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What it's like to study Theater Arts at Centenary

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Megan Corbitt ’10

Theater Arts graduate
Candidate Teacher Certification, Centenary College

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As soon as she set foot on the Centenary campus, Megan Corbitt ’10 realized that “it was the place for me. It felt like home, and I loved everything I saw—the friendly atmosphere and the small class sizes. I could not picture myself going to college anywhere else.” More than four years later, Centenary is still home; Megan currently serves a hip-hop dance instructor and plans to pursue a teaching certificate in high school English at her alma mater. 

Megan was the first student to graduate with Centenary’s Dance concentration, a new option available to students majoring in Theater Arts. Lea Antolini-Lid, Assistant Professor of Theater and Dance, was an influential force during her college years and continues to serve as her mentor. “She taught me how to be a better dancer and choreographer,” Megan remarks, “and has been with me every step of the way. She really wants to see me succeed.

During her undergraduate years, Megan’s many accomplishments included serving as president of the campus dance club, performing with the Centenary Dance Company, interning at the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, and choreographing a production of Stephen Schwartz’s Godspell for her department. “As a Theater Arts major, you’re always doing something hands-on here,” she remarks.

Megan’s career goals include teaching high school English and opening a dance studio for underprivileged young people. “Dance classes are expensive, and I believe all children should have the opportunity to express themselves through art,” she says. Whatever your goals might be, she encourages you to consider Centenary. “This is an up-and-coming program; with the opening of the new David and Carol Lackland Center, the possibilities are endless,” she comments. “You’ll be working with the best of the best—the faculty members are committed to helping you achieve your goals and to be the best person you can be. Centenary was the best choice for me, and if you want to be involved in a wonderful theater program, it’s the right choice for you too!”

Leon Hill ’10

Theater Arts graduate
Director, Centenary College Young Performer’s Workshop (YPW)

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After graduating with B.A. in Theater Arts (Acting Concentration) and a B.F.A. in Graphic Design, Leon Hill ’10 put his talent and skill to work immediately—right at his new alma mater. “I served as a director for Centenary’s Young Performers Workshop (YPW), and it’s the most intense thing I’ve ever done,” he confesses. YPW, a musical theater program for performers ages 8-18, is run by the professional Centenary Stage Company and offers courses in acting, voice, and dance. “I began my day by teaching an acting class, followed by a three-and-a-half hour rehearsal for Stephen Schwartz’s Godspell,” Leon explains. “It was challenging working with 17 excited young people, but I’m proud to say that in that in our five weeks together, they grew as actors and actresses.”

Leon chose Centenary because it offered excellent courses in both Theater Arts and Graphic Design. “The school put all my passions to use,” he comments. “I found myself spending many hours at the theater—at times, I’d be playing a leading role in a production, as well as helping to design posters and T-shirts, working on the set, and building props.” Because of its affiliation with the Centenary Stage Company (CSC), the college is able to offer students the unique opportunity to work alongside seasoned theater professionals.

After spending time in Japan, Leon admits he’s become “confused in the best way possible” about his career goals. “Initially, I simply wanted to pursue the fields I love and to be able to earn a living,” he says, “but now I’d like to make an unexpected and valuable change.” Leon hopes to complete graduate studies at Tama Art University in Tokyo and become a fluent Japanese speaker. “I’d like to translate and direct American musicals in Japan,” he explains. “I want to help cultivate a musical theater scene there that is as strong as the one in New York.” The multi-talented artist also plans to work in film (as an actor, director, and writer) and in graphic design.

Leon encourages high school students who are considering Centenary for Theater Arts to strive to achieve. “Do not do your best,” he advises. “Think of the most talented person you know, and try to do his or her best. Keep reaching and keep giving.”

Christopher Young ’07

Candidate M.F.A. Acting Ohio University College of Fine Arts
Resident Artist, Monomoy Theatre, Chatham, Mass

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Centenary’s affiliation with the Centenary Stage Company (CSC) was what initially attracted Christopher Young ’07 to the College. “Having a resident theater company on campus gave me the opportunity to work with professional actors in top-notch productions,” he explains. “I had the privilege of appearing in one of the Actor’s Equity Association productions during my last semester — I was the only student in the show. The experience I gained was excellent.”

Christopher, who earned a B.A. in Theater Arts with a concentration in Acting, is currently a graduate student at Ohio University’s College of Fine Arts, where he is pursuing an M.F.A. in Acting. Each summer, the Ohio University Players serve as resident artists at Monomoy Theatre in Chatham, Mass., (on Cape Cod), where they perform in the company’s summer musical and dramatic productions. In 2010, Christopher appeared in Fiddler on the Roof (Fyedka/Ensemble), The Lion in Winter (John), Once Upon a Mattress (Sir Studley/Ensemble), Much Ado About Nothing (Claudio), and Three Men on a Horse (Erwin Trowbridge.) “We had two weeks from the beginning of rehearsal to opening night, so were constantly rehearsing or performing,” comments Christopher. “If we had any down time, it was spent preparing for a show or memorizing our lines. If you can survive a season of summer stock theater, you can be an actor!”

Without Professor Carl Wallnau, department chairman of Centenary’s Communications and Fine Arts department, “I wouldn’t have found Ohio University or the Monomoy Theatre,” Christopher insists. “He knew the person who serves as head of my current program and was the one who recommended I audition. He has been a major influence on my career. At Centenary, I received personal attention—I wasn’t just another face in a sea of students.”

Christopher encourages high school seniors considering a major in Theater Arts at Centenary to work hard. “Bring your best every day and seize every opportunity that comes your way,” he advises.

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