Q&A With GS Theater Student Nominees

Thomas Barszcz

The following GS students were nominated to compete for scholarships during the KCACTF, each with nominations in vastly different genres of the theatrical world.

Kathryn Burrell is a junior theater major nominated to compete for a scholarship for her works as a dramaturg in the GS production of Twelfth Night and the Irene Ryans Scholarship for her performance in the GS production of Crumbs from the Table of Joy

Q: Were did your Passion for theater/drama start?

A: “I always had a flare for the dramatic when I was a kid, but i didn’t get into acting until i was in high school and i did plays there almost the entire time. [while in high school] I auditioned for the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts and I got in, and I went up to live in Brooklyn for a month while for I studied at the conservatory. That was like my first real immersion into the world of theater and what it really meant.”

Q: How did you get nominated to compete at KCACTF?

A: “I was nominated for Irene Ryans for my role as Gerta in Crumbs from “The Table of Joy” last semester which was directed by Mical Whitaker and just last spring I decided to dramaturg rather than being on stage and I did dramaturgy for “Twelfth Night.” It was my first shot at dramaturgy and I didn’t know exactly what to expect but I ended up falling in love with it. It’s all about finding research and finding information that’s relevant to the cast and the director and the designers.

Sierra Clay is a senior theater major who was nominated to compete for a scholarship for her success as stage manager during the GS production of “Twelfth Night.”

Q: Where did your passion for theater/drama start?

A: “In high school, we [with my mom] started our own theater program for my high school and i was really hands on with it. Then when I got to college I started as a chemistry major but decided that’s not what I wanted to do and theater is what I really love. I was really into lighting design but then I took a class on stage management and completely fell in love with it.”

Q: How did you get nominated to compete at KCACTF?

A: “I was nominated for my efforts as stage manager during the production of “Twelfth Night” last spring. As a stage manager basically what I do is help communicate between the designers and the director and crew and make sure everyone is on the same page and everything goes smoothly. I am a very organized person and basically what a stage manager is supposed to do is stay organized and keep everything in line.”

Annaliyah Ferguson-Salim is a senior theater major who was nominated to compete for the Irene Ryans scholarship for her performance in the GS production of “Twelfth Night.”

Q: Where did your passion for theater/drama start?

A: “I was always performing [as a kid] :singing in the choir, being in church theater, stuff like that, I was always active. I had always been on the outskirts of the theater program [here at GS] until I eventually switched to a theater major. Being with the theater people…were very welcoming. it was very much like a family unit and having that family away from family is kind of what drew me in. I’ve always really been into theater, I want musical theater to be my life.”

Q: How did you get nominated to compete at KCACTF?

A: “I was nominated for my role as Maria in “Twelfth Night.” When you put a lot of work into something and then present it to someone, it’s like a very euphoric experience. basically you practice, you rehearse and come competition time time you present and either you move on or not. It’s very nerve-wracking but very exciting.