“What I gained most from my time at Mary Baldwin is a true sense of the community of theatre. It is vital that we as collaborative theatre artists value each other and the product we create. That sense of respect runs deeply through the Mary Baldwin theatre department.”
Anne Meacham ’03
I am currently Production Stage Manager/Company Manager for Lexington Children’s Theatre, Kentucky’s only professional theatre for young audiences. I stage manage or supervise student and intern stage managers on all productions for our 11 show season. I also supervise our touring productions and plan and coordinate regional performances.
“Being a student in the Mary Baldwin College Theatre Department gave me the opportunity to try things I never thought I’d be able to do. I came to MBC thinking I was “just” an actor. With the encouragement and support of the professors, I was constantly stretched out of my comfort zone. Whether it was playing the lead in a musical, directing a one-act play, or even running a light board, I left MBC knowing that there was nothing I wouldn’t be able to handle, in the theatre or in life.”
Bonnie Morrison ’00
Currently an actor/singer based in Washington, D.C., Bonnie has acted in regional theatre, off-off Broadway, and in student films for New York University’s Graduate Film Program and Drexel University.
“The small size of Mary Baldwin’s theatre department allowed me to experiment with every aspect of theatre, from acting to building sets to playwriting. I believe that the emphases on individualized education and team-based creativity gave me the education I need to enter the professional theatre world successfully.”
Christina Scott Sayer ’04
Christina Scott Sayer graduated in 2004 with a double major in English and theatre as well as a minor in music (vocal performance concentration). She has continued at Mary Baldwin in the Master of Letters/Master of Fine Arts program in Renaissance Literature in Performance (receiving her Master of Letters in Teaching in 2006 and will be completing her Master of Fine Arts in Dramaturgy in 2008). She is also pursuing a Master of Arts in Children’s Literature at Hollins University in Roanoke. She currently works at the Blackfriars Playhouse in downtown Staunton, and has served as stage manager/prompter for the Actors’ Renaissance Season. She has also taught one semester of Modern Theater and Drama.
The best part about being a theatre major at Baldwin was being in such a small department so that I had close attention from my advisor and professor. I also loved the ability to experience all aspects of a play production. This has come in handy while directing plays with my students as I’m required to wear many hats; director, designer, producer, etc.
Ashley White ’05
I am teaching high school English and theatre at a small private school in Staunton.
“MBC theatre changed my life. It gave me a confidence in all areas of my life, and friends I would do anything for at a moment’s notice. The small class sizes allowed me the opportunity to play a variety of different roles and really hone my skills. The theatre profs didn’t just give me direction and knowledge — they gave me my first jobs, second moms, hot meals, and the opportunity to eventually expand into writing and directing, which led to a great job. It would have taken me college and a conservatory to build up the theatre resume I got at MBC. Being a Baldwin “theatre girl” was the smartest decision I ever made!”
Amanda King ’07
Right now I am working as a caregiver and commissioned article writer. I am planning on getting my masters in the education field with the hopes of opening my own children’s theatre for special needs kids in the next several years.