The San Francisco Mime Troupe visited as our 2009-10 Cromer-Flory Artists-In-Residence, leading workshops and presenting thier newest work Too Big to Fail.
Alumni Steve Wilson, a performer in many Broadway musicals, returned to teach a 5-week course in audition techniques.
Playwright Carlyle Brown visited in 2009 for a staged reading of Down in Mississippi, and returned in the fall of 2009 for the world premiere as a fully-staged production. He also met students in classes and shared experiences creating new plays.
Visiting theatre classes were performance artists Karen Finley and E. Patrick Johnson.
Miami alum Rajiv Joseph, winner of the 2009 Kesselring fellowship for emerging playwrights visited, stopped by and worked with students on a staged reading his play Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo.
Hsing-lin Tracy Chung, associate professor of Jingju Theatre of the Taiwan College of the Performing Arts was in residence Fall 2008. She taught traditional Beijing Opera preformance techniques to students and directed a Jingju version of The Taming of the Shrew.
Anthony Rapp, featured actor in both the stage and film version of Rent, shared real-life experiences on making it as an actor in the professional world.
Members of the Aquila Theatre Company and N*W*C visited classes while in town as part of the Performing Arts Series.
Kevin Kling, playwright, performer and storyteller, coached students in developing personal experiences into oral stories. In addition to workshops and class visits, Mr. Kling presented an evening of stories.
Kevin's plays include 21A , The Ice Fishing Play, Lloyd's Prayer, and Lyle, Lyle Crocodile (adaptation). Works have been presented at the Humana Festival of New Plays, seattle Rep, the Goodman Theatre and Denver Center Theatre. He is a regular contributor to NPR's All Things Considered.
Kevin was our 2005-06 Cromer Flory Artist In Residence, an endowment shared with the Department of Music that supports a residency and performance of artists of note.
Bill Irwin (Fall 2004)
Actor/Clown Bill Irwin led a master class in clowning and performed his work The Clown Lectures. His visit fell in between his year-long residency with New York's Roundabout theatre and his Tony-Award winning performance in the revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf.
Bill was our 2003-2004 Cromer-Flory Artist In Residence.