In the Spotlight
Millikin University theatre major Joseph Bezenek, a senior from Sioux Falls, S.D., is entering his final semester as an undergraduate. Bezenek is certainly focused on the future as graduation approaches, but he is also focusing on what will make him a better actor and a good performer.
Bezenek was recently featured on Broadwayworld.com as part of the site's "Collegiate Theatrics" web series.
In reference to his collegiate career, Bezenek says, "My college career has been a huge success. Millikin University has lived up to its hype in regards to 'preparation for the world,' because Millikin has taught me to be a human being."
Bezenek has appeared as Gaston in "Beauty and the Beast" and Harold Hill in "The Music Man" at the O'Gorman High School Performing Arts. His Millikin mainstage credits include Alex in "The Little Dog Laughed," Zues in "String," Adam in "Yankee Tavern," and Angelo in "Measure for Measure."
"My favorite part of studying at Millikin University is having faculty that won't accept my average work, only spectacular," Bezenek said. "These individuals have been more than just teachers of craft; they have been parents of guidance. I can't imagine going through the rigorous art of theatre without having first been led by Millikin's faculty and staff."
Bezenek also directed and choreographed "[Title of Show]" at Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre, a student venture founded by Millikin's Center for Entrepreneurship and Department of Theatre and Dance.
Bezenek's professional debut was at the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre in Grand Lake, Colo., where he was a Chorus member and Billy understudy in "42nd Street," an Ancestor in "The Addams Family," and a Chorus member in "All Shook Up."
"I have a very solid idea on the direction I would like to take my career upon graduation," Bezenek said. "With that, I am very aware of the uncertainty in this field – but that excites me."
A James Millikin Scholar (JMS), Bezenek is currently preparing to direct the show "Red," where he will have the opportunity to direct both his current acting professor and mentor Alex Miller, Millikin associate professor of theatre and dance. Proceeds from the show will go to support the "Shakespeare Corrected" program at the Decatur Correctional Center in Decatur, Ill. Alex Miller brought "Shakespeare Corrected" to the Decatur Correctional Center to help make a positive difference for the inmates. The program helps the inmates find their abilities as actors.
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