Arts Enterprise and Cultural Innovation profile: Paden Koltiska, theatre

Arts Enterprise and Cultural Innovation profile: Paden Koltiska, theatre


[MUSIC PLAYING] PADEN KOLTISKA: I
come from a community where it’s kind of
scary to be gay– very conservative,
very traditional. Having it be a piece
of who you are and then not being able to express
that, it’s a lot on a person, you know? My first exposure to theater
was in elementary school. A lot of what it
is is just truth, speaking your truth as a person. That’s what makes it
scary, but also rewarding, and you learn a
lot through that. Theater helped me to
be more expressive, figure out who I am, and be
more confident in myself. Singing discordantly amid the
weeping of my fellow sailors. Theater was the pathway. I’m like, OK, this is
what’s pulling at my heart. So I actually came in
college really nervous. I knew I wanted to do
professional acting. But I’m like, what
makes me think that I’m in any way
good enough, I guess? That’s why I was like, I need
to do something that’s a backup. So I actually came to
college originally wanting to do business and theater. And then I found
the AECI program, which was the business aspect,
but tailored to being an actor. LUCAS G SENGER:
Students come in, and we’re really focused
on helping them develop their skills and talents. And that doesn’t
leave a lot of focus on what does it take to be
successful as this thing that I’m training
myself to become? What we do in AECI is
expand that knowledge base for young creatives
as they’re getting ready to take the reins on
their own creative career. ARIC MAYER: In the Arts
Enterprise and Cultural Innovation minor, we’re
talking about basic principles of how to create
value in the world and how to align them
with the needs of people. Whatever that core
creative act that they are engaged in within
the university, we immediately start treating
them as creative professionals. What we observe, then,
is a kind of acceleration from that process. PADEN KOLTISKA:
Starting the AECI minor, there’s just so much that
I have learned here so far. This actual formal
study of what I enjoy has really helped me be
more confident in myself. We always talk about
living truthfully in imaginary circumstances, and
so you have to live truthfully. And if you’re not, the
audience is going to know.

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