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Humans of the U: Gabe Root

“A lot of what we learn in the Actor Training Program relates to just being a person. So much of theatre is understanding other people—why we are doing what we are doing and what we are trying to get from someone else. I also am learning a lot about myself in this program, because it’s very personal work that comes from an internal place.

I feel like I’ve become a lot more connected to my body. I am more comfortable with taking up space in the world and I feel like my voice deserves to be heard. It has given me a lot of confidence. Part of this is growing up. But I also think I’ve gotten a deeper understanding of myself and what I want in my life, because so much of acting is thinking about what your character wants. And that comes back to me and what I want.

At the U, I have realized the many options there are for having an entertainment career. Things are more achievable than I thought. The idea of being on Broadway isn’t out of the question.”

— Gabe Root, a sophomore in the Department of Theatre