Throughout his four years at HWS, Nick Stewart ’15 was a student leader involved in nearly every facet of campus life. After taking a year intermission from his studies to work on campus as a presidential fellow for the Office of the President, he heads to the University of South Carolina this fall, where he will pursue an M.F.A. in acting.
“I am most excited to see how I transition myself from studying mostly architecture throughout my undergraduate career to fully immersing myself into an acting program,” says Stewart, who was an architectural studies major and studio arts minor.
The three-year conservatory program will require Stewart to complete a professional internship while also taking a full course load and preparing for a thesis and a final comprehensive examination. He is attending on a full scholarship and will serve as a graduate assistant.
“I am excited to be surrounded by motivated and talented actors and theatre professors,” says Stewart. “I am not sure what will come directly after completing the program, but I am sure that this is the best direction to head in.”
Since graduating, he has already appeared as an extra in “A Mothers Revenge,” which premiered on Lifetime this spring, and will appear as an extra in “Marshall,” the biography of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.
During his time as a Presidential Fellow, Stewart has paired his passions for performance and leadership as the founder and coach of the Geneva High School step team, the Black Illuminators, which took first place at the New York State Drill Championship and Step Show, Drill-A-Rama. “I stood next to the DJ booth crying because they were showing me that they cared and that they wanted to win,” Stewart says. “I am so proud of what we have done and I thank my team for trusting me throughout the entire process.”
As a student, Stewart enhanced his acting and dance abilities through a number of campus organizations. Stewart was music chair of the Campus Activities Board, crowned Mr. Hobart in 2012, choreographed dances for Koshare, was on the Concert Advisory Council, was captain of the Hip~NotiQs Step and Dance Team, part of the Executives Dance Team, a member of The Perfect Third a Capella group, and active in the Theatre Department.
Outside of his theatrical and dance pursuits, he was a Student Trustee, vice president of Hobart Student Government, an Orientation mentor and Orientation leader, a Reunion and Homecoming worker, and a member of Orange Key and Chimera, the Hobart sophomore and junior honor’s societies.
Stewart was also a student photographer at the Office of Communications, where he had the opportunity to star in a web series developed by the office titled, “Solving HWS with Nick Stewart.” “That experience alone pushed me to want to pursue a career in acting,” he says.