Amberlin McCormick

Amberlin McCormick
Hometown: Wake Forest, NC
Bachelor of Arts in Theatre

Give a little general information about yourself: how did you become interested in theatre?

Being a quiet child, I have always dreamed of being the person that everyone was yearning to hear what they had to say. In high school, my dance teacher urged me to audition for the play Hairspray. I was cast as a part of the ensemble and I was hooked. The first few years of college I tried to fool myself into pursuing other degrees while acting in gigs on the side. However, one year I participated in the on-campus Ms. Black and Gold Pageant sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity incorporated, where I performed a monologue for my talent. I received so much support and praise from my colleagues that I had to pursue it fully. So I changed my major, and a girl is still graduating ON TIME!

What kind of career do you hope to have?

I hope to have a long career directing and acting in shows in the Off-Broadway community as well as in films. In these projects, I will work every day I work towards creating stories and taking ownership of roles to erase the rubric of “acceptable blackness.” The artist I am inspired by is Ntozake Shange and her choreo-poems, which involved acting, poetry, dance, and music, and which she wrote and performed. My future self will be an all-around multifaceted artist, because the theatre I have fallen in love with contains one or more crafts of mine in it.

What is your favorite thing about the theatre department?

“A good theatre education is a good human education.” That quote encapsulates this theatre department fully. Everything from our productions, to the open discussions we have in class helps students to live to be present and to educate and empathize with other people, no matter what culture. UNC Charlotte’s theatre program has introduced me to the type of theatre I would like to create.

Do you participate in any community cultural activities or work in the Charlotte arts community? If so, please describe.

I have performed at the Charlotte RAW Artist showcase this past fall with my dance group, le trio, hosted three shows at Carowinds this summer, and volunteered and attended the Charlotte Film Festival.

When you are not in class, studying, working or rehearsing, what do you like to do for fun?

I find fun in anything that I do. I try lots of activities when I’m bored, especially if they are free, like dodgeball, African dance, Karaoke etc.  I love to laugh. I am a person that will fine something hilarious in every situation.