Meet Jacob Alexander
Hometown: Amarillo, 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.
A memorable moment I have of ACU theatre was when I was in "The 39 Steps." It was a small cast of 4 people and a large running crew. The entire company worked as an ensemble, no one was more or less important than anyone else and every single person gave 110%. I felt truly blessed by that company and I wished more than anything that we could have taken that show on the road! That show defined for me what it meant to be a collaborative effort.
How has faith impacted your journey as an artist?
I had never considered the idea that theatre could be used as a form of ministry until I came to ACU. But we have a lot of discussions about how as artists, we mirror all the contrasting facets of humanity. In doing so we can bring to light mankind's triumphs and also its shortcomings. If we can get the conversation rolling with our audience about things like faith, doubt, loyalty, love, darkness and light, we are doing our jobs as Christian artists because we're getting them to question the status quo and ask themselves what society is succeeding in and where it needs improvement. We're also raising questions about a relationship with God and what it means to take on the path of a Christ-driven life. I had never asked myself any of these things before I came to ACU and now every performance I make, I aim to plant these seeds in my audience.
What advice do you have for a prospective theatre major?
1. Read as many plays as you can get your hands on. Not only does it help you in all of your theatre classes but opens your mind to new ideas blooming in our business (and it's cool to name drop a bunch of playwrights).
2. Be open minded. Be prepared to have your personal boundaries pushed. If you're not stepping out of your comfort zone, you're implying that you can't improve anymore, and even the most successful actors continuously strive to refine their art by trying new things.
3. As a response to #2, It's also okay to say "this is something that's against my beliefs and I'm not comfortable with it."
4. You're still not reading enough plays. Read more.
5. Learn to accept critique with grace. Anytime a professor or director gives you a note on your performance, they do it because they want you to get better.
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