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Fine Arts Alumni

Ashley Ottesen (Parker), Class of 2011

What are some of the most memorable and impactful moments in the Concordia Theatre program?

The community I believe was the most memorable. It was so rewarding to be surrounded by like-minded people telling stories. It was my most favorite class.

How did your involvement in the theatre help you to get where you are today?

I did theatre in middle school but the high school I attended before Concordia did not have a theatre program so it was Concordia that reintroduced my love of performing. So much so I continue performing today both on stage and on film.

What were your favorite moments/memories of the theatre program and why?

Performing Macbeth. It was my first ever Shakespeare performance and I have gone on to do many more Shakespeare plays. In fact the majority of my performances have been Shakespeare. It was also in Macbeth I was first introduced to stage combat, later going to Hong Kong with CISS theatre for the stage combat seminar. I’ve since learned quite a bit of stage combat and different weaponry. Due to that knowledge I’ve been fortunate to work as a combat choreographer and stunt coordinator on several stage and film projects.

What will you do with your theatre experience as you go forward in life?

Well I went on to earn my BFA in Acting. I’ve chosen acting as a career and it’s all because I did theatre at Concordia.

Are you creating/performing now?

Yes. I am currently in two plays. Taming of the Shrew and Arsenic and Old Lace. I am also scheduled to perform in a sitcom this coming April. If you get NBC you may see one of the many Nebraska Furniture Mart commercials I’ve done. I audition and work rather consistently. I’ve also been writing my own scripts for short and full feature films I hope to shoot one day.

Current employer or course of study.

I am self-employed as an actor. I have an agent here in Dallas helping me find big auditions. Dallas is considered a small market so the opportunities are few but I still manage to find enough to do as well as balancing my two kids.