Christian Tripp

Christian Tripp (E&H ’18) finished up his senior year at Emory & Henry in the usual way: plenty of studying, time with friends, and a ton of theater auditions. Well…maybe everyone doesn’t finish out college with auditions, but you do if you’re a theatre major.

To his delight, he was offered several jobs. Instead of stressing about finding a job, he was worried about how to choose between many great options. So he gave himself a deadline. “I told myself I would pick one on Friday. On Thursday I got emailed by the head of acting from the University of Alabama. He asked to see my audition package, I sent it via email, and the next day he gave me a full-ride scholarship.”

He has also been offered two summer acting positions — one in Flagstaff, Arizona with the Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival (he’ll be Daniel De Bosola in Duchess of Malfi) and another in Camden, Maine with Camden Shakespeare Festival (he’s playing Horatio in Hamlet and Lucentio in Taming of the Shrew). So in the summer of 2019, he’ll be playing three supporting leads. Then he’ll head back to Alabama to start his second year of graduate school.

Christian is a true success story for the E&H Theatre Department, and he’s grateful for the experiences he gained as an undergraduate. “I feel that my time at Emory & Henry really prepared me to handle anything. I will be playing pretty heavy roles this summer back to back to back, and normally someone might pause at that. For me I see it as a great challenge I’m more than capable of handling.”

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University of Alabama