This year, the St. Ambrose Theatre Department welcomed many new additions, including a new group of energetic theatre students. One of the students is the wonderful Melissa Maylum. She is a junior transfer student, and St. Ambrose could not be more excited to see how her career grows in her next two years of theatre!
Maylum remembers she was eager to come to SAU because she felt welcomed as soon as she came to visit. Just like many other students who feel welcomed by the personalized education and attention St. Ambrose offers, she immediately felt this would be a great place to study with other talented people.
Though Maylum might be new to St. Ambrose theatre, she certainly isn't a newcomer to theatre. One theatre experience that particularly stands out to her is stage-managing Countryside Community Theatre's production of Jesus Christ Superstar. It was her first time stage-managing and working with her mentor and friend, Tim Cook.
"Cook and the cast were a delight to work with, and the show will always hold a special place in my heart," Maylum said.
She was inspired by Cook to continue in stage management and is already pursuing it at SAU. She recently assistant stage-managed SAU's production of Neil Simon's farce, Rumors, this fall.
In the future, she is most excited to grow in stage management by working with and learning everything there is to learn from St. Ambrose's knowledgeable professors and students. When she completes her career at St. Ambrose, Maylum wants to work full-time in marketing or stage management for a professional theatre company. With her involvement in multiple marketing and management-related programs, such as Marketing Club, Dance Marathon and a major in Public Relations, she seems to be off to a strong start! Not to mention, she will surely benefit from her time in the SAU Theatre Department.
For now, the SAU Theatre Department can't wait to see what else she does here and after her time at St. Ambrose. May her future always be bright!
This article is in special memory of Tim Cook, who passed away from a tragic accident in the SAU theatre on September 26, 2018. May he rest in peace.
Maylum was eager to come to SAU because she felt welcomed as soon as she came to visit. Just like many other students who feel welcomed by the personalized education and attention St. Ambrose offers, she immediately felt this would be a great place to study with other talented people.