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Emily Bruner

  • Major:

    Theater

  • Quote:

    “I don’t like a half-baked job; I’m generally the person going the extra mile for the people in my life.”


Emily Bruner
If you know her, you may want to get an autograph now, because theater major Emily Bruner may just be an award-winning actress some day.

Bruner’s childhood dream has been to win a Tony Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement in live Broadway theater. If she accomplishes her goal, Bruner may have to thank her UALR mentor, assistant professor Stacy Pendergraft, from the stage.

“She’s my advisor for classes, but she’s been my director for two shows,” said Bruner. “I’ve taken two of her classes, and she’s the person I go to for advice. I value her thoughts and opinions very highly.”

Bruner was first exposed to the excellent theater faculty at UALR as a high school senior, but she says she also chose UALR because of the great scholarship opportunities, which helped alleviate the need for student loans.

Bruno has branched out beyond theater and is involved in sorority life, as well as the Chancellor’s Leadership Corps.

One word to describe her?

“Dedicated,” she said. “In everything I do, I give all of myself to it. That goes for my personal life as well as my professional and academic life.”

Bruno concluded, “I don’t like a half-baked job; I’m generally the person going the extra mile for the people in my life.”