Throughout my years of directing and performing, I've discovered that I really love to see how theater connects to human rights and social issues.

Katelyn Rothney

"I really love to see how theater connects to human rights and social issues.

"I've been involved in theater for 12 years now. At my high school in Toronto, Canada, where I grew up, I acted in some musicals like Fiddler on the Roof and Les Miserables, but I also directed shows like The Vagina Monologues and the Diary of Anne Frank. Throughout my years of directing and performing, I've discovered that I really love to see how theater connects to human rights and social issues.

"My interest in these social issues led me to an organization called Free the Children, where I started volunteering in grade 9. Free the Children seeks to educate and empower youth throughout the world with a main mission of ending child labor. Through this organization, I went to Kenya for a month that summer.

"After spending my following summer at Brown University for their Institute of Leadership, I started to develop my own non-profit organization called Youth for Youth. Youth for Youth is a speaking platform to help young people who have been affected by poverty and conflict create their own organizations. At the launch, my mentors, Marc and Craig Kielburger, who founded Free the Children, offered me a job in the Rajistan region of India for the summer leading two trips of thirty students.

"I knew from that trip on that I really wanted to study international relations while keeping up my love and involvement in theater. My college counselor told me that I could pursue an IR and theater double major at Bucknell. My first year, I joined the Global Residential College. I am also a Public Policy Fellow, and I was an intern at the Canadian Embassy this summer. At the same time, I am currently directing a one-act play, and I hope to direct my own showcase before I graduate."

Katelyn is from Toronto, Canada

Posted November 2012

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