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Meet the talented artists on the faculty of the USC School of Dramatic Arts in conversation with School's dean, David Bridel.

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Meet the talented artists on the faculty of the USC School of Dramatic Arts in conversation with School's dean, David Bridel.

    In conversation with Lilach Dekel-Avneri

    In conversation with Lilach Dekel-Avneri

    Lilach Dekel-Avneri is a director, curator, translator, and dramaturg. For Fall 2019, Dekel-Avneri was a visiting artist at the USC School of Dramatic Arts thanks to support from the Israel Institute, an independent, nonpartisan, non-advocacy organization that advances rigorous teaching, research and discourse about modern Israel in partnership with leading academic and cultural institutions.

    • 57 min
    In conversation with Philip G. Allen

    In conversation with Philip G. Allen

    Philip G. Allen is an associate professor of theatre practice at the USC School of Dramatic Arts. He is a sound designer, mixer and audio educator with more than 20 years of professional experience. He has designed sound systems for the Music Center of Los Angeles, the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City and numerous smaller venues.

    • 52 min
    In conversation with Kate Burton

    In conversation with Kate Burton

    Kate Burton is a USC School of Dramatic Arts professor and master artist. She has directed Chekhov’s Three Sisters, The Cherry Orchard and The Seagull for USC’s MFA Rep, as well as two evenings of Shakespeare and Tchaikovsky for Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
    The daughter of two Shakespearean actors, she has played Viola, Juliet, Desdemona, Isabella, The Princess of France, Hermione and Queen/ Belarius in Cymbeline (2015 NYSF). A three-time Tony and Emmy nominee, she was seen last on Broadway opposite Kevin Kline in Present Laughter. On television, she is best known for her work in Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy. She will soon be seen in Where Did You Go, Bernadette, starring Cate Blanchett and directed by Richard Linklater. She is a graduate of Brown University and the Yale School of Drama.

    • 48 min
    In conversation with Elsbeth Collins

    In conversation with Elsbeth Collins

    Elsbeth M. Collins is a veteran stage manager who serves as the head of production at the USC School of Dramatic Arts, a position she has held since 2008. She is the production manager for over 20 productions per academic year, hiring support staff and guest artists, as well as monitoring their budgets. Prior to coming to USC, Collins worked as a professional stage manager for over 25 years.

    • 36 min
    In conversation with Christopher Shaw

    In conversation with Christopher Shaw

    Christopher Shaw is an assistant professor of theatre practice at the USC School of Dramatic Arts in acting and directing.

    Shaw has worked professionally in theatre, film and TV in N.Y. and L.A., as well as at numerous renowned regional theatres. Recent work includes originating the role of Tchaikovsky in the world premier of Tommy Smith’s Fugue with the award winning Echo Theater Company in Los Angeles, and as a director: Escape From Happiness (USC BFA 2016), Nora (CSULB MFA 2017), How to Disappear Completely and Never be Found (CSUF BFA 2016), The Riot Club (CSUF BFA 2015) and Farragut North (CSUF BFA 2014)

    Other acting credits include numerous productions of Marvin’s Room at Minetta Lane Theatre in NYC, The Kennedy Center and Seattle Rep., The Nancy Keystone and Critical Mass production of Apollo at The Kirk Douglas Theatre and Portland Center Stage, War Music at Geffen Playhouse, the original Echo Theater Company production of War Music (Ovation Award for Best Ensemble and Best Play), The 39 Steps at Ensemble Theatre Santa Barbara, Blackbird at Cal Rep, The Time of Your Life, and Happy End (Best Ensemble and Revival awards) at Pacific Resident Theatre, Walking the Dead at Circle Rep (NYC), Painted Rain at Playwrights Horizons (NYC), Romeo and Juliet at The NY Public, three seasons at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center and productions at The Long Wharf, Baltimore Center Stage, and Rogue Machine. Film and TV include the CBS mini series Bella Mafia with James Marsden and Vanessa Redgrave, the WB feature Dogfight with River Phoenix and Lili Taylor.

    • 41 min
    Episode 6: Uncle Vanya with the play's translator, Sharon Marie Carnicke

    Episode 6: Uncle Vanya with the play's translator, Sharon Marie Carnicke

    In this episode of Podcast@SDA, Dean David Bridel discusses "Uncle Vanya" with the translator of the work, SDA Professor Sharon Marie Carnicke. Directed by Gregg T. Daniel, "Uncle Vanya" continues performing in repertory through March 7, 2017 at the School's Scene Dock Theatre.

    • 51 min

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