International Student Testimonials
Two Minutes with Rozlyn Stanley
South Carolina, USA
Rozlyn, a student from South Carolina (USA), studied Dramatic Arts through Wesley Institute’s affiliation with the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU), an international association of internationally Christian colleges and universities.
The CCCU sends 50-60 American students from colleges and universities across the United States to Wesley Institute each year to participate in a semester of study abroad.
Read how Rozlyn’s semester at Wesley Institute grew her as a performer, and fuelled her passion for a career in theatre.
What did you study at Wesley Institute?
Acting II—Semester Abroad via CCCU’s Best Semester Program (Spring 2007)
Why did you choose to study at Wesley Institute over other universities and colleges?
I chose to study at Wesley Institute because I wanted a non-American approach to theatre. I wanted to learn about this art form from a completely different perspective to gain a more universal and less stereotyped view of acting.
What have you been up to since graduating?
Since studying at Wesley Institute, I’ve earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from the North Greenville University in South Carolina, USA and have been working in professional theatre and film. I’ve worked with Columbia Children’s Theatre and the South Carolina Shakespeare Company. I’ve done commercials and print ads for various companies as well.
What does your current role involve?
Currently I am playing the Queen of Hearts in “Alice in Wonderland” at Columbia Children’s Theatre in Columbia, SC. I’ve also just been cast as Christine Daae in an original adaptation of “Phantom of the Opera” at High Voltage Theatre which is also in Columbia, SC.
What inspires you in your job and in life in general?
I have an unconquered hunger to know more and to experience the unknown and the unplanned. I’ve found this hunger is sustained and yet fuelled at the same time in theatre. Each day I wake up not knowing what the day holds. There is constant call to reach higher.
How did Wesley Institute’s degree prepare you for your career and life?
The theatre class that I took really broke me. An actor is called to give up all preconceived notions, judgements, and hashed out ideas, and travel a journey that is not easily foreseen or known.
What are your goals and ambitions for the future?
I plan to continue working in professional theatre and hope to tour with national theatres one day. I also want to earn my MFA in Acting, continuing my theatre education, as learning is a lifelong process.