Independent study project takes student to Chicago theater

By Kallie Delis
It’s impressive enough that third-year student Lily Tanner spent January working with a storefront theater company in Chicago for her New College independent study project. How she got there is possibly even more impressive.
Tanner interned with the NoMads Art Collective, a storefront theater company, for three weeks. She attended production meetings, assisted with a workshop for a new play the company is putting on, and helped the development team with a new campaign. She gained experience in fundraising, grant writing, facilitating community partnerships, and more.
Tanner got the gig by writing a play, Testing Gold, a one-act “coming-of-age” play. The plot follows a college student faced with the demands and confusion of navigating life, attempting to make sense of her past. Realizing she is trapped in an endless loop, she is forced to make a difficult decision. 
Tanner’s play won a contest hosted by Sarasota’s Urbanite Theatre. It was performed as a live stage-read for audiences.
Through the connection to the Urbanite, Tanner met Chicago playwright and actress Marjorie Muller. Muller is a member of the Artistic Council that leads the NoMads Art Collective, and participated in the Modern Works Festival at the Urbanite. Upon meeting Tanner and learning about New College’s ISP program, Muller invited Tanner to come up to Chicago and help with the theater company.
Tanner is thrilled she was able to pursue a passion, get course credit, and more importantly, experience that will help her with her goal of a career in the arts. 
Kallie Delis is a Public Affairs Student Assistant in the New College Office of Communications and Marketing.


Founded in Sarasota in 1960, New College of Florida is the state's only legislatively designated Honors College of Florida. New College prepares intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement by providing a highly individualized education that integrates academic rigor with career-building experiences. New College offers 45 undergraduate majors in liberal arts and sciences, a master’s degree program in data science, and certificates in technology, finance, and business skills.

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