Designing her future: One student’s experience in the Theatre and Performance program

Sandy Thi helping out behind the scenes at a shoot.

Sandy doing behind the scenes costume touch-ups during an evening shoot.

Costumes, design and the theatre are what Sandy Thi, a fourth year Honours Theatre and Performance major, has experienced in her years at Waterloo. Her love of theatre started in high school as a hobby and soon became her passion.

That passion led Sandy to the Theatre and Performance program where she has had the opportunity to take on major leadership and design opportunities, including the role of associate costume designer in this year’s production of Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice.

Embarking on my final year of study, it has been an incredible experience being in this program. I have been fortunate to be given a lot of agency in my time here. I have worked on many shows as the head of wardrobe, the student costume designer, a work-study student and now the associate costume designer. These are all opportunities that I could not have had anywhere else other than here at UWaterloo.

Working in theatre has given Sandy skills that she can apply to any job. Collaborating to get a job done, understanding and executing directions, and creating an extravagant product based on minimal information are only some of the experiences that have prepared her professionally. As a fourth-year student she feels prepared to enter the workforce because her mentors have taught her the skills and knowledge she will need to excel in any job, whether it be with a theatre or a corporation.  

Regardless of where she ends up Sandy feels the experiences she’s had here at Waterloo have shown her what success is and what she’s looking for in her future career. In Sandy’s own words, success is:

Looking forward to waking up the next morning to go to work. Every day, I should be fighting myself to stop working. When I am happy with where I am and what I am doing, I believe I have reached true success. Not everyone can say they love their job and I believe I can. Everyone can look forward to coming home after a long day of work, but it takes much more for someone to be eager to get back to the grind.

You can see Sandy's work come to life in upcoming performances of Eurydice running November 16 to 19 in the Theatre of the Arts in Modern Languages. For more information about the show visit the Drama and Speech Communication website and be sure to get your tickets for this amazing performance.

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