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Final Thoughts

(Photo by Diana Lambert) Today is Wednesday, February 24th, 2021. It has been four months since I first began this project. I’m still sitting in my bedroom in my tiny off-campus apartment in Philadelphia. We’re still in the middle of a global pandemic. As we approach one full…

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A Message to 2021 Graduates

(Photo by Diana Lambert) During the course of this project, I was curious as to what advice my interviewees would give the Class of 2021 – those students, like myself, who have worked tirelessly the past four years and are finally on the brink of graduation, attempting to…

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Staying Afloat: A Conversation with Shenna Somsmieh

(Photo by Shenna Somsmieh) 2020 was supposed to be the year for indie-pop artist SHENNA. Fresh off the release of her album Blue Memories and its subsequent tour in Japan, SHENNA was gearing up for a slew of performances across the globe pre-pandemic. She was beginning to find…

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Bright Enough: A Conversation with Steve Holloway

(Photo by Steve Holloway) Drummer and percussionist Steve Holloway grew up in a small town in Nebraska, where he began playing percussion with dance bands while still in high school. By the time he got to college in the 1980s, he had worked more or less professionally every…

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Slowing Down: A Conversation with Bill Fennelly

(Photo by Diana Lambert) Although he couldn’t articulate what it was at the time, Bill Fennelly always knew he wanted to be a director. At the age of twelve, he saw a production of Hedda Gabler directed by Mark Lamos at Hartford Stage Company. Looking up at the…

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The Happy Medium: A Conversation with Al Schaefer

(Photo by Al Schaefer) Before March of 2020, there were two typical days for Al Schaefer, Director of Operations and Production Manager for Performing Arts at William Paterson University.  First, there were the pre-production days, filled to the brim with booking acts, scheduling student events, attending meetings, and…

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An Overview: The Theater Industry

(Photo by Diana Lambert) “It’s Only Intermission” theater companies across the globe coo.  But, March has turned into May. May has turned into September. September has turned into January. Those standard fifteen minutes have turned into what seems like an eternity.  When will the show begin again? Will…

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About Me

(Photo by Therese Lambert) My name is Diana Lambert. Today is Monday, November 2nd, 2020. I’m sitting in my bedroom in my off-campus apartment in Philadelphia. We’re in the middle of a global pandemic. The most important Presidential election we’ve ever had is tomorrow. I’m completing my senior…

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