Meet Eric Pitney
|Name: Eric Pitney|
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 saw The Taming of the Shrew, by William Shakespeare, in the summer of 2013. I was very confused throughout the whole play, as some of the themes and morales do not match up with the modern Christian worldview, and I wondered why ACU would choose to perform it. However at the end of the play, there was an addition which addressed these ideas and in which the actors broke the fourth wall and began to discuss the tough concepts represented throughout their performance. It began to shape my view of theatre to see it not only as entertainment, but as a platform to discuss difficult ideas in our culture today.
How has faith impacted your journey as an artist?
I was raised in a Christian home, so to me faith has always been an integral part of my life. As I have develop as an artist, I have begun to discover how to express my faith and personal ideals through my art. As a design/tech major, I am given a unique opportunity to identify with and appreciate the Creator as I imagine and create my own designs.
What advice do you have for a prospective theatre major?
Do as many things as you can! However, don't over-extend yourself. You have to find the balance between work and rest, or else life will become very stressful. Whatever you do, enjoy it and do it to the best of your ability because you never know who may be watching and what God might do!
Spend a semester in New York City, studying with Broadway professionals and Tony Award-winning instructors.