At Taylor, the Theatre program helps students develop their skills both on and off stage so that they are prepared for success in the professional world. For alumna Victoria Koro ‘21, her time at Taylor equipped her with the experience she needed to be consistently employed since graduating–and land her dream job a year and a half later.
Life in Theatre at Taylor
Koro chose to pursue a BFA in Musical Theatre because she wanted a specified area of study to best cultivate her skills. She decided to attend Taylor after visiting for her audition and getting a sense of the campus community.
“I just remember how welcoming everyone was,” Koro said. “All the students were so welcoming, and they didn’t have to be. They asked me to eat lunch with them and talked to me and genuinely wanted to get to know me. One of the upperclassmen gave me a tour of the theater, even into the catwalks and storage, and they were just so welcoming and inviting.”
Koro is grateful for the way that Taylor theatre defines success. While the most widely understood definition of theatrical success is often associated with Broadway, Taylor’s theatre department believes that any employment that lets alumni use their talents and skills to glorify God is a successful outcome.
“There are ways you can get creative with your job, like using theatre for therapy or using theatre in other ways,” Koro said. “That was really good to prepare me for the world so that I'm considering more options. I'm not afraid to audition for everything because at the end of the day, that's how you get work.”
Bringing her Acting Talent to Colonial Williamsburg
Koro was recently hired as a Theatrical Interpreter Actor at Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, the world’s largest living history museum that depicts life in the American colonies in the eighteenth century. She has always loved history and has wanted to work at Colonial Williamsburg since she was a child. This latest role is a dream come true for her.
“I love Colonial Williamsburg,” Koro said. “I went as a kid and knew I wanted to work there. I’ll admit, I’d stalked their employment site for the last several years and watched for anytime a job came up in my field. I finally got an audition, interviewed, and I got it.”
Koro’s role will be an actor in the Jug Broke Theatre Company, which includes more than just performing. Part of her job includes learning new musical instruments, researching history, and writing scripts.
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“It was the intentional community [that brought me to Taylor],” Koro said. “That was just so wonderful. I really hope that that's something that can continue with every generation of students that come in is having those open arms and to say ‘come join us, you're part of the family even before you know that you're part of the family.’”
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