University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Stories of Impact


Fly Steffens (Playwriting/Dramaturgy Major)


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Incoming Senior Flannery 'Fly' Steffens is graduating in the spring of 2012, and she credits the theatre program at UWM with providing her great opportunities and a supportive learning community. "I really enjoy the fact that the theatre program is such a family," she said, citing the typically small classes and collaboration with professors. As an example, Fly is currently working with UWM Theatre Professor Tony Horne on a production of August Wilson's play Gem of the Ocean for Memphis' Playhouse on the Square theatre. Fly enjoyed both theatre and writing when she was growing up, and so when she came to UWM she was planning on studying acting. After learning more about the playwriting and research side of the art, however, she decided to change. She is interested in pursuing a dramaturgy internship at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater and after graduation is interested in finding a career in her field, more specifically with experimental theatres and using her skills to help bring about social change. She is a recipient of the Corliss Phillabaum Theatre Prize. She says that it has helped her a lot because education is her top priority but she also has to pay bills, and scholarships help to make life outside of school a little easier.