Kjerstin Anderson is a theater major and studio art minor from Owatonna, Minnesota. In the future, she plans to attend graduate school in costume design at the University of Kansas City, Missouri. Teacher Larissa McConnell describes Kjerstin as “an absolute delight with a unique laugh that lights up a room. The costume shop benefited from her joy, wisdom and design skills. She brought an infectious passion and enthusiasm to the costume shop, while creating an atmosphere of professionalism and inclusion.
We asked Kjerstin a few questions about his time at Gustavus and his experience in the theater department.
What will you miss most about the theater at Gustavus?
KA: “The family side of the department. I will miss working with such talented and dedicated students, Larissa and Kim. I will also miss knowing that I can design anything because Lucy is a magician.
What is your best memory of your time at the theater in Gustavus?
KA: “My favorite, emory, was In the woods wardrobe team, when Lucy and Morgan glued Lillian’s nylons to her legs. Or when I gave Larissa an incredibly incorrect method of making Clitandre’s pants.
How have you evolved since your time at Gustavus?
KA: “I gained so much self-confidence, chronic illness, and the ability to draw people who don’t have dislocated elbows.”
What do you expect most from life after Gustave?
KA: “I can’t wait to discover everything I will learn and to be able to discover even more about how to tell stories through costumes.”
What advice would you give to high school students considering Gustavus?
KA: “Defend yourself. Still.”
What was your proudest moment during your stay at Gustavus?
KA: “The Misanthrope. It was such an amazing, empowering and rewarding experience.
What is the most interesting course you have taken at Gustavus and why?
KA: “Costume Craft and Design was so much fun.”