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Alumnus gives alma mater rave reviews

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April 01, 2011

Actor Brit Whittle, ’91, received his big break in show business in an unconventional way.

It was not through a major motion picture or primetime TV series.

Instead, Whittle was discovered at Georgia College during an audition his freshman Brit WhittleBrit Whittleyear.

“I actually got casted in a chorus part for ‘Guys and Dolls,’” said Whittle. “When the professional actor playing the lead of Sky Masterson dropped out, former Director of Theatre Jim Hammond remembered me and gave me the lead role.”

From then on, the aspiring actor took the lead in many Georgia College theatre productions and advanced his acting career to New York theatre productions.

The Brunswick, Ga., native credits his Georgia College experience for his accomplishments today.

Not only did he hone his acting talents, but he also developed skills in set building, lighting design and assistant directing.

“Theatre just lit my fire,” he said. “Georgia College allowed me to develop a lot of different skills I use today such as acting in on-camera commercials, writing scripts and performing voice-over.”

Whittle earned a bachelor’s degree in political science at Georgia College. He also immersed himself into anything related to theatre production.

“I majored in political science because I thought about becoming a lawyer, plus my family thought acting was like joining the circus,” he said. “At the time I didn’t have the courage to fully commit to the theatre program, but I still soaked up everything about it like a sponge.”

During 1995 he moved to Atlanta and booked a few commercials and then earned a Master of Fine Arts in acting from Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training.

“After earning my master’s degree, I broadened my acting skills to transition from theatre to on-camera productions,” he said.

Whittle’s career highlights include his performance in the theatrical production of “The Grapes of Wrath,” which received rave reviews from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution; voice-over material for global companies like Citi and Walmart; and his appearance in the TV comedy “30 Rock,” starring Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin.

His original goal of becoming a lawyer came to life on camera when he portrayed U.S. attorney David Marwick in the police drama, “Blue Bloods,” starring Tom Selleck.

“I didn’t get to meet Tom Selleck in person, but I did meet Donnie Wahlberg and Bridget Moynahan,” said Whittle. “The crew was nice, and director Michael Pressman made me comfortable on set.”

Currently the New York-based actor is working with an on-camera acting coach to fine tune his acting skills.

“New York is the big league,” Whittle said. “You never stop studying if you take this industry serious. I still haven’t performed on Broadway, so I’m working toward that, and booking several lead and supporting roles in major films, plays and TV shows. I’m glad I attended Georgia College because it really gave me the resources and support to take my acting skills to the next level.”

He also maintains his connection to his alma mater.

“It’s funny,” Whittle said. “Years after playing Seymour from ‘Little Shop of Horrors,’ I ran across a fellow acting student, Trent Blanton, while pursuing my professional career in Atlanta. Trent used my original script from that production when he attended Georgia College and actually brought it back to me as a keepsake.”

ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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