Faculty Prize Winner Victoria Leach '15

In the fall of 2011, Victoria Leach ’15 enrolled in Introduction to Drama, an elective course in the Performing Arts Department at The Hun School of Princeton that served as her primer to the formal study of theatre and performing arts. During her four years at The Hun School, Victoria performed in four winter musicals and worked the tech crew during all other performances that took place on the stage of the John Andrew Saks ’32 Auditorium. This fall, Victoria will head to Hollywood, California where she will matriculate the University of California Los Angeles’ School of Theatre, Film, and Television to pursue her dream to forge a career in the entertainment industry.
In the fall of 2011, Victoria Leach ’15 enrolled in Introduction to Drama, an elective course in the Performing Arts Department at The Hun School of Princeton that served as her primer to the formal study of theatre and performing arts. During her four years at The Hun School, Victoria performed in four winter musicals and worked the tech crew during all other performances that took place on the stage of the John Andrew Saks ’32 Auditorium. This fall, Victoria will head to Hollywood, California where she will matriculate the University of California Los Angeles’ School of Theatre, Film, and Television to pursue her dream to forge a career in the entertainment industry.

Victoria said, “I realized, as an academically motivated person, that I have a lot of interests. I’ve always liked science. I like math. I’m a huge fan of history and English literature. And, The Hun School helped me to see that theatre is all of that. It is social action, it’s anthropology, it’s psychiatry and psychology, and it’s human behavior. The fact that theatre never made me choose – the fact that I could look at Hairspray and study the Civil Rights movement and music, performance, and acting – I really liked that. When I realized that through the study of theatre, I didn’t have to choose [a discipline], it made choosing theatre an easy decision.”

For her senior Capstone project, Victoria and classmate Devina Sabnis ’15 explored the business of theatrical productions with Stephanie Rosenberg, an associate producer of the Broadway musical On the Town. In addition to gaining valuable advice about resume building, headshots, booking rehearsal spaces, and networking, Ms. Rosenberg explained how she remained adaptable in her career in order to follow her dream of working in the entertainment industry.

Victoria’s Advanced Placement English Literature teacher Ted Shaffner, who earned his undergraduate degree in theatrical studies said, “What I liked about theatre study was that it didn’t make me compartmentalize my interests. Victoria and I share that. It is precisely her broad level of thinking that allows her to synthesize information from various sources so well. And, she draws upon her personal experiences to provide a unique perspective.”

Taking Ms. Rosenberg’s advice to heart, Victoria will follow the General Theatre track at UCLA with intentions to study directing, acting, musical theatre, and technical theatre. She will exercise her adaptability and critical thinking skills, while learning how to work on, off, and behind the stage.

During The Hun School’s 101st Commencement, Victoria Leach received the Faculty Prize –given to a The Hun School senior who most exemplifies those characteristics of scholarship, integrity, reliability, sportsmanship, leadership, and character the School most desires in its students. Mr. Shaffner categorized Victoria as a current-day Renaissance Woman and said, “Victoria represents what we want our students to be. She has a wide range of interests and has made a wide range of contributions to the School.”
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