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Face of the CVPA – Sarah Meade '14

Sarah Meade

Sarah Meade in her directorial role with “The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the Moon Marigolds.” Photo by Elizabeth Dreher RU'14.

With the opening of her student-directed play, Sarah is a natural for our Faces of the CVPA. We asked this theatre major about her time at RU, her passion for theatre and directing "The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds."

1. Where are you from originally?

A: Roanoke, Va.

2. Why did you choose Radford University to pursue your passions?

A: The first time I visited I fell in love with Radford's beautiful campus, and the friendly faculty and students. When I got the chance to tour the theatre department, the students who toured me were so warm and welcoming, and the professors were genuinely interested in me and my goals. It just felt like home.

3. How did you become the student director for the upcoming play "The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds"?

A: Every spring the faculty offers students who have completed Directing II and III the opportunity to apply. They pick a play, and the application process involves creating a directorial concept for the assigned play. The professors pick the student directors and the plays they will direct.

4. Is this the first time you have been given the opportunity to be a student director?

A: I took Directing II last semester, and directed a one act as part of a festival with the rest of the class.

5. What do you enjoy about directing "The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds" in particular?

A: It's such a beautiful story and all of the characters are so unique and fascinating.

6. As an actress, what plays have you been in?

“Romeo & Juliet,” “Reckless,” “Major Barbara” and “The Baltimore Waltz.”

7. What are some of your favorite roles that you have played? Are there any roles that you have yet to play and would like to?

A: “Barbara” will always be a favorite; working with Shaw [playwright] was a whole new world for me. I would die to play Rosalind in “As You Like it.”

8. In regards to your work as an actress and a director, what inspires you?

A: People, places and things! I'm so inspired by everyday life, and just the things happening in the world around me.

9. Do you have any other hobbies/interests, related to visual and performing arts, besides acting and directing?

A: I've worked in the box office for three years. I get a chance to design all of the front of house boards, and some of the posters. I also house manage a lot of the shows.

10. What would you like to do after you graduate?

A: I would like to work in acting or directing, or both wherever and whenever I can. One day I hope to be able to open a theatre of my own.


"The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds"

When: Feb. 19-21 at 7:30 p.m. & Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Where: Hawes Studio Theatre in Porterfield Hall
Tickets: Free, however, seating is limited. Tickets can be picked up at the Porterfield Box Office or reserved by calling (540) 831-5289. This week the Box Office is open from noon to 6 p.m. and one hour before the start of each performance.

Feb 17, 2014

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