Meet Aaron Blowers: Exceeding His Expectations
By Celeste T. Dickson
(Below) Aaron Blowers at the Annual Scholarship Luncheon where his speech inspired at least one donor to create a new scholarship endowment.
Blowers' Production Spotlight
Blowers has appeared in numerous KSU productions, including: (from top) "Pippin" with Dru Jamieson; "The Fantasticks with Danny Hoskins; "A Night in the Ukraine" with Lacey Rhodes; and in "Monkey King"
When theatre and performance studies senior Aaron Blowers came to Kennesaw State, he expected a challenging curriculum and practical learning experiences. Four years later, the New Orleans native reflects on his undergraduate career as nothing short of his expectations.
“I wanted to be exposed to new ideas and concepts, and I wanted to be taught in real world settings instead of just a classroom. I got exactly what I wanted from Kennesaw State.”
Blowers acquainted himself with the faculty and started auditioning by his second semester. Since then, he has performed in seven KSU plays, in four of which he played lead roles.
One of his most notable was the title role in “Monkey King,” which became KSU's first overseas production when it was performed at the Shanghai Theatre Festival in China in December 2005.
“I fit the role the way the directors saw the role,” he says. “I like performances that make me laugh and have a heightened reality; I really enjoyed the play and the travel.”
His other past KSU performances include “The Fantasticks” (Matt), “The Raven” (Prince Jennaro), “Lonestar” (Cletus Fullernoy), “Pippin” (Pippin), “Greater Tuna” (Thurston Wheelis) and “A Night in the Ukraine” (Constantine).
Blowers equally loves acting and directing, enjoys storytelling and describes theatre as an art form, “with a practicality that takes storytelling out of the everyday life,” he says. Blowers chose a directing track and directed two KSU plays, “Café P.M.” and “Night of Shakespeare.”
“What interests me is the process of theater,” he says, and he views this art as “taking an idea and creating a moving, breathing thing; a play that stands on its own.”
Blowers’ work earned him four best actor awards and a best all-around student award within the department. He also has made the dean’s list multiple semesters and served as president of Alpha Psi Omega Theatre Honor Society and as a College of the Arts senator. And, even with his busy academic and artistic career, Blowers volunteers on- and off-campus. Last year he performed and spoke at the 2006 College of the Arts Gala, worked seasonally with the Cobb Children’s Theatre and acted in two summer plays produced by the Georgia Shakespeare Theatre.
“I’m a giver,” says Blowers about volunteering his time. “Being selfless is the most selfish way to be.”
Blowers is a full-time computer technician and Apple software representative with the Cartersville School System. He plans to do theatre part time after he graduates and envisions starting his own production company abroad in the future.