#PittsburghMe: Meet Musical Theatre Major Zane Wagner Student Profile
Meet Zane Wagner
- Musical Theatre
- May 2017
- Artistic Achievement Award
- Williamsport, Pa.
- High School
- Williamsport Area High School
"As a musical theatre student, it is so helpful that a majority of our professors are still working in the field, whether it is directing or performing, they aren’t just teachers; they are living, breathing, practicing artists. "
Why did you choose Point Park?
When auditioning for other schools, I ran into a lot of not-so-nice people. There were many schools where the auditors did not even look up from their iPad or paperwork while I sang. I will always remember my Point Park audition in NYC, where Zeva Barzell Canali and Sheila McKenna smiled and greeted me with the warmest hello as I walked through the door. They made me feel like a person, not just another resume.
What makes going to Point Park for your major different from any other university?
As a musical theatre student, it is so helpful that a majority of our professors are still working in the field, whether it is directing or performing, they aren’t just teachers; they are living, breathing, practicing artists. Every day in class they bring another story or lesson that they personally went through, not something they read online or heard from a friend of a friend. Their real-life experiences on the stage help us become better at our craft.
What activities are you involved with at Point Park (both on campus and off)?
I am a returning resident educator on campus with the Office of Student Life. I have directed with Pinnacle Productions, I am a campus tour guide and I was also a performer in the Point Park carolers last Christmas. Off campus, I am heavily involved with the Make-a-Wish foundation. I have done seven benefits for the foundation since 10th grade and helped raise over $20,000.
Pittsburgh has some amazing food. What is your favorite dish to get in the 'Burgh?
There is a sushi place called Sushi Fuku in Oakland. It is basically Subway but with sushi. It is incredible and you can pretty much get whatever you want on it. So if you’re a sushi person, hit it up!
What changes have you noticed in yourself since moving to Pittsburgh?
Since I moved to the 'Burgh, I have definitely become more adventurous and willing to explore. I was not familiar with the campus or the city when I first got here, so I would simply walk around and get used to my surroundings. Taking walks to the Point, going up the incline or even just walking and seeing where I ended up helped me get more acquainted with this spectacular city.
Where is the best view of the city?
Most definitely Grandview Park (Mount Washington). During our residence life training this August, we went up to the park to see a movie (which is something they do for free in the summer, check it out!) and we got to see the sunset over the entire city. Super cool!
What advice would you give to an incoming student?
Be open-minded, get involved and don’t be afraid to reach out to your resident educator! I know I didn’t freshman year and after experiencing it from the other side, I know how helpful I was to some of the first-year students.
Text and photo by Jakob Como, senior multimedia major