Posting Date: May 5, 2010
Meet Scottie Rowell: Storyteller and puppeteer
By Tabatha Wahlquist
Scottie Rowell performing on campus at Mab Fest as part of "Born to Perform: Stories on Spirit and Justice"
Photos by Linda Tincher
Scottie Rowell says, "Important stories are all around us!" And, he should know. He's been telling them since elementary school. Now a senior in theatre and performance studies at Kennesaw State University, Scottie started with 4-H performances before he was 'discovered' by his school district in Heard County, which put his talents to work during events like “Read Across America" days.
Today, Scottie's own story represents a collaboration of professionalism and academics.
Scottie started a full-time career prior to enrolling in college, but he says studying theatre and performance studies at KSU has allowed him to expand his skills in musical theatre, costume design and, of course, storytelling. In 2006, Scottie joined KSU Tellers, a student organization “dedicated to the exploration and creation of live storytelling performance and original adaptations of literature and oral histories.” The group teaches storytelling and performs throughout the Southeast.
In 2007, Scottie became a puppet builder for the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta. Today, Scottie works as a puppet builder and costume designer for All Hands Productions. His professional experience has also contributed to productions at KSU, where he has helped create costumes for various shows, including “Out of the Dark,” “The Laramie Project” and “Urinetown.”
Scottie praises the Department of Theatre, Performance Studies and Dance for helping him continue to develop and improve his talent. “It’s a very active and diverse group,” says Scottie. “The professors like to work other gigs, but they remain involved with KSU and the teaching side of performance, and that appeals to me.”
Scottie credits Associate Professor Jamie Bullins for helping him refine the more technical aspects of storytelling and for helping him build contacts with the Center for Puppetry Arts. Says Bullins, “Scottie is very passionate and sensitive, which means he invests much of himself in his work.” Scottie’s dedication to his craft has made him a success on and off campus. “Scottie seems to be able to work well in any organization on which he chooses to focus his energy,” Bullins observes.
Being the constant performer that he is, Scottie will have no time for slowing down after this semester. Following graduation, Scottie will continue his work with All Hands Productions as well as his own freelance performing.