Undergraduate Student Spotlights

Emily Kaczmarek

Educational Theatre

Dream study abroad location:
New Zealand, but I'd also love to go to central Africa.
Favorite Book (please include author):
Who Cooked the Last Supper?: The WoMen's History of the World, by Rosalind Miles.
My hidden talent:
I've been a singer my whole life-- I even recorded a CD last summer.
Three things I have with me at all times:
my cell phone, NYC subway map, and project journal-- for spontaneous brainstorming.
When I hear the word "genius," I think of:
Eve Ensler, Anna Deavere Smith, and, it must be said, J.K. Rowling.
My favorite study spot at NYU:
the stacks in Bobst.
Most adventurous thing I've ever done:
come out to my family.
Community service I am most proud of:
teaching arts workshops at Essex Street Academy.
Childhood ambition:
to be on Broadway!
Guilty pleasure:
chocolate cake from Max Brenner's.
My favorite thing about NYC:
it confronts me daily with the diversity, beauty, and struggles of humanity-- and compels me to live and work for others.
Most influential person during my college career at NYU:
so many! Especially my acting professor James Webb and advisor Nan Smithner, who believe so strongly in their students, and my friends Joyce and Gabriela, who are passionate about changing the world.
Biggest challenge:
not becoming overwhelmed by the number and magnitude of the world's problems, but instead focusing on the specific contributions I can make.
Dream job when I graduate:
playwright, director, educator, and activist for gender equality and the elimination of sexual violence.

Background Information

Where you grew up:
East Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Honors, Awards, and Achievements:
Dean's List
Community Service and Other Activities:
Open Exchange program at Essex Street Academy, NYU Halloween children's Parade.