Student Spotlight: Grace Berry, ‘23, Acting for the Stage and Screen

What was your first creative tool/instrument? Interestingly, that would have to be my body. I grew up training in dance and voice, so it was the first tool I ever used to create art.

What has been your favorite APU course so far? Why? My favorite course so far has been Fundamentals of Stagecraft. It's technically a class for BA students but it has helped grow my passion for theatrical productions in a whole new way.

What has been your favorite APU completed project so far? Why? I just finished a theatrical production of Waiting in the Wings. I had such a wonderful time and learned so much. The cast and crew were marvelous. After a year of having no live productions on campus, I couldn't have asked for a better return to performing than this performance.

Where is your favorite spot on APU's campus? Why? Oddly enough, I really enjoy sitting in the Theology department hallway. It's the happy medium between the oh-so-quiet library and the courtyard.

If you could give advice to an incoming freshman, or to your younger self, what would it be? Have an open mind and an open heart. You'll find life to be far more fruitful, as well as peaceful if you can accomplish that.

What current projects are you working on, and what tools are you utilizing to accomplish them? Currently, I'm working on growing my family's business. It's a local performing arts school, Crescendo Performing Arts. I've taken on the role of social media manager as well as teaching my own set of classes. It's been exciting to use some of the things I've learned in college in real-life applications this year. I hope that with my degrees, I'll be able to use my skills to further boost Crescendo and make it a place where children from all backgrounds can share the joy of dance, theater, and music.

What are your plans after graduation? After graduation, I would like to pursue a career in production management for theater or film. This may involve taking a position in my family's business where I will be able to help new generations of artists in their training. Ideally, I would be able to combine both of these endeavors.

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