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Meet Alexandra Schultz

Pictured is Point Park musical theatre student Alexandra Schultz.

Summer job: Singer/dancer, RWS & Associates
Waldameer Water World, Erie, Pa.
Major and expected graduation
: Musical Theatre, May 2016
: Las Vegas, Nev.
High School
: Las Vegas Academy of Performing and Visual Arts
: I love reading anything I can get my hands on. I also write poetry and songs, and next year I hope to get a chance to do some directing.

Did Point Park's Downtown Pittsburgh location influence your decision to attend the university?

Absolutely. I visited colleges all over the country during my senior year of high school and I fell in love with Pittsburgh. Point Park's location is absolutely perfect - it's right in the heart of Downtown Pittsburgh and I still feel like I'm getting the real college experience.

Why is your major a good fit for you?

I've never wanted to do anything else other than perform. I love every aspect of theatre - I love that I discover more about myself by learning about other people, their emotions and experiences. Music has always been a part of my life, and I can't see myself being happy making a career out of anything besides performing.

What is your favorite thing about this job?

I perform eight shows a day, six days a week for two months. All of the shows are targeted towards a young audience. It is absolutely exhausting and sometimes the pressure gets to me. But then a kid will come up to me after the show and say how much they loved it, or tell me I sing pretty or give me a hug. Some kids will come to the shows every single day, sit in the front row, and smile the whole time. If I can touch a young person's life in some way, the exhaustion and pressure are absolutely worth it.

Why would you recommend the Conservatory to a prospective student?

I would recommend the Conservatory of Performing Arts to a prospective student because it is such a welcoming, nurturing environment. I have learned so much in my two years here and I know there is so much more to come.

Anything else you would like to add?

Performing, in my opinion, is one of the most challenging things a person can do. It's very easy to become self-absorbed and lose sight of what theatre is really about. This job has taught me so much about why we do this - performers create art to make an impact on the world. This summer has taught me to never take that for granted.


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