Name: William Wrightstone
Class Rank: Senior
Major and Minor: Theatre Design and Technology
Why did you choose to attend WVU?
I originally chose to attend WVU for the engineering program, but after two years
in the program I felt very unhappy with the direction of my life. I yearned for
a more creative outlet. One day while exploring the WVU Evansdale campus I wondered
into the Creative Arts Center which is where I stumbled upon Mary McClung and the
puppetry department. I've always had a love for puppets and creature design but
it was nothing I ever considered actually doing. One semester I found myself so
depressed and upset with my scholastic path that I chose to take a leap of faith
and I dropped my program entirely and I started in my Theatre Design & Technology
career building puppets and creatures. I have been happy ever since then building
on my skill set and bringing technology and art together.
What do you like about your major and your WVU experience?
More then anything my favorite aspect of this program is how dynamic it is and the
ability to tailor it to the individual student. Thanks to the faculty here I have
been able to take different knowledges, from building techniques in the stage craft
and automation classes and combine it with techniques learned in puppetry construction
and advanced makeup classes to create animatronic puppets and other creatures on
What advice would you give to prospective students considering attending WVU’s College of Creative Arts?
My advice to anyone considering attending this program is to not be too afraid to
reach out to the faculty. The faculty here are some of the most caring and helpful
teachers i have ever had. If this is something that truly interests you then go
for it. You wont regret it.