Anne Brings 

Major: Theatre Performance, Honors Program 
Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah

A theatre performance major, honors student, Theatre Society member, and Outdoor Recreation member, Anne Brings showcased her true talents at Westminster.

During the summer between her junior and sophomore year, she was cast as the title role in Sophocles' Antigone through Westminster's partnership with the Utah Greek Theatre Festival. This internship allowed her to work with many professionals from around the region. Most of her fellow actors were professionals, as was her director, which gave her amazing networking connections. This particular production was also a regional touring show. They traveled to major universities in Utah and Colorado, which gave her an invaluable experience for her resume and her professional education. She met some amazing people and had a fabulous time traveling with them.

Through Westminster's partnership with ISEP (International Students Exchange Program), she had the opportunity to travel to and study in England during the first semester of her junior Year. This experience was easily one of the highlights of her academic career. It gave her a chance to truly explore a different culture and learn through a completely different education system.

Some of her favorite Westminster memories came from living on campus. She lived in Hogle Hall her freshman year, paired with a girl she had never met before who ended up becoming one of her best friends in college. Her floor was especially close and somehow, between homework and rehearsal, they did everything from baking Tollhouse cookies to accidentally taking a 24-hour road trip to California. Her roommate and she even used to host what they called "prompt parties," inviting every Honors student in the building to do weekly assignments in their room, accompanied, of course, by plenty of snacks. That first year in Hogle really shaped her life at Westminster, both academically and socially.

Anne’s professors have truly benefited her future prospects. “I love that my professors know me as a person, because they are able to recommend me for projects and productions that suit my needs, my training, and my resume. I love that I can speak candidly with my mentors, becoming their friends rather than being one student in a lecture hall of 300. With such close personal relationships, my networking connections increase tenfold, and become specific to what I really want,” she said.

After graduation, Anne plans to audition for MFA Acting programs in February 2014. Until then, she will be auditioning at every professional theatre company in Salt Lake City that holds open auditions. But before that, she’ll be on a month-long trip to Hawaii in June to celebrate her graduation.

 

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