Wednesday, January 24, 2007

TheatreLink Kicks off for 2007!

USN's participation in the Manhattan Theatre Club's "TheatreLink" program has begun, this year with a wonderful hour of chat with MTC's Chris Ceraso--actor, writer, teacher and mentor. There will be comments here soon that will more fully describe the event, but I want to go ahead and post the video for the sake of celebrating it. The video is only one small portion of the conversation that ensued. You'll have to imagine the rest!

See more about TheatreLink at their website!

Here's a direct link to the .wmv movie file (large file, open with Internet Explorer!):

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At 11:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Combined conference comments from several participating students:

Tuesday, January 23, 2007 marked the day of my first video conference. When I learned that we would be having a video conference, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect since I had never taken part in one before. After the initial shock of actually seeing the person you’re talking to who is hundreds of miles away, the atmosphere was unexpectedly comfortable and even though I was working with Chris Ceraso for the first time, it was easy to take direction from him even though he, technically, was a television screen. It was a really nice, not to mention cool, experience, and I look forward to more of these conferences in the future. Elora

Tuesday we met with Chris Ceraso, our teaching artist in New York City via video-conference. Through this link, we were able to delve deeper into the world of Brooklyn Boy, the play that will serve as the inspiration for the future play we will write. Chris managed to show us how tension arises in certain situations, and gave us useful tips for when we sit down to write our own play. For my part, I cured AIDS in Africa before returning home to a divorce, contracts, and a son who could not live up to my expectations. Through this, tensions arose between all members of the “cast,” much as they did in Brooklyn Boy. All in all, it was certainly a worthwhile experience. Aaron

A playwriting class via video conference almost seems contradictory. Writing a piece for the stage through the medium of video? For shame! In actuality, however, the process seemed to work fairly well. Apart from the inevitable technical problems, including the obnoxious sounds like a record skipping and difficulty with zooming in and out, it was helpful to have an experienced teacher residing over the class, no matter what state he may be in. Caroline

They say third time's the charm, and in the case of the magical video conferencing, that adage holds true. This being, my third year, I must say that the quality of video and audio for the video conference has greatly improved, so much so that it feels as if we are all in the same room and not across some degenerating, pixelized gap of cyberspace. All that is to say that whatever is new is working, and I think that the Theatre Link process will reap the benefits this year and in future years. Jackson


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