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Theatre Arts and Performance Studies

Guest Speakers and Special Topic Workshop Leaders

Previous events in the Theatre Department:

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





Topics deconstruct theatre through the examination of design, devising, unconventional interpretations, and making it all make sense.

Bring your lunch to Camino 131 on Tuesays and Thursdays between 12:30 and 1:45 based on the SPRING 2013 schedule.

Everyone Welcome!




LUNCHBOX: "Impulse: Techniques for Embodied Creativity"
Tuesday, April 24 2012

12:15 - 1:45 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.

Kelly Rafferty is an Assistant Professor of Performance Studies in the Division of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies at Arizona State University's New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. She received her Ph.D. in Performance Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was a Humanities Fellow at the Berkeley Stem Cell Center. She earned a B.A. in English from Tulane University in 2003. Trained in physical theater, devised performance, and a range of acting techniques from Stanislavski to Viewpoints, Dr. Rafferty is also a director and acting coach. Her performance works pair big, athletic movement with visually and aurally stunning design in order to explore the ways in which people struggle to connect with and care for one another across difference. Recent productions include plays such as Charles Mee’s Wintertime, George Walker’s Featuring Loretta, Howard Barker’s Seven Lears, and collaboratively-devised performances such as Barbies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of Plastic, Don’t Copy Me: Site-Specific Clones, and Burning: An Olimpias Performance Research Project. In recognition of her artistic achievements, Dr. Rafferty was given the Eisner Prize for Highest Achievement in the Creative Arts (2008) and the Mask and Dagger Memorial Prize for Extraordinary Contributions to Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies (2006).



Thursday, April 22, 2010
12:30-2:00 pm

Lunch Box Presentation with Erik Ehn

Erik Ehn, Visiting Professor and head of playwriting at Brown University is known for proposing the Regional Alternative Theatre movement. His published works include THE SAINT PLAYS, produced by Theatre Arts and Performance Studies April 22-25, 2010.

Thursday, April 15th from 12:30 – 1:15 pm in C131.

The “Art of Transformation” Workshop with Ronald Rand

You are invited to attend this FREE event!

Mr. Rand will share some of what he teaches in his Workshop including his ‘Method of Physical Actions’ chart with you!


Using the original chart Stanislavsky gave Stella Adler in Paris in 1934, The “Art of Transformation” Workshop enriches and expands the actor’s imagination, allowing the actor to explore their entire instrument. Discover and use the tools on the ‘Method of Physical Actions’ chart.

Mr. Rand’s mentors include Stella Adler, Harold Clurman, Bobby Lewis, Joseph Chaikin, and Jerzy Grotowski. An Adjunct Professor of Acting & Directing at Pace University in New York City, Mr. Rand has taught for over 20 years around the world, at over 75 universities, colleges, festivals, conferences, theaters, and acting schools including Academy of Dramatic Art, Zagreb; Anadolu University, Eskesehir; Espacio Blanco Leis Acting Studio, Buenos Aires; New York University, Northern Illinois University, Stella Adler Studio of Acting, across America and around the world.
“Ronald Rand is an illusionist! I felt I was actually with Harold Clurman. Don’t miss it!” ELAINE STRITCH

DON'T MISS an opportunity to meet HAROLD CLURMAN, STELLA ADLER, LEE STRASBERG, CONSTANTIN STANISLAVKSY in the internationally acclaimed, inspiring solo play, “LET IT BE ART!” Harold Clurman’s Life of Passion” at North Coast Repertory on April 14th at 7:30pm.
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“Ronald Rand is one of the great dedicated professionals of the American Theatre.” ALEC BALDWIN

Now in its 10th year “LET IT BE ART!” has received standing ovations twice Off-Broadway in New York City, in 10 countries - including London, Paris, Athens, Zagreb, Los Angeles, Frankfurt, Buenos Aires, Paysundu, New Delhi, Mumbai, Paysundu, and in 14 states across America!


RONALD RAND Internationally acclaimed Performing Artist-playwright He has performed in his play “LET IT BE ART!” around the world in 10 countries – and in many capitals including London, Paris, Athens, Zagreb, Eskisehir, Los Angeles, New Delhi, Mumbai, Kerala, Frankfurt, Tbilisi, Paysundu, Buenos Aires, and across 14 states in America Well-known on the stage, he appeared opposite Marian Seldes, Jayne Atkinson, Rosemary Harris and Elizabeth Ashley in The Scheuer Series in New York City – and Off-Broadway in Julius Caesar at BAM with Richard Dreyfuss; Endgame, directed by Joseph Chaikin; August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and Servant of Two Masters. He toured throughout Europe as the Fool in King Lear. His over 100 film and TV appearances include Emperor’s Club, In & Out, Quiz Show, When in Rome, O’Keefe and Steiglitz opposite Christopher Plummer, Homeless opposite Yoko Ono, Law & Order, and Saturday Night Live. Author of best-selling “Acting Teachers of America,” he is the Founder & Publisher of “The Soul of the American Actor,” (10th year) –the only newspaper in North America dedicated to the art of the theatre, Adjunct Professor of Acting & Directing at Pace University (NYC), he has been a visiting guest professor at over 75 universities, colleges, theatres, high schools, and acting schools around the world.

