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Summer Travels

Our Theatre and Dance family are taking their talents all over the country during the break. Here's a look at what we're up to!

New York City...DC...Chicago...Seattle...and closer to home... Our Theatre and Dance family won't let the summer heat slow down their artistic and academic work.  We wanted to know just where their talents are showing up this summer, and got the following updates from our students, alumni and faculty.

Enjoy summer!


Jamie Boller (BA, 2016) is teaching acting classes at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis in June and July.  In August, she starts rehearsals for her first professional role; she will be playing Kate Middleton in Mike Bartlett’s King Charles III at Playhouse on the Square.

Professor Stan Brown will be teaching at the Broadway at USC Musical Theatre Workshop in August.

Senior Instructor Sam Gross will attend a University of North Alabama theatre alumni reunion in June. 

Ballet Instructor Madeline Harvey is teaching and choreographing at summer dance intensives in Greenville, South Carolina; Allentown, Pennsylvania; and Springfield, Illinois. Additionally, she will be collaborating with GLOW Lyric Theatre in their production of West Side Story.

In May, Professors Robyn Hunt and Steven Pearson were in Chicago, facilitating a six-day intensive in Physical Approaches to Performance.  In June, they will teach a similar (larger) intensive at the University of Washington in Seattle.  Robyn reports that the foundation has been poured for a new studio space in Cape Cod for Hunt and Pearson’s production company, P3/east.   This studio space will be used for summer projects, particularly with current and former graduates and other young theatre and dance artists who seek short, concentrated and restorative periods to create and refine ongoing work, and who are interested in continuing their involvement with P3/east. 

Josh Jeffers (rising 3rd year MFA Actor) will play Malviolio in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night this July at Greenville’s Warehouse Theatre.

Keely Rose McDonald (Senior, Theatre) is spending her summer working with a professional photographer to put together a portfolio of her Special FX make-up work.  She is also working on pre-production of a film for which she will be the Key Special FX person; the filming starts this fall.

Abigail McNeely (rising Senior, Theatre) will appear as Leslie in the musical American Idiot at Trustus Theatre in Columbia, SC this July.

Professor Stephanie Milling was in Barbados in late May to present on work done in conjunction with Assistant Professors Tanya Wideman-Davis and Thaddeus Davis on Ruptured Silence, an original work choreographed by Wideman-Davis and Davis.  Milling is also working this summer with Americans for the Arts on a national advocacy curriculum for students in high education, and is part of a team working with the SC Department of Education on revising the state standards in dance education. 

Shannon Mizell (rising Junior, Dance Performance) worked with FiveCurrents, small group of international dancer/choreographers, on choreographing the opening ceremonies of the Copa America Centenario Games in Santa Clara, CA in early June. 

Senior Instructor Eric Morris was part of a panel discussion on Pat Conroy’s Story River Books imprint at the Charleston Library Society during the 2016 Spoleto Festival.

Christy Motta (BA, 2016) performed alongside many professional dancers at the HERO dance benefit in Columbia, SC in early June.  Proceeds from the performance benefitted the Gary Sinise Foundation.

In May, Associate Professor Robert Richmond directed Love’s Labour’s Lost for the Academy for Classical Acting at George Washington University.  He will be an instructor this August for the Broadway at USC Musical Theatre Workshop.

Haley Sprankle (rising Sophomore, Theatre) was part of the production team for Trustus Theatre’s The Brothers Size, which performed as part of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC in May.

Associate Professor Erica Tobolski was Voice and Text Coach for Julius Caesar at the Great River Shakespeare Festival in Minnesota, as well as an instructor for their Apprentice Company. 

Vivien Toumey (rising Sophomore, Dance Performance) is studying at American Ballet Theatre's Collegiate Summer Intensive in New York City in June.

William Vaughan (BA, 2013) is part of the cast of District Merchants, a variation of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, at the Folger Theatre in Washington, DC.  The show runs through July 3.

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