Meet the 2020/2021 SMUDS Executive
Benjamin has always had an entrepreneurial spirit and a drive to do the best, as apparent in him operating his own small business at the age of 8. Besides managing various businesses and organizations since he was 14, Benjamin has also had a vast amount of experience planning and coordinating events and fundraisers and hopes to bring his experiences and skills to his role as President.
Travelling during most of his twenties, Benjamin decided to return to school in May of 2018, at the age of 31 and began to work towards his Bachelors of Commerce at Saint Mary's, majoring in Human Resources & Industrial Relations. That fall he joined the Saint Mary''s University Drama Society, after a 13 year hiatus from acting and was awarded for his 'Outstanding Contributions to the Society' during that season.
Falling in love with the society, its members and the stage once again, Benjamin decided to take a more active role in the society and was named as the Vice President and Production Designer for the 2019/2020 season and President for the 2020/2021 season. He has starred in past SMUDS' productions as Duke Orsino in Twelfth Night, District Attorney Flint in Night of January 16, and Edgar in Nightfall.
"In times of crisis the theatre and the act of performance is vital to providing a creative outlet and an escape from the unpredictability of the world around us. We hope that you will welcome us onto your screens this season as we embark on a virtual entertainment adventure that will bring SMUDS to you!"
Mary Jakeman is a third-year criminology student at Saint Mary’s University, and they have been involved in the performing arts their whole life, be it singing, acting, or dance.
They joined SMUDS in January of 2019 and have never looked back, becoming the Technical Director for Saint Mary’s University Drama Society's 2019/2020 season. They are also a cast member, having appeared as Homer Van Fleet in SMUDS production of 'Night of January 16th'.
"SMUDS has given me friends and family, it’s given me something to look forward to during the hardest parts of my life, and it’s been one of the best parts of my university experience."
Owen is a fourth-year student at SMU who was cursed from a young age with a desire to be the most important yet least visible person possible, this has led him into the second year of his regime as the SMUDS marketing director.
In that time Owen has put his skills as a guy with Photoshop and too much free time to good use for SMUDS in producing effective and memorable marketing, Owen is a cog in a well-oiled theater machine that allows all who are a part of it to make the best of their experiences.
"This year is going to be one of the greats for SMUDS. This year’s executive and members, in general, are in a position to produce a variety of productions and workshops for the community with an amazing level of quality and polish and this is all possible due to the amount of time and effort that is being put in on multiple levels.
I can’t wait to see how people react to the rest of our projects this year 2019/2020 is going to be something truly exceptional for SMUDS that I am proud to be a part of and hope that everyone is able to get something out of."