University of Virginia alumna Tina Fey was greeted with a standing ovation as she jogged up a small set of stairs to the John Paul Jones Arena stage Sunday.
For the second time in 10 years, Fey served as the guest in the President’s Speaker Series for the Arts. Fey was the first guest when the series launched in 2013. The conversation Sunday, moderated by President Jim Ryan, highlighted the importance of the arts at the University and in society.
Before the show began, Fey spoke with current members of the First Year Players, a UVA thespian organization founded in 1977 that only casts first-year students in acting roles, but welcomes students of all years to participate in productions. It was after joining the First Year Players during her first year at UVA that Fey realized she wanted to major in drama.
“It’s a joke that [First Year Players] have that ‘We know Tina Fey,’ but we were all so shocked that we were able to meet her,” third-year College of Arts & Sciences student Kathleen McNerney, a member of the First Year Players, said.
The members of First Year Players had the opportunity to ask Fey questions about her experiences in the University’s Department of Drama, her time in First Year Players and advice she has regarding acting in college.