|Name: Andrew Lang|
Hometown: Abilene, TX
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.
I remember during my first semester at ACU I was in a scene from Red by John Logan for my Beginning Directing class. I played the artist Mark Rothko and was in the middle of painting and talking with my assistant. At one point in the scene I was told by my director, Peter Hargrave, to fully submerge my hands into the bucket of paint I was using and paint on the canvas with my hands. Afterwards I remember having conversations with other students about the painting, which was just a blob of black and red paint, about what it meant to them. Everyone had different things to say and different things to appreciate. I think that this is what we do here at ACU and as actors, artists, and performers in general. We create something meaningful and beautiful by diving deep into the material and letting other people see. We do not strive to tell one story or one message, but many. We create something tangible for others to see and ask themselves, "What do I see and how will I use it?" We create living, breathing, moving art. I still have the painting hanging on my wall today.
How has faith impacted your journey as an artist?
In my mind, one of the most important part of Jesus' ministry was storytelling. If the people couldn't understand what He was saying, He would tell a story and it would click. So, if we are called to be Christ-like, what is more Christ-like than to be a storyteller? I believe that there is so much material out there that tell the stories of Jesus. That is what we look for here in the plays we do. We always find Jesus in the play and tell that story. Theatre is the reflection of society and our world. If we can seek and find Jesus anywhere on this earth, on His creation, even though broken, then that means that there is so much of Jesus in the theater! How exciting!
What advice do you have for a prospective theatre major?
My advice to you is to not do this for yourself. Focusing on yourself and building your ability only to show it off to others is not what this art is about. You don't perform a play in an empty room. The play must be seen. Focus on your audience. Your audience is the most important part of theatre. Without the audience it all goes to waste. You are trying to tell them something that they will benefit from. Theatre really is a selfless act. You aren't even yourself when you're on that stage, you're somebody else! When you are focused on the audience and give them this gift rather than focus on having them watch you, you shine the light of Christ. Don't be selfish.
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