When talking to Justin Bulla you can feel his excitement when he recalls his days at Lees-McRae College. A theater student who came to LMC via App State to get a second degree, you can tell Justin found Lees-McRae to be his true home. He said he is closer to and still in contact with most of his LMC crowd whom he affectionately refers to as his Mcfamily!
When asked about his favorite memory from Lees-McRae, it took him a while to think of just one but without surprise it came back to the theater. “I directed a production of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown for Lees-McRae Summer Theater. It was great because all of my friends were in it!”
Justin is currently teaching middle and high school drama at an arts magnet school in Winston-Salem, NC. He said he uses everything he learned at Lees-McRae in his current position. “I would not know how to do what I am doing without my education at Lees-McRae!”
Justin also feels it is very important to give back to the alma mater that helped get him where he is today. “Without our support of LMC you are not allowing future students to have the same experience you did. And if you can’t give back monetarily give back some other way.”
His advice for current LMC students? “Stay humble! There is always going to be someone better than you or someone working harder than you. Appreciate your opportunities because every opportunity is a learning experience.”
Justin is currently in the finishing stages on his Masters of Theater Education at UNC-Greensboro and is a member of the executive board of the Stokes County Arts Council. He has also started a summer theater series in Stokes County.