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#PittsburghMe: Meet Acting Major Eva Espey

Monday, June 29, 2015

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Meet Eva Espey

Major: B.F.A., Acting
Expected Graduation: 2017
Hometown:
 Edinboro, Pa.
High School: 
General McLane High School

"Not only does Point Park have an amazing theatre program that I finally get to immerse myself in, but the administration within the conservatory has been a blessing."

-- Eva Espey



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Why did you choose Point Park? 

Definitely the theatre program. I’ve wanted to come to Point Park’s Conservatory of Performing Arts since I was 10 years old. I was doing my first musical and the lead was attending Point Park that fall for musical theatre, and I decided that’s what I wanted to do, too. A decade later and here I am – it’s been a long time coming.

What makes going to Point Park for your major different from any other university?  

In high school, when it was time to start thinking about college, I let everyone (including myself) talk me out of going to school for performance. I was worried about the practicality of a performance major, job security, etc. So when I came to Point Park as a freshman two years ago, I was mainly focusing on getting all of my gen ed’s out of the way, and I also took some education courses, as well as an acting elective available for non-COPA majors. It was during that acting class that I realized how ridiculous it was that I was attending my DREAM performance school for something that wasn’t performance. I wasn’t happy where I was, so I auditioned for the acting program, and am set to start this fall.

Not only does Point Park have an amazing theatre program that I finally get to immerse myself in, but the administration within the conservatory has been a blessing. They’ve been able to work with me to keep my expected graduation date within four years, despite my declaring this major halfway through my schooling. I’m so lucky to be at an exceptional school for performance, and one that is willing to go above and beyond to help me succeed.

Pittsburgh is the best city for ________?

Exploring. You can find the coolest places when you’re just walking around, and the city is small and friendly enough that getting lost is not very easy

Pittsburgh has some amazing food, what is your favorite dish to get in the 'Burgh? 

My friends and I have this thing we call “BurgerQuest.” We all have a passion for burgers, so we get together and search the city for any and every burger that we can find, in the hopes of finding the best burger in Pittsburgh. Special shoutout to Fat Head’s Saloon in the South Side who currently holds the #1 spot. Go and get one of their burgers. Now.

What changes have you noticed in yourself since moving to Pittsburgh? 

I’m so grateful. I come from a really small town further up north. It’s great there, but Pittsburgh is so full of things to see and people to meet and places to go. I take more time to notice those things and the world around me. I’m really lucky to be here at this point in my life.

What advice would you give to an incoming student? 

Keep an open mind. Pittsburgh (and Point Park especially) are incredibly diverse. You’ll meet some really interesting and have some amazing experiences as long as you’re open to it. Talk to people. Do things. It’s easy to stay holed up in your dorm room with the new season of (insert your favorite Netflix show here) but get out there and try something new.

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Photo by Victoria A. Mikula, junior mass communication major
Text by Jakob Como, senior multimedia major

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