IN THIS WEEK’s “Faces of ITS” profile, meet Cameron Mayers, a recent graduate and five-star Thespian from Troupe 4537 at Pearl High School in Pearl, Mississippi.

Cameron Mayers

Cameron Mayers

How has theatre impacted your life?
Theatre is, and will always be, my everything. I’ve had the opportunity to meet the most amazing and influential people in my life because of this art form we’ve all grown to love. Through theatre, I have discovered not only more about myself but also how this art form positively impacts the world and how we can utilize it to bring positive change. Without theatre, I would not be who I am today.

What is one lesson you’ve learned from theatre?
Theatre taught me that no matter where you are, the members of this community will support you through everything. We’re in crazy times in this world, and seeing how Thespians from across the globe have supported each other through these hardships is truly a beautiful thing. I’ve had the great opportunity to be part of One Theatre Movement, which was a project to help bring together and support any Thespian through these moments of uncertainty. It’s been eye-opening to see how much love and support this community has for one another.

What has been your favorite theatre experience so far?
My favorite theatre experience is recent. In February, Mississippi’s Senate and House of Representatives passed Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 506, which recognized the month of March as Theatre in Our Schools Month for the entire state. This was not just for me, not a selfish act, but for all the students and teachers currently involved with and participating in educational theatre in Mississippi and those theatre alumni of our schools that learned so much from these amazing organizations. This is the most important experience to me because it not only showed me the power that educational theatre has but also how it can shape the futures of everyone with the opportunity to be part of it.

Who is your theatre hero?
My theatre hero is actually a group of people who have been a great influence on me this past year, specifically Erick Weeks, Shannon McDowell, Harriet Matthews, Janice Weaver, Esther Newell, Debby Gibbs, Trisha Jordan, International Thespian Troupes 4537 and 1180, and most importantly, Kimberly Mayers. Without the support of these amazing people, I would not be in the position I am today. Thank you so much for inspiring me and pushing me to always act well my part.

What theatrical character or show best describes your life?
Hamilton, hands down. Alexander Hamilton took the misfortunes of his upbringing and through his ambition, determination, and love for his craft used them to catapult his way to being one of the most important figures in our nation’s history. His most important lesson is leaving a legacy, showing how you can make your mark on the world. I try to live by this daily, to make a positive impact around me.

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