September 7, 2005
Reed Sigmund writes...
A few months before I graduation from the U of M with my B.A. in Theatre Arts, one of my acting professors, Kent Stephens, requested that I meet him in his office for a private discussion. I happily granted his request and followed him to his workplace. Immediately after sitting down, he looked me in the eye and told me I was his biggest disappointment of the semester. He complimented by abilities, but quickly followed the praise with his observation that I would never get a single acting job if I didn’t take the craft seriously and develop a genuine work ethic. After rubbing Ben-Gay on my bruised and damaged soul for the next three days, I decided me might know what he was talking about, so I followed his advice. I developed a new approach to the craft. I stopped treating it like any other hobby and began to truly study. The techniques we had been learning in class were finally being applied and there were positive results. Kent rewarded my hard work by setting up auditions for me. Thanks to him and several other professors, I have been a full-time, working actor for the past five years. I’ll never forget the theatre department faculty’s consistently wise and honest support.
— Reed Sigmund
Posted by utheatre at September 7, 2005 10:08 PM | Memories of former students