Alpha Psi Omega (APO) is the theater honorary society. It is open to anyone interested in all aspects of theater, either onstage or backstage and provides an opportunity to connect students with similar interests. Tammie McKenzie serves as the faculty advisor for APO, and Marisa Lolli serves as the president.
Lolli, senior intervention specialist and early childhood education major, said, “You feel welcome [in APO]. It’s a cool way to get to express what we love to do.”
Students in APO engage in mentorship with other students through the theater program’s First Company. The class is an opportunity for first year students to become acquainted with the inner workings of the theater department and feel more comfortable with theater at Malone.
Kristina Sweeny, senior intervention specialist and early childhood education major and APO pledge master, cooperates with the class. “I feel with APO even though I might not necessarily be able to be [onstage], I can still help plan and know what is happening,” Sweeny said, “I always feel very valuable to the group.”
One of the more notable events put on by APO is the annual Humans vs. Zombies (HvZ) campus event. Students participating in HvZ begin the week as humans and attempt to survive. Zombies try to tag students during normal class routines and turn everyone into a zombie. The number of humans and zombies at the end of the week determines the winner, with victory going to the larger group.
APO also helps produce shows with student directors and performs in Airband each year.
The club meets every other Sunday night for an hour. If you are interested, contact Marisa Lolli at email@example.com, Kristina Sweeny at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tammie McKenzie at email@example.com.
Josey Petz is the Editor and Chief of The Aviso