"I am trying to apply what I learn in class to my extracurricular activities, but I cannot do it without my professors. They are constantly involved in my life as teachers, but more importantly as role models."
Christina Cody '12, theatre
"I first was looking at a bunch of different theater-intensive conservatories, but during my audition at Bucknell I was blown away by the professors. They tried to get to know me as a person rather than as a prospective student. Even the other theater students treated me as part of the Bucknell community.
"The most important thing Bucknell theater offers students is a strong community. The relationship between students and professors is one I cannot begin to describe. There is an immense amount of support and encouragement between everyone. Bucknell theater is truly a family within a family of Bucknell."
"I have always wanted to do theater but since I had only performed in shows coming into Bucknell, I was excited to explore the other facets of theater in college. In my three years here I have studied Greek theater, designed costumes, made collaborative and original work, danced, and directed my own piece. Since it is such a small department here, you get a lot of individual attention.
"The flexibility of the department allows students have the opportunity to pursue individual interests. For example, I am interested in using theater to reach out to communities. This semester I directed a show called 'Be You(tiful).' The department encouraged me to create a show exploring issues of body image on campus. With a cast of five women, I combined monologues by Eve Ensler with images we created as a team to visualize this problem on stage. Surprisingly, the audience responded positively to something so relevant and raw in their own community.
"I am trying to apply what I learn in class to my extracurricular activities, but I cannot do it without my professors. They are constantly involved in my life as teachers, but more importantly as role models. I am thinking about going to New York after I graduate. Ideally, I want to use my training from Bucknell to continue impacting communities through theater."
"In addition to performing in the theater productions, I am a publicity TA for the Theatre Department, a member of Cap and Dagger, the Play Selection Committee, the Dance Program, the East West Project, and a peer advisor for Delta Gamma Sorority.
"Another exciting opportunity I have received through the Bucknell Theatre Department is the East West Project. This past summer my professor, seven Bucknell students, and eight Western Washington students trained with Tectonic Theatre Company. The Tectonic Theatre Company is well known for their production of "The Laramie Project." We are working on a piece about the American family and this summer we are taking the show to Scotland to be part of the Fringe Festival, where we will be immersed in a city overtaken by theater for a couple of weeks."
Christina Cody is from Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.Posted Jan. 7, 2011