The performing arts division at Southwestern College recognizes a student Artist of the Month. The October selection is Maya Damron.
The honor goes is given by the performing arts division faculty to recognize a positive attitude, work ethic, quality of work, dependability and their effective work with others.
Damron is a senior from Albuquerque, N.M. and is the daughter of Maria Grundy and Kelly Regrouby. She is a music theater major at Southwestern.
Damron knew she wanted to pursue musical theater even though she hadn’t had any training before coming to SC.
“One of my mom’s friends came Southwestern and knew Allyson (Moon) and recommended the theatre program and I really wanted to do musical theatre,” Damron said. “I never had music lessons as a child. When I did a tour, I kind of fell in love with the place.”
Damron says she was searching for a smaller campus that provided a lot of one-on-one communication and that is what she found. Her biggest joy has been working with Amanda Li, director of choral activities and voice, and Josh Robinson, assistant professor of musical theater.
“Dr Li and Dr. Josh have been such an inspiration,” Damron said. “Josh has made me a better actor and Dr. Li has made me a better vocalist. She is one of the most talented persons I have ever met. She started telling me about opera and I was like, ‘wow I get to learn from her.’ Josh the same way, his energy and his ideas are incredible.”
Along with acting and singing, Damron has been the costume designer for most of the productions at SC. The shows most fun to costume design for her were “Clue” and “Into the Woods.”
“For ‘Into the Woods’ I hand sewed the Cinderella wedding dress and that was so fun to do as a freshman. To get that opportunity was so cool.”
Li has been impressed with the progress that Damron has made.
“Maya has proven herself to be a reliable individual who always does her best in every task she commits to take on. She sets a great example for all of us with the kindness and respect she shows to her fellow students and teachers.”
Damron, who is also the Campus Players president, will perform and costume design for the upcoming production of “Mac Beth” Nov. 12-14.
She hopes to work in the musical theater field after graduation in Colorado or Boston. She was elated to find out she had been selected as the Performing Arts Student of the Month.
“I was so excited and shocked,” Damron said. “I am grateful for it and everything that my professors allow me to do. I vowed I would explore everything I could and I have and it has paid off.”