My name is Liz Davies, and I am in first year university at Ryerson, in Toronto, where I am studying for my Bachelor of Arts in Performance Production.
For those of you who don’t know, Performance Production is the backstage portion of any performing art, such as dance, theatre and opera. In this program, I am learning things such as costume design, stage management (my two main interests), set design, lighting, drafting, plus all the fundamentals, such as theatre history.
I’m pretty lucky since I went to a specialized arts high school in Ottawa, called Canterbury. I was a student in the dramatic arts program, which gave me a basic knowledge of most of the things I am studying now, though most of what I learned there was acting. I do have one elective – I’m taking a pop literature course, in which I study such classics as “Robbie” by Isaac Asimov and “Bridget Jones’s Diary” by Helen Fielding.
Besides theatre, I have a range of interests. I read a lot, mostly fantasy novels and comic books, and I enjoy writing too, hence why I got chosen to write this blog. I also spend a fair amount of my time drawing, and/or exploring my new city, Toronto, with my friends. I hate shopping, but I do enjoy walking and seeing the different sides of Toronto. I think my “poor student” mentality is getting to me though, since I seem to prefer the slightly grungier side to all the high-end shops.
That’s the thing though – to really understand a place, you have to see all of its sides, like a person.
I was born and raised in Ottawa for basically my whole life, minus traveling, so it’s interesting to be permanently living in a completely different city, and exploring the differences between the two. It’s also nice to be here because I’m a little closer to my older brother, Tom, who lives in Peterborough. I’m the middle child of my family – my younger sister, Rachel, lives back home in Ottawa with my parents. We’re each three years apart, myself being eighteen.
This blog is to give advice to other post-secondary students such as myself, be you in university, college or some sort of conservatory, and I intend to do just that, by writing about my own experiences. You know what they say – it’s best to learn from other people’s mistakes – right?