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Junior hopes to direct his future to Broadway

Junior hopes to direct his future to Broadway

Junior hopes to direct his future to Broadway
November 05
11:30 2013

Tricia Sims / Intern Writer

As he prepared for rehearsals, he looked around the theatre and realized that he would be happy to continue this forever.

“I hope it is the only thing I do for the rest of my life,” theatre arts junior Richard Quadri-Suiti said. “I want to be connected to the theatre forever. I like creating these dramatic moments that look like they happened in real life. If the audience wasn’t here this could be an actual situation.”

Although he is still a college student, Quadri-Suiti has a long theater background. He is starting a directing internship with the Dallas Theater Center working on its annual production of “A Christmas Carol.”

Quadri-Suiti was able to convince them to create the internship specifically for him.

“He is a go-getter, a self-starter,” associate professor of acting and singing Sally Vale said.  “I think that will serve him very well in the professional world.”

While attending Booker T. Washington High School, Quadri-Suiti and some friends had their own theater company.

Quadri-Suiti and the group  didn’t want to go without theatre for the entire summer, so they collaborated with Project X Theatre in Dallas. They rented theater space and were guided along the way by the company.

Friend and fellow student director theatre art senior Jacob McCready said he sees Quadri-Suiti becoming successful in 10 to 15 years.

“We do not see any point in not aiming big,” McCready said. “We would rather go big and fail and realize, ‘Hmm, we tried. At least we went for it.’”

Vale, in addition to teaching at UNT, is a full-time actress for the Brierley Resident Acting Company at the Dallas Theater Center.

She said the internship was a nice end to Quadri-Suiti’s UNT career.

Quadri-Suiti plans to take his talent all the way to the big time one day after getting some experience in directing and graduate school.

“I plan to go to New York and work as a director and hopefully go to Broadway,” Quadri-Suiti said.  “Then I hope to come back to regional theatre. I would love to be the artistic director of the Dallas Theatre Center or just lead a company at a regional theatre.”

Vale served as Quadri-Suiti’s adviser during his recent directing of “Women and Wallace.”

“It was very clear that he has very good instincts about staging and the visual aspects of things,” Vale said. “I am happy to hear that he is so passionate about it because he has a real natural innate skill for it.”

Quadri-Suiti’s experience encompasses almost every aspect of theatre, but he is sticking to directing for now – something his friends and advisers said he has a bright future in.

“Richard is a really hard worker and he has the qualities that will take him places in life,” McCready said. “If he continues to do what he loves to do and sticks to what he knows, he can be successful. I think he knows that too, he just needs to continue to tell himself that.”

Feature photo: Theater Arts Junior Richard Quadri manages the production of various plays on and off campus. He interns with the Dallas Theater Center overseeing plays and sometimes stepping in for other actors. Photo by Fey Sandoval / Staff Photographer 

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