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Friday, October 3, 2014

URI ALUMNI IN THE SPOT LIGHT

Meet Rolt Smith

URI Theatre | By Diana Savino


Rolt Smith
Earlier this week I had the pleasure of interviewing URI alumni Rolt Smith, who graduated URI in 1989 with a Theatre major and concentration in theater/stage management. During the interview, Smith gives current students great advice and reflects on his time here at URI.

When you are a theatre major here at URI, you take classes in different areas, which allow students to get a taste of everything. Students to get their feet wet in different aspects of theatre. According to Rolt, students should take advantage of the opportunities offered here at URI because “Every work experience is also a learning experience. Even a bad show will provide you with opportunities to learn. Never pass up an opportunity to add another credit to your resume.” The theatre department allows this to be possible for every student, and strongly encourages students to take advantage of these possibilities.

“They always inspire us to reach higher, to be prepared for any job that might come our way” Rolt said about the faculty and staff here at URI Theatre. Because there are only 80-100 theatre majors, the teachers and staff are better able to get to know students on a personal level and help them become the best that they can be. Teachers from the theatre department are known for being dedicated to each student and production. They form a bond with each student that they will continue for the rest of their lives.

Rolt is currently living and working on Broadway in New York City where he has had many opportunities to use the skills he learned here at URI. “ Being given the responsibility to stage manage a large book musical for the first time was a life changer. Aside from all I learned, I gained confidence and I fine-tuned skills which I still use today”. Smith has been the production stage manager for a number of Broadway plays including Catch Me If You Can, Face the Music, Stairway to Paradise, and many more.

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