Through elementary, middle, and high school, there was only one activity I was a consistent participant in: theater. Whether I was delivering UPS packages in Legally Blonde: The Musical (freshman year) or wearing a stylish snout for Charlotte’s Web (fourth grade), theater was a source of fun, friendship, and growth for many years. I knew I wanted to stay involved when I came to UChicago.
Fortunately, I quickly fell into UT, or University Theater, our devoted Registered Student Organization (RSO). A friend from high school had come to UChicago two years before me and was heavily involved with the group. She let me know about auditions for Fall Quarter shows during the first week of the quarter, making sure I had the chance to get involved with UT from the start. From that first quarter, when I acted in Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, I knew that UT was going to be an important part of my UChicago experience. Even now, I have three off-campus roommates, two of whom I met through UT.
Hardly a quarter has gone by without UT involvement of some sort. I’ve acted, directed, written, and served on Committee (our governing body). I’ve been involved with Shakespeare, Sondheim, and student-written shows in our quarterly 24-hour play festival. Throughout it all, I’ve found those same feelings of fun, friendship, and growth. University Theater is dedicated to thoughtfully producing meaningful work and providing new opportunities for theatrical enthusiasts.
If you wind up on campus in the future when it's safe to do so, I hope you’ll come find out what we’re all about. For prospective students, why not check if there’s a show playing one of the nights you’re in Hyde Park? And if you’re a first year, don’t forget to visit Cobb Hall for auditions during the first week of the quarter—we can’t wait to welcome you into the UT family!