Posting Date: May 24, 2011
Meet Amy Haberer: Organizing the arts
By Scott Singleton
When Amy Haberer was in fourth grade, her older brothers were in a production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” that needed a little fairy, and Amy filled the role. Through the experience, her love for theater was born. After participating in multiple Shakespearean plays in high school, Amy wanted to continue to expand her knowledge and talent for theater.
Although not sure of her future, she decided to attend Kennesaw State University and enrolled in a learning community with other freshmen interested in studying theater. Through the relationships formed with peers and professors in the learning community, Amy knew that KSU was the place for her.
It did not take long for her to get involved. Now the president of Poetica, a poetry performance group, and Alpha Psi Omega, a theater honor society, Amy is also a member of the KSU Tellers, the KSU storytelling troupe. With her storytelling, Amy enjoys the opportunity to share meaningful personal stories and, through the process, build a relationship with the audience.
Last semester, Amy also worked as assistant dramaturg with Assistant Professor Jane Barnette on the KSU production of “Melancholy Play.”
“Amy Haberer is one of the most dedicated students we have in the TPS program; she excels both in the classroom and on the stage,” explains Barnette. “She is not only a performer, but a promising young dramaturg, a talented poet, a volunteer in her community and a mentor to her peers.”
Amy is cast in the upcoming KSU production of “Dark Forest” this fall. With a small ensemble, Amy will play a variety of characters in the adaptation of the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm. “We wanted a small ensemble so the audience could see actors switching from completely different characters,” she explains. Additionally, she is a grateful and excited recipient of the Glenn Hollingsworth, Jr. Memorial Endowed Scholarship.
The process of creating, Amy explains, remains one of the reasons for her love of theater. “I love the process of creating and developing a character as well as the community between the performer and the audience.”
For her future, Amy says she is naturally drawn to the more administrative side, particularly through her work with Poetica and Alpha Psi Omega, and wants to pursue the business side of working in the arts.
“I absolutely want to perform,” she explains, “but I also want to try and get an internship with a theater and see what happens.”