She'll be attending EMU this fall and majoring in theatre arts, but she is still deciding on a minor. When asked what she was most looking forward to when it comes to starting college she said, "Theatre, I miss it so much. I needed to do it this summer and I didn't which created this hole in my heart."
Shelby gives credit to her high school drama teacher Michael Clemons for helping her choose Eastern for college, "I chose Eastern mainly because of how much Clem talked it up and then there's the people that already go there and it's close to home, but mostly Clem," she said with certainty. She has also gotten experience with EMU Theatre by attending our Drama Day while she was in high school, "...the show was my favorite part. I love seeing theatre and seeing the people behind the scenes earlier in the day at the workshops was really cool too. My favorite workshop was the movement one, it was the best." At Drama Day, high school students attend workshops led by our students and faculty members with other high school students from all over the state. After lunch the students are then led into Quirk Theatre where they get to see an exclusive performance of our first Mainstage production of the season just for them! For more info on Drama Day email firstname.lastname@example.org
Shelby is excited to be studying theatre at Eastern because of the environment that comes with it, "I'm most looking forward to working with people who have the same level of dedication that I do. Having every there honestly wanting to be there and working as hard as possible to make the show the best it can be." She is pursing theatre because, "...it gives me a purpose and a goal and something to work for that is bigger than myself." (We know exactly what you mean Shelby!)
Shelby's favorite show is Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl. Her favorite show that she's worked on was The Insanity of Mary Girard which she co-directed at Woodhaven. Their show was entered into the MIFA Theatre Competition and made it to the State Finals "I was very proud," she said with a smile.