2nd year graduate student
Savannah's from Hazard, Kentucky (which is unrelated to the Dukes of Hazzard). It's located in Eastern Kentucky in the foothills of Appalachia. She earned her BA in English from Alice Lloyd College in May.
She is considering pursuing a PhD in Folklore, but as of right now her plans are to just go where she feels called.
"I love the challenges of learning-I thrive in a challenging atmosphere- I'm an Appalachian cactus."
Beyond the world of folklore, Savannah's passions are theatre and music. She plays the Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer in old-fashion noter and drone style. She has also acted since high school, both professionally and academically, and was a member of a touring theatre troope. The troope performed everything from Shakespeare to Appalachian folktales for Eastern Kentucky schools and community centers. This summer, she did some professional acting in Frankfort, performing in an all-woman production of Macbeth directed by Kathi Ellis.
Savannah lives with her boyfriend Matt (whom she has dated since high school) and their cat Moxie, who they recently adopted from the Bowling Green Warren County Humane Society. She hates lasers, toy mice, and feather wands. She loves toes under a quilt.
If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose? "Fictional characters are always faced with such trials! I was given the opportunity to portray Antigone, and although she ultimately meets a horrible end, her strength and resolve is something I try to mirror in my own life. She is a fabulous character.
When she was little she had a group of friends that always played Star Wars at recess. "I was a stormtrooper. "There are no other girls," they would explain. Being shot repeatedly was not my idea of a great time, so I told them all about Emerald. She was the princess of the galaxy that my grandfather George Lucas had to edit from the film, of course. A few days later I was called out on this fabrication, but that was single-handedly the best lie I ever told."