North Central College - Naperville, IL

When 6-year-old Savanna put on a dress and performed her own version of “Cinderella,” she fell in love with theatre. During her time at North Central, her love of acting has blended with her passion for social justice.

“Theatre is visceral. It's compelling, it’s emotionally and artistically charged, and it’s a unique arena for exploring societal inequalities,” she says.

To prepare for a career in theatre, Savanna performed in three professional productions: “Julius Caesar” at Chicago Shakespeare Theater and “Richard III” and “Inherit the Wind” at Oak Park Festival Theatre. She even completed an independent study where she wrote, produced and performed a full-length, one-woman show, “Daughters of Ire.” This isn’t “Cinderella;” her play explores women in worlds characterized by violence.

Savanna plans to pursue a career in theatre and hopes to act in the Chicago area. Regardless of where she works, her goal remains the same.

“With the theatre I do, I want to help make this world a more just, equitable and compassionate place.”