When Corrie Green was a sophomore at Wilbur D. Mills High School, a friend begged her to join the Forensics Team, where students compete by performing short scripted pieces and improvisations.
It was there that Green, 20, of Sherwood, developed a love of acting that has only grown stronger since she started attending the University of Arkansas at Little Rock as a theater arts and dance major.
“I fell in love with acting in high school,” she said. “I got to UA Little Rock, and I loved it even more. I started growing and learning more about the different methods of acting.”
Green is on her way to becoming an even better actress since she has been selected to participate in the highly competitive American Theatre Wing’sSpringboardNYC program.
Held June 5-16 in New York City, the intensive two-week summer program is described as a “launching pad to a career in the theatre and an exclusive introduction to the culture and community of New York Theatre.”
“For two weeks, I will take intensive acting classes coupled with business-oriented classes of how to survive in a big city like New York as an actor and how to market yourself in a way to survive in your industry, how to get money, how to get points,” Green said. “It’s all about learning how to be a working, living artist.”
She is only the second UA Little Rock student to be selected for the program. The first student, Marquis Bullock, was the first student ever selected from the state of Arkansas.
Green was also one of a select group of students who received a two-thirds scholarship for her program tuition. Her cohort will include 35 acting students chosen from hundreds of applications from across the country.
During the program, Green will attend workshops, seminars, master classes, field trips to theaters, and Broadway performances. Participants will be special guests at the rehearsal broadcast for the Tony Awards and then work as seat fillers during the show.
The purpose of the SpringboardNYC program is to provide students with insight into the business of theater while connecting them to a network of working professionals and colleagues.
Green also volunteers as an assistant coach to the Forensic Team at Mills High School. At UA Little Rock, she performed in “The Learned Ladies,” “On Walking/Walking On,” “Fringe Festival,” and “Stop Kiss.”