Hope your summer was fantastic, mine absolutely was. Every single day at Northwestern was filled to the minute with intense and enriching training and rehearsing in theatre arts. I worked for 14 hours a day with professional, working actors, directors and coaches, in classes such as acting, voice and movement, performance theory, text analysis, scenery crew, and classes in specific theories or methods such as viewpoints and Russian scene work. We also saw multiple professional shows, all of which gave me exposure to the world of theatre beyond the rehearsal room, and we even produced our own productions as final showcases.
I came back from this incredible 7-week experience feeling awakened and driven, determined to apply everything I gained to my everyday life. The overarching takeaways for me were that "if you can strive to devote yourself to even the most tedious action, you have more energy to give and awaken awareness and focus" (which I wrote in a journal entry on the third day of class); that our body is our greatest vehicle, and our breath is our greatest tool; that "the general is the death of art" (quoted from a teacher of mine); and that the imagination is powerful. I now look at not only my art, but the world, differently. My mind and body have been awakened to function in a consistently energized manner.
Yes, these statements are very broad. I could write a book on everything I learned as a Cherub, whether that be Droznin, a Russian movement technique, or every listen and response exercise my teacher taught me, or the viewpoints-based art of movement to music. I could write a sequel to that book on how many simply fun experiences I had as a Cherub, such as watching the sunrise at 5:47 AM, or taking a sledgehammer to wood in strike, or eating pizza in the dorm with my cast. The magic of Cherubs is far too great to capture in a few words. I hope, however, that I have illuminated for you a bit of what is at the heart of this transformative program. I also hope to share with you, and everyone I meet, the magic of Cherubs, in ways from leading ensemble building exercises in rehearsal to initiating discussion in my English class at school, or even sending a smile across the street.
I will leave you with the same quote my acting teacher left me with on the last day of class, which I feel is perfect to represent my experience and my excitement towards the future with my newfound knowledge:
"I can show you the gesture that means pointing to the moon, but from your finger to the moon is your responsibility."
I cannot thank you enough for helping me have this incredible experience, which has shaped me and my life in ways I never expected. Thank you.