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Donna Skeen Visting Theatre Artist Series

“We're actors.  We're the opposite of people.”
                   Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
Nevertheless, people make theatre. 
Essential Stages: the Donna Skeen Visiting Theatre Artists Series will introduce you to people who make theatre through acting, directing, designing, building, producing and promoting their work. These people love what they are doing and live by doing what they love.  Through performance, presentation, workshop and conversation, these esteemed and unique artists will share their wealth of experience working—and struggling—in theatre and film across the country and around the world. 
Over the course of the 2014-2015 academic year, this diversely gifted collection of full-time professional artists will reveal why they chose to ignore everyone's advice to not quit their day jobs and how, in fact, their particular theatrical passions became their day jobs.

Essential Stages at WVSU was made possible by the generous support from Donna Skeen. Generous supporters of the arts are often referred to as "Angels." There has been no greater "Angel" for WVSU Theatre than Donna Skeen. Because of her generosity, WVSU students can practice and produce in their very own black box theatre--The David Skeen Theatre. "Due to Donna's belief in the power of theatre to affect change in the world, WVSU is able to offer this stellar season of theatre artists," Susan Marrash-Minnerly, WVSU Professor of Theatre. "Thank you, Donna, for your vision, your faith in our program, and your generosity!"
Essential Stages is a year-long celebration of the art, craft and dialogue of theatre and the related arts of film and television.  Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime learning experience happening right in your own backyard. All performances, workshops and master classes are free and open to the public.
Actor, Director, Scholar, Professor
Wednesday October 22, 2014
Workshop: “Performing Shakespeare”
Skeen Theatre
Thursday, October 23, 2014
12 noon
 Ira Aldridge: Man of Many Parts

WVSU Capitol Center Complex
123 Summers Street  
October 22 and 24

Dr. Kelly will lecture on the life and career of Ira Aldridge, the 19th century African-American Shakespearean actor.  He will also show extant archival Russian studio photographs from his personal collection of Ira Aldridge not available in the United States.  In addition, he will read a couple of scene selections from his play, Ira Aldridge: Man of Many Parts.  If time permits, he will also show a video clip of his first trip to Aldridge’s gave in Lodz, Poland.

For more information, contact:
Susan Marrash-Minnerly, MFA
Professor of Theatre
Department of Communications
College of Arts and Humanities
West Virginia State University
Institute, WV 25112

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