Alumni Feature: Danville Grad Takes Theatre Skills on the Road
Danville Graduate Caitlyn de Araujo Pursuing Theater Career
Posted on 05/08/2015
This is the image for the news article titled Danville Graduate Caitlyn de Araujo Pursuing Theater CareerOnly six years after graduating from Danville High School, one member of the Admiral Nation is living her dream.

After graduating from Beloit College in 2013 with a degree in Theatre Arts, Caitlyn de Araujo (Class of ’09) went straight to work as a costumer. Since then, she has done work for about a dozen theaters in Kentucky, Illinois, and Wisconsin.

De Araujo says the experiences she’s gained have shown her how much Danville prepared her for the work.

“The theater department at DHS is so fortunate to have such an amazing facility. Being able to work on actual stage lights, for example, is an experience that many high school students don’t have the opportunity to do,” de Araujo said.

“The programs here gave me the space and opportunity to really explore what I love doing. I’ve always been a humanities person, and DHS has a lot of different art and drama options. In high school, I was in tech club, on the forensics team, heavily involved in shows, and a committed art student. All of those experiences shaped who I am as an artist, a student, and a teacher/director” she said.

De Araujo said in some cases, students at other schools put on productions in gymnasiums, which severely restricts acoustics, set design and lighting and means that students don’t have the opportunities to have the true theater experience.

“We have been very lucky at Danville to have this type of facility, with the level of talent, investment, and upkeep a space like this  requires,” she said. “Mr. Hayes and Ms. Dewey do an excellent job.”

After graduating, de Araujo went to work for Actors Theatre of Louisville, then on to  Chicago Shakespeare Theater and other Chicago theatres including Lookingglass Theatre Company, TimeLine Theatre Company, and The Hypocrites.

De Araujo moved back home last year to work as the marketing and then education director for the Community Arts Center while assisting Danville High School with their drama productions and freelancing around the area. As de Araujo prepares for her next stage as a costumer for the American Players Theatre in Spring Green, Wis., she looks back gratefully at her Danville experience.

“A sense of community was something I dearly missed in Chicago. Wherever I end up in my career it will take me a lot of time to build up the network of support we have in Danville. Places like West T. Hill, Pioneer Playhouse, Centre College, an Amen Corner all generously lent costumes free of charge for this performance. That level of trust and support is remarkable,” she said.

“More than anything, I’ve learned what I want my life and career to look like, that I want to live and work in a smaller community that values theater and rallies around it. Somewhere I can truly get involved,” she said.

De Araujo hopes to one day help run her own community or regional theater.

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