|Guest blogger Lauren Shover '13|
Since May 2013, when I graduated from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, I have worked professionally as an actor, assistant director, assistant producer and associate producer on several different theatre projects. Everything I have been able to accomplish in these past two years is thanks to Bloomsburg University’s extraordinary theatre program.
Shortly after graduating I moved myself to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to work on my first production outside of Bloomsburg, The Last Plot in Revenge written by Brian Grace-Duff and produced by Brat Productions. I worked as Assistant Director to John Clancy, a well-known director in NYC as well as one of the key founders of the NYC Fringe Festival. I had the opportunity to work with John on a production my junior year in college; our school brought him in as a guest director. Working with him at BU created a bond and a network between the two of us that continued after college and has continued to expand ever since. Creating connections between the college level and the professional world is something Bloomsburg University’s theatre program excels at.
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Trapped in a Room with a Zombie
Devised work is an area I knew very little of when I came to Bloomsburg University in fall 2009. However, this past April I worked as an assistant producer on a devised piece produced by Simpatico Theatre Company that spoke on the stigma related to Craigslist. The skills and understanding I learned from working on devised theatre at BU allowed me to jump right in with the other members.
Exploring other forms of theatre at BU helped me to open myself up to new experiences in theatre world. For the past six months I have worked as the Associate Producer for a Room Escape Adventure, Interactive Theatre show called Trapped in a Room with a Zombie. The show demanded me to work as an actor, director, stage manager, makeup artist, producer and stage hand. Bloomsburg University gave me confidence to believe in my abilities as a leader. This production has gained huge success and is now present in 13 cities in the United States as well as Madrid, Spain and London, England.
As a student at Bloomsburg University, not only did I create a lot of professional connections but I left with a lot of peer connections as well. Recently, a fellow alumnus and I have started up our own theatre company, Elephant Room Productions, consisting of several other Bloomsburg University Alumni. We are planning to debut our company in the New York City as well as Philadelphia Fringe Festivals of 2015 producing a play written by Dano Madden, yet another connection made during my time at Bloomsburg University.
- Lauren Shover, Theatre Alumna ‘13
To learn more about Trapped in a Room with a Zombie, visit http://roomescapeadventures.com/philidelphia/.