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Connections at HU lead to dream job

Edmonds works with technical aspects at Wabash theatre
Andrew Edmonds on advantages of theater degree program at Huntington University, a Christian college.

“You have to put the time and effort into theater to be successful. The faculty throws you into design classes right away as a freshman to see if you will like being a designer. What’s great is that I get to work with my friends while doing what I love.”

It all started in high school when the theater director at his alma mater asked him to run sound for the fall play. Andrew Edmonds discovered he had a passion for technical theater and wanted to learn more about it.

Andrew decided to pursue a degree in technical theater in college. After conducting a web search of Christian colleges who offered the major, Andrew found Huntington University and decided to visit.

“It was an easy decision for me to come to HU,” Andrew said. “It was everything from the person who gave me the tour, meeting the faculty to learn about the available opportunities, and the overnight experience I had on Miller Third. The guys on that floor were nice and took an interest in getting to know me.”

Andrew, a 2010 theater design and technology graduate, landed his dream job as the technical director at the Honeywell Center in Wabash, Ind., through networking with a former HU adjunct professor, Michael Metzdorf. Andrew began working part-time and when the technical theater position opened, he fit the job perfectly.

Andrew currently directs the technical staff and maintains the Ford Theatre at the Honeywell Center. Andrew purchases new equipment for the theater’s facilities and oversees a part-time staff of 50 individuals who are responsible for setting up for production tours.

“I call tour managers and make sure we own the necessary equipment for their show,” he said. “I also work with rental vendors.”

Andrew’s involvement with the HU theater department prepared him well for his current position. From his sophomore year up until his senior year, Andrew had a lead technical role in almost every show as well as opportunities to create scenic, lighting and sound designs. Andrew also took charge in the scene shop and worked as the assistant technical director after his classes ended each day. He also appreciated how easily the faculty could be reached if he ever had a question.

“I did a lot of theater,” he said. “You have to put the time and effort into theater to be successful. The faculty throws you into design classes right away as a freshman to see if you will like being a designer. What’s great is that I get to work with my friends while doing what I love.”

The small class sizes and campus size appealed to Andrew. He appreciated feeling like an individual instead of a number. Andrew also liked how there never seemed to be a dull moment on campus.

“There is no reason for students not to be involved,” he said. “HU offers activities that fit almost everyone’s interests.”
 

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