David Hills ’17
English and theatre double major
It’s hard to imagine it when he’s off-stage, but soft-spoken David Hills ’17 can play to the back rows when he wants.
The Hagerstown, Maryland, native studied acting in high school and quickly fell in with the theatre program at Goucher. Lately, though, he’s been spending more time behind the scenes, as a director for Playworks—the annual student-written, -directed, and -acted production on campus, as well as for last year’s “A Night of William Inge,” devoted to the Bus Stop playwright. A few weeks ago David finished up a run of Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, which brings Charles Schultz’s Peanuts characters into a fraught teenage world of drugs and sexuality.
“I love acting, and I do miss it a lot sometimes,” he says. “But I feel like I have more fun on the directing side of it.”
Taking care of campus show business keeps him busy (David also runs Goucher’s Open Circle Theatre Company), but he hopes to make time to see more shows in Baltimore City and check out what’s showing at other area colleges.
In addition to double majors in English and theatre, which he says are fairly intensive, David is taking psychology and Spanish classes, fulfilling math requirements, and planning for his junior year abroad. Every year, Goucher sophomores compete for one of two scholarships to spend their junior year at Oxford University in England. David won this year, so he’s waiting to hear which of the university’s 38 colleges he’ll be attending.
“Fingers crossed for St. Anne’s, but ultimately the university will put me where it thinks is best,” he says. St. Anne’s, a former women’s college, has a reputation as one of Oxford’s most liberal. “When I was looking at the colleges at Oxford, I was trying to find the ones that would be most like Goucher. I came to Goucher for the environment, and I don’t want to stray too far from that. I’ll be in a different culture, but there are some things I’m pretty particular about when it comes to my education.”
Specifically, there’s an egalitarianism that comes with Goucher’s history that David likes.
“There’s an appreciation, I think, for reaching out to help people who may not have gotten the chance to get an education,” he says. “Especially when colleges were dominated so much by males, the schools that started out as all-female were created with the understanding that education should be for everyone. That’s carried on today at Goucher.”