Meet Jacob Tatro: Living in a Technical World
By Julie Senger
Jacob Tatro is a busy guy. Often, the only time he has to return phone calls is when he’s striking the set for productions. Most recently, that production was the KSU opera theatre show, “The Robber Bridegroom.”
Jacob got his start in theatre at a young age. When he was in high school, unlike many of his peers, Jacob started out on the technical side of the field rather than acting. He was taking an auto shop class when one of his theatre friends said they “needed someone who could fix things” to help them with a production of “The Music Man.” Jacob volunteered his services; and when he was done, the set not only had a stage-size version of a house, but he had also landed a role in the production.
Jacob chose to come to Kennesaw State University after attending a thespian conference his senior year of high school. While there, he met Associate Professors Jamie Bullins and Karen Robinson. After showing them his portfolio, Jacob earned a callback and decided that he should come to KSU. He knew he would have lots of hands-on technical work opportunities here.
Indeed he has. Though only a sophomore, Jacob says, “I’ve had my hands in just about every campus production since I’ve been at KSU.” In addition to all of the work he’s done on campus, Tatro has also done technical work for Marietta’s Theatre in the Square and Woodstock’s Town Lake Arts Center. The quality of Jacob’s work has also earned him the Zhen-Huan Lu Design/Tech Scholarship.
It has been said that if you need something to get done, you should ask a busy person to do it. Jacob completely embodies this statement as he said that he “often has a hard time saying no to projects.” He loves “working with his hands and seeing the physical product which results” from his artistic enthusiasm.
When Jacob graduates, he would like to become a technical director for a local theater or teach technical theatre classes. But for now, when theatre patrons sit down for a show, Jacob wants them to feel like they are actually inside the world that he has helped to create.