Latora Lezotte

Class Year

’20

Hometown

De Pere, Wisconsin

Major(s)

Theatre

Minor(s)

Studio Art

“I love my field and could spend every day of my life doing any job related to costuming, lighting, or makeup.”

Latora Lezotte, ’20

Career goal

“At some point after graduation, I want to go on to grad school to get a master’s degree in costume and lighting design with the end goal of designing a show either on or off Broadway.”

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

“As a junior in high school applying for Carthage, I didn’t have any theatre experience whatsoever and was worried I wouldn’t make it into the department during my portfolio review. I contacted Professor Herschel Kruger, and he assisted me in writing my résumé to showcase what experience I had and helped in every way possible to give me the best chance for acceptance.

“During my review, the faculty passed me on to speak with Professor Kimberly Instenes. She saw my makeup and sewing skills and took me under her wing. The rest of the faculty were amazing at welcoming me into the department when my freshman year began, and they have all been supportive in every way since!”

Favorite class

“My favorite classes so far have been my advanced makeup class and costume design class. Both of these classes are all about two of my favorite aspects of theatre and are the classes I need to boost my skills in and get help to do everything correctly and in the best way possible.”

Campus involvement

“I am a part of the Honorary Theatre Fraternity, Alpha Psi Omega. This fraternity is not only accepting for those who are in our department. We also hold many events to raise money for different causes. Our biggest happens to be APO Broadway Cares which is a fundraiser that helps fight AIDS.”

Toughest class

“My toughest class would have to be Intro to 3-Dimensional Design because there are a lot of assignments that I had to complete in a very little amount of time.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“My freshman year I took a J-Term trip to Namibia, Africa, with Professor Peter Dennee, and I had the most life changing experience! Last year, I was on costume crew for Carthage’s production of “Marriage A La Mode” and for the production of “The Mystery of Edwin Drood.” I have also designed makeup for the shows “Twin Set” and “Mother Courage.” This year, I was the light-board operator for the College’s production of “Silent Sky” and the makeup designer for the musical “Into the Woods.”

Scholarships

“I have received a few scholarships from Carthage, and I also received a scholarship from Carthage Theatre. Having come from no previous experience and gotten a scholarship for theatre has meant the world to me. The whole department is allowing me to show what I can do, and I could never thank the faculty or my peers enough for all the support they continue to show!”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“My favorite moments and memories happen either in the costume/scene shop or back stage during one of the shows. It is so enjoyable to be with a group of people who all love to do the same thing — make theatre! We are a very open department that strives to put on the best shows. Everyone works hard to make the sets, costumes, and produce the shows.”

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus would have to be the costume shop. When I’m there, I get to do what I love and suddenly nothing around me or the situations I may be going through matters.”

Biggest surprise so far

“The biggest surprise for me has been the immense love our department shares! Everyone wants the best for everyone else, and most of us stretch our abilities across a couple different aspects of theatre. Everyone has an overwhelming love for supporting everyone who is a part of each show.”

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

“I think my 8-year-old self would be super excited to see me going in this direction. My grandma and mom actually taught me how to sew when I was about 8, and I think it would make a lot of sense to continue with that!”

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

“I love my field and could spend every day of my life doing any job related to costuming, lighting, or makeup. It doesn’t matter whether you actually design or not. There are so many smaller jobs to work with the designer on in order to make the project a reality.

“For those who want to do costume design or any aspect of theatre really, all I can say is that hard work, dedication, and determination will send you leaps and bounds forward. If you are passionate about what you do and work hard for it, you can achieve anything! One last thing would be understanding for the fact that you can’t do everything. We all work together with others and without teamwork it’ll never work.”

Why Carthage?

“Carthage has a low student to professor ratio, which means I get more one-on-one time with the professors in my department. A smaller department leads to more hands-on learning and more opportunities.”