I chose my major because… I was always fascinated with creating an environment for theater. Whether it was putting up a curtain for little skits as a kid, or going all-out on my family’s Halloween decorations, I was drawn to scenic design because I can create a world that helps convey the story a given show is trying to tell. Scenic design also combines a lot of artistry that I am fond of: making models, drafting, drawing and otherwise rendering an idea. It’s an opportunity to articulate an idea beyond writing it down or analyzing one’s thoughts (though we do incorporate both): scenic design is a real chance to design a setting which excites and amazes, but also provides meaning in telling a story.​​

My favorite thing to do on campus is… to go to free events! There’s always a concert or play or some local talent or other free event going on, and many give you lunch or dinner. Many departments offer speakers and discussions about hot topics which college students have an invested interest in, and give more chances to learn outside of the classroom.​​

I decided to attend DePaul because… of its Catholic identity and strong theater conservatory setting. I believe that DePaul has the potential to teach its students to think globally — rather than simply look globally — and truly raise students in an environment where a diversity of thought and academic interest can foster a better and more apologetic understanding of our lessons, while sharing the same ideals as the student next to me who has a completely different story to tell.​​

The class I most enjoyed here was… Rendering for Designers. At The Theatre School, a good portion of our studio classes are year-round and most of the school day, and this class is no exception. But this is exciting to me because rendering is an art class where we as designers get to render our ideas by mastering different mediums. Rendering marks my progress as a designer and gives me a chance to be proud of accomplishing my schoolwork.​​

DePaul's Theatre School Conservatory appealed to me because… like many of DePaul’s programs, DePaul’s Theatre School is one of the top conservatories in the country. As a conservatory, it promises an incredibly challenging and demanding environment where students can learn by practicing what they are taught in the classroom. We have real chances to accomplish our designs in our production practices each year, where we as designers see our ideas come to life on stage.​

From my perspective as a Scenic Design major, The Theatre School is… a collaborative art.  Our classes are often structured with the same philosophy, where we take our individual assignments and develop them through the support of critiques and discussions among our classmates. We still write papers and have tests and stress about finals, but have the additional weight of design. From the specific point of view of my major, The Theatre School gives me a voice to establish a setting in learning design techniques through nine quarters of the Scenic Design course, a year in scene painting, many courses in studio art and art history, and other studios and seminars with a practical and theatrical twist.​​

After graduation, I plan to… go into architecture. Pending experience at an architectural internship, I have thought a lot about taking my education in articulating and conveying my designs into an environment that improves the settings around us. Though I hope to spend as much time as I may designing scenery for plays or theme parks or movies or what have you, I think I will be most happy incorporating engineering and the logic which its special brand of problem-solving provides. ​

The one thing I’d like to say to students considering DePaul… get involved. The amount of learning I do outside the classroom is just as valuable to me as my academics, and it’s all a part of the college experience. Be open to new ideas and celebrate the chances to learn and practice among your future co-workers.​​

Area of Study: Scenic Design, minors in Marketing and Catholic Studies
Graduation Date: June, 2010
Hometown: North Royalton, Ohio
High School: Saint Ignatius Boys College Prep
Awards & Achievements:
  • ​Dean's List
  • Eagle Scout
  • Theatre School Talent Scholarship​
Campus Involvement:
  • ​​Catholic Campus Ministry Choir Assistant, 2008-2009
  • Catholic Campus Ministry 2008 Retreat Leader (Spring, Men’s, Fall)
  • DePaul Activities Board Marketing Coordinator, 2008-2009
  • DePaul College Republicans
  • DePaul Conservative Alliance Publications Designer
  • Student Alumni Ambassador
  • Scenic Designer, The Gatekeeper, A Midsummer Night's Dream
Current Employment: