#PittsburghMe: Meet Ashley Williams, Theatre Arts: Performance and Practices Major Student Profile
Meet Ashley Williams
- Theatre Arts (performance and practices)
- Business Management
- May 2019
- NEED Achiever Scholarship, Artistic Achievement Award, Presidential Scholarship
- Cranberry Township, Pa.
- High School
- Seneca Valley High School
- Dream Job
- My dream job is to be a full-time actress in film and television productions while also being involved in theater arts. As I settle into my career, I would also like to expand my horizons into playwriting/screenwriting and directing.
"You on the Moors Now was the most amazing experience! It was my first Conservatory show and I worked with a remarkable cast, crew and director. Together, we all choreographed and created such a beautiful show that promoted equality, individuality, love and trusting the concept of time."
Why did you choose Point Park?
I chose Point Park for many reasons. I found out about this University because some of the people I went to high school with came here, and they all had amazing reviews about the Conservatory of Performing Arts. Once I visited campus I instantly felt like I belonged, and I was comforted knowing that I was close to my hometown. I really liked the fact that Point Park is in the heart of Downtown – everything is close by and there’s always a lot going on. I also love the small classrooms and work spaces that promote strong relationships with professors and classmates.
How are you involved on campus?
I am on the Advertising Committee of the of the Campus Activities Board. We promote all of the events on campus via social media and marketing distribution. I’m also involved with the Black Student Union and Strong Women Strong Girls. Getting involved has helped me make more friends, develop leadership and teamwork skills, and has strengthened my love for Point Park.
What opportunities have you had through your major?
The Conservatory provides so many opportunities for students, including master classes and workshops with professionals who work in the field. We have had representatives from the CBS Corporation, actor Bryan Cranston, Associate Professor Steve Cuden, among others, visit campus to advise and coach us on our craft. Our professors also have access to people in the field who could represent or hire us. I had the opportunity to intern for City Theatre last summer because of my professors’ connections!
Tell us about your recent experience in the production of You on the Moors Now.
You on the Moors Now was the most amazing experience! It was my first Conservatory show and I worked with a remarkable cast, crew and director. Sheila McKenna directed the show and had the coolest approach to the text. As a cast we played improv games, went to museums, watched Pina Bausch videos, and were strongly encouraged to play and experiment during the rehearsal process. Together, we all choreographed and created such a beautiful show that promoted equality, individuality, love and trusting the concept of time. This semester I will be tackling The House of Bernarda Alba at the Pittsburgh Playhouse with director Monica Payne, and I’m very excited!
Where is your favorite place to study on campus?
My favorite place to study on campus is in the recently renovated library study rooms. They’re quiet and spacious, and you can hook up your computer to the screen monitors for presentations and take notes on the desks! This makes collaborating for group projects so much easier, and allows an efficient work environment for studying. I love this new addition to the library.
What advice would you give to incoming students?
I would say to take full advantage of Point Park’s campus. It can get so hard to find time for a break when you really get into the hustle and bustle of school and work. Grades are definitely important, but breaks are also necessary. There’s so much to do in Pittsburgh, so I would encourage exploring and taking time to adventure in the city. I would also advise getting to know your professors. They are here to serve you, and can help you find internships or connect you to people currently working in your field. Finally, get involved in clubs that spark your interest and mix majors so that you're broadening your horizons.
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