Meet Ashley Parizek

Name: Ashley Parizek
Hometown: Dublin, OH
Classification: Junior
Track: Musical Theatre

Favorite Abilene restaurant: Sharon's Barbeque

Recommended ACU activity: Participate in Freshman Follies,
go to football games and attend the Homecoming Musical

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 most memorable moments was freshman year when I worked as a dresser for All Shook Up.  At the end of the first act, I would always stand in the wings in awe of what was happening. Watching the upper classmen giving 110% every performance and really creating a family on and off stage was so inspiring to me.  The environment that they set up for us was so accepting and professional at the same time.

How has faith impacted your journey as an artist?
My faith has been a crucial part of my journey here at ACU.  Just as art is such a part of who we are, so is our faith. I truly believe that you cannot ride the journey of one without the other.  Being in an environment like ACU allows you to explore your faith and ask pertinent questions while applying them to the work you are doing as an artist.  This is a unique experience that has transformed me radically and has shaped my outlook on art and faith.

What advice do you have for a prospective theatre major?
The best advice I have ever received came from my dad.  He always told me to go above and beyond no matter what and to focus on others more than yourself.  If you make your time in college about focusing on your goals and striving to love others you will have a positive and rewarding experience.  If you only worry about being the best and beating people out for roles you will be very unhappy.  I challenge you to embrace every experience and opportunity in front of you and to be a light to those around you.

Where do you see yourself after graduation?
After graduation I plan on moving to NYC to audition like crazy, take classes and pursue a long career in the arts.

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