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New Faculty Spotlight: Esther K. Chae

The internationally award-winning artist, educator, and entrepreneur Esther K. Chae joined the full-time faculty at SDA this year.


Faculty Q&A: Paula Cizmar

Professor Paula Cizmar talks about teaching, theatre as a driver of social change, and her new opera Firecrackers.

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Designing spaces for conversations

SDA alum Maureen Weiss (BFA ‘96) and SDA professor Sibyl Wickersheimer’s new book highlights the voices and work of contemporary set designers for the first time.

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Finding the path to leadership

A host of multihyphenate directors, producers, and executives discussed strategies for artistic entrepreneurship at the fifth Multihyphenate Masterclass.

A headshot of Professor Natsuko Ohama looking at the camera.

Faculty Q&A: Natsuko Ohama

Professor Natsuko Ohama talks about balancing work and teaching, how to maintain a healthy voice as an actor, and letters she received from a certain literary recluse.

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Student Group Spotlight: Commedus Interruptus

Commedus Interruptus, the longest-running improv troupe on campus, is a tight-knit student group that takes big risks in pursuit of big laughs.

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New Faculty Spotlight: Ann Closs-Farley

New faculty member Ann Closs-Farley talks bringing Buzz Lightyear to life and hanging with Pee Wee Herman in this month’s new faculty spotlight.

Xipe Totec performs a traditional Aztec dance during the Día de los Muertos event at Plaza de la Raza. The new Salud Pa Ti Youth Theater Project at the center is a USC Good Neighbors Campaign grant recipient. (USC/Saúl García) (Photo/Sául García)

Promoting therapy through theatre

USC School of Dramatic Arts collaborates with Plaza de la Raza on programs to help youth overcome trauma.

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