Caitlin McCabe

Center Valley, PA

I’ve grown up around theatre. My dad is a theatre teacher and directed the shows at the school which I also attended. When I was little I would go and watch his rehearsals for hours and we’d see many shows together. I always have had a love for theatre.

Growing up, I was painfully shy and quiet. I hated the thought of any attention on me. When I got to middle school and high school I began to help my dad in rehearsals. I did stage manager duties but was not really what a stage manager should be. I did the paperwork, painting and props but rarely interacted with the cast. As a young middle schooler, the older high school kids in the cast intimidated me so I kept to myself.

As the years went on, I got more and more comfortable with my role as stage manager and really came out of my shell. By Sophomore year I was completely in charge of running the crew and making sure scene shifts were done smoothly and efficiently. That was the year I truly fully came out of my shell and discovered my voice and my confidence. I had to learn how to speak up and get people to listen in order to get things done.

The super shy and quiet girl I once was is now long gone. I do not hesitate to lead a group, to speak up and get thing done. The confidence I have now is worlds away from where I once was, and I owe it all to the leadership and responsibility that was handed to me through theatre.

Without theatre, I probably would still be as shy and quiet as I once was. Theatre has given me the confidence to command a room, make decisions and share my opinions. It has also given me the best friends I could ever ask for, and memories and experiences to last a lifetime. Theatre continues to be the place I feel most confident and the most sure of myself and everyone deserves to have a place or an activity that makes them feel the same way.