MY GTCC STORY: LINDSAY CAPRI BIEN-AIME
Theater helps student ‘be prepared for anything’
Story and photos by Carla Kucinski
Sometimes one risk is all it takes to change a life. For Lindsay Capri Bien-Aime, the risk she took in the fall 2015 semester ended up doing just that.
When Bien-Aime saw an audition posted for GTCC’s first improv show, she decided to take a chance and try out.
“It turned out to be one of the best things that ever happened to me,” she said.
She nailed her first audition and landed a spot on the five-member improv troupe, which debuted Nov. 19 at the GTCC Center for Creative and Performing Arts. She’s since continued with the troupe performing on and off campus.
Improv shows do not have a script. Instead, the actors create scenes and dialogue based on suggestions from the audience. For the actors, it requires focus, wit, spontaneity and risk. It challenged Bien-Aime and pushed her out of her comfort zone.
“I tried it, I succeeded at it, and I loved it,” she said. “It helped me be prepared for anything.”
A native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Bien-Aime is pursuing an associate in arts degree with a concentration in communication. When she first came to GTCC in spring 2015, she wasn’t sure what she wanted to study or what she would be good at. What she did know is that she loved to plan events and be behind-the-scenes. A natural people-person, she also loved meeting and talking with new people. GTCC helped her realize what she truly wanted to do: Work in public relations in the entertainment industry.
“It’s so much adrenaline,” she said. “Everything’s a risk. For some reason, that’s fun to me, trying to find solutions.”
During her time at GTCC, she has served as vice president of the drama club and vice president of fit for life club. She also founded a 10-member dance team in her first semester after she challenged herself to “be bolder” and start something new.
“I express myself through art, so I felt it was up to me to start a dance team,” she said.
The team learned various styles of dance including hip hop, modern and ballet, and at the end of the semester they shared all that they had learned through a performance on campus. Creating the dance team gave students an outlet to release their emotions and the stress going on in their lives, which Bien-Aime said she had not expected.
“It let a lot of people have a voice,” she said. “It opened up everybody. It made us bolder and less stressed because we let out our frustration.”
Most of all, it gave Bien-Aime a sense of purpose and empowerment.
“It gave me a feeling of, ‘I can do it,’” she said. “I had to start something, and it was up to me to finish it.”
And along the way, she learned important lessons about herself.
“It taught me I can’t do everything by myself,” she said. “It taught me to be softer in my criticism. It taught me a lot about how to talk to people. It made me a better student.
“I’m glad to be getting out of my academic shell and showing people who I am and how I’m not afraid of being outside of the box. It’s letting me be me.”
— Carla Kucinski/GTCC