Meet Judy Newman: Growing Up in Theatre
By JoAnn Jordan
Theatre and Performance Studies student Judy Newman always knew what she wanted to do with her life. “I wanted to act,” she said. “I never thought of doing anything else.” Growing up as the daughter of a drama teacher set the tone for her ambitions—she was very young when she started going with her father to rehearsals and shows.
Now a junior, Judy was originally attracted to KSU because of its convenience, but once she started attending classes, she fell in love with the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies and its professors. She especially appreciates the low student-teacher ratio because she can get to know her professors on a one-to-one basis. “The classes are challenging. The professors push you to get you to the place you need to be,” she said. “And they work hard to get you out in the real actor’s world.”
For instance, this summer, Judy is acting in and serving as costume designer for a production of Tom Stoppard’s "Arcadia," which played in July at PushPush Theatre in Atlanta. The play is set in the same room during two time periods—1809 and modern day. “I play Hannah Jarvis, a writer, and I am also the costume designer,” she said. Since Judy’s minor is costume design, this experience suits her perfectly.
Judy intends to audition for every KSU non-musical production this fall. After she graduates, she would like to get involved in film and be in front of the camera. She plans to continue her education in costume design, as well. “Costume design is completely different from performing, but I enjoy both,” she said. Judy considers herself lucky to have found her life goals so early, and to have found a place where her passions can flourish. “I count myself very blessed in that,” she said.