"What's Being Born:" A Personal and Professional Experience at Actors Theatre of Louisville
Semaan, Suzanne Emile
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"Sue, what's being born needs attention!" These words will last me the rest of my life. Sully White, Director of the 2002 Apprentice/Intern (hereafter referred to as "A/I") Company at Actors Theatre of Louisville (hereafter referred to as "ATL"), spoke these words to me during my final moments in Louisville. Her truthful perspective and inspiring words captured the essence of my Senior Individualized Project (hereafter referred to as "S.I.P."). It was late, we had just closed our final show of the summer, and we were celebrating our accomplishments. Sully and I had both been very busy during the last week, so we had not had time to schedule a formal exit interview. Fortunately, we took the last few minutes of the summer and stole away to a room upstairs in the house of the Development Director for Actors Theatre of Louisville (he was hosting a celebration party for the A/I Summer Company). In our brief conversation, Sully listened and advised me on many issues in my life. We discussed my strengths and weaknesses, my future within and without the realm of theatre, and my personal aspirations and goals. Ultimately, this summer has truly been about discovery, not only about stage management but also about my personal passions and purpose. I finally have learned to pay attention to myself.