The Promise of Performance: Excellence in the Arts
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On a trip to London, Jimm Cox, chair of the Fine Arts and Communication Studies department, saw Dame Judi Dench perform in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The RoseTheatre. It was an experience that led to a 21st-century dream coming true for USC Upstate.
In 2010, a special agreement was signed allowing for students to intern at The Rose Theatre in Kingston Upon Thames, London during a five-week summer term. The current Rose Theater is based on the Elizabethan-era Rose Theatre in London, where the plays of Christopher Marlowe and early plays by Shakespeare were staged.
In exchange, Stephen Unwin, renowned Rose Theatre director, thespian and author, travels to USC Upstate each fall to lead acting workshops, master classes for upper level theater students and discussions on a variety of theatre topics.
In 2011, USC Upstate was one of only three universities in the United States to be invited to perform in summer production at The Rose and the only one of those three to have a fully realized production instead of just staged readings.
“No other college or university in the world has such an arrangement with The Rose Theatre,” says Cox. “Exposing our theatre students to festival and study abroad opportunities will forever enrich their lives by expanding their horizons and giving them a chance to see the world from a completely different perspective.”
“I love the potential to reach into the future by changing the lives of students and their families for generations to come.”
- Jimm Cox