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“It was a gamble coming here, for me,” William, known to friends as Kyle, is calm and collected as he makes this confession, “A gamble that has already begun to pay off.” Kyle was looking for a big city when he began his college search back in Kentucky. He was looking for the breadth of opportunity a big city, such as Atlanta, would provide. He just didn’t expect to find it at a small liberal arts college. Kyle is the Georgia Shakespeare 2008 scholarship winner. Along with full tuition he has an acting internship with this professional acting community while he’s in the theater program.

Oglethorpe has delivered beyond his wildest dreams. “I’ve been nothing but pleased!” declares Kyle.

As a theater major, Kyle lives for auditions, always working to get a part, always working on a song or a play. Already he has been cast in the fall performance of The Imaginary Invalid. And his classroom experience has been just as fulfilling. “In my ‘Beginning Characterization,’ every day, I don’t know what to expect. It’s real-world theater experience from someone who is out there and is interacting with me at a personal level.”

If Kyle were concerned that the small size of the theater department could have been a drawback, experience tells him this is not the case. The small class size has lead to greater collective learning; greater opportunity to get involved, from acting to technical directing. “Being in a city like Atlanta and given the connections Oglethorpe has in the theater community I know that I’ll be acting from start to finish.”


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