“Take risks, make mistakes, and have an epiphany or two.” That’s the mantra Savannah State theatre instructor David I. L. Poole lives by. With his never-say-can’t personality, he’s mastered puppetry, opened his own theatre at 16, and helped found a repertory theatre company in Savannah called The Collective Face Theatre Ensemble.
In other words, he doesn’t let anything stop him. So when his company’s performance space closed down, Poole pitched a partnership: Collective Face plus SSU’s theatre troupe, Players by the Sea (PBTS).
As the artistic director for Collective Face and an advisor for PBTS, Poole had already been enlisting students as interns in the Ensemble. They’d build sets, create costumes, and work to get a leg up in the theatre community. This new win-win idea added a whole new level of opportunity. Collective Face would have a home and PBTS would get more community exposure and hands-on experience. The plan received a resounding thumbs-up.