Student Spotlight: Bryan Bosque
Bryan Bosque wasn’t ready for the university experience when he left high school. Wanting to explore both his science-inclined brain and his theater-loving heart, Bosque found a way to explore it all at College of DuPage.
The flexible structure of COD’s courses enabled Bosque to devote a portion of his time to math and science, while still being involved in the theater department. He quickly realized, though, that theater was where he belonged.
“I fully immersed myself in the Theater department and at the McAninch Arts Center as a student aide. The dual responsibilities allowed me to become familiar with the facets of both the art and the business.”
Beyond studying at College of DuPage, Bosque found his experience allowed him to make large strides toward becoming an independent adult. “Having my work and class loads in my own hands made me acknowledge my abilities and forced me to be a sensible planner and self-sufficient.”
While at COD, Bosque performed in many student productions, including playing the role of Jesus in “Godspell” alongside classmate and TV's "New Girl" co-star Lamorne Morris. He said of the experience, “I never was, nor am I now, the best singer, but I loved rocking those bellbottom jeans.” From those student theater experiences, Bosque’s talent was noticed by Buffalo Theatre Ensemble and he was cast in the professional production of “Rabbit Hole.”
Bosque also had the opportunity to participate in COD’s FreeStage program, which allows students to produce a production.
“I think that experience was as close as it got for any of us to the experience of creating a ‘company’ with its own identity and making it our own work,” he said. “Attending COD was my first experience of veering away from the cookie-cutter educational path. I’ve learned there is no one route for education and my own educational path is still ongoing.”
Although Bosque did not finish a degree at COD, he has extended his professional growth in the theater by moving to Chicago, continuing to perform and taking classes at different acting studios. He currently is an ensemble member with both The Ruckus Theatre and Barrel of Monkeys.
“These are two widely different organizations which feed my brain in different ways. I am really lucky to have found artistic families that speak to me and do work that I’m excited by and proud of,” he said. “I’ve found that the most satisfying work I’ve done as an actor has been teaching with Barrel of Monkeys, an educational theater company in Chicago that, for more than 15 years, has been placing teaching artists in CPS schools to teach third- through fifth-graders creative writing skills and then performing their stories as sketches and songs for each school and for the city. It’s been supremely rewarding for me to use theater to grow the minds of Chicago’s youth while spotlighting their creativity for the rest of the community.”
Bosque looks forward to always working, acting and learning.
“For a lot of actors, it is a challenge to always auditioning and in projects while still maintaining a healthy personal life,” he said. “An ultimate career goal for me is to be regularly fulfilled by stimulating work. I think I’m on the right track toward that now, but one step beyond that is having a performance career with enough regularity to be able to care for a dog. Yes, as odd as that sounds, my career goal is to have a dog.”
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