Anthony Depoto
Chair, Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Auditions
Minnesota State University M.F.A.
Western Connecticut State University B.A.
Growing up in southern Connecticut I knew I wanted to be involved in the performing arts in some way. Like many, I would run around my parents house pretending to be Indiana Jones or Batman or even the occasional General Hospital actor (depending on what my mother was watching). I was fascinated in connecting with different characters and I enjoyed jumping out of my own skin and into another characters. There was another passion that was in me which was teaching. I had a desire to educate others though I didn't know in what way or capacity. Throughout my educational career leading up to high school I was too nervous or dare I say scared to audition for a play or musical even though that's all I wanted to do. I spent much of my younger years idolizing actors and actresses on television, movies, or stage but I was hesitant to be like them. There was only one play I was involved with prior to college and that was Seussical my senior year of high school. In that production I played a "Who" and "Max" the Grinch's dog. Although these parts were small I finally felt like I was doing what I always wanted to do which was be on stage. One might think from there I went onto pursue my undergraduate degree in the performing arts, but instead I decided to declare as an Education Major in History. Being an Education Major in college was not a bad choice but it wasn't the right choice for me. Once in college I auditioned in One-Act plays and the fall and spring musicals and was cast with small roles, from that point on I decided to do what I thought was best for me and follow my passion and dreams. Shortly after this I did take a leap of faith and changed my major to Theatre Art Performance with little to no knowledge of the field and no one in my family with any background in it. I vowed from that day on to be focused, driven, and determined to learn as much as I could about the Theatre Arts and take nothing for granted. I knew I wanted to pursue a Masters of Fine Arts degree and share my experiences and teach all ages from the lower elementary school age to college students, which is what I did as well as run two theatre companies and become a full time SDC director. I tell you this brief story about myself because all of us are given one life and it is up to you to determine how you want to spend it. What motivates me about visual and performing arts is that connection it has on each individual person. The arts in which we create help others shape their perspective on the world we live in and can bring people together in a way like no other. I am eternally grateful for the experiences I have had and the joy theatre and education has brought me. I strive to continuously learn and bring peace, love, and education to the world through the performing arts.

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