Freshmen are not the only new faces on campus this year. The theater and speech department welcomes two new faculty members this year, Professor April Hubbard and Professor Drew Schmidt.
Professor Hubbard, the wife of Dr. Bob Hubbard, who also works in the theater department, has many years of experience at institutions such as Dordt College, Calvin College and Grace Bible College. She has joined the theater department this year as an Assistant Professor of Theatre. She has also directed, acted in or written several productions, some of which are “Macbeth,” “Long Day’s Journey into Night” and “Some Five Women.” Professor Hubbard is also involved with theater beyond an educational standpoint. She actively participates in community theater classes and with the School House Theatre Company.
“I have been warmly welcomed here at Northwestern and appreciate the supportive and close community here among faculty, staff, administration and students,”Hubbard said.
Professor Schmidt, an alumnus of Northwestern, has made his way back to Orange City to take on the position of Assistant Professor of Theatre in the technical side of theater, working with sound systems, lights and videos. He has served as lighting and sound designer for many productions at schools including events such as the Minnesota Fringe Festival, the School House Theatre Company, Illinois State University, Northwestern, the Illinois Shakespeare Festival and the Orange City Tulip Festival.
Students often make the assumption that all professors had a deep desire to teach when they were in school and have been professors ever since. For Professor Schmidt, the journey to Northwestern started when he was working as a hotel desk clerk and realized that his passion was in theater and teaching for the glory of God. Professor Schmidt felt God calling him to Northwestern where he would be able to combine his passions.
“I love Northwestern. Did you know it is an adjustment for us too? I’m finding my rhythm. But every aspect, even the days where it’s hard, brings joy and satisfaction. That’s how I know I belong. And it’s made possible in part because of you guys. So thanks,” Hubbard said.
The addition of two experienced faculty to the theater department will only serve to better Northwestern. With the new wealth of knowledge and experience, the productions this year are sure to be well-written and well-performed for the enjoyment of campus and the community.