Spencer Jacobsen

Class Year

’15

Hometown

Rockford, Ill.

Major(s)

Theatre, Public Relations

Spencer Jacobsen came to Carthage to study theatre, and he has been amazed by the faculty and the opportunities he has been afforded. “In my first two J-Terms, I got to go on amazing trips through the department,” he said. “I can’t imagine I would’ve had this many opportunities in such a short span of time at a larger school.”

Spencer has been able to hone his skills in a smaller environment, which allows for more personal instruction. “We also have a playwright come in and write a brand new play for us every year, part of our New Play Initiative,” he remarked. “No other school can say they perform new works as often as we do!”

“If you’re serious about theatre, Carthage is the place to be. I firmly believe that this is the best place to get professional preparation for real world application in the theatre world. You’d be doing yourself a disservice not to hone your craft here.”

Spencer Jacobsen, ’15

Career goal

“I’m doing a lot of work with sound designing in the theatre program here. My long-term goal is to be able to open up my own recording studio and be able to do work for larger studios. My dream would be to record for headliner bands and do voice work for feature films.”

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

“At the risk of offending the others, I love all of them equally.”

Favorite class

“Probably my most recent J-Term class. It was all about the symbolist style of theatre. The best part was, we got to perform some of the original symbolist works and pieces that we wrote!” 

Campus involvement

“It’s been all theatre for me the past year or so now, but I used to be a part of the Maximum Capacity a cappella group. That was awesome.” 

Toughest class

“Acting II with Herschel Kruger. Just be ready to act better.” 

 

Opportunities at Carthage

“In my first two J-Terms, I got to go on amazing trips through the department. My first J-Term took me to Manhattan, where we saw an obscene number of Broadway shows in just two weeks. The next year, I was cast in a show that we took to open in Dublin, Ireland! That was my first chance to perform internationally, and it gave me so many fond memories, not to mention resume-building material. This summer, I’ve got another great opportunity with the department. We’re taking a show to the International Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland! And I’m in that cast too. I can’t imagine I would’ve had this many opportunities in such a short span of time at a larger school. We also have a playwright come in and write a brand new play for us every year, part of our New Play Initiative. No other school can say they perform new works as often as we do!”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“The moments where I realize that the friendships I’m building are going to extend far beyond these four years. I came to Carthage knowing no one, but I’ve quickly grown close with a number of people I’m sure I’ll know for years to come.” 

Favorite spot on campus

“That beach. It’s so nice to walk along the beach at any time of year. The view is just amazing all the time.”

Biggest surprise so far

“The biggest surprise for me is that I intend to go into sound work as a profession. I had no idea I had that in me or that that was even a possibility.”

 

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

“I think my 8-year-old mind would be blown! It’s crazy where I’m at now. I would never have guessed back then that theatre and sound were what I’d want to do.”

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

“If you’re serious about theatre, Carthage is the place to be. I firmly believe that this is the best place to get professional preparation for real world application in the theatre world. You’d be doing yourself a disservice not to hone your craft here.”