Thursday, December 27, 2012

What's Not My Major...

When I get that age-old question what are you majoring in, my response is pretty long. I have a lot of interests and therefore I've attempted to pursue them all. 
I am currently majoring in History and Theatre and minoring in Classical Civilizations and Medieval Studies. 

How did I get there? Well a long and grueling process. Check out my previous posts about my journey to declaring these here.  

What I can tell you now is that I love my majors! Each speaks to a part of me that I enjoy in my life. I benefit from having two seemingly unrelated majors but if you look hard enough, you'll see the connections (as I will be attempting when it comes to Senior Sem time!)

(Hint, if you're a history person, read the green. If you're a theatre person, read the purple! Or heck, just read all of it!)

As a junior, I'm taking most of the seminar classes for my History major. Coming from abroad I took two based on the Victorian Era and Women, Society, and Culture in Eighteenth Century England. The later class prompted me with an interest in women and their relationship with society and culture so I am taking a course offered by the History Department called "Deviant Women". I just looked at all the books I'll need for this class and already my curiosity is piqued! 

Another aspect of being a History major that I love is the professors. My primary interaction is with my advisor, Professor Dameron. I had him second semester freshman year for my first-year seminar and taking a class with him got me interested in what History has to offer. He's a great professor and easy to talk to about class, traveling, and really anything! I'm so lucky to have him as an advisor and I'm looking forward to taking another class with him this semester!

There is a certain kind of person that gets involved in the theatre. I enjoy meeting creative and exciting people in theatre. I consider myself to be an unconventional theatre person. I've tried my hand at acting and while I do enjoy it, I love being a part of behind-the-scenes. I'm involved in at least one production each semester, the Drama Club, and enjoy watching plays. This semester, I will be stage managing the main spring production with a team of three and costume designing a potential Drama Club production. I am looking forward to being involved hands-on in the theatre. One of my beliefs is that learning is better hands-on. 

For everything else, there's class! So far I've taken classes in a widespread variety of theatre: acting, costumes, tech crew, history, modern theatre, etc. I love learning about theatre and ready to take up any opportunity I can! 

Studying abroad in Bath gave me the opportunity to be a part of the egg team for their Young People's Theatre production of I Am England. To learn more about that, check out my blog here!

There is so much I'm looking forward to this semester and it's a short two and a half weeks away! I know the work will be challenging but I'm eager to step up to the plate. If you have any questions at all, feel free to contact me

Hope you're enjoying your winter break - I know I am!
Katelyn :)

Friday, December 7, 2012

I Am England

For my internship at the egg, I was the Producer's Assistant for the Young People's Theatre production of I Am England, a play written by David Lane with contributions from the director and cast. It was a year-long process and was based off of Shakespeare's Coriolanus. It's a really great piece of theatre and I'm glad that I was able to be a part of it!

With an internship comes a dissertation. For my dissertation I decided to compare and contrast Coriolanus to I Am England. I had not previously heard of this Shakespeare play, one of his Roman ones, and skimmed through to get the gist of it. For a quick synopsis, the main character Coriolanus returns from war to a hero's welcome, runs for consul but is undermined by the common people who have been thrust into a state of chaos as a result of the war. He is eventually exiled, goes to the enemy whom he was fighting against, and ends up being assassinated. Obviously it's more complex than that and I recommend you give it a read. 

The writing team took this and transformed the story to make it their own. From the Theatre Royal's website:
Bankrupt, isolated and in a state of collapse, a once-proud nation falls apart at the seams. Nostalgic for empire and thirsty for revenge, a small town politician presents a hero to the masses: a poster-boy for conscription.
The future of the nation hangs in the balance, but at a time of intense change those in power must confront the truth of who they are - and who they might become.
Inspired by Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, I Am England offers a unique perspective on political power, authoritarianism and social justice from the generation whose stories are yet to be written.

It truly was a fantastic, moving play that made me think about what it means to be working on a production that comments on political, social, and cultural issues. It was really interesting and I will definitely take what I learned from it in my next involvement with theatre. 

My primary responsibility was to create the program, a crazy process in an of itself. I had to collaborate with all members of the cast and creative team to collect biographies, thanks, and any other information for the program. After about five intense weeks, I managed to get it all together the night before opening.  I'm really glad to have something concrete to hold onto and show for my efforts at the egg. 

Side note: one of the best things that happened during my internship was the opportunity to take press pictures for I Am England! Check out the ones they used below!

Characters Ria and Marc

 Also: ATTENTION THESPIANS! I shall be writing a post about my recent trip to Stratford-Upon-Avon and seeing not one, but THREE plays put on by the Royal Shakespeare Company! Be excited - I know I am!

If you have any questions about my internship at the egg or about I Am England, leave a comment or formspring me! 
Katelyn :)

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Horseback Riding! (And the Death of the Camera)

One of my most favorite things I've done abroad is go horseback riding! The last time I went riding was probably about 10 years ago and I've been wanting to do it since. 

ASE has a folder of places and things to do for a day or weekend trip and I saw one for Wellow Trekking Centre in Wellow, just a 15-20 minute taxi ride from my house. 

My friends Eleanor, Kathryn, Meghan, and I got up one Sunday morning to head to the centre. It was a gorgeous day and we were all excited!

We got there, got fitted for shoes and helmets, and met our horses. Katie was my horse - and she liked to go fast. We had a leisurely walk and stepped it up to trot. Katie just wanted to trot ALL DAY! I would've been fine with that if my camera would have survived. The culprit? Trotting. I think it turned on in my pocket whilst we were trotting and then the lens got screwed up. I didn't freak out because there was nothing I could do about it right then and I knew we were going home in a few weeks and most of the things I wanted to document have already been documented. 

Anywho, it was a fantastic day and I would gladly do it again! The only thing about not being familiar with riding horses on a regular basis is that your body is SORE for the next few days. You use muscles you didn't even know you had!
Action shot!

The pathway we rode on

Kathryn, Eleanor, Meg, and I!
 Hope you enjoyed my adventure horseback riding!
Katelyn :)