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Lindsey Kepka's Testimony - Kansas Wesleyan University Theatre Dept.

Graduated in May, 2011 - Bachelor of Arts - Religion, Currently attending KWU for MBA, graduating in May (hopefully). J

I participated in Forensics and Debate in High School but am naturally a very timid person. Kansas Wesleyan's Theatre Program brought me out of my shell. Self-conscious to a fault, I still loved to act, and my family pressured me to audition for KWU's production, "Metamorphoses." I reluctantly agreed, more to get them off my back than anything else. I was unsure at the time how I could manage everything that was on my plate. I was taking a full class load, playing tennis and working a few part time jobs. The production crew was extremely flexible in order to meet my needs. I felt prepared for the production while still maintaining a balance in other areas of my life.

The whole experience of the production was honestly one of the most memorable pieces of my time at KWU.  During the rehearsals, everyone made me feel right at home, and I came out of the production more confident. I hurdled over obstacles that I never thought I could with the help of the KWU Theatre Team. Although it seems miniscule to most,  water is my biggest fear in the world, and much of "Metamorphoses" took place in a pool. With the support of everyone involved with the production, I was confident in the water by opening night. Taking "Intro to Theatre" as a fine arts course also supplemented my knowledge, so my performance was continuously evolving. I currently work as a community relations manager, and without my experience from KWU, I don't think I ever could have accomplished what I have.


Thu-Han "Twoey" Truong

Looking back on my experience in the Kansas Wesleyan University Department of Theatre, I consider all the gifts I received from my education. I was fortunate in my education to be given the chance to see myself differently. I worked with many dedicated, talented people to create theatre in new and exciting ways with no illusions of grandeur, but with a sense of purpose and commitment to reflect the human condition through art. I was given the ability to explore new ways of creating theatre-I directed, wrote, performed, discussed, and experienced theatre as a student at Kansas Wesleyan.


I enjoyed the collaborative process of producing a theatrical event. KWU prides itself on its student-to-teacher ratio and I concur that the accessibility of the faculty and staff allowed me to ask questions and be involved in the creative process. Being able to talk to my directors and professors openly during the rehearsal process helped me to achieve greater heights as an artist. This was a discovery I made very late in my tenure in college theatre. I truly had to learn what I know now as common knowledge: the ability to take direction and make inventive choices. I had formerly believed theatre to be a game of chess, of moving pawns from one square to the next to bring about the eventual conclusion-on the contrary, in my studies I learned that theatre is the conversation and connection between the chess players during the game; the relationship that exists between artists and the artform itself which can somehow be translated and expressed to an audience in another form is not a game with a winner and a loser, but an event that brings people together to share and feel with one another.


I have my theatre professor at Kansas Wesleyan to thank for opening the door to new opportunities and ultimately a new life journey. I had always dreamed of being a performer but didn't know how to pursue those dreams. With encouragement from my theatre professor I auditioned for theatre graduate schools and was accepted to a program which allowed me to continue my growth as an artist. I am now a teaching artist seeking opportunities to teach others what I have learned about theatre and the human condition. I left Kansas but it has never left me, because I carry the knowledge and experience that shaped who I am, and for that I am grateful.


Thu-Han "Twoey" Truong

Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance, University of Southern Mississippi 2011

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and English, Kansas Wesleyan University 2008


To Whom It May Concern:

The Theater Department at Kansas Wesleyan University gave me a space to be adventurous, honest, vulnerable, curious, active, and challenged with real-world situations. The process of engagement with the literature, my colleagues, and my professor gave me a platform to experiment with the most fundamental of human emotions, motivations, and rationalizations.

I was involved in two regular productions and one student-directed project at Kansas Wesleyan. The first show, Metamorphosis, presented an active and dynamic set that required the actors to be comfortable with their body as a mode of communication. This was the first theater production that challenged me to explore mature topics of love, desire, faith, and forgiveness. I grew through this exploration as our learning moved from a "thought experiment" to a physical embodiment of human experience and emotion. The second production, Picnic, engaged a more subtle form of expression. This required each actor to uncover the numerous layers of motivation and intent that each character possessed. This process taught me how often we misinterpret the motivations of others due to over-simplification and prejudice. It is much more difficult to uncover the truth about a person, but it is only way we may ever be able to fully relate to those around us.

I am deeply grateful for the time I spent in the theater at Kansas Wesleyan. Where else can a student be confronted with problems outside of their scope of experience and physically create the solution in real-time? And once a potential solution has been created through this process of engagement, alternative variations and outcomes can be tested. I speak of this process much like one would conduct a research project in a laboratory science course. In retrospect, there are many parallels to the work I completed in theater to the work completed to earn my Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Chemistry. Now in my first year of medical school, I am beginning to understand that the line between science and art is blurry at best. I am certain that the interpersonal skills I explored in the theater at Kansas Wesleyan will support my efforts to relate to my patients and community in the future.


Meriah (Forbes) Moore Class of 2011Enter content here