My name is Michaela Nogaj and I am in my last semester at the University of Michigan-Flint, pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre-Performance with minors in Musical Theatre and Dance. On campus, I work as a tutor for dance and in various capacities in the Theatre and Dance Department. Off campus, I hold down three more jobs as an assistant teacher for Brandi’s Place (a child care center), a performer and assistant for Everafter & Co. (a princess party company for children), and in various capacities for Flint Youth Theatre—most notably a teacher and performer. After graduation this December, I plan to pursue a career in teaching and directing Youth Theatre, eventually pursuing a Master’s Degree after a few years in the field.
Throughout my time at UM-Flint, I have been involved in sixteen mainstage productions, participated in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival multiple times, and directed a short play for Short Play Festival while going to school full-time each semester. I am currently the teaching assistant for an education class, Creative Learning Experiences, and the director of a full-length production to be shown the first weekend of December. Receiving scholarships has made it possible for me to take advantage of the many opportunities that have been presented to me. Without them, I would not have been as involved in the Theatre and Dance Department or UM-Flint because I would have had to work more. I could not be more thankful for the scholarships I have received because I wholeheartedly believe my time at UM-Flint was lived to the fullest, shaping who I am as a person and molding my goals for the future.
After graduating, I fully intend to stay connected with my professors, spread the good word about UM-Flint, and support the Theatre and Dance Department by attending their shows and events. Having spent more time at UM-Flint than I have at home when school is in session, I cannot imagine leaving UM-Flint and never coming back—or giving back in some way.
Having spent more time at UM-Flint than I have at home when school is in session, I cannot imagine leaving UM-Flint and never coming back—or giving back in some way.