Latiana Gourzong, Technical Director: Why I Give to the Mason Gross Annual Fund

I was the recipient of two scholarships at Mason Gross, which is a large part of why I chose the school. These scholarships played a pivotal role in allowing me to study in a world-class theater program.

Being able to learn from the Mason Gross faculty was a life-changing opportunity for me: The faculty who taught me were invested in my success and helped me to become the best technical director I could be. Freshman year, my teacher David Gordon invited our class to sit in on tech for a production he was the set designer for. He brought me down on stage to meet the technical director and we exchanged information. That particular technical director helped me out for a few years with different shows I was involved in. That connection all began because of a teacher inviting his class to a tech. Currently I am the technical director at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison, and I am serving as the technical director at Washington and Lee University in Virginia for spring 2015.

I believe it’s important to give back to my alma mater. I spent a lot of time at Mason Gross, and it’s the foundation to everything I’ve learned about my craft. That’s why I contribute to the scholarship fund. I want to ensure that in the future students benefit from the same support that I had.

My giving method works for me. By giving smaller amounts more frequently I am able to eliminate my own concern about making sure I have enough money each month.

Let’s be real: I'm recent BFA grad working in the theater. I’m not rolling in money, but I still think it’s important for me to give. Anything I can do to help future students have the opportunity I had is something that is worth supporting. I hope you will join me.

--Latiana Gourzong, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Theater, ’13

Give to the Mason Gross Annual Fund

To make a gift to the Mason Gross School of the Arts, please contact the Office of Development at 848-932-5197, or mail your donation to the Office of Development, Mason Gross School of the Arts, 33 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. Please make checks payable to the Rutgers University Foundation.

Posted March 2015