Image of participants in the 2021 Trojan Family Weekend

Trojan Family Weekend 2023

(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 5-8, 2023!

The following are sessions offered by the USC School of Dramatic Arts on Thursday, October 5 and Friday, October 6, 2023, 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 5, 2023

11-11:50 a.m. Stand-Up Comedy McClintock Building, Room 112 (MCC)
Featuring SDA Faculty Member Judith Shelton.

Join Professor Judith Shelton’s Stand-Up Comedy class and observe the students writing and performing original standup comedy routines. Some parents will have an opportunity to get up to the mic and create their own content.

1-1:50 p.m. Not Just Clownin’ Around McClintock Building, Room 112 (MCC)
Featuring SDA Faculty Member Zachary Steel.

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

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

Come join the SDA Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for light refreshments before SDA’s opening performance of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot on Thursday to mingle with our BIPOC faculty & staff and hear about what the office is working on this school year.

Friday, October 6, 2023

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

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

11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Behind the Scenes: The Last Days of Judas Iscariot Bing Theatre
Hosted by Els Collins, production staff and students

Join SDA’s Chair of Production and Stage Management in conversation with students for an insider’s view of the design and production process behind SDA’s fall production of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. 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 Massman Theatre
Instructed by Stevie Johnson

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 Stevie Johnson, participants will get a hands-on experience that is both intellectually challenging and playful. Join us and explore your capacity for creativity.

2:30-3:20 p.m. It’s All About Magic PED 206 (Physical Education Building)
Instructed by Mathew Felton & Adam Blumenthal

The history of magic comes alive at this kid-friendly session featuring a performance of some of magic’s greatest hits: illusion, mentalism, vanishing coin, and card tricks. Learn how magic is used in the industry after learning it in the classroom with special guest alum, Adam Blumenthal who coordinated the magic for Once Upon a One More Time (currently on Broadway).