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USCU FALL15 Magazine Online

LESSONS FROM AN Artistic Master BY MEG HUNT For seven days in October, Stephen Unwin, former artistic director and chief executive of The Rose Theatre in Kingston, England, shared his expertise, talent and flair for the art of theatre with USC Upstate students and members of the general public. No stranger to USC Upstate, Unwin played a key role in helping to establish opportunities for students to intern at The Rose Theatre in Kingston Upon Thames in London. Part of that arrangement included inviting the renowned director to the University to lead acting workshops, Master’s classes and discussions on a variety of theatre topics. “Stephen Unwin's visit, coupled with our five-week study program in London, our participation in the International Youth Arts Festival in London and our internship program at The Rose Theatre in London gives us a unique place in the Theatre community in the state and in the region,” said Jimm Cox, USC Upstate’s director of theatre and Foreign Study London. “His instruction is provided to Upstate students without charge. They have the opportunity to learn from someone who has taught at Cambridge University, the University of California, Emory University and a variety of other institutions. He provides information from the trenches, beyond the walls of academia.” The benefit to USC Upstate theatre students from this type of direct learning opportunity are immeasurable, according to Cox. And it shows in much of the work these students put in to their craft. “A world class professional theatre practitioner offers students a chance of a lifetime opportunity to experience instruction from someone living and working in one of the artistic capitols,” he added. “Most of our instruction comes from our experiences in the United States, and Stephen Unwin provides a global perspective of what it means to be a working artist.” USC Upstate’s Shoestring Players have produced theatrical performance on campus for more than 40 years. Recognized both nationally and internationally, the troupe was recently presented with a 2015 Commendation for the Acting Company by the Kennedy Center’s National Committee and Awards Panel for ensemble performances of “Memigery,” and was named one of five “Best in Fest Productions” in July for their performances of “The Pursuit of U.S.” at the International Youth Festival in Kingston Upon Thames. World-renowned artistic director Stephen Unwin offered first-hand instruction in the craft and skill of the theatre to USC Upstate students during his recent visit to campus. 13  Fall 2015 Upstate Magazine


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