College of Communication and Fine Arts Department of Theatre & Dance
Susan Blackwell visits U of M
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Broadway and television actress Susan Blackwell
visits University of Memphis

VENUE: University of Memphis, Theatre Building (3745 Central Ave.)
DATES: Wednesday, January 22 – Friday, January 24, 2014

The University of Memphis Department of Theatre & Dance welcomes Broadway and television performer Susan Blackwell as a guest artist this January! The Fred Mertz Association (the U of M theatre student organization) and The Student Even Allocation Committee present Broadway's [title of show] and Now. Here. This. Susan Blackwell and her workshop series at the University of Memphis Department of Theatre & Dance.

All workshops are FREE and open to the public. Focusing on communication skills and creative expression, these workshops are geared for business minded people as well as theatre artists.

Rolling Stone called her "fierce and funny." The New York Times called her "attention-worthy," but SUSAN BLACKWELL is on a mission to free other people's creative self-expression. As a performer, writer and educator, she champions this cause around the world, on Broadway, off-Broadway, in classrooms and writing, and on TV, film, sound recordings and the Internet. Most notably, she created and played a character based on herself in the original Broadway musical [title of show], and the off-Broadway musical Now.Here.This. (original cast recordings available on Sh-K-Boom records). She created and hosts the freewheeling chat show "Side by Side by Susan Blackwell" on She has empowered thousands of people to identify and slay the vampires that stop them from being free. #CreativeFreedomForAll

Workshop Descriptions:
Die Vampire, Die

Based on the song "Die Vampire, Die!" from the original Broadway musical [title of show], a vampire is defined as "any person, thought or feeling that stands between you and your creative self expression."This workshop .invites participants to identify and nurture the seedlings of ideas through the writing process and into performance. Themes of this workshop include:

• Establishing a creative safe space

• Contributing to a collaborative process

• Identifying and taking creative risks

• Tapping into artistic freedom

• Developing clear self-expression

• Creative Writing

• Performance

Now. Hear. This. - Oral Communication for Artists
In a fun, focused class, Susan Blackwell will teach you methods that will vastly improve your listening and communication skills. Whether you're an actor who wants to improve, an actor who wants to land the role, an artist who wants to strengthen a collaboration, a director who wants to lead more effectively, a writer who wants to absorb others' voices, or an interviewer who aspires to connect more deeply with your subjects...this workshop is for you.


Susan Blackwell participates in a discussion with your moderator/group. Themes of this colloquium include, but are not limited to: [title of show] and Now. Here. This., The New York / Broadway experience, "Side by Side by Susan Blackwell", A career in the arts, Musical Theatre, Creative Writing, Acting, Performance Anxiety, Work/Life Balance, Artistic Collaboration, Grassroots marketing, and Q&A.

Workshop Schedule:

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Private lessons for students (limited availability)
Susan Blackwell will provide observed coaching on audition materials, scene work,     song selections, and original material
For information on scheduling a private lesson with Susan Blackwell, please contact Randall Stevens at

Thursday, January 23, 2014
1:00pm-2:30pm: NOW.HEAR THIS workshop (Room 207)
5:30pm – 7:00pm: NOW.HEAR.THIS workshop (Room 207)
NOTE: Now. Hear. This Workshops (two sessions) are offered individually, and are not continuations of the workshop earlier in the day.

Friday, January 24, 2014
10:00am – 11:30am: Q & A with Susan Blackwell (Mainstage Theatre)
1:00pm – 5:00pm: DIE VAMPIRE, DIE workshop (Room 235)

To reserve your spot in a workshop, please contact Randall Stevens at

Who are these workshops for? EVERYONE!

Target participants:

• Creative challenge-seekers looking for a fun, safe environment to try something new.

• Groups looking to foster a safe collaboration.

• Individuals seeking satisfaction through self-expression and confidence in communication.

• Performers who want to write their own material.

• Writers who want to perform their own material.

• Those who seek to be bad-@$$ vampire slayers.

The Department of Theatre & Dance at the University of Memphis invites you to join us as we explore the exciting world of the performing arts. We celebrate theatre and dance in all its infinite varieties.



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