Meet Amanda Gunderson

Name: Amanda Gunderson
Hometown: Carrollton, TX
Classification: Senior
Track: Theatre Education

Describe a memorable event or image in an ACU play in which you have performed, directed, designed or crewed or one you've seen here.
One of my favorite moments I have had with ACU Theatre would be after the first strike I was a part of. We were all completely exhausted, but after a sudden burst of energy, all the classes got together in their groups. As I looked around, I witnessed complete joy and love from everyone around me. A tradition after each strike is to sing "The Lord Bless You and Keep You." We all circled, held hands, and began to sing. I had never heard the song before but at that moment I knew I was in a very special place with people I would soon treasure as friends I will have for a lifetime.

How has faith impacted your journey as an artist?
Faith has impacted my journey as an artist, by giving me strength. The schedule of a theatre artist is a busy one, and without my faith I don’t know if I would be able to live the life I do. Art tests us, and with my faith as my backbone, I feel like I can tackle any mountain. 

What advice do you have for a prospective theatre major?
Be involved. The more you do, the more you learn.

Where do you see yourself after graduation?
After graduation, I plan to teach theatre at a high school, stage manage for a theatre, or attend graduate school. If I am doing theatre, I will be happy. 

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