Fall into Compassion

Courses this semester:

Acting I

Theatre and Society

Voice and Speech

Opera Workshop

 

This semester my students will be developing life skills that transfer into any field, interpersonal relationships, spiritual discovery and global change making. As recipients of the USD Provost’s Enhanced Faculty Student Interaction fund, we will be traveling out of the classroom and into the audiences to see: BRIGHT STAR (The Old Globe), NEXT TO NORMAL (San Diego Musical Theatre), and FOOL FOR LOVE (Cygnet Theatre).

As part of the Theatre Arts and Performance Studies Lunchbox Series, we will host the 3rd annual Conversations with Alumni during Homecoming week. I look forward to seeing many of our theatre alumni and hearing their musings on life-after-USD.

Opera Workshop will perform a delightful program of music from such great compositions as The Marriage of Figaro, The MikadoAbduction from the SeraglioFiddler on the Roof, and Into the Woods, and Candide. The performance on November 16th will be held in the Shiley Theatre at 2pm. Join us!

There are many exciting creative collaborations on the horizon for the coming spring, including the Theatre Management and Entrepreneurship class and Senior Projects, along with other developing projects.

Already my classes are fostering expressive and welcoming discussions and performances. The students are full of ideas, motivation and curiosity… what delight!

Spirit of Summer

Returning to USD’s campus after this exciting summer, I am recharged for the fall semester. Over the summer I attended the annual conference of the Association for for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) in Scottsdale, Arizona. Notwithstanding the remarkable heat and phenomenal lightening storms, I presented a paper in a session titled: Let Them Dream The Impossible Dream. My paper discusses how educators can help enrich the theatre major’s training with entrepreneurial tools and business etiquette to navigate the often-unmapped desert of employment in the arts. Today’s college student is facing a delicate economic and uncertain career planning. With strategies and tools, graduates with theatre degrees can design a career either as an independent artist or as part of a larger organization – in the arts or ANY field. I am excited to be part of the vanguard of educators deciphering the necessity of this kind of education and developing a pedagogical approach to its introduction.