When theatre/cinema and screen studies double major Kevin Hollenbeck '10 searched for colleges to attend, he wanted a program focused on screenwriting and film directing. Oswego offered him an opportunity to thrive not only as a student and director, but as a person.
Hollenbeck describes "Honor and The River" as the most rewarding experience of his college career. The student-run production directed by Hollenbeck was one of just a handful of plays in the Northeast recognized at the Region II Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in January.
"It really helped me to understand the inner workings of a theatrical production from start to finish, as well as approaching a theatrical work from the perspective of a director," Hollenbeck said. "The theatre department offers a lot of opportunities and positions in every aspect of theatre."
Since coming to Oswego, Hollenbeck has enjoyed the overall support he's received from the entire campus community.
"Everyone here is very supportive of whatever you're trying to accomplish," Hollenbeck said. "That's an important element in an academic environment, because this is the time when most people are trying to understand and prepare themselves for what it is they want to do with their lives."
Hollenbeck is involved in all things theatre at Oswego, serving as vice president of Blackfriars and president of the Student Theatre Committee. He also dedicates time to a group known as New Voices, a student-run organization created under a joint effort from the theatre and creative writing department. While already finished with his theatre degree, Hollenbeck is working to complete his major in cinema and screen studies.
-- Steve Duby '09
Kevin Hollenbeck '10
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