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Natalie Pira

Preferred Pronouns

She, Her, Hers

Concentration

Musical Theatre

Academic Year

Junior

Briefly describe how you would contribute to implementing the goals of the Theatre Arts Student Council.

I have gotten to know a lot of people over the past two years, and started to get an understanding of where the wants and needs come from in terms of the theatre program, whether it’s more accessibility to studio space, performance opportunity and inclusivity. At a small liberal arts school each year you walk out of the doors with more experiences, friends and relationships, whether good or bad, there needs to be a space where and when students can feel comfortable , knowing that there is a safe space to talk about certain topics is something that is very important. During this time especially, it is more than necessary to discuss topics of inclusion, inequality and over all bad habits of the past in the theatre world, when returning to campus virtually there needs to be a stronger through line between faculty, students and the theatre world and I feel that I can bring that to the table. By making sure students are feeling comfortable in the atmosphere they work in during class, allowing students voices to be heard in an accessible way via remote/virtual semester. During the summer a major movement happen, amongst the fight to end racism people from all over the nation spoke on the topics that once where not always talked about, and this was crucial for society it was a wake up call, another call of action happened in our community, the town-halls over the summer allowed students to come forward, and speak on the issued they have faced in their Marymount journeys, the clear racism, homophobia, and discrimination that students faced while at Marymount is something that was heard and still is changing. I feel that it is VERY important to keep that momentum, and through-line going at Marymount, and I would be committed to trying my best to keeping that momentum, going for my peers faculty and the future theatre world that one day my peers will be working in.

Briefly describe your relevant past experience that would support your work as a representative on the Theatre Arts Student Council.

this past school year I was on the TASC, I worked along side Sofia Vilches and helped with social media coordinating, concentration meetings, and apple fest, unfortunately, we had a lot planned before the spring semester went virtual due to Covid-19, and I would love to continue in pursuing those ideas along side my peers, and fellow TASC members. I was able to part-take in meetings once a month and hear my fellow TASC members ideas, solutions and was educated on so much in terms of what other concentrations in the theatre program where doing on and off campus. Last year I was also a peer leader, and worked along side Kevin Croke, and Ben Giuliana and classmates, and got to know the freshman class, through orientation and through being a teaching assistant for MMC 101 sessions. I feel that I could take all of these experiences and go even further with change this up coming school year, a lot has changed in a year, and I know that I can take the experiences that my peers and I have over come and go even further.