2016 Trojan Family Weekend

Trojan Family Weekend

Thursday, October 12, – Sunday, October 15, 2017

The USC School of Dramatic Arts invites families of current SDA students to join us for Trojan Family Weekend!

The following are sessions offered by the USC School of Dramatic Arts during Trojan Family Weekend. In order to attend these events, you must be a registered attendee of Trojan Family Weekend. For more information, and to register, visit the university’s Trojan Family Weekend website.

The only event that families may attend if they are NOT registered for Trojan Family Weekend is “Breakfast with Dean David Bridel and Industry Insider Panel.” Please see below for more information.

For questions regarding SDA events, contact Director of Special Events Marissa Gonzalez by email at marissag@usc.edu or phone at 213-821-4048.


Friday, October 13, 2017

8:00–10:00 a.m. Dean’s Reception: Breakfast with Dean David Bridel and Industry Insider Panel** Location: Queen’s Courtyard (QCY) and Bing Theatre (BIT)

Dean David Bridel and SDA senior leadership for a continental breakfast and conversation with fellow Dramatic Arts parents. Breakfast will be followed by an informative panel, featuring leaders and SDA alumni from the field who will discuss opportunities available to SDA graduates in an ever-changing artistic landscape. The panel will be moderated by adjunct lecturer and casting director Dan Shaner. Students are welcome to attend with their families.

**If you are not registered for Trojan Family Weekend, but would like to attend “Breakfast with Dean David Bridel and Industry Insider Panel”, please email Director of Special Events Marissa Gonzalez at marissag@usc.edu with the following information: Student information (name, year and subject of study), your name, guest name and email address.

11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. Nuts-and-Bolts of Stage Production Location: Scene Dock Theatre (SCD)
Faculty Instructor: Elsbeth Collins
Get a behind-the-scenes view—from the student’s perspective—of what goes into the lighting, sound, stage management and design of two USC productions. Hear from Elbeth Collins, head of production at USC’s School of Dramatic Arts, and her student stage managers and design crew as they lead a walk-through of the sets for two shows currently playing in repertory at the Scene Dock Theatre.
11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. Acting Workshop: Movement and Improvisation Location: Massman Theatre at the Drama Center (DRC)
Faculty Instructor: TBD
You’ll need to think fast on your feet in this hands-on acting workshop focused on movement techniques and improvisation. Led by a dramatic arts faculty member, this interactive session is both intellectually challenging and playful. Learn new terminology and test your capacity for creative spontaneity.
12:30 – 1:20 p.m. Voice-Over Acting** Location: Voice-Over Studio in McClintock Building (MCC), Room 110
Faculty Instructors: Phil Allen and Vicki Lewis
With a state-of-the-art sound studio and years of professional experience, Phil Allen and Vicki Lewis help Dramatic Arts students find voices and characters they didn’t know they possessed. Join SDA’s voice-over dynamic duo to learn about the field of voice acting and voice overs, and even record your own commercial.

**This event is limited to 12 participants and is open to SDA parents only. A separate RSVP is required to attend this event. To reserve a spot, email Marissa Gonzalez at marissag@usc.edu.

12:30 – 1:20 p.m. Meet the Academic Advisement Team Location: Massman Theatre in the Drama Center (DRC)
Panelists: Admissions & Student Services Staff
Hear from our Academic and Student Services staff about your student’s degree progress through the School of Dramatic Arts. Learn about available resources for advisement, academic support, career counseling and preparation for graduate school. Save your questions for the Q&A following the presentation. Lunch will be served.
1:30 – 2:20 p.m. Theatre Games and Traditions Location: Massman Theatre in the Drama Center (DRC)
Faculty Instructor: Zach Steel | Staff Instructor: Meghan Laughlin
Ever wondered where the phrase “break a leg” originated? Any idea why you should never say “Macbeth” in a theatre? Learn about theatre traditions and industry terminology and have fun doing so!
1:30 – 2:20 p.m. Stand Up Comedy Location: McClintock Building (MCC), Room 111
Faculty Instructor: Judith Shelton
See Judith Shelton’s stand-up comedy class in action. Watch as students create their own original routines. Feeling funny? A few Trojan Family Weekend guests will have the chance to step up to the mic. A lecturer in the School of Dramatic Arts and veteran stand-up comedian, Judith Shelton has performed at iconic venues including Comedy Store, The Improv, the Laugh Factory, Second City and Comedy Central Stage.

SDA Productions

Catch a performance of Passion Play and/or Punk Rock at Scene Dock Theatre during Trojan Family Weekend!

Passion Play Thu. Oct. 12
at 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 14
at 8 p.m.
Sun. Oct. 15
at 2:30 p.m.
Punk Rock Fri. Oct. 13
at 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 14
at 2:30 p.m.

Purchase show tickets online.