Margaret Castleman, '69 (BardCorps)

Interviewee

Margaret Castleman

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Significant Quote

"I had a very hard time here initially. [I was] totally vulnerable to peer pressure, and to the wrong kind of peer pressure. So to have to come back and face that, and to disassociate myself [from] that sort of set the rules for my life in terms of how to be an individual. You have to go your own path."

Class Year

1969

Other Program

Theater Major

Interviewer

Helene Tieger, '85

Description

Margaret Castleman recalls her arrival at Bard in the mid-sixties as a "preppy" dance student, and getting "swept up in the whole hippie thing"; choosing the theater program over dance; feeling lost and undirected after dropping out for a semester; returning to Bard and having to disassociate herself from her former friends in order to focus; acknowledging Bard's role in helping her learn her craft; performing Tartuffe with a French accent as her Senior Project. She remembers Professor Neil McKenzie who connected her with an agent with whom she still works; leaving Bard and traveling to England to perform in Quote, by Bob Rockman, and having this experience launch her career; getting a scholarship with Alvin Ailey; and later living and working in Brooklyn as a choreographer.

Keywords

Neil McKenzie, William Driver, Robert Rockman, Charles Kakatsakis, Robbins House, Sands House, Schuyler House, Carriage House Theater

Location

Stevenson Library.

Interview Date

10-22-2011

Interview Duration

13:23

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Margaret Castleman, '69 (BardCorps)

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