BRATTLEBORO -- Maia Gilmour, a Brattleboro senior, has been named the December 2013 Windham Regional Career Center Student of the Month. Maia was nominated for this award by Robert Kramsky, her Performing Arts Acting instructor.

Kramsky, who is also a Brattleboro Union High School English teacher and long-time theater director, stated that "Maia is an extremely dedicated young actress who is highly motivated to produce her best possible work in class. As an actress, Maia is not afraid of taking creative risks and is always pushing herself to go beyond her comfort zone."

Maia is currently a student in Kramsky’s Advanced Acting class. Maia shared that this class "requires a lot of self-drive. Mr. Kramsky gives us a good deal of freedom to experiment, which opens us up to be willing to take risks. I’ve found these experiences to be an asset in my life for most things, including the building up of my self-confidence." Maia also said that theater has always been a big part of her family’s life. Her grandmother had been an actress at the Weston Playhouse in Weston and she’s related, through marriage, to Christopher Lloyd. She’s loved acting and theater for as long as she can remember.

Her future plans are to attend college as a theater major and she has already been accepted to her top choice school. Earlier this year, she’d considered finding a more financially viable path for herself than theater, but after meeting with that school’s theater department chair, she came away re-committed to pursuing the path she loves so much. For her, it was "a relief to pursue this path despite the risks." Her approach to her work certainly bodes well for future success. As Kramsky added, "Maia is always eager for feedback from her fellow actors as well as from her instructor. She always wants to know what she can do to improve her character work and over-all performance."

The Career Center’s Performance Arts Acting program consists of two year-long performance-oriented courses, including an advanced acting offering. Students learn to interpret text and develop believable characters, as well as gain experience in auditioning, directing, stagecraft and theater history. Students are required to attend a variety of off-site productions and field-based learning experiences.

The Windham Regional Career Center provides technical and career training for students from the following high schools: Brattleboro, Leland & Gray, Twin Valley, Bellows Falls, Hinsdale, N.H., as well as the Austine School.