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Class Notes Profiles

All the world’s a stage

Andy Grotelueschen, Comm ’01, uses one word repeatedly when remembering freshman year.

“My first acting class — awesome. … We all wore black — awesome. … All the girls were hot — awesome.”

Thankfully, Grotelueschen makes time to come back to Marquette in between performances on stage or screen. And when he is back on campus, it’s awesome.

“I came to Marquette, did plays and never left the building,” he says of acting in student productions at the Helfaer Theatre. “I realized then that this is what I want to do.”

It means traveling from stage to stage, coast to coast and show to show. Actors say a lot of goodbyes. But the bliss Grotelueschen finds performing doesn’t wear thin, not even when living out of a duffle bag. “I always feel a tremendous sense of community with the artists around me,” he says.

During his prospective student visit, Grotelueschen felt that community in Marquette’s theatre program, “which thank goodness played out for all four years I was there,” he says. “We all supported each other as artists and as students.” He will always treasure the support and advice of then-chair of the department, the late Phylis Ravel. “The fire she lit in us individually and the fire she lit collectively in us is so remarkable.”

Today, Grotelueschen is a member of the acclaimed Fiasco Theater. He is appearing in Fiasco’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton. “It’s fun to work on great pieces of dramatic literature, to disappear, to always remember we’re playing with the audience,” he says. — Joni Moths Mueller


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