Ian Foreman '09
Theatre Major with an Emphasis in Design
What kinds of theatre work have you been involved in at Concordia?
Honestly, Concordia is a small university. Concordia's small size is one of its greatest strengths. Working in Concordia's shop I have learned a broad spectrum of skills. I have worked as a carpenter, building sets and props. I have worked as an electrician on the grid, hanging and circuiting lights. And I have learned to be comfortable with dozens of power tools. That doesn't include working on an actual show. Being a board operator or backstage hand can be one of the most fun opportunities ever.
Tell me about your experiences doing theatre design. What has gotten you excited about going into design work?
In any kind of design, the ultimate goal is to help tell the story. The challenge is this: use light to paint a scene that re-enforces the story. The amount of time that goes into a design makes it seem a little daunting. But seeing your work up on stage and watching the audience enjoy the show makes it all worthwhile.
Tell me about working with Tim Mueller.
Tim is a great professor, manager, role model, and leader. I have learned so much from him about managing people, working in theatre, and surviving in the real world. Tim is someone who has worked his tail off to get where he is today. He has a wellspring of information about working in theatre and is always willing to teach if someone is willing to listen. And to top it all off, he has a great sense of humor.
You've also been involved in some projects off campus. Tell me about that.
I really learned to love theatre at Concordia, so I get as much work as I can. Working out in the "real world" is a learning experience and absolutely entertaining. I really enjoy the work that I get to do at other venues off campus. I am getting to use the skills I've learned at Concordia outside of a university setting. Honestly, it's like a bug. Once you start working it's really difficult to stop.
What is it, for you, that makes studying theatre at Concordia worthwhile?
Concordia has given me something that no other university could - a family. I know that sounds corny, but it's the truth. I doubt that you'll find these kinds of relationships at many other universities. I feel so connected to my peers and professors. These people that I work with, and grow with, are going to be a part of my life for years to come. An interesting note about my professors: they actually care. They want to help you with your studies and even beyond. All these people, gathered in a Christ-oriented university, make for a pretty awesome school.