By Zach Taber, Assistant Arts & Entertainment Editor
Graduating senior and theatre arts major Anastacia Muñoz is leaving Post with a plethora of accolades to their name, and what’s certain to be a very bright future ahead of them. Throughout her time here, Muñoz has been incredibly involved in the theatre department, where she’s spearheaded both student projects and entire organizations. However they haven’t ever limited themselves in their scope of involvement, and they’re leaving Post with a wide array of memories they’ve gotten to experience from all over campus.
Muñoz’s collegiate journey actually began elsewhere, but transferring to Post’s theatre program gave her the rigorous theatre training she wanted out of a collegiate experience.
“I was a student at another university in the midwest, and I was not getting the training that I wanted as an actor” Muñoz said. “I did a bunch of walk-in auditions & that is where I met Dave Hugo, his honesty, in addition to the incredible training, sold me on coming to LIU for their theater program.”
As a Post student, Muñoz dove headfirst into their involvement in the school’s theatre department. The Emerging Student Theatre Artists (ESTA) club was one way they were able to make the most out of being involved in the theatre community on campus.
“Joining ESTA, for me, was a no brainer,” Muñoz said. Not only were they an active participant, they would eventually be elected as an e-board member of the organization.
“In my four years at Post, I was able to hold two positions on the e-board, the marketing position my junior year & the co-president this year. Additionally, I was in Katz the Musical as Old Deuteronomy, Ensemble in Once On This Island and I directed the Anonymous Seussical the Zoomsical.”
Muñoz’s involvement in the theatre department hardly ended with their commitment to ESTA. During her time at Post, she also performed in multiple mainstage shows, was selected as a company coach, a senior leadership position in the theatre department and worked in the school’s costume shop, all of which they look back on fondly as their time here is coming to a close.
“My favorite memories include teaching every incoming freshmen class how to sew, being a part of the inaugural Shakespeare class, and being chosen as a Company Coach,” she said.
Though the theatre department remained her priority over her time here, Muñoz never limited themselves in their involvement on campus, and she harbors fond memories from a plethora of different experiences at Post.
“Within the school, my favorite memory would have to be making new friends while working at the Tilles Center,” they said.
Though they’ll certainly be missed as a Post student, Muñoz already has exciting plans lined up for her future, which will certainly lead her to be as successful in life as they’ve been here on campus. With the rigorous training they’ve received here, and the skills they’ve formulated through their incredibly thorough involvement at school, she’s leaving Post more than prepared to tackle the theatre industry at large.
“After I graduate in May, I will be a Teaching Artist Trainee at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta, Georgia for the summer, where I plan on moving to start my tv, film and theater career,” Muñoz said. “I want my future to be surrounded by the arts whether it be performing on a stage or a screen, running my own theater company or teaching a new generation the power of theater.”