Chloe Sullivan

Chloe Sullivan graduated in 2018 with a BS in Theatre and Dance as an acting emphasis. During her time at Chloe SullivanLU she appeared in over 10 productions including Almost Maine, The Glass Menagerie, Silent Sky, Still Life with Iris and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Chloe just wrapped up The Best Christmas Pageant Ever as Maxine and Mrs. McCarthy with Main Street Theatre in Houston, TX and took a moment to reflect with us on her time here at Lamar University. 

What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishments (both personally and professionally)?

In 2015, I took a two-year break from college to reset. I wasn't in a great headspace and I needed time to grow. Coming back to Lamar and finishing out my degree is what I consider to be my greatest accomplishment. I have not once regretted my choice and I attribute much of my success to the education I received.  

In what way(s) did your time at Lamar University impact your career or who you are today? 

When I first began my collegiate career at Lamar University majoring in biology, I had no idea who I was or exactly what it was I wanted to do. I had a narrow path mapped out for my life but I quickly learned that path was not what I wanted for myself. Once I switched my major to theatre, I discovered who I was and how I wanted to impact the world. The Theatre and Dance department at Lamar University gave me the opportunity to collaborate with some of the most incredible people. It was those same people that taught me to strive for art in everything I do.

What is your most fond memory or favorite story of your time at Lamar University? 

My most fond memory of my time at Lamar University occurred right before I stepped on stage for the first time. I was standing backstage with a belly full of nerves, listening to the pre show announcement, and suddenly I was hit with a feeling of rightness. I realized in that moment that I couldn't do anything else. It’s not about making money or achieving fame. For me, theatre is about chasing that moment anywhere I can find it.

What advice would you give current students and young alumni in your field?

My advice to current students and young alumni in my field is to embrace the “no” because it’s not going Still Life with Irisanywhere. You are going to be told no more than you are told yes. It’s not personal, it’s a business. You will not be right for every role and that’s okay. Your job is to be the best version of you that you can be. Never stop taking classes, attending workshops and embracing opportunities. Those are what will lead you to the yes. 

A special thank you to Chloe for taking the time to share her experiences with us. You can see Chloe next in Macbeth for Baker Shakespeare at Rice University. Follow LUTD on Facebook as we continue to follow Chloe and her post-graduate journey.

Best Christmas

Photo Credits: Still Life with Iris presented by LUTD, photo by Lynn Lane. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever courtesy of Main Street Theatre in Houston, TX.