Brenau Scholar: Ensley Caldwell

Brenau Scholar Ensley Caldwell
Brenau Scholar Ensley Caldwell.

ENSLEY CALDWELL, a theater major from Newnan, Ga., has two main goals in life: to travel and to act. Her adventurous life plan isn’t drawn from any particular role models, she says. “I’m just kind of paving my own way.”

Ensley chose Brenau because of its outstanding theater program. “I saw a few shows there, like Hairspray and The Grapes of Wrath, and I was very impressed with the professionalism of the theater department.”

Ensley’s life at Brenau focuses on the arts. She works 11 hours a week in a work-study program with theater and multimedia services. She is also involved with the Gainesville Theatre Alliance. In her free time, she likes to play guitar, sing and read classic and modern literature, such as The Scarlet Letter and To Kill a Mockingbird. In addition to her artistic endeavors, Ensley spends her time doing “typical girl stuff,” like hanging out with her friends, talking and shopping.

Actors that inspire Ensley include Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Menzel and Lea Michelle. She is a particularly big fan of the musical Wicked. But she says the person that inspired her most was her Northgate High School drama teacher Michelle Bruner, whom Ensley described as always very helpful and kind. “She was the one who was there when I fell in love with theater,” she says. “If it weren’t for her, I don’t know where I’d be now.”

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