Grace Mahieu '20 accepted the position of the director of Arts In the Gap at Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) Paul V. Hamilton School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.
Grace is a 2020 graduate of Le Moyne College with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts and Psychology and a minor in Arts Administration. She was executive director of Boot and Buskin during the 2019-2020 school year and worked as the front of house manager for events hosted at the W. Carroll Coyne Center for the Performing Arts (PAC).
How did the theatre program prepare you for the job?
Le Moyne's theatre program really focuses on educating the whole artist. That being said, it allowed me to try so many areas of the theatre. Being well versed in costumes, stage management, set design, etc. Made me a really well rounded theatre artist as well as an asset to the university I work at now. The PAC's leadership opportunities also allowed me to learn how to put events together from the ground up which is essentially what my new job is all about. Another amazing part of the theatre program at Le Moyne that prepared me for my new job was the staff. They helped me work on my resume, my cover letter, and overall supported me in taking such a big leap in my career.
What advice do I have for graduating seniors and underclassmen?
First and foremost, go to Funhouse Fridays! I have learned so much from the people who graduated before me that we had there. It is an excellent opportunity to make connections with people who are in the field working where you want to be. I also highly recommend believing in yourself. The work you are doing at Le Moyne is for your future! If you are working on anything take photos and build your portfolio. What seems like some small thing you are doing for the PAC is actually really great to add to your resume.
Lastly, I would say follow your heart and take risks. The Le Moyne PAC is full of talented individuals who I know can achieve so much! So apply for that job, even if you think you’re aren't qualified. Taking these risks can lead to some amazing opportunities! I wish all the upcoming graduates tons of luck! Work hard, play hard, and create some beautiful theatre while you are at it.