Alumni Profiles

Camilla Ross ’85

Camilla Ross "Become a part of the Emerson fabric and communicate your ideas about Emerson's future"

Were you an undergraduate or graduate student, or both?

Undergraduate student.

Why did you decide to come to Emerson?

I wanted a college that would provide me with a place to be creative and to help me grow as a person. As I drove by the college as a junior in high school and saw the students at The Wall, I said to my mother, "That’s the place I want to go to."

How is Emerson a part of your life today?

Emerson is a part of my life today because of other alumni who paved the way for me to come back. The alumni made it easy for me to want to come back and give of my time and talents. As an alumna, I enjoy being co-president of the Connecticut Chapter and an Alumni Board participant. Having a say in the future of Emerson means something to me.

Describe a favorite Emerson memory.

One of my greatest memories of Emerson is learning about myself and who I wanted to be, through great teachers such as Roger McPhail, Carol Korty, Mama Mitchell, Jack Nardi, and Leo Nickole. They allowed me to see not what Emerson could do for me, but what I could do for Emerson. I gave Emerson four great years, and in turn, it gave me a family of friends and a lifetime of memories.

Tell us about an "Emerson Connection."

I have a life-long connection and her name is Carol Korty. Carol taught at Emerson when I was a freshman in 1981. She provided the training and coaching I needed to shape my life and career. She gave me my first connection to life outside of Emerson, and sent me to Carolyn Pickman of C.P. Casting in Boston. That was the beginning of my journey. Carol has been a life-long friend, mentor, and colleague who I still connect with today.

what is your title and how would you describe what you do to a current undergraduate?

I currently serve as president of the Emerson Theater Collaborative, guiding the company’s vision and mission, and representing it in the community in which it serves.

Describe a notable achievement in your career.

One of my greatest achievements is creating a theater company that serves youth, underrepresented communities, and artists by putting an emphasis on diversity.

What are your goals for the future?

To continue growing the Emerson Theater Collaborative into a theater that Emerson students, alumni, and artists can come to, to create and participate in life.

Describe Emerson in 3 sentences or less.

Emerson is a college where you can learn about yourself, about life, and about making a career out of being you. It's a place to spread your wings and soar!

What advice do you have for incoming students?

Once you walk into the doors of Emerson, use all its resources to help you grow and hone your skills. Become a part of the Emerson fabric and communicate your ideas about Emerson's future, because you are the future of Emerson.

What advice do you have for recent graduates?

Stay connected to Emerson. Stay connected to your friends. Stay connected to who you are.

What else should we know?

I went to Emerson and I lived. I hung out at The Wall with creative people who march to their own beat.