Majors: Theater Arts and Advertising/Public Relations
Class: 2014 • Hometown: Plymouth, Minn.
Angela Sandall fell in love with acting when she was a child—and she’s been on stage ever since.
A veteran of several Loyola productions including “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “12th Night,” Sandall also will appear on stage during this year’s Weekend of Excellence when she plays Yum-Yum in “Hot Mikado.”
Here, she talks about acting in front of a television legend, what she loves about a Jesuit education, and how she really has only one goal for the future.
What’s your favorite Loyola memory?
I got a chance to perform at the opening of the Newhart Family Theatre last fall, and that was amazing. The entire theater department came together with the Department of Fine and Performing Arts to christen a gorgeous new space with a performance for Bob Newhart and his family. One of my good friends and I premiered a short play written by Loyola alum Philip Dawkins about Loyola’s campus. It was such an incredible experience to perform for the Newharts and celebrate the growth of an incredible department.
Talk a little about a professor or mentor who inspired you.
My professor and mentor Sarah Gabel is a force to be reckoned with. Not only does she direct and teach within the theater department, but she’s the chair of the DFPA as well. She’s one busy woman. Sarah cast me in my first Mainstage production at Loyola—I played the baker’s wife in “Into the Woods,” and it really was a baptism by fire into the world of the department. Sarah is a woman I hope to be like someday: fiercely ambitious, warm, and generally awesome.
When did you realize that theater was what you wanted to do?
I’ve had a passion for theater for as long as I can remember. My parents threw me into acting camps and classes at age six (probably to get rid of me for a few hours so they could get some peace and quiet) and there was no turning back from there. I was in my first production at the age of 10, went to an arts magnet middle school, and continued all the way to where I am today. I can’t imagine doing anything else with my life.
How has your involvement in student organizations or service work helped shape you as a person?
Part of why I chose to go to Loyola was the incredible depth that a Jesuit education has to offer. Working in the Rogers Park area and beyond has given me such a hunger for life and appreciation for all I’ve been given and achieved. A similar feeling comes from being involved with Loyola’s theater productions. You see the birth and death of a beast four times a year here—and students and faculty come together to create not only plays and musicals, but an incredibly supportive community as well.
What do you think differentiates Loyola from other universities?
Loyola really is a little miracle of a university. It’s in the city, but it still feels like its own “collegiate” campus. It has a big student population, but the class sizes are small enough to feel personal. It truly is the best of both worlds—and to this day I’m not entirely sure how it’s possible.
And finally, what do you hope to be doing 10 years from now?
In 10 years I hope to still be in the crazy, unpredictable, heartbreaking, and absolutely amazing world of show business. I’m not sure where I’ll be or what I’ll be doing, but I really only have one ultimate goal for my future: to be happy.
About the weekend
Five years ago, when Loyola celebrated its first Weekend of Excellence, hundreds of students took part in the three-day event. This year, more than 1,000 students will be featured—and the event will run for four days.
It’s a testament to how far the weekend has come in such a short time.
Created as a way to honor and celebrate student achievements, the Weekend of Excellence showcases the academic, civic, and extracurricular work that Loyola students have conducted over the past year. This year’s weekend, which runs from April 16–19, will include presentations and performances, as well as student award ceremonies and induction into the Maroon & Gold Society.
To accommodate the growing number of participants—and to focus more attention on their work—the undergraduate and graduate research symposiums are now held in two different locations on Saturday, April 18. The Graduate School symposium is in the Quinlan Life Sciences building and Palm Court; the undergraduate symposium is in the Mundelein Center and Galvin Auditorium.