I Am Rutgers took sometime to meet with School of Arts and Sciences student, Meghan King about her role as Producer for Cabaret Theatre. Double majoring in History and Women’s and Gender Studies, King is looking forward to her final year at Rutgers and working with the popular theater company.
I Am Rutgers: What inspired you to be a member of Cabaret Theatre?
Meghan King: I remember when I came to Rutgers my first year; I knew I wanted to get involved in theater. I had done theater all of my high school career and so I knew it was important to me to join. I showed up at Cabaret and said, “Give me job” and I haven’t left since!
I Am Rutgers: What leadership roles have you had?
MK: Since I first showed up at Cabaret, I have been consistently involved and my roles have varied widely. I have Stage Managed two main stage productions, I directed in both the Director’s Showcase and the Original Play Festival. I served for a year as Cabaret’s first Technical Coordinator, a position I developed to bridge the gap between the tech crew and Executive Board. Most recently I have been the acting Producer of Cabaret—overseeing 12 productions in our space thus far.
I Am Rutgers: What has your experience been like in your leadership roles?
MK: Until I came to Cabaret Theatre, I never fully recognized the strong connection between leadership and theater. This year I learned that the two are intimately intertwined. I am very proud to say that I have worked harder this year as Producer than I have at anything else in my entire life and I am so thrilled to be returning to this beloved theater next year.
I Am Rutgers: What do you look forward to achieving as continuing member?
MK: I think we all have worked tirelessly toward the many successes we’ve shared here this year. We raised over two thousand dollars for various charities; our shows sold out for the majority of our season; and we collaborated with other fantastic student organizations. I hope to continue to foster these kinds of successes next year, but also to continue to help Cabaret be a strong and collaborative organization.
I Am Rutgers: What is one memorable event that you guys have held as a club or participated in and why?
MK: This year when I came into the role, I wanted to give more opportunities to up-and-coming playwrights. Up until we had done the Annual Original Play Festival, which features short 10-30 minute plays by students. However, having an outlet for longer student plays was something that I thought could be really powerful for the space. When we made the proposal packet for this slot in our season we didn’t know what we were going to get. What we did get was A Night of One Acts. Out of the creative and brilliant minds of Stephen Hilger and Allison Kroeper came these two shows that gave the theater and outside community a really amazing piece of theater. Each act featured one show, they were also directed and acted by students.
I Am Rutgers: Why should other students want to join?
MK: Cabaret Theatre is exactly what we make out of it. We develop our whole season through the proposals of those who want to direct. We had everything this year from musicals, to plays, to original shows, to nights of improv comedy, to musical revues. But more than all of the opportunities that Cabaret fosters, it gives those involved here a family away from home. My best friends are at Cabaret Theatre and when I showed up here they welcomed me with open arms into this organization. That is the kind of environment we have here.
To get involved at Cabaret Theatre check out their website or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Yegide Matthews