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Theatre Arts and Performance Studies

Lunchbox Events

Theatre Arts and Performance Studies presents LUNCHBOX EVENTS


Fall 2015

Check back in the fall for Theatre's Lunch Box schedule!



Spring 2015

Theatre Arts and Performance Studies held an exciting workshop on:

Selma ‘65

Tuesday, March 24th
12:15 – 1:30 pm
Camino 131
The Vassiliadis Family Black Box Theatre

Marietta Hedges, actress in
“Selma ’65: A One-Woman Play,”
will conduct a movement based acting workshop. Participants should come dressed and ready to move

Students, faculty, staff and alumni are welcome.

Spring 2014

You are invited to attend the all the events listed in the Lunchbox Series! Bring your lunch with you to The Vassiliadis Family Black Box, Camino Hall room 131. Come on by!

IMPROV NIGHT! FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8th from 7-9 p.m. in Studio Theatre FREE!!!

Co-sponsored by the Theatre Arts and Performing Arts Lunchbox Series and USD's Society of Theatre Artists (STArtists)
The evening of frolicking fun includes audience-generated situations, absurd contradictions, crazy characters, and unexpected rhyme without reason. Who knows what could happen? We know we'll be laughing - for certain.
Come to this FREE evening - either sit on the sidelines or find yourself drawn to the stage!


Previous Lunchbox Events:

Fall 2013 Lunchbox Schedule

Spring 2013 Lunchbox Series, click here for the schedule

Viewpoints and Suzuki in Action
An Experiential Workshop with Johamy Morales

February 26, 2013
12:30 - 1:45 pm
Camino 131, The Black Box Theatre

Written and performed by Johamy Morales

February 28, 2013
12:30 - 1:45 pm
Camino 131, The Black Box Theatre

The Theatre Arts and Performance Studies Program in the Department of Theatre is pleased to be hosting special guest artist, Johamy Morales, for two exciting events at the end of February. Ms. Morales is an educator, director, actor, and writer. She currently teaches for the Comparative Arts and Theatre department at Interlochen Center for the Arts. She has an MFA in acting from Ohio State University, with a specialization in devising new works, Viewpoints/Suzuki, and Linklater. She has worked with La Jolla Playhouse, Arena Stage, Seattle Childrens Theatre, and SITI Company. Johamy studied Classical and Shakespeare at the British American Drama Academy in Oxford, England. She has toured internationally to Mexico and South Africa for the Grahamstown National Arts Festival.

Johamy Morales will be conducting a workshop on Tuesday, February 26th, on Viewpoints and Suzuki methods of approaching performance. This is an active and ensemble-oriented style of developing theatre. It considers the creative energy of the artist both physically and mentally in ways that demand responsiveness to the world around them with specificity, inspiration and commitment. It challenges the performer to strengthen their intention and deepen their craft. The Suzuki work pays attention to concentration and breath control while the complimentary Viewpoints technique is based in improvisation that invites the actor to "function together harmoniously and intuitively in movement while making quick ensemble interaction possible".

Then on Thursday, February 28th, Ms. Morales will be performing her one-woman play, Frijoles, that tell the story of a young woman named Paulina in search of her identity. Throughout her journey she remembers the intricate fabric of her past with the help of her magical pot of beans. The pot of beans represents her past and future that is filled with family stories and dichos. At the end of her journey she discovers pieces of her identity and the true meaning of beans.
“I look at myself in the mirror and I realize that I don’t look like everyone else. I have a chubby nose, big lips, and when I ask the beans why I look so ugly they reply, beauty is found within. But when I look at myself I don’t see the beauty within.”

Frijoles is an exploration of identity through acting, storytelling, movement, song, and dance. This piece explores the issues of identity in the Unites States and celebrates the complex beauty of the Mexican-American culture.

