Reji Woods, Saint of Santa Fe College for December 31, 2018 (Photo by Adam Norgaard)

Saints of Santa Fe College – Reji Woods

Reji Woods, Saint of Santa Fe College for December 31, 2018 (Photo by Adam Norgaard)
Reji Woods, Saint of Santa Fe College for December 31, 2018

My drama teacher in high school told me I wasn’t talented enough to have a career in theater, to be an actor. ‘Don’t waste your time doing that.’ That’s what she told me. And I kind of believed her, so I figured out what else I was good at. I moved to D.C. at age 17 to go to school and work my way up in the political realm. I had some success, but my heart was in theater. So I came back home to Florida. I knew if I wanted to do theater, I had to learn. If I wasn’t good enough, I had to get better. I auditioned at Santa Fe. I knew nothing about an audition, but was so enthusiastically received by the staff. I walked out of the room feeling more thrilled than I’d ever felt doing something with my craft. I don’t think there was ever one faculty member who made me feel less than or like I wasn’t good enough. That’s priceless to a student. This past year, 2018, has been the craziest blessing of a year. I premiered a show in Paris, I got to sing with Sam Smith at the Grammy’s, I made my Broadway debut in Rocktopia and my episodes of Orange Is the New Black were released. I can honestly say without reservation that my preparation started at Santa Fe. That’s where I began to understand that I was enough.

– Reji Woods, A.A. Theater ‘00, Actor, Singer, Dancer

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