Ithaca College’s faculty had challenged Michael Sullivan ’16. A class on Shakespearean theatre required the students to make masks and perform in them—and Sullivan found his breakthrough opportunity.
“School was tough,” said the musical theatre major. “I thought theatre would make me feel super comfortable, but it was hard to break out of my shell.”
This mask project was a natural extension of craft projects he had done at home, and the Shakespeare assignment launched a new passion. Other assignments tweaked his interest as well—such as a cabaret show.
“I love the queer arts, especially drag performance—at least, my version of drag,” he said. The experience wasn’t what he expected, but he wore the makeup, experimented with different clothes, and made head pieces, which was not so different from making masks. “This turning point in my life was not so much a single moment but more like a lot of dominoes falling at once,” Sullivan said.