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Student Directors Find Own Voice, Style

February 2011

On Dec. 13 and 14, six Directing Class students made their directorial debuts for family, friends and strangers in the Galvin Studio Theatre. The plays, ranging from light comedy to heartbreaking drama, were a success with audience members as well as the class' instructor, Dr. Cory Johnson.

"My hope is that each director will learn a series of techniques for directing a good show, but then start to find their own voice and style," Johnson says. "We are all works in progress, and I think all the directors were far more effective artists in December than they were in early September."

The students–Grace Allen '12, Kristen Jett '13, Aaron Randolph III '12, Stephanie Seward '13, Tony Stratton '12, and Val Zawada '13–each earned themselves great support from the audience (despite the bad weather) as well as a peek into the world of directing. Each performance held its own as the two nights went on. All the actors deserve a congrats as well for their dedication and talent, along with the stage managers and techs who helped these hard-working, new directors create their artistic vision!

We can only imagine what new, fresh styles will debut this time next year!

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