Sticky notes line the door of Lanny Potts’s office in the Theater department. Between putting together productions and teaching courses, Potts keeps busy. During winter quarter he has been involved in productions every single week, including “Bad Jews” in Dungeon Theater and student-developed sketch comedy. He says the key to any work is hard work and staying organized, which his sticky note system shows.
When Potts is not busy with productions and classes at Kalamazoo College he works with Willow Creek, a production company that hosts leadership and evangelical conferences internationally. He enjoys working with the high level professionals at Willow Creek, but he says it cannot match the satisfaction of seeing students develop.
Potts grew up in northern Indiana. Although he did not think much about pursuing higher education when he was younger, he headed to Valparaiso University to majored in Speech and Drama. He also managed to complete four majors in English, History, Theater, and Secondary Education.
“I learned how to be a really good student,” Potts says. “I didn’t start there. It taught me to love a life of learning” he says. This experience helped to nurture his excitement for solving problems. During every new production he encounters new problems, which he says keeps the work interesting.
When Potts has free time he enjoys cycling and playing Ultimate Frisbee. He tells me that a perfect day for him is a 110 mile bike ride, during which he can spend four hours getting lost adventuring, and then find his way home. In Kalamazoo he takes advantage of the local Kalamazoo Ultimate Disc League. He was the first paying member of the league and has been playing since KUDL’s creation. He has also spent time training for triathlons and watching basketball.