Alexis Scott is not your average Theatre and Dance graduate student. At 31, and with an infectious smile and an elementary school theatre job already under her belt, Alexis says she’s looking at this year differently than her younger classmates.
“This is a really big year for me as far as things starting for real,” she said. “I did some things after undergrad that I don’t necessarily want to go back to doing. I had office jobs. I want to do theatre professionally, and put down those roots in a theatre community.”
In addition to teaching and taking classes this year, Alexis is also acting as a female bomber pilot in the world premier of Theatre and Dance faculty member Suzan Zeder’s play The Edge of Peace.
“[The Edge of Peace is] the stories of the characters and their families through time,” Alexis said. “It’s really cool for me because I know my character’s backstory. I didn’t have to make one up.”
For this role, Alexis is learning American Sign Language and, depending on funding, will be parachuting onto the stage. However, for Alexis one of the biggest honors the role has brought is that she is the only student traveling for the second time with Suzan Zeder to Seattle to present a work for the Seattle Children’s Theatre, she said.
Without a doubt, Alexis is happy she made the decision to move her life from the northeast to Austin.
“When I came to Austin, it was like this little angel came to me and said you are going to have this amazing experience in everything you do,” she said. “I keep being amazed by what’s landing on my plate!”
And her Doty Society Scholarship was just one of the amazing things to land on her plate this year.
“Being able to invest fully in what I’m doing is the best gift,” she said. “Because of this scholarship, I can be a better teacher and student. It’s the luxury to actually focus. It’s such a gift! It’s so rare and so beautiful to have a space where art is funded and supported.”