Madison Rudolph, from Winchester, Va., graduated from Emory & Henry in 2020 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Acting. She is now a graduate student at Mary Baldwin University in the Shakespeare & Performance Program.
During her time in the theatre department, she was able to work as an actor, assistant choreographer, director, stage manager and props designer.
“The Emory & Henry Theatre Department allowed me to explore different facets of theatre which ultimately led me to the path I am on now,” says Rudolph. “I discovered my passion for Shakespeare as a scholar and a performer.”
The Emory & Henry Theatre Department has a unique partnership with the Barter Theatre that allows students to work with professional company members and see shows at the Barter. Rudolph had a mentorship with Kim Morgan Dean, Resident Acting Company Member at the Barter Theatre. Rudolph says that this helped strengthen the training she received from the Emory & Henry faculty members and also received amazing advice about pursuing a career in theatre.
“I learned a lot about discipline and determination while at Emory & Henry,” says Rudolph. “I found my voice, as an actor and a student.”
Rudolph says her professors always found a way to make her ideas happen, supported her work, and encouraged her to pursue graduate studies that would strengthen her work as a scholar and believes each faculty member was instrumental in her success as a student.
“I hope that I am able to give back to future students and inspire them in the way that my faculty members inspired me,” says Rudolph.
The Emory & Henry Theatre Department allowed me to explore different facets of theatre which ultimately led me to the path I am on now. I discovered my passion for Shakespeare as a scholar and a performer.