“I LOVE NKU BECAUSE OF THE CLASS SIZES - THEY'RE SMALL, AND IT'S SO IMPORTANT WHEN IT COMES TO ESTABLISHING A RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR PROFESSOR, WHO CAN BE A MENTOR. THAT'S SOMETHING ARTISTS REALLY NEED”
Syreeta Briggs never meant to be involved in theater.
“It was a friend of mine, when I was a sophomore in high school,” says the 20-year-old Playwriting major from Louisville. “My friend told me I should try out for this school play, and I did. And I ended up reading for three or four of the roles and got one - it was some teen-angsty kind of play.”
And that did it. She fell in love with plays, and especially playwriting.
A couple of years later, there was only one place where she wanted to further her writing career: Northern Kentucky University.
"I HAD HEARD NKU WAS THE NO. 1 THEATRE PROGRAM IN THE STATE AND THAT WAS WHERE I WANTED TO GO,
"I wanted to explore that, and I loved the fact it was near Cincinnati."
Briggs, who also loves to perform spoken-word poetry, says her classes and professors have helped her evolve as an artist.
"Especially (program head) Michael Hatton," she says. "He has been instrumental in helping me find my voice as a writer. He has been that mentor for me."
Briggs says it is important for NKU to have a School of the Arts, just because it legitimizes art majors from an educational perspective.
"Not all of us are math people," she says. "We have different mediums of expression, yet they are equally important. To have the School of the Arts established at NKU means so much to all artists."
And it will result in more creativity.
"I firmly believe creative people need to be around other creative people," she says. "NKU is a great place for that."