Rood Emmanuel performed in the Alan Lebow Awards for Excellence in Shakespearean Performance in 2012, 2013 and 2014 before applying to the Kids’ Dreams Scholarship to attend University of Florida. Rood is now a sophomore at UF, majoring in Psychology. Rood is also minoring in Health Disparities and Non-Profit Leadership, as he has founded his own non-profit organization, Igniting Dreams.
“My objective is to become a Medical Doctor but I will take my experiences gained in the Alan Lebow Awards to further my education. Throughout high school, the Alan Lebow Shakespeare Competition has opened a lot of doors for me. I wish to continue to pursue literature in the near future as a form of self-expression and a tool for academic excellence, I aspire to continue in performing Shakeapeare in theatre. Shakespeare is one of the most prominent forms of literature and to be able to bring the actual words to character would be a step further in my appreciation for literature. In addition to bringing literature into theatre, I intend to write novels of my own. For me, writing opens up a personal world of imagination and expression. I would like to write fiction novels that delve into the human mind. I would also like to write a biography of my experiences in life. I know that my life experiences will give my readers encouragement and hope.“