Class of 1996

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Simon Crowe

Member of the Upstate Shakespeare Festival company in Greenville, South Carolina since 1999. The Festival, which turns 25 in 2019, is a free outdoor event produced in conjunction with the City of Greenville and the Warehouse Theatre. The mission is to make Shakespeare available and accessible to as many people as possible, from lifelong theatregoers to children seeing their first play.

“Since graduating from Furman I have acted in almost 50 plays. Besides the Shakespearean roles mentioned above I have been in plays by Tom Stoppard, Neil Simon, Caryl Churchill, David Ives, Aaron Sorkin, Lucas Hnath, and others. In 2007 I attended the Stella Adler Studio’s Summer Chekhov Intensive, and in 2019 I continued to pursue professional growth by auditioning for the summer intensive at Steppenwolf Theatre. Unfortunately, I did not get accepted to that program, but the experience of preparing the audition was quite valuable as it led to the discovery of a piece I’ve used to audition for other roles. I look forward to what the next phase of my artistic life will bring.”

“My chief memory of my time at The Playhouse in the early 1990’s is that I was excited about many aspects of making theatre but also not yet very good at any of them. I had come from a high school that didn’t pay much attention to theatre, and when I declared my major I thought of the choice as an exploration as opposed to the next step on some inevitable journey. I have fond memories of times in the Playhouse with friends – there were far fewer majors at that time then there are now – but when I think about what I do now as it relates to those years the theme that emerges is an appreciation of the craft and collaborative spirit it takes to make a successful show. I still don’t have much of a facility for costumes or lights, but understanding the work that goes into those disciplines has I hope made me a more generous actor.”

“In 2009 I was asked to play Jacques in As You Like It alongside a talented student cast in the final show directed by Doug Cummins. I think of that production with great affection not only because of the role I got to play, but because of the level of enthusiasm and energy I found in coming back to the department. Since that show, members of that cast have gone on to achievements such as graduate degrees, teaching careers, and winning awards for their designs. As a graduate I am extremely proud to see fellow Paladin theatre alumni going out into the world and doing good work. The future of theatre at Furman is very bright indeed.”