Meet Renee Pattillo: Following her dream
By Jarmea Boone

 

Photo by Patrick Bowling

Senior theatre performance major Renee Pattillo has been acting for as long as she can remember. Her introduction to the theatre at a young age included attending productions and performing. From that point on, she planned to continue her interest in theatre in college.

"After I graduated from high school, I knew I wanted to major in theatre, but I just didn't know where would be the best place to do so.” After receiving her associate's degree from Georgia Perimeter College, she discovered the theatre and performance program at KSU. "I just knew that KSU was the place for me," she said. "The program was fantastic--the best I had come across in the state."

Since her arrival at KSU, Renee has compiled an impressive résumé. She has performed in KSU's week of "365 Plays/365 Days" and in "The Marriage Proposal," which was a culmination of a year-long research project with Assistant Professor Harrison Long and a team of fellow students focused on the theory and praxis of Anton Chekhov. In the fall of 2007, Renee received the JoAnn Durham Endowed Arts Scholarship.

Renee also does theatre work outside of KSU. She’s currently the stage manager of “Woyzeck” for Studio Zero in Atlanta.

After graduation, Renee plans to move to New York to experience the arts and pursue an acting and/or stage managing career. For now, she is enjoying her last moments as an undergraduate at Kennesaw State. Renee appreciates the motivation of her professors. “My favorite part of the theatre department at KSU is the constant support from the faculty. Until joining KSU's theatre department, I had never seen such a strong faculty support system for their students. Dr. Jane Barnette has introduced me to more theatre practitioners than I can keep track of and has helped expand my thoughts and perception of what I deem as 'theatre.' Harrison Long has had me involved with intense study and research and taught me how to be more disciplined than I ever thought I could be. Jamie Bullins has been my mentor every step of the way at Kennesaw.”

Renee will graduate magna cum laude next month and looks forward to the bright stage ahead of her. She views theatre as a destiny to be fulfilled, and she is well on her way.  "As far as theatrical influences go, it comes down to is this: I am influenced by anyone brave enough to take the creative path in life because it is not always easy and it takes a brave soul to take on the role of an artist. I am influenced by anyone who has ever succeeded in the arts because he or she did not listen to naysayers, but, instead, followed their own dreams."

 

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