People are often surprised to find out that I am involved in theatre, since it is so different from engineering. But I think that science and the arts are a great combination! Even with my busy engineering schedule, I still find time to commit to one of my other interests: classical theatre.

Freshman year I became one of the founding members of an exciting new student organization called Slanderous Tongues Theatre. Slanderous Tongues is a theatre group that puts on shows, hosts fun events, and sets up workshops all focused around classical theatre. As Vice President of the company, I attend weekly meetings and work with the rest of the executive board to plan events and discuss the artistic goals of the company. It’s a lot of fun, and I love getting involved in all the events we put on. My freshman year we put on a show called Guerilla Shakespeare: Attack of the Bard that compiled scenes from Shakespearean plays surrounding the theme of love.

The cast of Guerilla Shakespeare--Slanderous Tongues' first production!

My sophomore year I was cast in our production of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing¬†which was a really fun experience! The cast became really close and it turned out to be a great production!

The cast of Much Ado About Nothing












The USC Merry Men, an improv troupe, performing at Heigh Ho in holiday garb

Aside from shows, we host other events such as workshops on Shakespeare or other classical theatre authors. We also have events such as Heigh Ho!, which was our Fall cabaret night last year. We had a holiday themed cabaret in the Village Gate Theatre with a lot of great acts. Some of the improv troops did holiday-themed improv, Troy Tones A Capella group sang holiday songs, and everyone hung out and had apple cider, peppermint bark, and other delicious food! We also had a spring cabaret titled “Miscast”, in which students performed numbers traditionally done by the opposite gender. I love being part of Slanderous Tongues Theatre because it’s a great group of people who share my love of theatre and know how to make any event fun!


This week was particularly exciting because we had interviews for new board members. We got some truly amazing applicants and it was so hard to decide! But in the end, we chose two new board members who are just as big of classical theatre geeks as the rest of us. I’m looking forward to another great year with Slanderous Tongues Theatre!

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