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Natalie Cassandra Smith

BA Candidate - Theatre and Economics

An Arizona native, Natalie chose Gallatin in part because of the liberal arts experience it offers. “I had always envisioned attending college in New York,” she says, “But coming from a very small high school I was concerned about leaving behind the tight-knit educational community I had gotten used to. When I discovered Gallatin and had the opportunity to sit in on one of its small, discussion-based classes, I knew I had found the best of both worlds.”

A pivotal moment for Natalie in the development of her concentration came during her first semester at Gallatin when she took Professor Christopher Trogan’s writing seminar Aesthetics on Trial. The class examined the balance of morality and aesthetic merit in art, and helped her to understand the nuanced and delicate nature of the arts. “Professor Trogan’s class was the first time I had the opportunity to discuss the capacity of the arts to do more than simply entertain. Learning in that class of the moral impact and social responsibility of art while at the same time experiencing all of the amazing theater New York has to offer outside of the classroom helped me to pinpoint why I find myself so drawn to theatre and why its preservation is so important to me.” With that in mind, she is developing a concentration that examines the intersection of theatre and economics and how people in both disciplines can work together.

This year, she plans on pursuing an internship in theatrical administration and hopes to get involved with the annual Gallatin Arts Festival. "I’m grateful that I’ve been able to evolve my love of two very different disciplines into a concentration that I’m excited to develop and pursue over the next three years.”

 

Natalie Cassandra Smith

I’m grateful that I’ve been able to evolve my love of two very different disciplines into a concentration that I’m excited to develop and pursue over the next three years.