Trojan Family Weekend

Trojan Family Weekend 2020

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

Event Accessibility
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 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 Blair
There 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