Name: Simone Stadler’13
Hometown: Portland, Ore.
What brought me to Beloit: It was really the people. When I came here as a prospective student, I wasn’t really considering Beloit as a serious option but I had the most incredible visit. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming in a completely unassuming way. The professors encouraged me to share my opinions in the classes I was sitting in on, the students I met were genuinely curious about my life and interests, and when I got home I had three emails from a professor, a student, and an admissions counselor, all giving me follow-up information on things I’d voiced interest in just in passing. I went with my gut, and I’ve never regretted the decision.
You may have seen me: Onstage in various theater productions.
My favorite class at Beloit, and why you should take it: Emerging Infectious Diseases. The most terrifying and most fascinating class I’ve taken at Beloit. I originally took it to fill a science requirement, but it completely turned my world upside down and made me decide to become a health and society major.
The best book I've read at Beloit: I just read the play Clybourne Park for my directing class, and it’s hands down one of the most brilliant plays I’ve ever read. I was also lucky enough to get to go see it at the Milwaukee Rep right after reading it.
What are you working on? My current theater project is Kid Simple: A Radio Play in the Flesh, directed by John Kaufmann. It’s a really quirky play modeled after old-time radio shows, but with a modern, poetic twist and a whole slew of live sound effects. It’s the most fun I’ve had on a Beloit show in my four years here. We open tonight! (Thursday, Feb. 21).
Who are your top-three fantasy dinner party guests? Jason Segal, Michelle Obama, Dumbledore.
Proudest moment? Co-directing the play Popcorn last semester. It was an entirely student-run production and it was the most work I’ve ever put into anything in my life. I’ve never been a part of such an enormously collaborative project like that before and it was absolutely mind-blowing to see it all come together after months of work into a really fantastic production.
What’s your karaoke standard? “Bohemian Rhapsody,” by Queen.