Image of participants in the 2021 Trojan Family Weekend

Trojan Family Weekend 2022

(2021 Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)

The USC School of Dramatic Arts invites families of current SDA students to join us for Trojan Family Weekend, October 6-9, 2022!

The following are sessions offered by the USC School of Dramatic Arts on Thursday, October 6 and Friday, October 7, 2022, 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


Thursday, October 6, 2022

12-1 p.m. Voice-Over Acting Voice-Over Studio in McClintock Building, Room 110 (MCC)
Featuring SDA Faculty Member Phillip G. Allen and the voice-over team.


USC’s School of Dramatic Arts offers a unique opportunity for students to explore the field of voice acting and voice overs. With a state-of-the-art sound studio and years of professional experience, Phil Allen helps Dramatic Arts students find voices and characters they didn’t know they possessed. Join SDA’s voice-over team to learn about the field of voice acting and voice overs, and even record your own commercial.

*This session is currently at capacity* Check in with about future availability.

5-7 p.m. Office of EDI Mixer Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs (CBCSA)
Hosted by the SDA Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion


Come join the SDA Office of EDI for light refreshments before SDA’s opening performances of Carrie: The Musical and Nora: A Doll’s House to meet some of our BIPOC faculty and staff, learn about the Office, and preview the Legacy Project video created by the office last spring.

*Tickets for Carrie: The Musical and Nora: A Doll’s House will be available for purchase in September. Please check back for the opportunity to add these to your schedule.

Friday, October 7, 2022

8-10:15 a.m. Dean Welcome & Industry Insider Panel Queen’s Courtyard & Bing Theatre
Featuring Dean Emily Roxworthy and an industry panel


Join SDA Dean Emily Roxworthy as she welcomes families to Trojan Family Weekend followed by a panel showcasing USC School of Dramatic Arts (SDA) alumni. Participate in a question-and-answer session and discussion on opportunities available in an ever-changing artistic landscape.

Click here to learn more about the industry panel.

11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Behind the Scenes: Carrie: The Musical and Nora: A Doll’s House McClintock Theatre
Hosted by Els Collins, production staff and students


Join SDA’s Chair of Production, stage management, and design students for an insider’s view of the design and production process behind SDA’s fall productions of Carrie: The Musical, directed by Kari Hayter and Nora: A Doll’s House, directed by Stephanie Shroyer. You’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process from the students working on it.

12:30-1:20 p.m. Academic Prep: Making the Most of the SDA Experience Massman Theatre
Hosted by Sergio Ramirez and Meghan Laughlin, and Office of Student Services staff


Learn how the USC School of Dramatic Arts helps students find opportunities to stay engaged and active in their education and the theatrical community. You’ll hear from our Director of Internships and Special Programs and the Office of Admissions and Student Services about resources and opportunities to help students connect with the USC community, find internships and gain skills. Learn why SDA is a great place to explore a variety of career options within the dramatic arts.

1:30-2:20 p.m. All About Acting Workshop MCC 107 (McClintock Building)
Instructed by Rodney To


Discover the spontaneity and fun of a collaborative class about acting, including warm-up exercises, movement techniques, and terminology. Led by USC School of Dramatic Arts faculty member Rodney To, participants will get a hands-on experience that is both intellectually challenging and playful. Join us and explore your capacity for creativity.

1:30-2:20 p.m. Not Just Clownin’ Around Massman Theatre
Instructed by Zachary Steel


Find out how laughter can be the best medicine. The medical clowing program at the USC School of Dramatic Arts brings the healing power of laughter to hospital patients at LAC+USC Medical Center. Learn how this unique initiative is changing lives and transforming the experience of hospitalization for many patients at this popular encore presentation.

2:30-3:20 p.m. Improv & Theatre Games MCC 111 (McClintock Building)
Instructed by Debra De Liso


Learn how get your creative juices flowing with the art of improvisation. Through fun games and word play, we explore the various ways where we make the art of storytelling come to life. This session will be led by Debra De Liso, a faculty member at the USC School of Dramatic Arts who has worked in improvisational theatre for years. She’ll share her knowledge and experience with you, so you can apply the principles of improvisation to your own creative endeavors.