Elizabeth Meyer Dekker '01
After marrying a hot young Calvin actor by the name of Nicholas Dekker, we moved to Columbus, Ohio, in 2002 to attend graduate school at The Ohio State University. I graduated with her Masters in Theatre two years later, after studying the work of Samuel Beckett, directing and theatre management. After graduation, I worked as a Special Event Planner and Holiday Décor Designer and then took a job by Columbus-based inventor, entrepreneur and Internet celebrity Paul Robinett to manage his businesses and life. I am also the co-founder and Curator for Wild Goose Creative, an arts collective which strives to connect and support artists from various media in the central Ohio area.
Calvin Theatre Company provided me with the skills and appreciation to do pretty much any job that I face. The abilities that I learned in the crews, as well as my directing and design experience has made me a true jack-of-all-trades that has proven useful more than once! God continues to shape my life, job and overall direction; the most obvious way has been founding Wild Goose Creative with my best friends. This fulfilled a dream that we were discussing during rehearsals in CTC over seven years ago. Knowing that He knows the path and has been lighting the way throughout this process is the most comforting and exciting part!
Some of my favorite roles were always being the director of Sushi plays, Vaclav Havel’s The Mistake, and Beckett’s Catastrophe. Stage managing The Ghost Sonata, serving as AD and make-up design crew for the Comedy of Errors, I was on The CTC student board for 2 years, I co-produced sushi my senior year, and brought 24 hour theatre to Calvin College. I also loved paint crew, electrics, and working with our brilliant Melissa Mertz in the costume shop.
Advice for aspiring actors
Learn every skill, play every role, and work every crew you can. You never know when someone might need an obscure talent. Respect every member of every cast, and don’t burn bridges. Go above and beyond—study theatre, read theatre, see theatre. The more you immerse yourself in it—and other arts—the more you will learn about yourself, your talents, and your art.