Josiah Edwards' New Career is a Tour de Force

Theatre and Performance Studies student graduates this week

KENNESAW, Ga. (Dec 17, 2019)Theatre and Performance Studies major Josiah Edwards of Columbus always knew he wanted to study the performing arts, and Kennesaw State’s growing reputation convinced him this was the college for him.

Josiah Edwards theater“I had heard about the wonderful theater program, and my freshman year what surprised me was all the opportunities outside of just acting and musical theater,” Edwards said. “I have served as a performer, a storyteller, a director, an improviser, a writer. Last year, I had my first one-act play, which I wrote and produced myself.”

Edwards, who graduates with honors this month, was the recipient of both the John Gentile Performance Studies Endowed Scholarship and the Cam and Marti Graham Endowed Scholarship. The merit-based scholarships have gone a long way toward helping him develop his craft.

"Receiving the John Gentile Scholarship allowed me to delve deeper into all forms of performance," he said.

This semester, Edwards served as the head coordinator for an original project called A Mile in their Shoes.

“My friends and I put together a process for creating solo oral presentations, in the form of storytelling, that are based on real-life people,” he said. “A Mile in their Shoes brings in aspects of research, strong oral communication and creativity.”

Edwards, who frequently appeared on both the president’s list and the dean’s list throughout his three-and-a-half years at KSU, also found time to explore Atlanta’s comedy club circuit. That has led him to pursue a career as a standup comedian, while continuing to write dramatic projects.

His comedic bent comes through when he’s asked to explain part of his rationale for choosing to study at KSU.

“Kennesaw State was the perfect school for me because it was close enough to my hometown, but far enough away so that my parents couldn’t make any surprise visits.”

– Robert S. Godlewski
Photos by David Caselli