LOCAL Q&A: Molly Page, University of Alabama theater and dance patron services coordinator

LOCAL Q&A: Molly Page, University of Alabama theater and dance patron services coordinator | TuscaloosaNews.com

Molly Page, patron services coordinator for the University of Alabama’s Department of
Theatre and Dance calls Tuscaloosa her home away from home. Her involvement and
dedication to the arts community has bonded her with Tuscaloosa forever.

Q: Who are you? What do you do?

A: I’m Molly Page. My technical title is patron services coordinator … but that’s a catch-all
title. I am the marketing coordinator in the theater department and I supervise all of the
graduate students as well. In June and July I move down to Gulf Shores and manage
SummerTide (UA’s professional summer theater program).

Q: Tuscaloosa is a city brimming with different theatrical opportunities. What makes it so successful?

A: The University plays a big role in that. There are professors coming from large cities all
over the world where there are big theater companies. They foster that by supporting the
arts here in Tuscaloosa.

Q: What has been your favorite show you performed in and why?

A: I would say “Drowsy Chaperone” with Theatre Tuscaloosa. It was the first show after
the tornadoes in 2011. It gave us all an outlet; the play wasn’t very deep.

Q: The UA Department of Theatre and Dance attracts people from all over the country —
why do you think that is?

A: Students are trained to be working artists, they are great ambassadors that go out in
the community and work. Our faculty are the top of their craft, I think that attracts
students.

Q: What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

A: I don’t think many people can say they get paid to do what they love — and I do. I get
to make art everyday, or be surrounded by people making art. Most people do what they
really love on Saturdays for a couple of hours; not me.

Q: You see a lot of behind-the-scenes of the theater. What is something that many people
don’t know?

A: Theater is so much more than what you see on stage. There are twenty people
manufacturing every single moment you see on stage.

Q: Where do you like to take out-of-town guests and why?

A: I always take people where Jeff Wilson is the chef. When The Globe was open I went
there, now Sweet Home Food Bar. When I’m stressed I like to drive down Jack Warner
Parkway, it’s so accessible now and really pretty.

LOCAL Q&A: Molly Page, University of Alabama theater and dance patron services coordinator | TuscaloosaNews.com