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September 1, 2010

Cast of �The Miracle Worker� takes part in acting workshop


acting workshop Having appeared in numerous stage, television and motion picture productions, Dr. Jim Ryan, professor of communication and theatre at Emporia State University, visited Cowley College’s main campus in Arkansas City on Friday to conduct an acting workshop with students in the school’s Act One drama club.

Many of the students in attendance will have a role in the upcoming fall play “The Miracle Worker”, which will take place Oct. 7-9 inside the Robert Brown Theatre.

Dr. Ryan has been a member of the ESU theatre faculty since 1992.  He holds a B.A. from California State University at Long Beach, an M.F.A. from Wayne State University, a Ph.D. from Michigan State University and received his classical acting training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).

In addition to his classroom responsibilities at ESU, Dr. Ryan is faculty advisor for The Educational Theatre Company and directs two productions each year. He has received the Xi Phi Outstanding Faculty Award, the Emporia State University Award of Excellence and the KCACTF Faculty Fellowship for advanced study in performance theory and pedagogy at the Actors Center in New York.

During his visit to Cowley College he talked about his start in acting and how he has been exploring what acting is ever since. He shared with the group some elemental keys to acting and portrayed a scene from “Hamlet” along with Act One student Amy Dunlap.

Thomas Govert, a 2009 graduate of Cowley College and current Emporia State University student, accompanied Dr. Ryan on his trip to Arkansas City.

Cowley College director of theatre and theatrical services, Scott MacLaughlin, felt the students took away a great deal from Dr. Ryan’s visit.

“I was very impressed with Dr. Ryan,” MacLaughlin said. “He really is very passionate and it shows through his work. His energy is contagious and I think the students were captivated. I thoroughly enjoyed having Dr. Ryan on our campus and talking to our students about acting.”