Hello everyone! My name is Broderick Balsley. I am currently a freshman at Indiana University Bloomington, and it has been quite a wild ride for me at IU already.
Though I have only been at the school for one semester, my relationship with the university began back in February 2016, when I came to campus to audition for the musical theater program in the Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance. From the start, I was in love with not just my specific department, but with the school and students as a whole. Getting to meet with students at the university and becoming acquainted with potential peers was so easy, given the friendliness and openness of them all. From the start, it felt like home.
Enough of me praising IU (though it is well deserved).
Some other basic information about me: I grew up in South Bend, Indiana. Though compared to most cities it is quite small, South Bend offered a theater community that helped me grow and develop in something I really love doing. I often did church productions, but never really got involved in real community theater until the sixth grade. The South Bend Civic Theatre was a great outlet for me and it helped shape my life into what it is today.
I have two younger brothers back home, along with my loving, supportive parents. My transition to college was easier than I expected it to be, but no doubt because of the friends I have made and the professors who keep me as busy and devoted as possible. I am currently living in Forest Quad in the southeast section of campus. I lucked out and received a large single room which is accompanied by a great view of the entire campus.
Since coming to IU in the fall, I have been a part of a contemporary dance show, “Embodied Conversations on Race: Dancing Difficult Dialogues,” have performed as a guard in the fall production of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” and participated in the end-of-semester dance showcase for dance elective classes.
I have also, of course, taken on the exciting role as a member of the Class of 2020 group, which is nothing short of amazing. I can’t wait to see what the group evolves to in the next four years. I am excited to work with the diverse and driven group of students as we take on this adventure. Here is to the next four years!