Posted on: Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016
Victor Trussell (E&H ’13) starting acting on a whim – and now he’s acting professionally.
Victor says he started acting his freshman year of high school, enjoyed it so much he majored in theatre at Emory & Henry, and now he on the stage all the time.
“I have been performing with a variety of different professional theatre companies since graduation. I have toured the country multiple times with companies like Bright Star Touring Theatre and The National Theatre for Children, both listed by Backstage as ‘12 Touring Theater Companies That Make a Difference.’” Not only has acting become his vocation, but he is proud of the impact he is having on school kids. “These experiences have allowed me to perform for thousands of children, educating them on a range of topics spanning from historical figures like Martin Luther King, Jr. to the importance of energy conservation.”
His range of theatre involvement shows an amazing array of skills. He has performed with Trumpet in the Land, a historical outdoor drama in New Philadelphia, Ohio, that tells the story of frontier Ohio. And he has also been in Hairspray, Les Miserables, and even Winnie the Pooh.
In the summer of 2016, Victor will be performing at the Tecumseh Theater in Ohio doing Shakespeare. “Either The Tempest or Macbeth, or both!”
Victor is also a playwright. His one-act play Millennial Show has been published in the first edition of Young Scribblers, a publication started by fellow E&H alum Forrest Williams (E&H ’16). “The play, in the form of a variety show, pokes fun at generational stereotypes as well as challenges the ‘problems’ young people face today. Taken from real interviews, Millennial Show also features commentary on related topics addressed within the play.”
Victor ended up at Emory & Henry because he “loved the intimacy of the campus and classes. I had a ton of hands-on experience in the theatre department.” He is planning to use that experience to keep on writing and performing and inspiring others.