Reflections on a Year That Could Only Happen at Juilliard
Students wrote about the 2019-20 school year for this digital scrapbook featuring recaps of artistic, academic, and social highlights, top takeaways, surprises, summer plans, and more. Keep an eye out for entries from other students and check out a slide show of photos from the season.
By Jules Latimer
• Artistically, having the opportunity to take a scene study class with Evan Yionoulis, the new head of the drama division, has altered my approach to any scene I encounter.
• Scholastically, taking a producing class with Stephanie Ybarra from Baltimore Center Stage and Beth Whitaker from Signature Theatre opened up the opportunity to create my own work professionally—meeting leading producers made for a truly enriching learning experience.
• Socially, being an orientation leader and DJing the ice cream social were huge highlights. Who doesn’t like dancing in the SMR with a ridiculous amount of ice cream and community? And living in the residence hall has let me immerse myself in the training.
How to ask for help, how to say “no,” and how to operate from my center/my truth/my compass so I can have a rich and artistically meaningful life.
How physically demanding third-year is. From taking Moni Yakim’s Movement class to studying the Suzuki method with Ellen Lauren, this year has truly stretched my physical limitations to open me to a new world of physical choices when inhabiting a character.
Third-year actor Jules Latimer holds Irene Diamond as well as James D. Rosenthal and Marvin Y. Schofer scholarships. This summer she’s working on a piece with the Collaborative Arts Ensemble—founded by alums Philip Stoddard and Thomas West—that will be performed in Rwanda in July, and then she will be working with Don’t Miss A Beat, a Jacksonville, Florida, arts nonprofit started by jazz faculty member and alum Ulysses Owens Jr.
The above is adapted from a special feature that originally appeared in the May 2019 issue of the Juilliard Journal.