Theatre Major Takes a Bow
Jonathan Sanz Delivers His Last Performance at NSU
James Farquhar Award Recipient Addresses Graduates at 2012 Commencement
Sanz will take the stage one last time as a NSU student when he speaks on behalf of this year's graduating class at the 2012 Undergraduate Commencement at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida.
Sanz was recognized this spring as the recipient of the 2011-2012 James Farquhar Award-, which honors a student's all-around excellence in scholarship, service, and leadership. Since his first performance in Opening Night––the inaugural production at the university's 250-seat Performance Theatre––Sanz has been featured in every musical performed at the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences.
During the past four years, Sanz has acted, directed, and worked behind the scenes in almost every capacity––lighting, scenery, stage management, and at the box office.
More recently, Sanz performed a leading role in the college's production of Tartuffe. And he served as the associate director of An Evening of Andrew Lloyd Webber, NSU's first musical theatre scenes production.
Bill J. Adams, D.M.A., associate professor and coordinator of performing arts at the college, gave Sanz the helm in directing An Evening of Andrew Lloyd Webber. The program, held on April 13 at the Black Box Theatre, was compiled from a variety of Webber's work, including Jesus Christ Superstar, Sunset Boulevard, and Evita. The Bossa Nova Chorale also performed.
Adams described Sanz's role as "a fusion of music, theatre, and arts administration."
"Jonathan organized the entire process––from selecting and teaching the music, planning auditions, and coordinating the design staff to researching the programming and even designing the program," Adams said.
"I really love directing," Sanz said. "I wanted to get as much experience as I could before I left NSU. Professor Adams and I talked about something I could do to top off my senior year with another directing credit."
"It's exciting that he gave me this opportunity to really explore the role of the director and further solidify my education in that sense."
After starting college as a marine biology major, Sanz changed course to pursue his growing passion for theatre. The college recognized his potential with a talent-based Performing and Visual Arts Grant.
"I had questioned whether I should become a theatre major," he said. "The opportunity to receive additional funds for my arts education at the college sealed the deal. I have overcome the risk of becoming another college student who didn't follow his heart because he lacked the financial means to do so."
"I feel like acting is my niche in theatre," Sanz said. "NSU theatre majors get a sampling of everything. I wanted to learn a little bit of everything. But acting has always been my number one passion."
Sanz plans to continue acting and eventually study for a Master of Fine Arts degree.
"During my studies here, I have developed into an artist ready to make a difference in the world."