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Student Opportunities

Students in the drama department develop a proficiency in performing, technical and theoretical areas of theatre. Students build upon their academic foundation with membership in student organizations and through experiential learning in internships.

The Mary Martin Program in the Performing Arts provides research funds for faculty and students, sponsors lecturers and also establishes a student prize in drama.

And, through the Maxcy Family Visiting Artist Endowment, the College is able to bring to campus a guest actor, director, stage manager, set designer, or other gifted theater professional to work with students and enhance the program.


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    On February 28th, 2014, DC-based vocal and dialect coach Rachel Hirshorn conducted a workshop in the Fitzmaurice Voicework © while working with the cast of ARCADIA on their British dialects.
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    As part of their week-long residency sponsored by the C.V. Starr Center and the Department of Drama, The Bearded Ladies Cabaret held two days of workshops for students and members of the Chestertown community on January 25 and 26, 2014.
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    Scott Parkinson guest taught Professor Brendon Fox’s Acting II class on Thursday October 31, 2013.

    In the class, he worked with Ryan Bailey on a Romeo speech; with Ian Flinn and Kara Henson on the first half of the “Balcony Scene” in Romeo & Juliet; and with Nick O’Meally and Amanda Varvar on the 2nd half of the “Balcony Scene”.

    Currently based in New York City, Scott is an award-winning actor, a teacher, and an audition coach who has worked in New York, Chicago, and around the country. He appeared in Tom Stoppard’s “The Coast of Utopia” at Lincoln Center, in Charles Busch’s “The Third Story” at MCC, and at the Barrow Street Theatre in both “Orson’s Shadow” and as the first replacement for David Cromer’s Stage Manager in Cromer’s landmark production of “Our Town”. He originated the role of Raskolnikov in the Curt Columbus/Marilyn Campbell adaptation of “Crime & Punishment” at Writers’ Theatre in Chicago, and appeared in the New York premiere of the adaptation at 59E59 Theaters. He also appeared as Queen Margaret in Edward Hall’s all-male production of “Rose Rage: Henry VI Parts 1, 2, and 3” both in Chicago (Joseph Jefferson Award) and at the Duke Theatre in New York City (Drama League nomination, Ensemble), and in the first National Tour of “The 39 Steps”, playing nineteen cities across the country. Regional appearances include Hartford Stage, the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington DC, the Mark Taper Forum, La Jolla Playhouse, The Studio Theater, Seattle Repertory, and the Old Globe. Chicago appearances include the Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare, Writers’ Theatre, Court Theatre, Northlight, and Shakespeare on the Green. Other roles include Hamlet, Richard II, Richard III, Iago, Angelo, the Fool, Prince Hal, Cassius, Octavius Caesar, Puck, Trinculo, Speed, Tom Wingfield, Marchbanks, Prior Walter, Nathan Detroit, and Louis Dubedat. Scott is a featured interview in the book ‘North American Players of Shakespeare’, published by the University of Delaware Press, and he taught an Acting Shakespeare class at Roosevelt University’s fast-track Masters Program in the summer of 2012.
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    The Departments of Drama and English, in preparation for THE TRAGEDY OF KING LEAR in April, enlisted Chas Libretto ‘06 and Louis Butelli to assist in bringing Shakespeare’s verse to life.