Charlotte Perez, a senior theatre major and social justice and inequities minor, is spending her last few weeks at Miami University looking ahead to the next chapter of her life.
Perez attributes her sense of preparedness to Miami’s well-rounded bachelor’s program, where she felt as if she had to learn everything.
“I primarily identify as directing stage management,” Perez said. “However, I also have the history background to be able to properly talk about theater. I have also taken lighting and set design, so I know how to properly communicate on set.”
Although she regrets leaving behind her four years here, Perez is looking forward to returning to her internship this summer at Cedar Summer Stock Theater in Iowa, where she will primarily be a stage manager.
After that, Perez will move to Florida to start an apprenticeship at Florida Studio Theater in Sarasota to continue her work as a stage manager.
“An average day will look like rehearsals in the morning, then the show in the afternoon,” Perez said. “I’ll mainly be helping lead rehearsals, taking notes, going into tech for the show that will be going on later in the evening, then leading the show for that night.”
Perez’s friend and classmate Madeline Collins, a senior marketing and theatre double major, said Perez is considered extremely impactful within the theater department.
“I would say that Charlotte is extremely passionate about what she does,” Collins said. “She has always been someone that I can go to when I need advice or help with something getting done.”
Perez’s impact is larger than just within the theater department. As the president of The Walking Theatre Project, a tour guide manager and a member of Alpha Phi Omega and Alpha Kappa Delta, Perez believes she has truly made the most out of her four years at Miami.
Outside of her busy academics and extracurriculars, however, Perez says the thing she values most is “enjoying the simple things in life.”