Name: Jabri Johnson
Major: Communications with a specialization in Musical Theatre
Hometown: Westlake, Ohio (a suburb of Cleveland).
Class year: Senior
Involvement in the arts at BGSU: I've been heavily involved with the Department of Theatre and Film since my first year in the Fall of 2014. I started out by acting in the Main stage play Book of Days. Since then I've appeared in numerous Main stage and Elsewhere productions (The Drowsy Chaperone, The Penelopiad, Next Fall). I've also been heavily involved with the theatre-related student organizations. I'm a pledged member of Alpha Psi Omega, our resident theatre fraternity. I've been an officer of MuTS (Musical Theatre Students organization) for the past three years, this year serving as President. I've appeared in various MuTS cabarets and the annual Broadway Cares BG charity benefit every year since I started school here. I've recently directed two shows as part of the Elsewhere series (The Story, Scab). Since becoming a Bravo Scholar, I've worked backstage for numerous productions in the department, and I've spent semesters working in the Wolfe Center scene shop to help build the sets for various productions. I also recently appeared in a student film (Tuesday in Winter Valley).
Other activities: I don't have time for much else, but I love to listen to music in my spare time, read books and articles, listen to podcasts, drink herbal tea, and play video games. I love traveling, discovering local restaurants, and trying new food.
Awards/honors: I've received the Bravo Scholar award for the past 2 years.
Most important experience(s) at BGSU: It's a tie between performing in my first main stage show (Book of Days) and taking a directing class with Sara Chambers. Both experiences incredibly expanded my understanding of the art of theatre and made me grow immensely as an artist.
Additional information: I've traveled to London (with the help of the Bravo Scholarship) to study the British theatre scene. Last summer I got an acting internship that has helped me start working towards being a member of the actor's union (Actors Equity Association). I've also only been doing theatre since my junior year of high school, so all in all I've only been acting for a little over five years. I'm extremely grateful BGSU's Theatre department gave me the chance to seriously grow as an artist even though I started so late.
“The Bravo financial assistance means everything to me. The scholarship truly makes the difference for me to be able to afford to attend school. It helps me pay for tuition, have off-campus housing, and eat. Without it I don't know how I'd be able to finish school and still be as involved as I am with the Department of Theatre and Film.”