Kayla Doig '17
What are you currently doing for work and what was the path you took to get here?
I just finished a season with NSMT as a spotlight operator and electrician. I never actually took a lighting class in school, but knew the basic skills from practicums. At NSMT they taught me many new skills that included repairs and building from scratch materials. I got to help make many of the electrical props for shows and even take the lead in constructing a group of hanging set pieces for their show Hairspray. Since ending this past season with them I have been interning with a burlesque group in Cambridge called The Boston BeauTease. I do lighting for them and help with many other technical aspects while learning their style of performance and building my own burlesque persona.
How did your education in COLA prepare you for life after college?
I think that the wide variety of classes really let me touch on all aspects of theater and get to explore skills I wouldn't have otherwise thought to try.
What person or course most influenced you while at UNH?
David Kaye in Acting 3. This class gave me the extra boost of confidence in myself I needed before graduating. It changed my thought process from "I can't do that" to "I can do that". Clowning especially increased my growth as an actor because it helped me to be comfortable interacting with an audience, which now in my burlesque is essential.
What advice do you have for students interested in your field?
Learning doesn't stop when you leave school. Most jobs want to help you succeed and they'll continue to teach you in your field. What advice do you have for students interested in your field? For anyone interested in lighting or any other technical aspect of theatre, look online and find small gigs to help with like load ins for shows. Just getting your foot in the door, even for something small, is a great way to meet new contacts and can lead to bigger long term jobs. For burlesque, there's plenty of intro classes out there to learn the basics, and there's lots of opportunities to get onstage and perform too. The Boston burlesque community is extremely supportive and welcoming to new performers. Keep learning!