By immersing himself in Carthage theatre’s “phenomenal” environment and program, Joshua Maloney has become a dedicated liberal arts student determined to find success in his career field. Joshua credits the program’s inspiring faculty, specifically theatre professor Neil Kristian Scharnick, for encouraging him to reach his full theatre potential.
“I chose Carthage because I loved the small, liberal arts atmosphere,” he said. “The close relationships I have with my professors has greatly helped my education. The well-rounded program we have will also help me as I continue into my career field after college.”
When he’s not at work on a production, which is almost never, Joshua enjoys the lake, living in the Oaks, and hanging out with friends. In his future years at Carthage, Joshua hopes to continue working hard with his fellow students and staff members on plays, musicals, and internships.
“I would love to work as an actor, director, and playwright after college. After a few years of experience, I’d like to return to my education and pursue a postgraduate degree.”
“This one is difficult because of how amazing our faculty is. I would have to say that Dr. Neil Kristian Scharnick is a fascinating and inspiring man. He dedicates himself to helping his students. I know that he has helped me expand my knowledge and pursue incredible ideas, and I love that about him.”
“It’s hard to say. I find so many of my classes valuable! However, I’m currently in Costume Design and the class environment that we create is phenomenal. The amount of fun we have, the creative expression, and the challenges we’re presented with constantly have me excited to go back.”
“American Literary Traditions with Dr. Shannon Brennan. She is one of the best educators I know and helps nurture her students while still challenging them. I’m in another one of her classes right now and I couldn’t be more excited.”
“No, but I’ve been on the lookout. A great thing about this program is that I’m able to contact my professors and they’re very helpful in getting me started.”
Opportunities at Carthage
“Never in my life have I worked on so many shows nonstop! The diverse ways in which I’ve helped with each production have been outstanding and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”
“I received a few, but I’m most grateful for my theatre scholarship. Coming from a less fortunate home, it was nice that the Carthage theatre program truly showed they wanted me here and would do what they could to make it happen.”
“I’m involved in plays, musicals, and everything that happens on the stage. I am constantly working on a production.”
Favorite moments at Carthage
“I live in the Oaks and we all live so close to each other. Being able to have that much of a connection with those living around me makes campus truly feel like home.”
Biggest surprise so far?
“The biggest surprise was how easily I was able to adapt to the culture on campus and in our department. I always felt so welcomed and it made the transition so much easier.”
What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?
“I’d hope that he’d be proud. I’m taking a lot of risks I wouldn’t have as a kid and I’m truly working to make a future for myself in a relatively unstable career. I don’t think I’d have done that even three years ago. The environment here has helped turn me into that kind of person.”
Advice for other students considering your major
“Be ready to work. Great opportunities come to those who show they can do it!”