When I decided to pursue a career in the competitive field of theater, I knew I had to be willing to consider all opportunities available to me. Thankfully, my English degree from Davidson College equipped me with the tools necessary to say yes to every possible twist and turn. A
fter 4 years of living in New York, I've co-founded a theater company, produced work internationally, assisted master Broadway directors, and written and published my own plays. I will soon be co-producing a Broadway play and directing an off-Broadway musical. Whereas a more specialized major might have given me the training necessary for one these benchmarks, only the English major could prepare me for ALL of them. If I didn't know how to communicate my passion for theater through writing and also to analyze and understand the story unfolding within my industry the same way one might analyze a piece of literature, I would have felt far less confident about my career path.
This remarkable department taught me to see, comprehend, and describe any conceivable circumstance, a true gift for a person determined to succeed in a risky industry. To those who believe that an English degree prepares students for nothing, I can claim firsthand that the English major at Davidson College truly prepared me for everything.