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Moving to the Big Stage: Resa Schier

Disney. A word that’s bound to evoke  memories. Getting "Hakuna Matata" stuck in your head for an entire work day. Or maybe it’s a sad moment, like the loss of Bambi’s mother. Or perhaps worse, the memory of your family suffering through another verse of "It’s A Small World After All". Out of the thousands of options, 2014 Concordia theater graduate Resa Schier is only thinking one thing: dream come true.

Resa was recently accepted into the Disney College program and will be working and studying at the Magic Kingdom this summer. With talent, hard work and Concordia’s preparation, Resa clearly stood out for this opportunity to work and train with the worldwide-recognized, multi-national corporation. She applied for the job on the first day that Disney was accepting applications and, in her own words, “two weeks later, I had a job and my future (for the time being) figured out.”

Originally from Northfield, Minn., a small town with a thriving arts scene, Resa has always been a performer. It was the imagination and storytelling that drew her in when she was just eight years old.

“The first year I participated, the theme was Magical Mystery Tour and I played Hilary Clinton,” remembers Resa of the Young People’s Theater. “I had a very moving monologue – in a spotlight! – and I insisted on wearing a mink stole.”

Resa dove headfirst into performing when she arrived at Concordia, starting with the choir and theatre troupes on campus. She was soon working in the costume studio with Kay Robinson, or on set design with Jim Seeman, or trying to memorize a dance routine from Jan Puffer. She began to perfect her craft and realized that the creative spirit that danced for years in her soul could truly become a career.

“It’s been more than just performing in plays, I’ve been taught how to audition, seek out gigs, and effectively market myself,” said Resa. “I wouldn’t be truly prepared for the professional world of theatre if my professors hadn’t invested so much in me.”

Resa listened resolutely to her theatre and dance instructors, as well as older students she worked with who were forging their own paths. Career advice was not lost on her, including the tips to apply and audition for everything she could and to flat out work hard. Guest directors and community members rounded out her education and gave her an additional taste of what would lie beyond graduation, making her a fierce candidate in a cutthroat industry.

In her time, Resa has played an old man, a pregnant teen, and a confused, rich old lady – she’s even perfected her on-stage HoverRound driving skills. While Concordia will miss her charming, entertaining, and shining personality, it is certainly not the last time we will see Resa Schier on stage. Next time, the stage is just going to be a bit bigger.