Anonymous sent: Random question that's sorta related to the questions you've been getting: I guess it just seems to me that it's hard for a non-theatre major to be friends with theatre majors. It's such a tight-knit group that's hard to break into! Is it just that you lot are always so busy or what, do you think? I've got some theatre majors where I'm at that I'd love to be friends with but I just don't know how to show up on the radar. It's like if you aren't one you don't get noticed. =/
I like all the theatre questions, it’s nice! :D
Uhm well, this is also a difficult question for me to judge because I’m not good at meeting new people. But from what I’ve noticed, it is a very close group, yeah. But the department is HUGE here, so huge, so yes, everyone is close, but everyone means A LOT of people, it’s a big family.
If you’re outside the major, I have no idea. I’d imagine rehearsals and busy-ness is a huge aspect of not making friends with people outside the show you’re in, yeah. We had two shows in the fall, and I was only friends with a few people in the show I was in, I knew no one in the other show. I think it really is a matter of time, because theatre majors live in the theatre, at rehearsals, in auditions, whatever, so they get closer to the people in those places. I don’t think it’s that they mean to exclude anyone, I think it’s just that it’s a lot easier to get to know people in the department.
After spending 24 hours with some of the people in my theatre department, stuck in rehearsals, it’s easier for me to call them my friends than some people who are also theatre majors but that aren’t in the same show as me. I think you just gotta go up and talk to them, maybe get involved on a wardrobe or backstage crew. We’re people too, we like meeting new friends. We’re just married to the stage. haha