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Shaun T., College of Fine Arts

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Shaun T., College of Fine ArtsAs a graduate student in the College of Fine Arts, I believe the arts are about both performance and education. For me, acting goes beyond just entertainment — it teaches life skills, public speaking, and communication.

At UT, I’m able to join my love of acting with my love of education. I have the opportunity to perform in phenomenal productions, like Oscar Wilde’s “An Ideal Husband,” and teach creativity in undergraduate classes and community workshops.

Scholarship support through the College of Fine Arts Annual Giving Program helps me focus on my true passions without worrying about how I’m going to pay for school.

Passing on my love of acting to a younger generation is the most important part of my graduate experience. Through my work at UT, I’m able to reach audiences inside and outside the college campus and, I hope, inspire others to be creative.

One of my favorite experiences so far has been working with the Paramount Theater on a project called “Barrel of Monkeys,” where UT students use elementary schoolchildren’s stories to improvise skits, songs, and poems. The young students can recognize their creative input in our performances, and it feels great to see that on their faces.

The College of Fine Arts has so many opportunities for students to shine in the greater Austin community and beyond, but we need continued support from alumni and friends like you to guarantee these remain for future generations of artists, actors, dancers, and musicians. Help change a Fine Arts student’s life today and make your gift online. Thank you for supporting the College of Fine Arts.

Sincerely,

Shaun T.

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