Claire Heronemus

Class Year

’17

Hometown

Batavia, Illinois

Major(s)

Theatre

Minor(s)

Communication

Claire Heronemus has loved theatre her entire life and was excited to pursue it as a major at Carthage, supported by experienced and caring professors. “I honestly couldn’t pick a favorite professor in the Theatre Department,” she said. “There are some whom I spend more time with than others, but every professor is awesome in their own right.”

Claire has had many opportunities at Carthage that she could never have predicted. “For my J-Term, I am going to New York as a theatre class to see and reflect upon around nine different shows and to multiple museums,” she said. “In addition to New York, we are taking last year’s show, No Name, to the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival. Talk about a dream come true!”

“I am going to school for something I love and being surrounded by wonderful people while I’m at it.” 

Claire Heronemus, ’17

Career goal

“I would love to potentially open up my own community theatre geared towards all ages, or to direct in a community.”

How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?

“It seems kind of cheesy, but I honestly couldn’t pick a favorite professor in the Theatre Department. There are some whom I spend more time with than others, but every professor is awesome in their own right.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class was also my hardest. I took Acting I with Martin McClendon, the department chair, and it was almost refreshing to have a new set of eyes critique my acting. But it was also the hardest because Martin sees the potential in everyone and he pushes you toward living up to that potential until he’s satisfied (which is never because you can always do better). At times it gets frustrating, but I learned more about acting in that one class than I did in my two classes and 15 shows in high school put together.”

Campus involvement

“I am involved on campus, mostly in the theatre Scene Shop, but I am also a member of a few other clubs, and I attend Wednesday chapel whenever I can.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“I have been blessed with great opportunities. For my J-Term, I am going to New York as a theatre class to see and reflect upon around nine different shows and to multiple museums. This one class itself is honestly more than I could have ever hoped for in my four years at college. In addition to New York, this summer we are taking last year’s show, No Name, to the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival, and after an interview process, I was selected as a PR person as well as working on costume crew, so I am able to go as well. Talk about a dream come true!”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“Some of my favorite moments here at Carthage were during Orientation Week. You meet so many new friends, some that stick and some that don’t, but were still great to meet anyway. I met all of my greatest friends here that week and I am so grateful.” 

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite place to go on campus would have to be on the beach down near Madrigrano and Johnson Halls. There are few places I feel more at peace than right by the water, listening to the waves crashing.”

Biggest surprise so far

“I think the biggest surprise at Carthage is really just how friendly everyone is. Not that I expected people to be mean, but just the little things surprise me like when people hold the door open for you, or smile as you pass. Even seeing your friends walking down Campus Drive is just generally fun.”

What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?

“If 8-year-old me knew what I was doing now, I probably wouldn’t have been very surprised. Theatre has been a point of interest for me since preschool. I would have thought it a dream come true, which it definitely is. I am going to school for something I love and being surrounded by wonderful people while I’m at it.” 

Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?

“My only advice for any prospective students would be to trust your gut and find somewhere that can be your home away from home; everything else will fall into place. You just have to keep an open mind and enjoy life as it comes to you.”