The City is My School
New York University senior Sarah Moore shares her experiences as a student in NYC absorbing the theater scene.
Sarah Moore, TMU contributor and senior at NYU
Hello everyone and welcome to TMU! My name is Sarah Moore and I'm a senior at New York University. I'm thrilled to be working with TheaterMania for the last four months of my undergrad experience. My chosen area of study is journalism and dramatic literature, so I am excited to combine both my interests here at TheaterMania and share with you my experiences as a student in NYC absorbing the theater scene.
I'm originally from suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and I decided I wanted to write about theater after I participated in the Cappies program as a junior in high school, which gives the high school students the opportunity to review their peer's productions.
I caught the theater bug when my mom took me to see the tour of West Side Story when I was 5 and fell in love with everything about the show. I grew up watching and listening to mainly movie musicals, including all the Rodgers and Hammerstein classics. My first Broadway experience was seeing Andrea McArdle as Belle in Beauty and the Beast. In my middle school and high school years, like many of my peers, I was interested in Rent and Wicked.
I realized in my early teenage years that my skills did not lie in performing (so my one-woman production of West Side Story would have to stay in my backyard). When I got to high school and tried to decide what I wanted to do with my future, I was told by teachers that I could write, and I knew I still loved theater, so I decided I needed to find a way to meld these two interests together. NYU's option of the dramatic literature major (which is comparable to an English major, but focused on plays) was very appealing, and our Journalism department requires a double major.
I'm getting to the point in my education where people begin to ask what I'm doing upon graduation. Do you have a job? What kind of job are you going to get with a journalism degree? Journalism and theater? I'm trying not to dwell on the unknown future as I enjoy my last semester of college. I am thoroughly satisfied with my choice to study at NYU and have loved living here for school. They like to say on admissions brochures that the city is your school, and while it may be cliché, it's definitely true.
While living in New York for the last three-and-a-half years, I've had the pleasure of getting to see lots of theater, both good and bad, and learning from it. I was fortunate enough to live here and experience the remarkable rise of Next to Normal on Broadway my freshman year. My favorite theatrical experience of 2011 was the Tony Kushner season at the Signature Theater (specifically Michael Urie's stunning performance in Angels in America and the entirety of The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to the Scriptures).
As a writer and a student, playwrights like Kushner who consistently push boundaries renew my faith in American theater. I like to read lots of different plays, and keep up with the work of new, emerging playwrights so I can stay informed with what's going on in the community. In 2010 and 2011, I was in awe of Green Day's American Idiot, which was inspiringly directed by Michael Mayer and had an incredible ensemble cast.
I look forward to sharing tips and news with college students like myself, from both NYC and around the country, specifically events and productions going on within college theater departments. We hope to create a community of theater knowledge and news for students like myself here on TheaterMania. I am excited to share my own experiences about scoring tickets to hit Broadway shows, as well as exploring some less mainstream theater options, and neighborhoods other than midtown to explore.
Whether you're a college student like myself and the other TMU writers or not, I hope you find the variety of columns this semester interesting and engaging as we explore college theater here in New York and elsewhere. Please check back for my blogs on TMU (specifically focusing on student life in NYC) each week as well as the blogs from college students around the country!