Twelfth Night at Yale Rep: Full Circle

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Many of you know, I auditioned for Yale twice: 2011 and 2014. The first time I auditioned, I self sabotaged myself. Yale became so huge in my head; I started to feel like I wasn't worthy of being there. To top it all off, I had to do a classical monologue and Shakespeare scared the heck out of me. I hate to say it, but I bombed that audition. 


My audition in 2014, I felt really good about it. I did the work, I felt confident. I remember saying to myself as I walked out of the audition, "If I don't get into Yale, I know that I will be on their stage one day." I discovered that God's plan for me was to head to the cornfields for grad school at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, which was one of the best decisions of my life. I was able to be re-introduced to the man that I was called to be.

Fast forward to today, I'm in awe that God remembered my dream to work as an actor at Yale Rep. Over the past years, I experienced major setbacks that knocked me off of my path. I was growing impatient and extremely depressed. Behind the scenes, I had no idea that God was up to something great! He was setting up an opportunity for me to do Twelfth Night with a beautifully dope, unapologetically Blackity Black cast, directed by one of my favorite directors, Carl Cofield, at one of my favorite schools, Yale.

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Raffeal Sears