Hi Nan. I remember the exact day that I saw Pimpernel. I was very young but I loved it so
much! I am a current Sarah Lawrence student who is also very interested in writing lyrics and
book for musicals. I was wondering how you felt SLC prepared you for the career that you have,
if it did play any part in your successes? I love SLC but I'm always wondering whether I should
have gone to a conservatory style program where I could gain more instruction in the musical
theater writing process.
Thursday, 5 January 2006
Don't you love Sarah Lawrence? I did, every moment, and you are probably at the best possible
place to prepare you for any kind of career in the theatre. I am not familiar with the current
Theatre Department, but I would be very surprised if it did not hold up to the standards of the
past. While I was at Sarah Lawrence, I was not only able to write plays, but also to direct
them and produce them. Additionally, I acted in a lot of shows so I was truly able to drown
myself in theatre. It was fantastic and I know I would have been a very different person today
had I not gone to Sarah Lawrence. There is such freedom at the school, such encouragement and
development of the individual. The horizons just keep spreading and the people you meet are as
diverse as they come. Thus, you never stop being exposed to new ideas and a multitude of
stimulating people. A "conservatory style program" would not, I think, give you such a bounty
of opportunity and excitement. Naturally, I'm prejudiced, but I honestly felt at Sarah Lawrence
that whatever I wanted to attempt, I would be allowed to do, encouraged to do, and if I failed
my teachers would only help me learn from the experience. The first two plays I ever wrote were
produced at Sarah Lawrence. I directed them both. One was a great success. The other was a flop.
I learned an enormous amount from both, but mostly I am grateful for having been given the
freedom and encouragement to experiment with what I loved. I hope this answers your question and
I wish you continued happiness at S.L.