Every now and then, we'll provide some news on the doings of FHU Theatre alumns.
Cherie Evans (BA 2002) is working in Burbank CA. She was recently featured in the independent film "Autumn Leaves." Cherie has also worked on several television series, including CWs "Hart of Dixie," and most recently as a stand in for Constance Marie in ABC's "Switched at Birth." While she's not a household name yet, Cherie's working regulary and developing a reputation as a fun-loving yet disciplined young actress.
Recently, Cherie wrote:
I met with the director over the weekend and he said that he likes to work with "theatre actors" because we all know how to act. He said even though we have a tendency to get too big sometimes, it is easier to get an actor to reign that in rather than teach someone how to be truthful and play the action of the scene.
Of course, that's a generalization, but it really hit home for me. I've always valued and have been very proud of my theatre training and degree, but since moving to LA, I've felt like I almost need to apologize for not having experience in front of the camera. But according to this director (and a lot of other people I've talked to, actually) I'm unique and actually sought after because of my theatre experience.
I say all that to say, sometimes one might question whether he or she needs a degree in theatre if the ultimate goal is to act on camera instead of the stage. I thought it might be helpful for your students to know how much my degree is valued by both me and the industry.