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Friday, October 10, 2014

URI ALUMNI IN THE SPOT LIGHT

Meet Seth Finkle

URI Theatre | By Lauren Mazzola


URI Alumni, Seth Finkle
This week, I had the great pleasure of interviewing alumni Seth Finkle, who graduated from URI in 2006 with a Theatre major, Business minor, and concentrations in acting and stage management. Finkle was happy to talk about his time and experiences at URI, his current profession, and was also able to give great advice to current URI Theatre students.

“My passion was ignited by the URI Theatre,” Finkle explained, “Had I not been an acting and stage management major at URI I don’t think I would be doing what I am doing today.”

I could feel the zeal and excitement Finkle held for the theatre department and all of the staff as he expressed his gratitude for the experiences he was able to gain from URI and it’s professors. “I loved my time with the theatre department, every professor was wonderful and was able to create a warm and loving environment for people who wanted to learn about being involved in theatre.”

“People are lucky to have the professors that are at URI teaching them, because they want you to succeed and explore your passions,” said Finkle, “You don’t realize how lucky you are to be taught by who you are taught by until after, which is an amazing and rare thing to come by – its real world experience and it does help you.”

Taking advantage of everything the theatre department offered was how Finkle was able to learn, grown, and apply his knowledge to his current profession. He was able to take advantage of the department’s “earn as you learn” opportunity, and gained an internship at Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, New York. “Not only did I get vital experience working on the sets of our productions, but I was also able to get real world experience from an internship I obtained through the theatre department.”

Finkle was happy to give advice to students involved with or interested in theatre. “Incoming students and current students should take advantage of everything in the program because you get out what you put into it. Just work hard at everything, listen, and value the time you have at URI. I think that if you can do that you’ll realize what you learned means something in the real world.”

Finkle teaching in Uganda, Africa
After receiving his bachelor’s degree from URI and a master’s degree in educational theatre from NYU, Finkle spent time in Uganda, Africa teaching, and is currently the experience coordinator for The Providence Children’s Museum, the equity stage manager and education director at the Wilbury Theatre in Providence, and is a teaching assistant for URI Theatre 100 courses.

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