Wednesday, June 8, 2011

From Gordon to the Big Apple!

Ryan Coil ’13 played the lead role of the Baker in
Gordon’s production of
Into the Woods.
Congratulations to Ryan Coil, who was recently accepted by the Atlantic Acting School (AAS) in New York City for their summer program. Founded by playwright David Mamet and actor William H. Macy, the AAS is considered one of the best acting workshops in the country and is extremely selective. Out of some 800 applicants, only 30 were accepted for the workshop, which begins in July. For Coil it is a significant step towards his dream of being a professional actor.

A double major in theatre and history with a minor in communication arts, Coil, from Nashville, Tennessee, says he’s made it a point to get the most out of his Gordon experience and take advantage of every opportunity he can. He has been involved in numerous theatre productions at Gordon in lead roles and is co-leader of Gordon’s improv group The Sweaty-Toothed Madmen.

“The professors have huge hearts for teaching and theatre, and because our department is small, I am able to get one-on-one attention to improve, as well as be involved in every part of the production process, from being on stage to being in the audience,” he says. By attending the Atlantic Acting School in New York, he hopes to build on his Gordon education and broaden his range of abilities. In the process he expects to learn how he can positively influence the culture through his acting.

Though Coil doesn’t know where God will lead him in the future, he hopes to always have a part in theatre. “Whether it is on stage, film or improv on a cruise ship, I want to be involved in the art,” he says.

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