As the lights dim on “Pillowman,” Greg Hernandez is preparing for graduation.
Anyone who has seen a show in the Center for Art and Theatre knows Greg; he has starred in numerous roles. From the hilarious lead role of Hlestakov in “The Government Inspector,” to Laertes in “Hamlet,” Greg has done a little bit of everything during his time at Georgia Southern.
“Being a senior about to graduate this December, I am struggling with the sadness of leaving the GSU theatre department and the excitement of moving on to the next stage of my life. I feel so fortunate to have been cast as Katurian while still in college before I work professionally, I am learning so much about myself in this role,” said Hernandez.
He has become a bit of a staple on the Georgia Southern stage, practicing lines in the Black Box early in the morning only to dominate the stage during his performances.
“Greg is the kind of actor you love to have in your cast – he is fun, has an incredible work ethic and brings the best out of the other actors. He is fearless and will continue to work and try things through the entire rehearsal process. The impact he has on the other actors cannot be understated – he is a natural leader, sets a clear example and is so invested in the people he shares the stage with, it results in them doing their best work,” explained Lisa Abbott, a professor of theatre.
Greg says that his favorite part of the theatre program at Georgia Southern is a toss-up between the students and the professors. He explained that the students were his first group of friends when he came to college. He said that they are like a family.
“[The professors] are mentors, therapists, and friends. They have seen each of the theatre majors at our best and at our worst. No matter what we do, they still show us the kindness, love, and support that you would only expect from a family member. I feel so lucky to have them in my life. They are incredible,” he said.
Nicholas Newell , theatre professor and director of “Pillowman,” said that he believes Greg’s role in “Pillowman” was a great way for him to round out his time at GSU. He expressed how difficult it is to grasp the role, balancing horror and comedy in a way that is appealing to the audience.
Greg says that his goals is to be a respected and successful actor who does the kind of work that moves people. “Acting gives me butterflies. It puts a fire in me that I don’t feel with anything else. It is the only thing in my life that makes me terrified to fail,” he said.