Student Profile: Brian Hatch

Hometown: Saint Cloud, Florida

Major: Theatre

Random Fact: I wear Batman underwear (Ka-Pow!) for every opening night performance.

What activities have you been involved in? To date, I have performed in nine (the ninth being It’s All Greek to Me premiering at the Annie at the end of this semester) different shows between The Fred Stone and Annie Russell stages. As well, I am the assistant artistic director for Rollins Improv Players where I am currently serving in my second year as an improvisational performer. My recent induction to the honors theatre fraternity Theta Alpha Phi serves nicely as a compliment to my current membership in the Rollins Honors Program. I recently worked closely with the Explorations team, serving both as a summer orientation leader and as a peer mentor for quite possibly the greatest RCC ever: Reading Sherlock Holmes.

What has been your favorite experience at Rollins? My favorite experience is actually a collection of moments spent on the Pinehurst porch. On an almost daily basis, I try to spend a few minutes on the porch of our little cottage. There, I have shared in many intimate, rousing, hilarious and memorable conversations. As well, I have met a plethora of people from all walks of Rollins life. In many ways, the Pinehurst porch embodies what I love most about Rollins: honest interaction.

What has been your most rewarding experience at Rollins? I have spent my past two summers participating in the Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Program working on It’s All Greek to Me with some amazing peer-researchers and Dr. David Charles. Through the program, I have been afforded the great privilege of indulging my two strongest passions: academia and playtime. From reading a pantheon of Greek literature to pretending to slay my fellow researchers with magical helmets, the summer research program will serve as a landmark in my Rollins career. Be sure to catch the show when it premieres on the Annie Russell in April.

What has been your favorite experience in the theatre department? Theatre History with Dr. Jennifer Cavenaugh; sitting on Dr. David Charles’ office floor and planning an academic conference paper; surviving my first musical with “The Phantom;” improvising with the best troupe-members anyone could imagine; working with some of the most insightful and talented directors I have ever met; acting alongside many honest and giving scene partners who have left an indelible mark on my journey as a performer.

What should everyone do before they leave Rollins? Take Theatre History with Dr. Jennifer Cavenaugh. Or, do something that really scares you; push yourself to take a risk. Or, eat the Tofu Pad Thai; it’s freakin’ delicious.

What do you plan to do after you graduate? Well, as school loans are deferred for a year after I graduate, I plan on moving to a major metropolitan area (fingers crossed for Chicago). There I hope to pursue a career as a performer. And, if after a year I have amassed enough money to pay off my school loans, I’ll continue to live and perform. However, if I’m struggling as a short-order cook in a small town in Missouri, I’ll return to education, to there accrue even more student loans. Ultimately, as stated earlier, I plan to live a life which melds academia and playtime.

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