applied theater and writing? I discovered my passion for drama when I was very young, performing in school plays and singing songs from “Les Mis” all over the house. I went to a very traditional high school in Boston at first and, while I was there, a new high school for the visual and performing arts opened. I transferred there that year, and was encouraged to write in every class. My theater teacher (from England, coincidentally) often ...

Posted Aug. 28, 2018, 11:52 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
The Young Americans College of Performing Arts: Jonah Buckels

Jonah Buckels studies voice at The Young Americans College of Performing Arts in Corona, CA. How did you discover your passion for performing? I grew up a "performer.” At every family event when I was young, my siblings, cousins and I would usually put on little performance for our parents and grandparents. Performing always meant family to me as I moved on to theater in junior high and high school. But it wasn't until my junior year when I found my passion for the arts. I was an avid baseball player and theater was always No. 2. But when my ...

Posted Aug. 28, 2018, 11:51 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Northeastern University: Vanessa Gregorhik

Vanessa Gregorhik is studying for a BFA in Graphic and Information Design at Northeastern University. What got you interested in graphic design? I’ve always been passionate about people and places. I grew up exploring with a notebook in one hand, a nonfiction read in the other. Sharing stories and communicating experiences were at the forefront of my interests, and throughout school that took form in journalism, art, and writing. It took until college for me to realize that the combination of those subjects was the heart of graphic design. What do you like about the College of Arts, Media and ...

Posted Aug. 23, 2018, 12:11 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Stevenson University: Stephen Schlegel

Stephen Schlegel is studying graphic design at Stevenson University in Owings Mills, MD. From an early age, Stephen Schlegel fell into the mindset of a creator, evolving from sloppy paintings to iPhone photography, and eventually to digital photography and graphic design. Stephen’s favorite part of the process is being able to physically hold something that was once only a vision in his mind, and see it through start to finish. Additionally, being able to witness people interact with his work and voice their opinions about it makes the process that much more satisfying. Although it isn’t always a bad thing, ...

Posted Aug. 23, 2018, 12:11 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
The University of Tampa: Lisa Marie Lebron

Lisa Marie Lebron studies voice and music education at the University of Tampa. What got you into music? I have loved music since I was little. When I was in middle school I joined the choir and then I got involved in musical theater during high school. What is it you like about performing? My favorite part of performing is seeing the joy in people’s faces. Getting a reaction out of the audience during the performance keeps my energy going, even through my seven-minute arias. What’s the hardest part about performing? The hardest part about performing is learning to trust ...

Posted Aug. 21, 2018, 9:46 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
The Hartt School: Sydney Apel

Sydney Apel is studying music management at The Hartt School, the conservatory at the University of Hartford. What do you love about music? I hardly know myself without music. Violin and performance has been a part of my life since I was five years old, and when you do something so life-consuming for so long, it becomes difficult to imagine a future without it. Why did you decide to study music management? When I began looking at colleges, I instinctually looked at performance degrees, not certain that’s what I wanted, or even needed. I knew that I wanted my life ...

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