Theatre Geek of The Week: Mac Van Tassel

Theatre Geek of the Week is an IU Theatre blog series where you can meet some of the students, faculty and supporters of IU’s Department of Theatre, Drama and Contemporary Dance!

1. What do yoSnapchat-699507929(1)u do at IU, and why do you do it?

I am a student creating my own major in Theatre Production and Design. I also am the Electrics Manager for the Studio Theatre and a member of the Electrics Crew for the Theatre. I love creating and I love art. I always wanted to be a painter or visual artist but was absolutely awful at it. Once I realized that I can create and paint with light on people, architecture, etc, I knew that that was what I wanted to be a part of.

2. When did first you realize you were a theatre geek?

I think I knew I was a geek for it all when I was crawling around underneath a platform at my high school, screwing it all together. It was the most fun I had ever had in the first year and a half of my high school career.

3. What is your favorite thing about the theatre, and why?

My favorite thing about theatre is working with so many creative minds that come from so many different backgrounds. Every creative mind that you would work with expands yours and makes your perspective towards your work that much more creative and dynamic.

4. What is one project you’ve undertaken at IU that has taught you the most?

I would say designing Joe Schmoe Saves the World was an amazing eye opening experience. I was thrown in and frankly in way over my head. I would say I learned a lot about where I am as a designer and electrician and my personal tastes and styles as well.

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IU Summer Theatre Joe Schmoe Saves the World

5. When no one is watching, what song do you love to dance or sing along with?

Face Down by The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

6. Who in the theatre world inspires you, and why?

I am inspired by Bridget Williams, a recent Lighting Design MFA graduate here at IU. She was the first designer I ever assisted and the first to really take me under her wing and show me what it was going to take to get this done. She and Tony Stoeri, 3rd year graduate student, both push me creatively. They are constantly convincing me to experiment and make bold decisions. I strive to be as thoughtful and creative as they are.

7. Do you have any words of advice for new theatre students?

Get involved! Dont wait! Hit the ground running and you will be better prepared for the long haul. Life is short but college is shorter, so do what you can while you can. Be prepared to be disappointed in your work, to look at a performance or a design and be frustrated, or even upset. But take that and use it to fuel you. Strive to push yourself every day. The worst thing you could do would be to tell yourself you’ve learned everything.

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