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Singer-dancer-actor Ryan Haff on the physical training for acting, handling a crowd who has your show memorized perhaps better than you, why acting is better than soccer and more on Radio Theatre.

The UMD School of Fine Arts Dean Bill Payne talks with us about the Theatre Department's current production of teh Scott McPherson play Marvin's Room, a comedy of family connections.  Payne, the show's director, shares with us that the way it deals with the theme of caring for a bedridden parent are very relatable to a wide audience, as dealing with illness and loss are universally experience

Rebecca Katz-Harwood

UMD Theatre is celebrating five years of partnership with the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres: a partnership that gives students a variety of experiences with guest directors of a professional company ...

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  Chris Harwood talks with Tom Isbell, UMD Professor of Theatre, about character-building.  There is a broad palette of techniques an actor can use to portray the roles they play, from the intensity of Method or Meisner to the approach suggested by Mamet, who Tom paraphrases: "Figure out what you want from the other character in the scene and just memorize your lines." 

Though many available methods are worthy tools, not all will work for every character or style of play.  Listen to see if Chris and Tom can condense what should take years of study into a six-minute master class.

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Chris Harwood talks with Tom Isbell, UMD Professor of Theatre, about collaboration in the arts.  What are the dynamics involved negotiating a potential divide between a director's vision and a performer's creativity? When is artistry enhanced by the collaborative process, and when is it diluted?