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#PittsburghMe: Meet Elise Dorsey, Musical Theatre Major

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

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Meet Elise Dorsey

MajorMusical Theatre
Expected graduation: Spring 2020
Hometown:
 Kansas City, Kansas
High School: Shawnee Mission Northwest High School
Scholarships: KC Superstar Finalist Scholarship

"I had a couple of friends from home who attended Point Park and they raved about the school and the city. When I researched Pittsburgh, I found out they were right and fell in love."

-- Elise Dorsey


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Why did you choose Point Park University?

I chose Point Park because of the musical theatre program and city life. I started doing theatre as a freshman in high school because it’s always been a passion of mine. I wasn't the best at the beginning of my journey, but I'm so proud of how far I’ve come. I’m excited to expand my skill set and learn more here at Point Park. Theatre motivates me to work hard in school and in life.

You won an impressive scholarship. Tell us about that experience.

I won the KC Superstar, an “American Idol” style singing competition. My mom signed me up and I had to prepare something. I went into the competition not expecting a semifinalist spot, let alone winning it! As the winner, I was awarded the Eden Rose Scholarship for $10,000. Competing in the KC Superstar was a great experience. I met so many new friends and learned so much from them. 

What made Point Park stand out in the college decision-making process?

I had never been to Pittsburgh before and the beautiful city drew me in. I had a couple of friends from home who attended Point Park and they raved about the school and the city. When I researched Pittsburgh, I found out they were right and fell in love. I was also really impressed by the number of alumni on Broadway.

What's the best part about living in the city?

I love being able to walk everywhere. The fast pace also really excites me. You can tell that everyone has a specific direction and path. Going to Point State Park at night is also a beautiful and peaceful escape.

What are you most looking forward to in the next four years?

Growth. I've already grown so much in my short time here and I'm ready expand my knowledge further. Being able to take each bit of criticism and apply it to my development as a professional person/performer is very important to me.

Where are we most likely to find you hanging out on campus?

I get so much work done in the second floor lounge of Lawrence Hall. I do homework, research workshops, listen to music, talk to my family back home, or just hang out with friends. I also love the library because it's so quiet and peaceful. I spend a lot of time in the practice room in the basement of Thayer Hall, where I sing and play piano with my friend Jordan McMillan. 

If you want to grab a bite to eat, what is your go-to restaurant in the city?

The Yard! I recently went there for my first time and I got the “Afternoon Delight” grilled cheese with potato salad. It was great! They are known for delicious grilled cheese sandwiches. 

What advice do you have for other first-year students?

Focus on yourself and leave the drama and tension at the door. Be the best you that you can be. 

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Photo by Annalee Tomak, senior public relations / advertising major
Text by Maggie McCauley, senior broadcast reporting and public relations / advertising major

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