Briee della Rocca took some amazing photos of Alan Arkin’s visit last Thursday. The Academy Award winning actor, who graduated from Bennington in the 1950s, did a question and answer session with students in one of our black box spaces on campus.
He was intelligent, funny, witty, and wise. I could see people writing down notes vigorously as he spoke, wanting to get every word down. He talked about how being back at Bennington was quite the nostalgic experience for him, and when one student asked if he’d ever seen a ghost here, he quickly turned it around, saying “Being here today I see all the ghosts of my past. And it’s very moving.”
He encouraged us to do what we love, even if takes a long time, and even if it feels as though at some point we may give up. He repeatedly emphasized how early in his life he realized he “had to act.” There was nothing else. He just had to be an actor. And he went for it. At this point, I really felt like everyone sitting and listening in Margot Tenney theater could relate. At Bennington we are encouraged to pursue our passions through the work we do here; this sentiment of “having to do something” without knowing exactly why at the time resonates with the student body here.
For the full set of photos, click here!
For more notable alumni who attended our beloved B’ton, click here!
-India K, ‘12