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Stay Classy, W&J
Academically, you can be a big deal at W&J -- there's no shortage of outlets for you to strut your stuff and demonstrate the potential that
was originally recognized by W&J Admissions. At W&J, your major can reflect your love of the spotlight. If your lifelong dream has been to
see your name up in lights, you can major in Theatre, or Music, and your innate talents will be polished as you get the opportunity to make the stage, as well as Olin Center your second home(s). Theatre majors have boundless opportunities to join the casts of the several productions staged by the W&J Theatre department each year. Music majors can join W&J's Choir or various instrumental ensembles, gaining added repertoire as well as gaining performance experience.
Once you decide upon a major, you have the opportunity to shine brighter than the rest by competing for departmental awards/scholarships, which are offered by every department in the College; on top of that, W&J's exceptional students are encouraged to apply for national scholarships, among them the Rhodes and Fulbright honors. The Office of Academic Affairs has the full list of the national scholarships. Most departments also have honorary societies, where you can join with other bright minds from within your major, adding to your resume, receiving guidance on a career path, as well as sharing interest with others in your field.
My Dorm Smells of Rich Mahogany
There are other ways than Academics that can make you a big deal at Washington & Jefferson College. You could write for the Red & Black, the college's student newspaper. The Red & Black has been the main student newspaper for W&J since 1909, and you too can become apart of this great tradition here at W&J. This newspaper is published almost every Thursday throughout the academic year, and !monticelloskaraoke.jpg|thumbnail,align=right!they are always looking for new writers. If you don't want to be a weekly columnist, then you can send in guest articles whenever you want to. You can become a DJ for WNJR, the college's own radio station. You can start your own weekly radio at the on campus radio station. During your two-hour long segment, you decide on what you talk about and what songs are played, within the guidelines set forth by the college and the FCC, of course.
You can sing your heart out at Karaoke Night in Monticello's. Monticello's offers Karaoke Night on a monthly basis because they bring in an outside DJ to run this special event. At Karaoke Night at Monticello's, you and your friends can come down and pick from a giant book of songs that you want to sing. While you are waiting for your turn and listening to others sing, you can order from a wide selection of free food and beverages from the grateful volunteer staff working behind the counter. You can show off your on-stage abilities at Open Mic Night at the little stage next to George & Tom's. Upon signing up for Open Mic Night, each student is given a 20-minute time slot in order to perform. There is no competition; it is just a fun event for students to come out and share their talents. You can perform in Winter Tales, or submit writing for the Wooden Tooth Review.
Interview conducted via e-mail on April 19, 2007 with Joseph James Lendl, 4th year senior and Theatre major at Washington & Jefferson College.
What first drew you to Dubjay's theatre program?
I had been interested in performing prior to W&J, but my high school didn't have a theatre department or school plays or anything in the way of acting opportunies. I found out about auditions for a play my freshman year through some friends and auditioned with them.
What was your favorite performance you acted in? Directed?
My favorite performance...I don't know if I could choose, many of them were very different. I enjoyed playing Teddy, a vietnam vet, in last fall's "When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder" because it was such an intense role that I feel really broadened my acting abilities. However, I've really enjoyed experiences like this Spring's "The Complete History of America (abridged)" - energetic, comedic roles that can be directly played to an audience, much like the sketch comedy work I've done. So, it's pretty much a toss up. As for directing - I directed a Winter Tale my sophomore year that climaxed when a friend of mine appeared on stage in his boxer shorts and a wife-beater. That was interesting.
Favorite line and role you acted in?
-My favorite line - it's in the play I'm working on now, "Awake and Sing", the line is: "You ain't sunburnt, you heard me." I love the different types of work. They are different experiences all together. Almost incomparable for me.
-Favorite role - If I was pressed to choose, I would say Teddy from "...Red Ryder", because it was so much fun/creepy.
What kind of classes are required for the theatre major?
For a Theatre major, a student must take 10 classes, including, but not limited to, 4 300-level classes, 2 semesters of Theatre Practicum (which is essential stage-work and house management), Dr. Drewbear's Shakespeare class in the English dept., and a Theatre Workshop class to serve as a capstone for the major. For more details, check the Catalog.
What do you plan on doing after graduating W&J and how will your major have helped you in accomplishing this?
After graduating - as of right now (it constantly changes) I intend on attending graduate school and attaining a dramatic arts related degree, most likely an MFA. I have yet to apply to programs and am likely not going to begin my graduate studies this fall, but rather in the spring or next academic year.
Special thanks to J.J. for his participation and contribution to this wiki.
Also, see this wiki's page on Washington & Jefferson's Theatre Major Requirements