Theatre Arts Major Raecine Singletary is Assistant Directing at Pittsburgh Public Theater Student Profile
Meet Raecine Singletary
- Job Title & Employer
- Assistant Director, American Son, Pittsburgh Public Theater
- Theatre Arts
- Artistic Achievement
- Baltimore, Md.
- High School
- Mercy High School
- Hobbies & Interests
- Theatre of course, but when I'm not in rehearsal I enjoy taking photographs, painting and cooking!
"I don't think I would have found directing without Point Park. I came into this program as an actor, which I still am, but I've found a new passion. I give Point Park a lot of credit for preparing and helping me find my career path. Point Park has taught me to be a hardworking and valuable artist who is confident in my work."
Why did you choose Point Park University’s theatre program?
It was one of the only programs that allowed me to pursue my love for theatre while also exploring my other passions freely.
How did you connect with Pittsburgh Public Theater and what are your key responsibilities as an assistant director for American Son?
I came in for a tech rehearsal to be on book for the actors and met Fred Noel, the stage manager, who became a close friend and colleague. Fred invited me back for more of his shows, allowing me the opportunity to meet new people. I soon met Marya Sea Kaminski, artistic director, and she offered me more work.
That summer I was the rehearsal assistant for Marjorie Prime. Marya asked me to assistant direct A Few Good Men and Little Shop of Horrors. Additionally, I assisted two guest directors: Shariffa Ali on School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play and Justin Emeka on American Son. My responsibilities range from being on book for the actors, taking notes during runs and anything else that the director and/or actors need.
How have your classes and experiences as a theatre student prepared you for these opportunities outside of the classroom?
All of my teachers have prepared me for almost all, if not all, of my opportunities outside of the classroom. I learned what it means to be a working professional from working professionals! Because of the opportunity to take a variety of classes in different genres of theatre – experimental, ensemble lab, Shakespeare, etc. – I have an understanding of many different aspects of theatre. It has allowed me to be open-minded and creative, which enables me to have new perspectives on shows that others may not have. This helps me stand out and contribute new ideas to the room.
How is your Point Park experience preparing you for your career?
I don't think I would have found directing without Point Park. I came into this program as an actor, which I still am, but I've found a new passion. I give Point Park a lot of credit for preparing and helping me find my career path. Point Park has taught me to be a hardworking and valuable artist who is confident in my work.
What advice do you have for prospective students?
Don't wait! There are so many resources that this school has to offer that are ready to be utilized. If you want to do something, do it! Professors are here to make sure you succeed and to help you in the process. There is a community of students here who are just as excited as you are to create and make work together. The people you meet in your four years at Point Park are the people who you're going to be working with across the country, so don't wait to make art with them in the future when you can do it now.
I wouldn't be the artist I am today without Point Park and I am forever grateful. Point Park has provided me with lifelong friends, colleagues and connections. Despite any hardships that we as a program/school go through, at the end of the day I wouldn't want to be at any other school.
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