Trojan Family Weekend

Trojan Family Weekend 2015

Photo by Ryan Miller / Capture Imaging

Thursday, October 6, – Sunday, October 9, 2016

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

The following are sessions offered by the USC School of Dramatic Arts during Trojan Family Weekend. Certain sessions require guests to be registered attendees of TFW. See individual event listings below for more information.

For more information, and to register, visit the university’s Trojan Family Weekend website.

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

Schedule

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

SDA is pleased to invite all guests of TFW, along with the USC community and the public, to a fall production in the Bing Theatre of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Jeanette Harrison.

Performance Date & Times:
Thursday, October 6, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, October 7, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 8, 2:30 and 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 9, 2:30 p.m.

Purchase tickets online. Use code SDATFW for discounted tickets at $10 each for all TFW attendees.

Following the Saturday matinee (2:30 p.m.) performance, there will be a Talkback@SDA, featuring interdisciplinary historian, Don Quixote expert and master cartographer, Philip Ethington who will enter Shakespeare’s forest to chart its relations to comedy and myth.

Independent Student Productions
Discover the Independent Student Productions also happening during Trojan Family Weekend.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

7 p.m. An Evening with Suzan-Lori Parks
A Visions & Voices Signature Event
Co-Sponsored by the USC School of Dramatic Arts
Location: Town & Gown
A slave fights for the Confederacy in a Homeric odyssey. The story of Cain and Abel is reworked around the modern African American male experience. A black woman adapts Porgy and Bess, a classic but controversial play by white men about black people, and it wins the Tony Award for Best Musical Revival. Ambitious, surprising, illuminating—and all par for the course in the career of the astounding playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, who revisits foundational narratives through radically fresh eyes, inspiring us to think anew about race, American history, storytelling, and much more. Parks has been honored with a MacArthur “Genius” Award, the Horton Foote Prize, and the Kennedy Prize. She was the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in Drama—in 2002, for Topdog/Underdog—and is writing an ongoing historical cycle that spans the Civil War era to the present. A trilogy from that cycle, Father Comes Home from the Wars, “swoops, leaps, dives and soars, reimagining a turbulent point in American history through a cockeyed contemporary lens” (New York Times).

Don’t miss this swooping, fascinating, and deeply thoughtful conversation with Suzan-Lori Parks. Moderated by dramatic writing professor Luis Alfaro.

**This event is open to all attendees. TFW registration is not required.

Learn more and RSVP online.

Friday, October 7, 2016

8:00–10:00 a.m. Breakfast with Dean David Bridel and SDA Alumni Panel Location: Queen’s Courtyard (QCY) and Bing Theatre (BIT)
Join 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 a variety of SDA alumni from the field who will discuss opportunities available to SDA graduates in an ever-changing artistic landscape. 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 SDA Alumni Panel, please email Director of Special Events Marissa Gonzalez at marissag@usc.edu with the following: Student information (name, year and subject of study), your name, guest name and email address.

11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. Production Meeting for A Midsummer Night’s Dream Location: Bing Theatre Stage (BIT)
Faculty Instructor: Elsbeth Collins
Join SDA’s Director of Production for a meeting with student designers as they lead a production meeting for our fall production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. See the set and learn about lighting, sound, stage management and design from the students working on the show. A Midsummer Night’s Dream runs during family weekend from Thursday, October 6, to Sunday, October 9.

**This event is open to TFW registered attendees only.

11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. New Media and the Performer Location: Physical Education Building (PED), Room 207
Faculty Instructor: Rob Adler
The industry landscape for the dramatic artist has shifted irrevocably in the last 10 years. New Media platforms and new technologies offer actors, performers, writers and designers a new career path rich with creative opportunity. Guests will learn how SDA students learn to create original short form and web series content for new media including YouTube, Funny or Die, Vine, Periscope and other internet platforms.

**This event is open to TFW registered attendees only.

11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. The Actor’s Instinct Location: Massman Theatre in the Drama Center (DRC)
Faculty Instructor: John DeMita
Faculty favorite John DeMita leads an interactive class about acting, including exercises focusing on connecting basic human impulses to the creative job of the actor. Participants will get a hands-on experience that is both intellectually challenging and playful. DeMita is a working actor and director, most recently heard as one of the gorillas in the Disney feature The Jungle Book, directed by Jon Favreau, and will be voicing the world-dominating villain in the upcoming animated feature Resident Evil: Vendetta.

**This event is open to TFW registered attendees only.

12:45 – 1:30 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 open only to TFW registered attendees who are SDA parents, and is limited to 12 participants. A separate RSVP is required to attend this event. To reserve a spot, please email Director of Special Events Marissa Gonzalez at marissag@usc.edu with the following: Student information (name, year and subject of study), your name, guest name and email address.

12:45 – 1:30 p.m. Theatre Games and Traditions Location: Massman Theatre in the Drama Center (DRC)
Faculty Instructor: TBD
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! Bring your lunch, we’ll provide dessert.

**This event is open to TFW registered attendees only.

2:00 – 2:50 p.m. Academic Paths Presentation Location: Massman Theatre in the Drama Center (DRC)
Panelists: Office of Academic and Student Services
Hear from Academic and Student Services staff members about your student’s academic progression throughout their time at SDA. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A with current Dramatic Arts students.

**This event is open to TFW registered attendees only.

2:00 – 2:50 p.m. Guided Tour of the School of Dramatic Arts: A Behind-the-Scenes Experience Location: Bing Theatre Lobby (BIT)
Tour Leaders: SDA Student Ambassadors
The tour begins with a visit to our main stage Bing Theatre, where you will see the set for, and learn about the current production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Then, tour production facilities, including the Technical Theatre Lab, the costume shop and the Scene Dock or the McClintock Theatre.

**This event is open to TFW registered attendees only.