Workshops offer acting opportunity

by Julieta Ramirez
Staff Writer

Offering an opportunity for people to explore the world of acting, the Theatre Department is hosting free workshops for all students this month.

The first in the series of workshops took place on Wednesday, Feb. 7, and was led by performer Julia Varley. The workshop concentrated on teaching the students how to connect their body with their voice.

The workshop consisted of physical activities like jumping around for students to get in touch with their bodies.

“It really sounds weird, but it was interesting,” said sophomore Chryseis Alexander. “I had a lot of fun.”

Although the workshops sound like fun, they are taken very seriously by those who attend.

The workshops are meant to enhance students’ knowledge about theater. This is achieved by allowing the students to ask the artists questions in order paint a better picture of what working in theater is really like.

“I think people should come,”said Alexander.

Many of the industry’s professionals that will be heading the workshops are currently working on their own projects.

Some, like Michael Kerns, star of the hit play, “Attachments,” promise an interesting look on their career and all of the opportunities that involve it.

There will also be an opportunity for students to attend an open rehearsal for a new play on Feb. 27, 28 and 29. The rehearsal will be supervised by artists Michael Keck and Steve Kent.

“This is a great opportunity for students to meet them, talk to them and ask questions,” said Kent.

Other artists will include Shishir Karup and Page Leong of Cornerstone Theatre, Tim Miller, star of the play “Naked Breath,” Scott Atkinson, Rose Partillo, Jeff MacMahon and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, member of the dance company, “Urban Bush Women.”

Michael Keck will be at the University on Feb. 27. Michael Kerns will have his workshop on March 5. Jeff MacMahon will be here March 21 and Rose Partillo will be here April 16.

All workshops will take place from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Cabaret Theatre.

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