SDA parents at Trojan Family Weekend

Trojan Family Weekend 2021

(2019 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 7-10, 2021!

The following are sessions offered by the USC School of Dramatic Arts on Friday, October 8, 2021, 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


Friday, October 8, 2021

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 in her inaugural year at SDA 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.

Learn more about the industry panel.

11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Behind the Scenes: Body of Faith Bing Theatre
Hosted by Els Collins, production staff and students

Join SDA’s Head of Production, stage management and design students for an insider’s view of the design and production process behind SDA’s fall production of Body of Faith, directed by Stephanie Shroyer. You’ll get a behind the scenes look at the creative process from the students working on it.

11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Getting to Know SDA’s Institute for Theatre and Social Change MCC 112 (McClintock Building)
Featuring Brent Blair and other ITSC board members

The Institute for Theatre and Social and Change was founded in 2018 in part to respond to the question, “how can interactive theatre respond to some of the most pressing problems of our times?” This one-hour session features founding members of the Institute in dialogue about the offerings and challenges of this work in the works, with some video examples of our work and a lovely, engaging, and interactive hands-on workshop that foregrounds a small part of this work.

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

Connect with the Office of Admissions & Student Services and to hear about resources and opportunities to keep your student engaged.

1:30-2:20 p.m. All About Acting Workshop MCC 112 (McClintock Building)
Instructed by Anita Dashiell-Sparks and Kenneth Noel Mitchell

Participate in a collaborative class about acting, including movement techniques, improvisation, and terminology. Participants will get a hands-on experience that is both intellectually challenging and playful.