This new Web feature spotlights SETC members who have taken active roles in SETC while advancing in their careers.
Assistant Professor, University of West Florida; Acting Coach, Artists at Play Workshops; SAG/AFTRA Actor
When did you first get involved with SETC?
My first experience with SETC was when a colleague of mine asked me to take over for him sitting on the Florida Theatre Conference board. I accepted and shortly after that I was asked to coordinate the Screening Auditions for SETC at The Florida Theatre Conference. I accepted. [SETC Professional Services Manager] April Marshall came down to train me herself, and I haven’t looked back since. From there, I went to the conference and was amazed at all of the opportunities there were for students. That is when I started grooming my students to audition at SETC. I started developing workshops for my students around being successful at SETC.
April remains one of my favorite parts of SETC. She is generously giving, kind, extremely accessible and knows everything there is to know about SETC. Having April as my personal resource really made my experience at SETC extremely positive.
What are the other roles you have had in SETC, and how did each lead to the next?
Being a screening coordinator led to me going to the conference consistently. April Marshall mentored me and suggested I sit on other committees. Serving on different committees led me to sharing my voice – that voice being heard and respected and ultimately recommended further for other responsibilities within SETC. Serving, being involved and connecting at the conference led me to meet people and find where I fit.
What has made you keep coming back and taking on new roles in the organization?
I believe in the mission.
I am an actor. I know what SETC says it provides it actually provides. SETC has personally connected me to a theatre company that I would have never worked with because of my small realm of reach. When I can see measurables, I am all in.
I am a professor. SETC has helped me to give my students real work that is professional and serves as an opportunity for them to exercise what they have been taught. I see my students benefiting immensely.
I am a theatre person. When I am talking to other theatre people, collaborating, networking and the like—I am more connected. I am learning about myself, learning new skills and passions. SETC has given me that. SETC gives me the opportunity to do what I love.
What are the benefits you have seen from “growing within SETC”?
I think the benefit of growing within SETC is enlarging your network. Not only enlarging my network, but my students’ and my theatre friends’ networks as well. I enjoy being able to connect the right people together in the arts.
Another benefit of growing in SETC is learning the wealth of knowledge about the organization. The more I serve, the more I learn about how the organization actually works. SETC is a huge organization, and I think the best way to learn is serving in different capacities.
Because I have served and continue to grow within SETC, I have the opportunity to effect change in the areas that I serve. I am contributing to the growth and the efficacy of the organization. That fills me with immense pride.