Theatre Converse’s recent devised theatre production, Growing Old, might be considered a mashup of oral history, dramatic improv, and reality tv, all about issues facing senior women. “I had to cast people who had good interpersonal skills because, in addition to being great actors, they had to be able to interview well and listen,” says…
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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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Converse Tower

Internships are a critical aspect of the Converse experience. We provide opportunities to engage in exciting internships locally, around the country and even internationally. See where some of our students are interning this summer: Kensley Echols ’20 (German Studies) ⁠— Summit Media Hannah Jumer ’21 (English, German Studies)⁠— Study Breaks Media Nidhi Patel ’20 (Accounting)…
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Promotional poster from Theatre Conference

Dr. Boone J. Hopkins presented in the Practice/Production Symposium of the Mid-America Theatre Conference in Cleveland, Ohio this March. His paper, titled “Tropics of Invention: Margo Jones and Consensus Building for University Theatre,” explores the innovative rhetoric and directing strategies mobilized by Margo Jones during her work as a wartime replacement faculty member at the…
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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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A Theatre Converse production is taking 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 will result in a “devised theatre” production, meaning one in which the entire performing ensemble develops the show collaboratively. Using movement, song, recipes,…
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Abney Scholars Converse College

The Abney Foundation has established scholarship endowments at fourteen colleges and universities across the state of South Carolina. Converse College is pleased to announce the 2018 recipients of Abney Foundation Scholarships: Morgan Bell ‘20 Hannah Blanton ‘19 An Mei Li Campbell ‘21 Mary Caudell ‘22 Hayley Cromer ‘19 Kensley Echols ‘20 Kelly Ferguson ‘20 Kathryn…
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Blackman Hall with rose garden in forefront

Lechetze “Cicee” Lewis ’14 received a scholarship to Elon School of Law. Theatre grad Lauren Miller ‘15 completed her MFA thesis in Theatre Pedagogy at Texas Tech University. Biology grad Ashley Gutierrez-Finn ’15 was accepted into the Air Force Physician Assistant commissioning program. Maya James ’14 (Nisbet Honors) is attending Charleston Southern University Physician’s Assistant Program….
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Converse welcomed donors to campus for the 2018 ‘Thousand Thanks’ event. Our fall event celebrated our Converse donors who have given $1,000 or more over the past year. Guests had an opportunity to interact with faculty, staff and students, as well as see first-hand how their gifts make a difference. Take a peek at the…
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