Brian Percival is a sophomore at Emporia State University in Emporia, KS, where he is currently studying Theatre Education. He is in hopes of becoming a high school theatre educator. He graduated from Olathe East High School (Class of 2016) in Olathe, KS, where he was inducted into the International Thespian Society in 2014. He performed in a variety of shows at OE ranging from Catch Me If You Can, The Drowsy Chaperone, Footloose, Legally Blonde, Mary Poppins and Up the Down Staircase. In addition, he was awarded with the rank of Honor Thespian and was one of four recipients of the Olathe East Thespian Scholarship. He has participated in two shows at Shawnee Mission Theatre in the Park as a cast member: Children of Eden (2013) and Pirates of Penzance (2014). In the summer of 2017, he returned to the Park on crew for Back to the 80's.
At Emporia State, he is on scholarship with the Theatre department and has participated in four shows. He performed in Big River and 9 to 5, was on running crew for Six Characters in Search of an Author and helped with set construction for Sense and Sensibility. In the spring of 2018, he will be the Assistant Stage Manager for ESU's production of He & She by Rachel Crothers. His goal for college is to become as well rounded in acting, directing and technical theatre as he can be so that he can be prepared for the schools he ends up teaching at. He decided to become a theatre educator because of his experience with his high school theatre teachers: Edward Shafer, Garry Goddard and Matt Rentfrow. He has enjoyed working with professors Jim Bartruff, Bob Hart, Chris Lohkamp and Theresa Mitchell at ESU, and is looking forward to the professors he has not yet worked with yet. Outside of theatre, Brian enjoys spending time with his friends, especially his fraternity brothers, and family. He is also an avid fan of film, KU basketball and the Kansas City Royals. Fun fact: he can name every best picture Oscar winning film from 1969-present.