Assistant Professor of Theatre Dr. Chandra Owenby Hopkins

Students describe her as a personable teacher and passionate director who encourages them to overcome self-limitations. Fellow colleagues describe her as an empathetic mentor who plays a vital role at Converse. Assistant Professor of Theatre, Dr. Chandra Owenby Hopkins, emulates all these impressive qualities and more. In only five years here at Converse, Dr. Hopkins—or…
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Margaret Park Meg Hanna Tominaga Mary Carlisle

Dr. Margaret Park (Assistant Professor of Education), Meg Hanna Tominaga (Assistant Professor of Theatre), and Mary Carlisle (Visiting Assistant Professor of Art), presented “Exploring the Arts from a Cultural Perspective,” at the South Carolina Council for Exceptional Children Conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Learn More! Margaret Park Meg Hanna Tominaga Mary E. Carlisle  

Dr. Chandra Owenby Hopkins Theatre History Symposium

Dr. Chandra Owenby Hopkins co-chaired the Theatre History Symposium of the 2017 Mid-America Theatre Conference in March. Dr. Hopkins and her co-chair from the University of Pittsburgh selected and planned more than 20 three-person panels comprised of scholars in theatre and performance studies for the symposium. Learn More! Dr. Chandra Owenby Hopkins 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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Dr. Chandra Owenby Hopkins will present her research findings at the American Society for Theatre Research’s annual conference to be held in Minneapolis in November. Her work, “We Don’t Do This Kind of Thing Often…: Translating Community-Based Theatre and Experiential Learning”, examines the 2015 Converse-devised theatre production of “The Home Project.” Her research is included…
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Ashly Sutherland

“When it comes to the ideal college athlete, it’s as if Ashly Sutherland stepped out of central casting.” The Theatre/Psychology double major is the fastest runner in Converse history.

Bold. Brilliant. Beautiful. The School of the Arts at Converse College is creating a powerful new season of works for 2016-2017 that will amaze. “Our students and faculty are expanding the boundaries of performance and exhibition,” observes Boone Hopkins, dean of the School of the Arts, “and we want our community to be there for…
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The Rainey Family

Breathing new life into historic materials from Spartanburg’s textile mill heritage, the new Rainey Amphitheater at Converse College was dedicated during a celebration held Friday, June 24th. Building materials for the project came from Clifton Manufacturing Company No. 2 Mill, which was built in 1888 by Converse founder Dexter Edgar Converse and dismantled in 2013.

GLOW poster featuring Alumnae Stacey Gaskin ’14 and Brandon Graves ’15

Alumnae Stacey Gaskin ’14 and Brandon Graves ’15 are gearing up for a busy and emotional July with GLOW Lyric Theatre. GLOW is South Carolina’s only professional opera, operetta and musical theatre company. Stacey (BA in Theatre) and Brandon (M.M. Music Education) are Artists-in-Residence with GLOW for their 2016 summer festival season. “Stacey and Brandon…
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Dr. Chandra Owenby Hopkins was named co-chair for the Theatre History Symposium of the Mid-America Theatre Conference. Dr. Hopkins will serve for two years selecting and managing the symposium. Learn More! Dr. Chandra Owenby Hopkins Theatre at Converse