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VFCC Alumnus Directs Her First Theater Play

by Office of Marketing | November 30, 2010
Recent alum, Priscilla Coffey '10, is no stranger to the theater community at Valley Forge Christian College. But this winter, she decided to step onto another stage of her theater career by directing her first play, Shakespeare's Macbeth, this past November.
Directed by Priscilla Coffey

Recent alum, Priscilla Coffey '10, is no stranger to the theater community at Valley Forge Christian College. But this winter, she decided to step onto another stage of her theater career by directing her first play, Shakespeare's Macbeth, this past November. 

Priscilla said that the experience of directing was both interesting and challenging. SheDirector of Shakespeare's Macbeth loved working with the actors and considered herself a "collaborative director" since she enjoyed allowing those she led to add their own creativity into the characters and scenes. The challenge came from the daunting reminder that she had the final say in varied situations and couldn't second-guess herself, even when she needed to make tough calls or answer new questions. 

Priscilla performed in VFCC's All in the TimingThe CrucibleAnne Frank, andThe Curious Savage. Her talents even continued to the backstage where she was a makeup artist for The Crucible and Little Women, assistant directed with Professor Mathias in Tartuffe, and worked as the Backstage Manager for Our Town. Working in so many different areas allowed her to discover her favorite focuses - acting and directing. "They are completely different but both so creative," she says. "When you're acting, you have to focus on becoming familiar with who you are so you can portray someone else. With directing, you see what the audience sees and think more in a big picture style." 

Growing up in Florida, Priscilla performed in some dramas and skits through her church, but Valley Forge Christian College was her first experience with on-stage theater, an atmosphere with which she soon fell in love. As she continued her college career, she knew that her calling was to Children's Ministry, so she worked toward a degree in that field. However, she also prays that her merged affections for children and theater will someday allow her to use both in ministry. Priscilla will complete her Master of Arts in Theater Studies from Regent University in May 2011.Click here to view photos from the play.