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Luke Fedell's plan from the beginning was to take a couple of classes at UHD and then transfer to UH Central. That all changed, however, after a semester studying drama with Professor Tom Lyttle in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
"I've always been a big film buff and knew that I wanted to study drama," he says. "After coming to UHD, I received the Stokes Scholarship for new theater students and got to work closely with faculty, who became my mentors. I quickly realized that UHD was the place for me and I've never looked back."
After completing a bachelor's degree in Humanities at UHD, Lyttle helped him secure a spot in Texas Tech University's Master of Fine Arts program, which he completed in May 2011. In his final semester of the program, Lyttle followed up with his former undergraduate and offered him a position as adjunct faculty in the UHD theater program.
"UHD was such a great school for me that I really wanted to come back and teach other students (like me) with a passion for acting," he says. "I was able to do so many things at UHD that I couldn't have done at other universities, and it's rewarding to come back and help others follow their own dreams."
While an undergraduate at UHD, Fedell helped found the Toastmaster's Club and Environmental Club. Now as an instructor, he also works as a certified athletic trainer in the Jesse H. Jones Student Life Center.
He teaches a variety of classes including "Introduction to Acting" and "Stage Movement," which helps students learn to build characters with their own physicality. He also teaches "Stage Combat," which he learned from some of the industry's leading experts, including Brian Byrnes - who taught at UH Central for several years - and Richard Ryan, who choreographed the fight scenes for the recent "Sherlock Holmes" movies and "Batman: The Dark Knight."
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