Student Spotlight: Ella Atwater

Q: What work are you doing with the current show, She Kills Monsters?

A: My official title is Stage Manager, and I always help out the Director.

Q: What was your inspiration for joining theatre?

A: I have done it since sixth grade, and I have always been into stage management. I have always loved theatre, but I am not an actor because I have stage fright. This is the next best thing. I like to have everything planned out. I like being the person for people to talk to. In high school, it was the experience and the credibility. I want to do theatre in college too. Putting this experience on my resume is really good.

Q: What advice do you have for freshmen joining technical theatre?

A: I would definitely say you have to be bold about it. It’s different in high school: bigger space, more people. I would just tell them to speak up about it, and talk to me or one of the Assistant Stage Managers (ASM). Come to rehearsals and join a class.

Q: Do you plan to continue your career in technical theater?

A: My dream job is to be a stage manager on Broadway. I plan on majoring in business and then double minoring in stage management. Hopefully, if I can afford it, and if life lets me go to New York, than I would love to do that.

Q: What is your favorite memory from the last four years?

A: I would definitely have to say Grease is my favorite show. I was in a very transitional point in my life. I was very young and the whole cast was seniors who were graduating. It felt like I had all of these big sisters and brothers who were like, ‘you got this! You can carry on this legacy for theatre. It was a super fun show. I made a lot of connections and relationships that I still have now. That’s one thing I can say, no matter what aspect you do, you meet so many people and they’re all amazing.

Photo by Mireille Leone