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My name is Alexandra Thompson and I am an energetic 22 year old student attending Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. I am a History major with an English/creative writing minor as well as a German minor. History is a major passion of mine and it is what gets me out of bed every morning. Its that type of thing where you can always learn something new even in a subject that you like and read up on on a daily basis. In that, I like learning history as well as passing on the knowledge. If I can get someone as excited about the past as I am then I've done my work.
Writing is a passion as well as a hobby and I have been published in The Copperfield Review, the piece entitled “Bloody Boche” is mine. I’ve always loved writing historical fiction and, let’s be serious, the basis of all historical fiction is actual history, so why not bring that flair and stylistics to a history lesson? As someone whose gone through the mountains of boring classes and waded through the pages and pages of boring books, let me tell you, I would love to come across something that was upbeat and fun to read that still taught me something worth while.
I pride myself as an organized person as well as a group leader. I am willing to take initiative and complete projects by any given deadline. I am capable of communicating with all ages and I enjoy working with others to reach a goal. As a history major, communicating facts is a very important part of my life and if I can get those facts across in interesting ways then I will feel like a winner. This is why I enjoy writing historical fiction and am working on a graphic novel series set during the First World War.
Along side writing I also enjoy art as a hobby and am currently self employed as a freelance artist and costume maker. I'd like to say I'm as well armed with a pen as I am with a pencil, paintbrush and sewing needle.
I also used to participate in theater and I can teach drama as well as singing and acting. Singing and Acting are still a very big part of my life and I would love to help someone learn to be a better actor or singer or even over come a fear of public speaking. I know theater helped my self confidence and public speaking abilities as well as my quick thinking. If I can teach someone what theatre has taught me I would love to be given the opportunity to do so.
I have taken several classes in college encompassing the basics of drawing. I do, however, consider art a hobby and have been drawing since I was a child. I work as a freelance artist in my spare time with a particular pension towards cartooning and graphic novel making. I have provided art for several local comic conventions I have attended. I have also worked in stage design and costume making which requires a sense of design and art when constructing the stage or costume on paper.
I have been a participant in theatre for a good ten years of my life (8-18) with Roberta Jones Junior Theatre. In that environment we were tasked with putting on a show in about 8 weeks. We also were taught enunciation, singing, projection, dancing and various ways of acting in order to convey emotion.
I also taught the summer camp that the theatre provided (ages 8-15) as a choreographer and music instructor. I was charged with teaching the younger groups to dance as well as working with soloists on their parts outside of the actual music lessons.
I have also taken Drama 1-4 when I was in high school. Through the various levels we are taught various skills within the theatre. Drama 1 is basic acting for new comers. Drama 2 is advanced acting and performance. Drama 3 is directing and back stage work including light design, set design and costume design. As a Drama 4 we are expected to pick one subject of theatre and be and expert in that in order to help the other classes below us. I chose Dramaturgy and costume design to mix in my love of history and my want to make shows that were performed period correct.
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