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What's In Your Backpack, Jordan Nevels?
Max McElroy

“My acting book,” said Jordan Nevels, a KU senior and theatre performance major. “Over the past four years, I have written down all my acting notes in here. It’s like a foundation for me.” Nevels made the book in a high school art class, but only started using it for her theatre notes in her freshman year of college. Having been a dancer throughout middle school and then a cheerleader in high school, Nevels’ acting journey really took form after heading to college. “I have always loved the performance aspect of cheer, and theatre is something I love and admire, too, so I figured I’d start pursuing that,” she said.

For Jordan, theatre is not merely a form of entertainment but a powerful means of storytelling. “I love the connection between me and the audience and telling those stories where people are able to feel seen and connect with the characters I’m playing and the stories I portray,” she said. “Theatre people are so vulnerable, and it is great to be inspired by them and see how the audience relates.”

As a graduating senior, Nevels shared how much she cherishes the bonds forged with other students. “My favorite memories are meeting all my best friends,” Nevels said. “I’m a big ‘people person,’ and it has been great to connect with them on such a deep level. I know I’ll have these relationships for the rest of my life.”

Reflecting on her time as a Jayhawk, Nevels shared how scholarships have allowed for peace of mind in school. “I don’t have to worry about my journey, and I have been able to use what I learn in my classes in rehearsals and on set,” she said. “I know I am set up for the opportunities I have been given after college.”

As she takes the next step in her career, Nevels looks to constantly develop and improve her craft. “I have tons of empty pages in my acting book, and that is intentional for me because I want to continue to learn and grow as an artist.”

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