Dr. Chandra Hopkins’ class went to Carver Middle School to work with their morning news crew, WCMN (Wildcat Morning News) team, on public speaking skills. Converse Theatre and Musical Theatre majors guided more than twenty 7th and 8th graders through vocal warm-ups, physical exercises, and theatre games. Dr. Hopkins said, “It’s a chance for the…
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2019-2020 School of the Arts preview

Live performance thrills the soul and connects our community, but did you know it could help you live longer? Recent research from the California Institute of Technology finds that social isolation and small screen use can cause a build-up of deadly toxins in the brain. But, have no fear, the School of the Arts at…
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Students process for Founder's Day

Our 2019 graduating class boats an impressive lineup of potential employers from local businesses including Cleveland Leadership Academy and Glow Lyric Theatre, all the way to Nashville, TN at Ford Motor Credit and TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. See where some of our 2019 grads have received job offers from: Alexis Turner – Ford Motor Credit…
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Photo of grads wearing mortar boards

Our 2019 seniors have some amazing grad school options! See where some of our seniors have been accepted: Julia Williams – The Citadel Claudia Coffin – Winthrop University Sara Blevins – George Washington University Maggie Gaston – University of Georgia Tiffani Brooks Hagan – University of Birmingham, University of South Carolina, University of Glasgow Abigail…
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Converse Tower

Converse is thrilled to induct ten students into Converse’s academic honor society, Gamma Sigma. Gamma Sigma honors the very top members of the graduating class of 2019 who have not only majored in a traditional liberal arts discipline but also have earned at least 81 hours of credits in liberal arts courses. Congratulations to: Lily…
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Promo poster for Growing Old performance

A Theatre Converse production took students into the Spartanburg community to explore and affect positive change in two key areas that impact older adults: food insecurity and social isolation. The grant-funded initiative resulted in a “devised theatre” production, meaning one in which the entire performing ensemble develops the show collaboratively. Using movement, song, recipes, monologues, and…
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Turning passion into a profession

On a chilly evening in December, students from the School of the Arts (SOA) were heating up the live music scene in Spartanburg. With an eclectic set list including violin sonatas, Beatles covers, and quirky choreography set to Rodgers & Hammerstein lyrics, the show was enthusiastically received by its Converse audience – along with many…
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Haley Thomas Savannah Voice Festival

Haley Thomas ‘18 completed a resident internship as an assistant production manager for the 2017 Savannah VOICE Festival. The festival brings classical vocal excellence during a three-week celebration of concerts, events and educational presentations to the Savannah, Georgia area. Explore Musical Theatre at Converse…

Glow Poster Series Paige Vasel

Paige Vasel ‘18 performed as a featured soloist in the GLOW Lyric Theatre’s productions of Hair: The Musical, The Gondoliers, and The Crucible in Greenville. Explore Musical Theatre at Converse…

Chekhov Method Melissa Owens

Professor Melissa Owens presented six workshops to the MFA & BFA acting candidates of Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, while serving as their week-long Artist in Residence for their Department of Theatre and Dance. The workshops centered on the studio methodology of the Michael Chekhov Acting System, its application to Musical Theatre, and its…
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