Keenan Odenkirk ’18, theatre arts and mathematics
"When it comes to the theatre program, I have had the honor of feeling like a big fish in a little pond while enjoying the excitement of a growing pond. As the department grows in quality and size, which it is doing rapidly, I get to see it flourish while benefiting from a program that truly cherishes and supports the arts." (From “The Good men of Odenkirk enjoy Augustana,” Rock Island Dispatch-Argus, 2015)
The nephew of Bob Odenkirk (Saul Goodman in “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul”), Keenan won Distinguished Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for “The Green River” at the KCACTF in Milwaukee in 2015. One of his short plays was performed at the annual Quad-Cities Playwrights’ Festival.
Jacquelyn Schmidt '12, theatre arts and English-writing, with minor in art; copywriter at Sage Products, Cary, Ill.
"When I first came to Augustana, I only took a theatre class because it was something I had done in high school. I soon learned that theatre was one of my passions and that I needed to continue growing as an artist. I also feared that I wouldn't have a solid plan for after graduation. Through my hard work during the past four years, three departments at Sage Products inquired about continuing my internship after I graduate. Also, when I first came to Augustana, I was incredibly shy. The classes I took and the challenges I faced at Augustana have helped me gain the confidence to articulate my ideas. I am now more comfortable talking to managers at work and am able to express my ideas in a professional manner."
Gary Miller ’15, theatre arts and creative writing; pursuing a career in professional comedy in Chicago
"I was able to do some amazing things as a college student. One example of this is that I got to write a play (that was performed), and it was cool seeing my face plastered across Potter Hall with all these famous playwrights I know and respect so much. I am pursuing a career as an actor, writer, comedian and essentially a storyteller... The most surprising thing I learned at Augustana is how much I love what I’m doing with my life. There are times when I forget to eat or sleep because I’m having so much fun. I spin in circles every opportunity I get to create something or tell a story."
Estlin Feigley '93, history, with minor in theatre arts; creative director, Dreaming Tree Films, an independent film company, Chicago
"(Without the liberal arts) you can learn the technical skills in filmmaking, but to tell a story you have to have a broader knowledge base. You have to have something to say and talk about."
Philip McKinley '73, theatre arts, English, education, art and music; Broadway theatre director
"The mentoring and guidance I received from the faculty and the staff while attending Augustana College reinforced my passion to pursue my career aspirations and my life's ambitions. Augustana provided me with a true liberal arts education and background, and there is no value you can put on it. It is priceless."