November 05, 2015
Like many new students, James Costello '12 came to Susquehanna as an undecided major. He planned to do "a little bit of everything" before choosing.
But that didn't last long.
"The first people I met in the theatre program were Doug Powers and Erik Viker. Their enthusiasm and love for what they do was contagious, and I knew that this was where I needed to be," says Costello, who majored in theatre and minored in broadcasting.
Costello recently completed a Master in Fine Arts in theatre from the University of South Carolina, where he had the chance to play Hamlet and was voted "Best Leading Actor in a Play" by BroadwayWorld South Carolina. He has spent four seasons working at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, where he's acted on the main stage, taught with their educational program and performed a six-month tour with their educational touring company "Shakespeare Live!"
"Susquehanna provided me with the tools to succeed and the confidence to make my dreams a reality. My advice for current theatre students is: keep working on your craft. The program and the school will give you the tools, but it is your job as an artist to use them," he says.