Alumni Week 2017

Alumni Week 2017

Our annual event returns with an exciting lineup of special programs, classroom visits, workshops and more. Reunite with college classmates and faculty to celebrate your time at USC and experience the campus!

Join us on the second night, November 2, for our fifth Fall Alumni Party from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Traditions in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center at the USC campus.

Reservations are required for most events. The deadline to RSVP for the Fall Alumni Party is Monday, October 30.

For questions about Alumni Week, please email or contact Kimberly Muhlbach at 213-821-4045.


Wednesday, Nov. 1

Industry Insider Panel, featuring SDA Faculty
With faculty Dan Shaner, David Warshofsky, Rodney To and Sibyl Wickersheimer
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: PED 206
Our faculty share their wealth of knowledge about navigating the profession, followed by a Q&A. The panel will be moderated by Dan Shaner, who teaches industry preparation courses at SDA and who serves as the School’s industry liaison officer.
Yes And: Better Living Through Improv
With SDA alum and comedy faculty member Kirstin Eggers
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: PED 207
In this experiential workshop, we build upon the two most important words in improv: YES, AND — and learn not only how those two little words serve a comedic scene, but also how they apply to one’s life. Through improv games and exercises, participants will practice effective storytelling, relationship-building and presentation — skills that enhance any life path. Space is limited.

Thursday, Nov. 2

Voice for the Dramatic Artist
With Head of Theatre & Social Change Associate Professor of Theatre Practice in Voice and Movement Brent Blair
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: PED 207
Using the technique developed by the internationally renowned voice teacher Kristin Linklater, this workshop utilizes physical exercises to unlock habitual tensions that prevent actors from accessing the free and full range of their expressive voice with an ease of effort. Investigate how patterns of constraint must be understood before they are removed or reduced to free your natural voice. Space is limited.
Fall Alumni Party Time: 6:30-9 p.m.
Location: Traditions
Relive memories at Traditions (aka “Traddies”) as you enjoy an evening of fun and fulfillment with fellow classmates, alumni and friends at our fifth annual Fall Alumni Party. The USC School of Dramatic Arts invites you and a guest for a reception and hosted bar with SDA faculty and Dean David Bridel.

Traddies is located in the lower level of the Ronald Tutor Campus Center (RTCC), and the main entrance is located on Downey Way at the rear of the building.

Please RSVP by Monday, October 30, online or by calling 213-821-4048.

Friday, Nov. 3

Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Wild Honey
With Wild Honey’s production students and faculty
Time: 10:45-11:45 a.m.
Location: Bing Theatre Back Patio
No RSVP required.
In conjunction with USC Reunion Weekend, join members of Wild Honey’s production team for a behind-the-scenes tour of the set and learn about the performance first hand from the students and faculty working on it. Each attendee will receive two tickets to the show of their choosing during the run of the production.
Audit a Class
Observe current professors and students in live classes without fear of being called on to answer an assigned question. Class lists available below:
Theatre 120A: Acting 1
With Assistant Professor of Theatre Practice Zachary Steel
Time: 10-11:50 a.m.
Location: MCC 109
In Acting 1, students learn the basic principles and techniques of acting through theatre games and improvisation. Space is limited.
Theatre 427: Audition Technique for Film, Television and New Media
With Industry Liaison Officer Dan Shaner
Time: 2-4:50 p.m.
Location: SHR 105
Students learn to develop on-camera auditioning skills for actors at a professional level in a variety of film, television, and new media venues. Space is limited.
Conversation with Kate Burton Time: 6 p.m.
Location: PED 206
Join us for an evening with three-time Emmy and Tony Award nominee, and new faculty member, Kate Burton. A professor of theatre practice and master artist at the School, Burton is an actress who was seen most recently on Broadway in Present Laughter, opposite Kevin Kline, and for her work on Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy. She has also directed at USC and for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Space is limited.
Performance of Wild Honey
Followed by a dessert and wine reception
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Bing Theatre
Join us for a production of Wild Honey, by Michael Frayn. Alumni are invited to the Bing lobby following the show for dessert and wine. Receive a special discount on tickets: use the code SDAALUM for 50-percent off each ticket (up to 8 total).
Performance of the Paderewski Cycle
Featuring works by dramatic writing faculty members Paula Cizmar and Oliver Mayer
Time: 8:30 p.m.
Location: Cammilleri Hall
Email Paderewski Cycle to reserve tickets to this free event.
Ignacy Jan Paderewski – the sensational early 20th century virtuoso pianist and American celebrity, and independent Poland’s first Prime Minister – is the subject of a new artistic project by The Adam Mickiewicz Institute of Warsaw. A national contest for a musical concept, including works from two SDA faculty out of four from the West Coast, are going head to head in a Paderewski Cycle, a series of 15-minute long live pitches held in Los Angeles.