“I chose Guilford because I really resonated with the Quaker values that it advertised when I was touring there,” Max says, “and I fell in love with the people who populated the campus. They all seemed very loving and welcoming, and I felt like I fit right in.”
Max chose to major in Theatre Studies with a double track in Design and Performance and to minor in Film.
“My favorite classes were in the Theatre Studies Department. ‘Intro to Theatrical Design’ is the class where I decided I wanted to be a designer,” he says. “I enjoyed all of my acting classes as well, Shakespeare especially. Another one of my favorites was ‘Gay and Lesbian Cinema.’ ”
He also emphasizes how much he was supported academically and personally by faculty.
“Robin Vest (Assistant Professor and Chair of Theatre Studies) and Chad Phillips (Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre Studies) really had my back, especially during the latter half of my college career,” Max says. “Providing so much support as I grew not only as a student but as a human was super important to me throughout my time at Guilford, and I love that I can still go to them if have questions.”
He also notes that Robin played a major role in his career decision. “Robin is pretty much the whole reason I became a designer. She got me to fall in love with the design process so much so that I was constantly looking for new ways to learn and for new challenges, which led me to interning in a shop where I can constantly build and grow.”