Student Blogger: Austin Watts

Student Blogger: Austin Watts

Austin is a high school junior based in the Phoenix, AZ area. He serves as a student blogger for BroadwayWorld, and is excited to share new perspectives on education and artistry with readers. Outside of writing for BroadwayWorld, Austin is a playwright, singer, costume designer, and actor who has been working in film and theatre in the Phoenix area since age 5. He is an ariZoni and NYA nominated performer whose favorite roles include Vlad in Anastasia, Damian in Mean Girls, Will in Big Fish, George in The Drowsy Chaperone, Evan in 13, and Buck in Bonnie and Clyde. 

IG: @austin.w89




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First Show:

The Little Mermaid

Favorite Show:

Tina: The Tina Turner Musical



MOST POPULAR ARTICLES

Student Blog: 2023 Thespy Award Winner Brielle Norlie on Excellence in Stage Management
Student Blog: 2023 Thespy Award Winner Brielle Norlie on Excellence in Stage Management
March 25, 2024

Brielle's overall goal with stage management and in life in general is to make people feel valued, heard, and as if they matter. She strongly cares about helping people find joy, whether that be because she met them as a stage manager, or just as another acquaintance, she believes everyone deserves to feel fulfilled.

Student Blog: A Love Letter to Queer Storytelling
Student Blog: A Love Letter to Queer Storytelling
March 25, 2024

Despite the fact that much of the evolution of the entertainment industry over the last century could easily be attributed to queer artists and their work, it is only in recent years that both audiences and producers seem to have become comfortable with receiving LGBTQ+ stories on a large scale.

Student Blog: Did You Just Say 'Theatre Competition?'
Student Blog: Did You Just Say 'Theatre Competition?'
January 31, 2024

Theatre is usually designed to be a collaborative art form, but competitions for high-school thespians give us the opportunity to express our suppressed competitive instincts and use the skills we have developed in a “win-or-lose” environment.

Student Blog: Academic and Artistic Integrity for Teen Creatives
Student Blog: Academic and Artistic Integrity for Teen Creatives
January 22, 2024

The maintenance of honesty and fairness in all educational endeavors is what characterizes academic integrity. Upholding ethical standards involves creating work that genuinely represents my own efforts and ideas.

Student Blog: The Art of the Audition
Student Blog: The Art of the Audition
January 16, 2024

Nearly every great performance was preceded by an audition. As an actor, I’ve been through more audition processes than I can count. For many, an audition is one of the scariest parts of the whole process. However, I’ve picked up a few tricks that help me put my best foot forward in every audition.

Student Blog: Burnout - The Artist's Plague
Student Blog: Burnout - The Artist's Plague
January 2, 2024

Burnout. No matter what educational or professional space you exist in, it is probably a familiar phrase. But what is it?

Student Blog: 2023 Jimmy Award Nominee Denver Dickenson Jr. on Defying Expectations and Thriving with Versatility
Student Blog: 2023 Jimmy Award Nominee Denver Dickenson Jr. on Defying Expectations and Thriving with Versatility
November 29, 2023

In this interview, I got to sit down with Denver Dickenson Jr., one of my personal role models as a performer. They spent their summer in New York representing AZ at the Jimmy Awards as a nominee before moving there to pursue a BFA in Musical Theatre at Pace University. I hope you enjoy reading this interview as much as I enjoyed conducting it.

Student Blog: Balancing School, Theatre, Work, and Having a Life
Student Blog: Balancing School, Theatre, Work, and Having a Life
November 28, 2023

'I am a nineteenth century plate spinner, with rods made out of persistence and Lexapro, and plates that look a whole lot like scripts, cash registers, and the AMSCO United States History textbook (Advanced Placement Edition).'

Student Blog: Respect the Tech
Student Blog: Respect the Tech
October 31, 2023

Technicians: often overlooked, yet the very foundation of the entertainment industry. How does this sentiment apply in a high school theatre program?

Student Blog: Ready for Junior Year
Student Blog: Ready for Junior Year
October 14, 2023

I have officially arrived at the point in high school that every student anxiously awaits: I am an upperclassman. Doors are opening in the world of the arts, and new opportunities are aplenty.






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