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April 21, 2014
Sometimes in life there is a confluence of events, of people and their ability to accept and be accepted. I have reached such a confluence today. This past December I had sought information on a mentor of mine, Dr. Carole Brandt. It had occurred to me that I hadn't received an annual End of Year letter from her - she was quite famous for her adventures - and I wanted to get back in touch with this powerhouse. I'd met her you see, in my final year at the University of Florida where I was a lowly B.A. student in a sea of B.F.A. students. She'd just taken the mantle of Theatre & Dance Dept. Chair and was hosting a meeting with all the faculty and staff. I remember wanting so bad for her to be DIFFERENT than the previous Chairman of the Department. So during the Q&A portion of the meeting I raised my hand and fearlessly asked if B.A. students were considered part of the Department. Her answer, an unequivocal "Yes, Indeed. You are a valued student in this department whether you are a B.A., B.F.A., Major or Minor" had me in tears. She cast me in a small role in the only show I ever appeared on stage at UF and went on to write stunning letters of recommendation on my behalf for Graduate School, Internships and Job Applications throughout the years. She was a guiding light, a source of inspiration and a kick in the posterior - whichever I happened to need at the time.
Getting back to that confluence that I mentioned? Today, as I was going over my lines for a play I'm in - the first in over 25 years - I happened upon a list of members of the COLLEGE OF FELLOWS OF THE AMERICAN THEATRE and found her name with an asterisk. Dr. Carole Brandt had passed away in Texas just this past March. And once again, while reading her words - she wrote her own obituary complete with her glorious lists - I am in tears. But she would not want my tears. As per her final request, that her family and friends do something nice for someone else and fun for themselves, I shall dry my tears and go to rehearsal tonight and enjoy the fun and fellowship of my cast members. Godspeed Carole Brandt. I shall hold your wisdom in my heart and always remember your energy, your focus, your bun, your fantastic shawls and even D.D. (aka Drama Dog or Damn Dog - if she was chasing you down the hall of the theatre dept.). Thank you. For everything.
March 14, 2014
I have known Carole in a way most others didn't. As her sister, I knew that her special career talents were beyond measure--but she was also a terrific sister. We experienced life and death of people we love over the years, both happy and pretty terrible times. Perhaps one of my most treasured traits, was Carole's "Brandt" sense of humor. It was a family blessing--and a curse. I will miss laughing at her jokes--and having her laugh at mine.
March 14, 2014
Carole was a fabulous teacher, person, and leader. She will be missed.
March 13, 2014
Carole was a life-changer for me. We had our last lunch in December 2013 and promised to meet more regularly in the coming year, and I shall miss her and our conversations. She was a pistol, a light, and goad, and a handful, but, boy, was she worth it.
March 13, 2014
To the Henderson family who shared theatre with me, my sympathy. I want to add how lucky University High School and The Illinois High School Theatre festival were to have her energy and leadership as a start to her illustrious career and impact on theatre education.
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