Phillip Rogers `01 graduated from Graceland University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and went on to become the Creative Arts Pastor for Gateway Community Church in Austin, Texas and is active in commercial, television, film and live production.
Q: Why did you choose Graceland University?
A: When I was a high school senior, I was fortunate enough to have several schools offer me scholarships to attend their theatre and music programs - some being larger state schools or arts conservatories. But I fell in love with Graceland because I knew I was going to benefit and grow from the personal attention I would get in having access to amazing staff like Kate and JJ Musgrove. Instead of being a part of five or six large productions over the course of my college career, I was able to act, direct and produce in far more than that with my time at Graceland. This benefited me tremendously in developing as an artist.
Q: What’s the most important thing you learned at Graceland?
A: To enjoy the place where you are when you’re there. You will never get that time back. I remember many of my fellow students stating they could not wait to get out of Lamoni. I challenge current students to appreciate the experience while they are there. My time at Graceland has given me a lasting perspective on the world, which has been a very positive influence.
Q: What do you do now that you can link back to Graceland University?
A: I am an art director and feel truly blessed to be able to call myself an artist. I make a living doing something I love and am passionate about. Graceland helped me realize there should be a purpose to everything I do in life. Being creative and trying new things can make a difference in others’ lives. That is what makes it worthwhile for me.
Q: What significant preparation did Graceland provide you?
A: Graceland taught me how to truly value my friendships and relationships. The running joke is there is not much to do in Lamoni. However, because of Graceland’s location, it provided the opportunity for really good conversations, deeper relationships and great friendships. The atmosphere at Graceland also allowed me to focus on using my creativity and developing myself as an artist. To this day I love the friends I made at Graceland - a wonderful network of people I feel blessed to know.
Q: Where has your degree from Graceland taken you, and what are you doing now?
A: I received a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Graceland in 2001. The training I received at Graceland gave me confidence as an artist to pursue my dreams. I have participated in theatre programs at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and the British American Dramatic Academy in Oxford. I also made a move to Los Angeles to pursue acting and ultimately decided to settle on Austin, Texas, to continue my passion in acting. I am a member of the Screen Actors Guild and am active in commercial, television, film and live production.