Lance Cromwell ’93(-ish)
Private tutor, writer/director, owner/creator of LCurve.net, waiter; Portland, Maine
Colgate Class of ’93 … no, wait, ’94. Well, I participated in Torchlight in 1994 and walked the stage in 1995. Let’s just say my Colgate experience was somewhat nonlinear. And … excellent.
It should come as no surprise that my post-Colgate path has been any-thing but linear. My last year in Hamilton saw me taking my final classes, teaching, working at the university bookstore, and waiting tables at the Hamilton Inn. Sounds like a lot, but it was flexible, and it allowed a lot of time for writing. It seems that this wearing of many hats suits me. It has been the rhythm of my life, for the most part, to date.
Fast forward to present day, Portland, Maine. Still writing (mostly for film projects, but some other stuff, too), still teaching/tutoring, still working in the restaurant industry (an amazing spot: Fore Street) ... but add in my family (my wife, 3 kids, and several animals), and a website that I just created, and you get a sense of my world.
I have done many things along the way. Taught HS English. Taught extensively for the Princeton Review. Took a break. For the past 10 years, private tutoring and home-schooling. Have taught writing at the Telling Room, a nonprofit writing center in Portland (co-founded by Sara Corbett ’90). Wrote and directed a couple of short films. Co-hosted a radio show, reviewed movies. Got to be a screener for a film festival for a few years. Served on the Maine Film Commission. Traveled a bunch. Volunteered at the Center For Grieving Children and also in the Maine prison system helping kids with substance abuse problems. Designed websites. Current web project is www.LCurve.net, which is a free resource for standardized test prep.
I still wear many hats — not everybody’s thing, but I like it. Life is full. Life is excellent. Thanks, Colgate!