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Met Katie Chelena in the hallways of the Center for Dramatic Art and has relied on her to trade ideas and recharge from the chaos of studies together ever since.
All Dramatic Art majors have to work backstage at some point. Unfortunately, not all of them end up collaborating with mega-talented Nathaniel Claridad, who will soon be directing “Romeo and Juliet.”
David Navalinsky’s door says “Director of Undergraduate Production” on the outside, but on the other side of that door is a safe haven for venting and a font of great advice. And his kids are really fun to babysit.
Despite having grown up in the same town as Emmie Ocker and sharing mutual friends, the bond didn’t really solidify until rooming together first-year. Since then: Inseparable.
At what point do you know, beyond a doubt, that your college experience has worked out well? One solid indicator is when you’re in an Iban longhouse in the rainforest of Brunei, participating in a mock wedding ceremony with a classmate to learn more about the unique culture of the area.
That actually happened to Madison during her studies abroad on a trip to Singapore, India and Brunei through the SEAS (Southeast Asia Summer) program. She made a lovely fake bride.
Closer to home, she’s been inspired by, well, kind of everything. Working backstage (and onstage) with PlayMakers Repertory Company, relaxing at Coker Arboretum, doing work study as an archival assistant in the Rare Book Collection at Wilson Library, even babysitting for her friend David, who also happens to be Director of Undergraduate Production in the Department of Dramatic Art. For Madison, it’s all another opportunity to meet someone new, go somewhere different and do something interesting. All of which has a nice side effect: The more Madison does, the more interesting she becomes herself.
The world belongs to those who show up.