Thursday, October 8, & Friday, October 9, 2020
The USC School of Dramatic Arts invites families of current SDA students to join us for a virtual 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, Trojan Family Weekend website.
For questions regarding SDA events, contact the Events Office at email@example.com.
The USC School of Dramatic Arts is committed to providing an accessible, inclusive, and equitable virtual event. Should you need accommodations (i.e. live closed captioning or ASL interpreter), please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Kindly submit this request a minimum of 48 hours in advance of the event. We will attempt to arrange accommodations requested after this time but may not be able to guarantee their successful implementation.
Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020
|11–11:50 a.m. PT||Behind the Scenes||Zoom Webinar|
|Featuring Elsbeth M. Collins
Join SDA’s Head of Production and Associate Professor of Theatre Practice Elsbeth M. Collins, as well as stage management and design students for an insider’s view of the design and production process related to the virtual production experience event: Team Vote. You’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at the creation, process and execution of putting this experience together from the students working on it.
|1–1:50 p.m. PT||Academic and Career Prep: Making the Most of the SDA Experience||Zoom Meeting|
|Featuring Admissions and Student Services Staff
Connect with the Office of Admissions & Student Services and the Head of the SDA Career Center to hear about resources and opportunities to keep your student engaged.
Friday, Oct. 9, 2020
|11–11:50 a.m. PT||It’s Magic!||Zoom Meeting|
|Featuring Christopher Barge
The history of magic comes alive at this kid-friendly session featuring a performance by faculty member Christopher Barge of some of magic’s greatest hits: illusion, mentalism, vanishing, coin and card tricks.
|1–1:50 p.m. PT||All About Acting||Zoom Meeting|
|Featuring Kate Burton & Christopher Shaw
Participate in an interactive class about acting, including movement techniques, improvisation and terminology with Professor of Theatre Practice Kate Burton and Associate Professor of Theatre Practice Christopher Shaw. Participants will get a hands-on experience that is both intellectually challenging and playful.
|3–3:50 p.m. PT||Stand Up Comedy||Zoom Meeting|
|Featuring Judith Shelton
Join faculty member Judith Shelton’s Stand Up Comedy class and observe the students writing and creating original standup comedy routines. Some parents will have an opportunity to virtually get up to the mic and create their own content.
|5–6 p.m. PT||Dean’s Reception / Dean Welcome and Industry Insider Panel||Zoom Webinar|
|Featuring Lori Ray Fisher, Moderated by Oliver Mayer
Join Vice Dean Lori Ray Fisher as she welcomes families to the first-ever virtual Trojan Family Weekend, followed by a panel showcasing USC School of Dramatic Arts alumni Deanna Morgan BA ’16, Edward Padilla BA ’05, Alice M. Pollitt BFA Stage Management ’15 and Christine Weatherup ’05, moderated by Oliver Mayer — professor, and associate dean of strategic initiatives and of faculty. Participate in an interactive question-and-answer session and discussion on opportunities available in an ever-changing artistic landscape.
|7:30 p.m. PT||Performance of THE DISTANCE PROJECT||Zoom Webinar|
|By the Company of Artists
Directed by Brent BlairThere is a widening gap of a culture that is increasingly distanced from the human experience. Issues of race, class, gender, nationality, religion, ability and, most recently, a pandemic all threaten to separate us from each other and from our own humanity. Join us for a performance of original pieces — directed by Professor of Theatre Practice and Head of Theatre and Social Change Brent Blair — on the theme of “distance,” and a celebration of the uniquely powerful and collaborative work of artists. There is also another performance of The Distance Project on October 10 at 2:30 p.m. PT