“I am from San Diego, California and my parents are from Tijuana, Mexico. When I visit my family in Mexico I am not considered absolutely Mexican and here in the United States I am not considered fully American. So the question is, Who am I? Am I Mexican or am I American?” –Johamy


Frijoles poster




Fall 2012 Lunchbox Series, click here


The Art of the Audition: Part 2: THE BUSINESS OF “THE BUSINESS”

Jessica Bird (Mo’olelo Interim General & Producing Manager),
Nanci Burrows (Shamon Freitas Talent Agency),
Mitzi Michaels (Performer, educator, consultant),
and Daren Scott (Actor, photographer & director)

Bring your current marketing materials (headshots, resumes,
etc) and questions about websites, unions, and demos & reels.

Tuesday, October 23rd
In the Black Box,
Camino 131
at 12:30


The Art of the Audition: Part 2: Type-Casting Yourself

How to identify your “type” and how directors see you.

Tuesday, October 9 at 12:30 pm in the Black Box (C131)


The Art of the Audition: Putting It Together

Etiquette of the Audition & Interview
Walking in the door to an interview or audition,
what to wear, who to speak to, what to bring,
what to prepare, how to conduct yourself,
and how to bring it to a (successful) close!

If you are: Comm Studies, Theatre, Business Majors and/or Career Oriented, this is for you!
Presented by Dr. Monica Stufft and Prof. Ryan Scrimger

Tuesday, October 2 at 12:30 pm in the Black Box (C131)


"Impulse: Techniques for Embodied Creativity"

Tuesday, April 24 at 12:15
in Camino 131

Please join the Theatre Arts and Performance Studies Department for a Lunchbox workshop offered by Dr. Kelly Rafferty.

Using techniques from improvisation and physical comedy, students will learn how to develop a powerfully charged and open stage presence that allows performers to work from a deep and simultaneous connection with their own impulses, their scene partners, and their audience. These practices are particularly useful for overcoming stage fright, silencing the inner critic's voice, moving through creative blocks, and developing a broader physical, vocal, and emotional range. Because we'll be focusing on honing perceptive sensitivity, creative flexibility, and collaborative fluidity, this workshop is appropriate for actors, dancers, directors, choreographers, and writers. The workshop will last approximately an hour and a half (ending at 1:45). Please come in clothes that you can move comfortably in, preferably no skirts or open toed shoes.

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, April 24, 2012 in the Black Box, Camino 131.

Kelly Rafferty, Ph.D., has taught acting, improvisation, and movement to performers and non-performers at the University of California, Berkeley and Arizona State University, where she is currently Assistant Professor of Performance Studies. When she isn't teaching or writing about performance, she works as an actor, improviser, and award-winning director. Recent projects include Sarah Kane's 4.48 Psychosis, The Wendy House (an original re-mapping of J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan), Charles Mee's Wintertime, and regular appearances at The Torch Theatre, Phoenix's home for long-form improvisational theater. She received her Ph.D. in Performance Studies from the University of California, Berkeley in 2010.


Voice & Speech and 2012/13 Season Announcement!
Tuesday, March 20 at 12:15
in Camino 131

Jan Gist, Professor of Voice, Speech and Dialects
for The Old Globe/USD Graduate Theatre Department,
will be offering an exploration of the skills that bring actors’ voices to life on stage.

An actor’s instrument includes the body, voice, and imagination. When all three are activated and coordinated, the actor is empowered to create exciting and inspiring performances. On Tuesday you’ll have the opportunity to experiment with some exercises to expand your breath, pitch, and power, and to clarify your articulation, all aimed at the theatre's demands.

Professor Gist has worked with actors and theatres all over the country and taught workshops for Russia’s Moscow Art Theatre, London’s Central School of Speech and Drama, and regularly presents at international conferences for The Voice And Speech Trainers Association. Learn more about her at:

The course, VOICE and SPEECH will be offered Fall 2012!
CRN #4304 THEA-340.01, J. Gist
Tuesday 2:30-5:20