Guilford Roots Remain
Guilford Theatre Studies Professor Beth Ritson-Lavender, a co-chair of the department, greatly influenced Sarah’s approach to teaching.
“She is an incredible director and an incredible educator and really just a captivating artist,” Sarah says. “Beth is an outstanding performer, and the way she runs her classroom has taught me how to encourage students to find and push their boundaries without risking their health or safety.”
Sarah also fondly remembers the camaraderie with fellow theatre students and the Guilford productions being of the highest caliber.
“Everybody was there to work hard because of a love and passion for theatre and for the craft. That made it really easy to show up,” she says. “Sometimes it seems like we’re just rolling on the floor pretending to cry, but no, there's a lot of work that goes into it, and it’s really important work, too.”
She encourages aspiring Theatre Studies majors to contact the department: “I received a response within five minutes from the department chair at the time, and she had two existing students email me as well. It was an immediate match.”
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