Arts graduate study brings hope, but fails to address tough issue

In case you missed it, I wrote an article about a study released by Indiana University regarding arts graduates. The study of 13,600 arts graduates found that 92 percent found some type of employment in their field within one year of graduation. Those surveyed range from theater to architecture graduates.

While the study revealed mostly positive statistics, as it was conducted by the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project, it ceased to take an important area into consideration —  artists’ pay level and revenue satisfaction. About 30 percent of formal professional artists surveyed indicated that debt, including student loans was a reason for pursuing a different career path.

I interviewed Jamie Buxton, a graduate of University of Central Oklahoma, and David Herendeen, an OCU professor for the article, which examined pursuing an acting/music theater degree in Oklahoma.

To view the full article published in The Oklahoman and Look at OKC, visit NewsOK.com.

 

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Triple threat may be on route to Broadway

dance performance senior

Of the hundreds of aspiring professional performers at Oklahoma City University, one stands out simply because of her “star quality.”

Kimberly Fauré is an exceptional artist and performer, says Jo Rowan, chairman of the School of Dance at Oklahoma City University.

“Basically from the time I saw Kim Fauré as a freshman, I knew she had star quality,” she said. “I then became aware that she was a triple threat.
“She really understands the human condition. Whenever she’s given a movement to do, she turns it into something that is poetry.”

Fauré, a dance performance senior, said she always tries to do more than is required of her.

“I’ve been told things would not be handed to me on a silver platter,” she said. “I feel like I am always looking for opportunities.”

Fauré  said she takes extra voice lessons every week and constantly researches to improve her vocal repertoire. She said she visits the vocal practice rooms on campus daily.

Her efforts have not gone without reward. She is in the movie Step Up and has performed with Music Theatre of Wichita for three consecutive summers. In addition, Fauré was named “most promising dance performance major” of her graduating class for her entire college career. She has been a line captain for American Spirit Dance Company for four consecutive years. Fauré also has been in musicals at OCU and will perform the starring role of Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Fauré grew up doing ballet, but discovered her love for music theater when she took a year off after graduating high school for voice lessons and monologue coaching. The first musical Fauré performed in was Damn Yankees, at the Montgomery College Summer Dinner Theatre.

“I hope to be a working performer in musical theater after I graduate,” she said. “I want to be on Broadway.”

According to Rowan, Fauré is on the track to success.

“Fauré is going to make it in the business and is going to make it big,” she said. “She has a great voice, fabulous looks and real quality strength to her technique.

“I’ve always felt she would be a real contender for Broadway stardom — I still believe that.”

Fauré said she is one of eleven selected OCU students participating in a musical theater showcase for talent agents  in May in New York City.