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SPR-SUM 2018

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38 PIERCE SPRING / SUMMER 2018 Life Outside the Box e friend meant it as a compliment and Corriveau, a longtime theater director and performer who for the last two years has served as the entertainment operations manager at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg , Va. , certainly took it as such. "I like to look at things diff erently," s aid Corriveau , who studied performance/directing and scenic design/stage management at Pierce. "I like to come close to the box, near enough so that people can accept what I'm doing and then go from there. I just don't believe in the norm. When I was a student at Pierce, I hung all my posters in my dorm room upside down. I was like, why can't they go this way? Who's to say they look better [hanging right side up]?" Pushing boundaries has defi ned most of Corriveau's life, but not all of it. A native of Woonsocket, R.I., Corriveau was, up until his middle teens, a quiet, almost shy kid who fostered a particular fondness for science. He took advanced summer classes at Providence College and had designs on studying genetics and veterinary medicine. en, in his sophomore year of high school he caught a local performance of the musical "Oliver." Corriveau was enamored by the show, its choreography and the energy of the stage work. "Just the liveliness of it," he recall ed . " e fact that things could go wrong was enthralling." It seemed like galaxies away from the no-frills, precision-driven world of science and he wanted to be a part of it. e following year, Corriveau auditioned for and landed the role of the wizard in his high school's rendition of "Once Upon a Mattress." " ere was that energ y you got from the audience and what you gave back to them that I just fell in love with," he sa id . "And theater folks were goofy and fun and I just remember thinking, being in this environment isn't a bad way to spend 40 years of your life. At one point during a rehearsal, a biolog y teacher of mine dropped by to check it out and he later said to me, 'We've lost you.' He was right." Shelfi ng a career in science, Corriveau landed at Pierce in fall 1988. e school's intimate, rural setting suited him. Its size also allowed him to get the kind of hands-on experience he doesn't think he would have found at a bigger university. Indeed, his roles were many. Corriveau, who jetted around campus in various pairs of Hush Puppies that were duct taped together, was in constant motion. On top of a busy course load, he worked as a peer adviser, resident adviser and staff member of campus security. But the center of his focus was the theater arts. He worked four-hour security shi s beginning at 4 a.m. so the job wouldn't interfere with rehearsals. He performed, designed sets and immersed himself in stage management. e works that attracted him, plays like "Waiting for Life Outside Outside the Box the Box I like to come like to come close to the box, close to the box, near enough so near enough so that people can that people can accept what I'm accept what I'm doing and then go doing and then go from there. I just om ther don't believe in the norm.

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