Posting Date: March 3, 2010
Meet Adam Rice: Coming full circle
By Tabatha Wahlquist
Photo by Linda Tincher
Adam Rice (left) and Grant Davis in the KSU production of "The Grapes of Wrath"
Kennesaw State University senior Adam Rice had quite the academic odyssey before finally landing at KSU. His college journey was 10 years in the making.
After starting his college career at another school in south Georgia, he came to KSU in 2001, where he was involved in the KSU production of “The Grapes of Wrath.” Adam’s dream then led him to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, but as Adam describes, “I became jaded and gave up.” Adam would attend several more schools, including studying political science, before returning to KSU.
The urgency to graduate with a college degree motivated Adam to return to his roots. He decided to pick up where he left off at KSU. Being a student at KSU has provided Adam with the support and inspiration so vital in achieving his goals. As he explains, “Of the many schools I have been to, this is the one where there truly is a community. It’s quite possibly the best I have experienced.”
Adam stays involved in various theater groups at KSU, including the KSU Tellers, a traveling storytellers group that performs live adaptations of popular stories and has appeared at venues such as the Fernbank Museum. During the Year of Korea cultural enrichment program at KSU, the group also shared Korean folktales. Adam is also a member of the Kennesaw Improv Society (Stupid), or KISS, a play on words derived from the expression, “Keep it simple, Stupid!” This student organization is dedicated to bringing quality improv to the KSU community.
Most recently, Adam performed in the play “Redwing: Voices from 1888,” which earned him an Irene Ryan nomination from the American College Theater Festival (ACTF). Chair for the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies John Gentile has been especially impressed with Adam’s work in the program. “I admire Adam's commitment to performance. He is always eager for the work. He rehearses tirelessly, and he strives for excellence,” says Gentile.
About his experience at KSU, Adam reflects, “I’m glad I did it. I was told in the past that I should become an actor. I have learned that you have to be who you are.”
This December Adam will graduate from KSU with aspirations of graduate studies in film at Florida State University.