Meet the Student
Name: Michael Roche
Major: BFA Theatrical Production Arts
Hometown: Painted Post, NY, a small town an hour south of Ithaca
What do you like about Ithaca College Theatre?
More than anything else, I really like the friendly atmosphere of Dillingham. It's amazing how much everyone is genuinely interested in what everyone else is doing, and you pretty much know everyone in the department, regardless of major or year.
What has been your favorite Ithaca College production as an audience member?
Probably How I Learned to Drive in my freshman year. That was such a powerful production, and I felt like the direction and the design really came together to make a very strong piece.
What has been your favorite IC production to work on?
Measure for Measure last year. I was the Sound Engineer for what originally was going to be a simple, straightforward Shakespeare play, but the show ended up taking on a very original vision and concept, and I found myself being challenged in ways that I had never expected for that show.
Describe the best design (lights, set, sound or costume) you have ever seen.
At IC? That's really impossible for me to say. It's cheesy, but the designs really do all work together along with the direction to form one cohesive production design, and I can't pick out just one design element from one show that stood out to me independently of the success of the show as a whole.
The Elephant Man, by Bernard Pomerance. I did a really powerful production of it this summer and I fell in love with the play.
Spring Awakening. I first saw it in a concert at Lincoln Center and loved it, and I kept following the show as it moved to the Atlantic and eventually to Broadway.
Outside of theatre, what do you like to do?
I play the guitar and dabble in photography in my free time. I also really love to travel.
What’s the best thing about living in Ithaca?
The gorges. No question. There's nothing better than being able to walk 5 minutes from my apartment and literally sit under a waterfall.
What is your favorite spot in Ithaca?
Second Dam. It's a great place to hang out with friends and go swimming on a hot day, but it's also just as pretty in the dead of winter.
Any advice for prospective students?
If you want to come to college to screw around and coast through, then this is not the place for you. You will be surrounded by people with an incredible passion for theatre, and they will challenge you to push past your limits. You'll work harder than you've ever worked before, but you'll also hone your craft and make lifelong friends.