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Carla Weideman, junior acting major, took her first acting class in 7th grade. “Before that, I was super quiet and shy,” Weideman said. “In the acting class, I became more alive and felt more like myself.”
In high school, Weideman was involved in a small literature-based theater company in the Twin Cities. They performed works of Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, and Anne Frank. This experience fueled her passion for theater.
UMD’s theater department impressed Weideman. She gives credit to UMD for helping her grow and discover herself. “I have been able to act in plays in a lot of different styles, from experimental to the classical,” Weideman said. “The program has helped me develop a wide range of acting skills.”
Weideman is the recipient of UMD’s Erwin and Beverly Goldfine Scholarship for Academic Excellence. The Goldfine Scholarship was established in the name of the late Erwin L. Goldfine, Duluth business leader and a regent of the University of Minnesota for 12 years.
The scholarship recipients are in the top five percent of all the students in their college and are selected by the dean on the basis on their academic achievement and leadership experience.
One highlight of Weideman's sophomore year was meeting Beverly Goldfine, wife of Erwin Goldfine. “She has traveled around the world; she received an honorary doctorate; and she is involved in many community projects,” Weideman said. “It’s really an honor for me to receive the award. I am so thankful for all the support I have received from my professors, the scholarships, and my fellow students.”This fall Weideman was cast in Smoke and Mirrors, part of a series of 10-minute plays all written, directed and performed by UMD students. In December, she performed in No Exit another play written, directed, and performed by UMD students. One dream Weideman has is to get a summer internship at a summer classical theatre company.
Weideman said that she has been very lucky to have received the support of her professors in the theater department. "Tom Isbell, Ann Bergeron and Kate Ufema are simply amazing. They have each helped me so much."
UMD has been a good fit. “I learned more here than I could have at any other place,” Weideman said.
Written by Cheryl Reitan with Madiha Mirza, December 2012
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