Senior artist profile: Jack MacNichol

Libby Arnosti

Credit: Allie Felt

“I didn’t know how to sew until I came here. I was just an eager freshman . . . they hired me because they needed extra people. One of the things that I really love about Harper Joy is how it’s so possible for you to get really deeply involved.”

“Last year I did a show called Kind Ness, which was seven actors playing 15 characters, and there were 38 costumes and 60 changes. It had some gorillas in it, and so I spent a lot of time online shopping for gorilla suits. It became this very elaborate production.”

“I have no intention of becoming a professional costume designer. It’s clear to me that I can serve the arts much better as an advocate than an artist.  This summer I’m working as a fellow for the Oregon Bus Project––it’s a political boot camp, basically, to train political operatives. So that’s where I’m kind of going back to for now, but we’ll see what happens.”

“In a lot of ways, theatre keeps me sane. I think that there is a part of me that is incredibly hands-on. It’s made being a politics major for me at Whitman hard, because our department is very political-theory focused. Theatre is sort of my creative outlet.”