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Erika Lowrance Jordan Speas

Erika Lowrance

BFA Studio Art: Painting and
BA Communication Studies

“This project has affected me personally and professionally,” said Lowrance. “It’s helped me to see myself as a leader and to take on challenges even when it was difficult to see an outcome. Being an artist is about problem solving, so I’ve just found a way to adapt my skills into our project.”

Jordan Speas

BFA Acting

“UNCG didn’t limit me. The faculty let me figure it out. No one told me, ‘you’re this or you’re that.’ They asked me who I wanted to be as an artist and how I wanted to get there. The School of Theatre helps a student develop into who they want to be, not only as an artist, but as a human being in the arts.”

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James Stryska Cortney Vartanian

James Stryska

BM Performance: Composition

“My professors weren’t going to let me become pigeon-holed into just one kind of songwriting. It’s easy to churn out a style of music and wind up sounding like fifteen other people. They wanted me to find my own voice and figure out what I bring to the world that is uniquely mine.”

Cortney Vartanian

BFA Dance: Choreography/
Performance w/K-12 Licensure

“If something scares you, don’t shy away. Just go for it. Take all the risks you can. If something feels uncomfortable, you’re doing it right. Don’t take anything for granted. We have such a short time here—four years, give or take. There’s so much to learn here, I just wanted it all.”

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