by RONALD RAND photos by Luigi Scorcia

The most comprehensive book published with 50 of America’s most influential Acting Teachers! Plus 50 Interviews with the world’s leading actors!
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JOANNE WOODWARD: "Too often the work of these teachers goes unacknowledged, except by the actors who need and love them. Here, it is great to see them get the attention they deserve.”
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50 Interviews with acting teachers, actors and directors including: Olympia Dukakis, William Esper, Zelda Fichandler, Michael Howard, Anne Jackson, Michael Kahn, Milton Katselas, Gerald Freedman, Theodore Mann, Anne Bogart, Ivana Chubbuck, Joanna Merlin, Eric Morris, Larry Moss, Lloyd Richards, Terry Schreiber, Andre De Shields, Kathryn Gately, Marian Seldes, John Strasberg, Loyd Williamson.
Plus 50 interviews of leading actors including: Sidney Poitier, Gene Hackman, Laura Linney, James Gandolfini, William Hurt, Doris Roberts, Lillias White, Edward


Thursday, March 4

A Workshop with Robert Farid Karimi

Theatricality of Poetry, Story & Memory:
A Well of Voices & Experiences

This workshop begins with the premise that every writer has access to a well of potential voices. The root of this comes through the writers’ ability to access memories, both experiential and sensory. Through writing and performative exercises, we will focus attention on developing these voices and identities. In addition to creating and embodying these ideas from the substance of your life and being, we’ll address issues relating to the creative process, audience, social and cultural relevance, point of view, and using sense-memory in the oral interpretation of your work.

You can see Robert at the 10th Avenue Theatre from Feb. 24th until March 21st in a Mo'olelo production of self (the remix), a spoken-word, hip-hop play that mixes together stories, movement and music to tell the tale of an American child of Iranian and Guatemalan immigrants growing up in California in the 1970s and 1980s in the shadow of the Iranian Hostage Crisis. Acclaimed playwright and performer Robert Farid Karimi, accompanied with a soundscape created by DJ D Double, tells a "remixed" autobiographical tale of a boy struggling to learn about manhood, nationhood, and neighborhood with the voices and music of his environment helping him along.





Tuesday, February 16th

Talkback with Broadway Stage Manager, Richard Costabile

Attention Theatre Arts and Performance Studies Student, Faculty, USD community members:

There will be a talkback opportunity for all Theatre Arts and Performance Studies Department students and the USD community with Broadway Stage Manager, Richard Costabile in town working on Duncan Sheik’s WHISPER HOUSE currently playing at the Old Globe starring Mare Winningham.

This will take place in Camino 131 during the dead hours (12:15pm) on Tuesday, February 16th. Come hear from an expert on one of the most privileged positions in the theatre right here at USD!

Richard Costabile Bio:

Mr. Costabile has been lucky enough to have worked on seven Broadway productions (Translations, The Odd Couple, Hal Holbrook’s Mark Twain Tonight!, Anna in the Tropics, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, The School for Scandal, George Abbott's Broadway), plus tours that have included Roger Rees in What You Will, Death of a Salesman, Mark Twain Tonight! and White Christmas. Off Broadway he has stage managed at Roundabout Theatre (Intimate Apparel, Fiction, All Over), Playwrights Horizons (Goodnight Children Everywhere), and the Public Theater/NYSF (Love's Labors Lost), among many others. Regional theatre work includes Great Lakes Theater Festival (11 seasons), Guthrie Theater, Alley Theatre, Barrington Stage Company, McCarter Theatre Center, O'Neill National Music Theater Conference, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Hartford Stage and Denver Center Theatre. He ran away with Big Apple Circus (Summers of ’07 and ’08), and he recently made his Carnegie Hall debut as stage manager for the Collegiate Chorale’s Fall concert with the American Symphony Orchestra. He has taught at Mason Gross/Rutgers and SUNY Purchase and has been a guest lecturer at colleges nationwide. The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater in NYC is where he received his training as an actor. Last May, the members of the Stage Managers' Association elected him to his fifth term as Chairman.

No charge.


Thursday, November 19th
Written and presented by Benjamin Mathes, Theatre Arts and Performance Studies Faculty Member

Fallujah Good is a 45-minute, one-man play adapted from the journal of a combat 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps on his first deployment to Iraq. It is a story unlike other tellings of the Iraq War in that Fallujah Good does not promote a political agenda or provide body counts. Nor does it provide a step-by-step account of the platoon's movement or quantity of RPG fired at them by masked insurgents. Fallujah Good tells a truth that is vulnerable, terrifying, and rich with emotion as it was discovered by one platoon commander in a small but significant Area of Operation in the war on terror.

No charge.


Thursday, September 24th

The internationally re-known playwright discusses her career, work and the power of theater to engage a diverse audience with issues of human rights.. Catherine Filloux has been writing about genocide, human rights, and social justice for the past twenty years. She received her M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and her French Baccalaureate with Honors in Toulon, France. She is a co-founder of Theater Without Borders, a volunteer organization engaged in international theater exchange. Her awards include the PeaceWriting Award, Roger L. Stevens Award, Eric Kocher Playwrights Award (O'Neill) and the Callaway Award. Her articles have appeared in American Theater, Manoa, The Drama Review, Contemporary Theater Review (UK), and the Drama Guild Quarterly. For a full biography and review of Ms. Filloux's work, please see


Spring 2009

Moe Angelos of Continuous City leads a workshop. For more information on The Builders Association, producer of Continuous City: