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Performing Arts LLCs

Three of the living-learning communities located in Retama hall are for future performing arts professionals. The Department of Theatre and Dance is a short walk from Retama.

Performing Arts Center, Texas State University

Student Spotlights

Joann Gilliam

Joann Gilliam
Joann is a Musical Theatre major from Los Angeles, CA

How did the LLC help you transition from your hometown to Texas State?
Living with individuals who have similar interests to me, the musical theatre and the acting majors, it was easy to make this transition with friends.

What has been your favorite social activity thus far?

My favorite social activity was by far the LLC Olympics, I loved it!

How has the LLC helped you academically?

When I have to rehearse a monologue, a scene, a song, there is always someone there to give me feedback and you’re able to help out others as well.

Who is your favorite professor and why?
My favorite professor would have to be Michael Maresca, he teaches One Voice, he is always a phone call away!

What is a fun fact about you?

Back in LA, I was a MUA (makeup artist), I did make-up for proms, weddings, and even a music video! I also write songs!

T. Whit Flowers

T. Whit Flowers
Whit is an Acting major from Atlanta, GA

How did the LLC help you transition from your hometown to Texas State?

The LLC gave me the opportunity to spend time with people who I shared similar interests with, people who I immediately grew close with because of that. It was nice to just jump start into good relationships in college up front.

What has been your favorite social activity thus far?

My favorite thing to do is go see the shows on campus and discuss it with my peers at ‘Couch Talk,’ it’s nice to hear others’ opinions about what we saw.

How has the LLC helped you academically?
The LLC has given me the opportunity to study with people I go to classes with, we are able to help ourselves understand the material collectively.

Who is your favorite professor and why?

As freshmen BFA Acting majors, we spend most of our time with Neil Patrick Stewart, he was the one who recruited most of us and we’re really close to him.

What is a fun fact about you?

I have been to 40 out of the 50 states, mostly all of mid and west coast America.