Meet the Class of 2014: Madelyn Larson

fall 2012 headshots-024Hometown: Battle Ground, Wash.
Major: Theatre (concentration in acting/directing)

Q: How would you describe your experience at George Fox?

A: Not to be cliché, but my experience at George Fox has been life changing. I’ve never felt more loved and known within a group of people than I have in the theatre department. I love that the faculty want to know me, and they encourage me. Rhett Luedtke and Bryan Boyd have probably impacted me more than anyone at Fox. They have been there to support me in my craft of theatre as I strive to be a servant storyteller.

Q: How have you changed or grown since coming to George Fox?

A: Since coming to Fox, I’ve learned a lot about what it means to be an example of Christ, especially in a secular art such as theatre. I look back at who I was my freshman year at Fox and can’t help but appreciate God’s work in my life. He took an insecure girl with no guidance, turned her into a woman of confidence and instilled a passion for storytelling in her heart. He constantly shows Himself through theatre, faculty, friends and the atmosphere at Fox. I remember my first time on the Wood-Mar stage, and finally feeling like I was home, that God had a purpose for me at Fox and in theatre.

Q: What’s next?

A: As of right now, I am not planning to attend grad school for a year or so. But once I do, I will be getting my master’s degree in applied theatre. Applied theatre is social justice theatre and I feel like it wraps all my passions up into one thing – missions, people and theatre. In the meantime, I will be working with my high school drama teacher, working alongside her in the classroom, as well as leading some workshops with the students. My dream is to open an art and expressive studio. The studio will be a safe place for teens to come and express their lives in art, whether that be ceramics, music, painting, theatre or dance. I would also like to teach art in Thailand for a year or so, and continue to travel around the world, because God’s creation is beautiful.