posted on November 3, 2008
Clarke College will host “Drama Day,” an interactive theater experience for high school students, featuring Broadway actor Danny Gurwin, on Saturday, Nov. 22. The event begins at 1 p.m. on the Clarke campus and concludes following Clarke’s performance of “Really Rosie” that evening. The event coincides with Clarke’s introduction of a new major in musical theatre which began this year.
This event is free and reservations can be made by clicking here or by calling (800)383-2345.
During the afternoon workshop, Gurwin will present a session on auditioning for musical theatre. He has performed on- and off-Broadway for the past 11 years performing in acclaimed musicals such as “The Scarlet Pimpernel,” “The Full Monty,” “Urinetown,” and “Little Women.” Gurwin has also made numerous television appearances, guest starring on NBC’s “Law & Order” and recently on ABC’s “Desperate Housewives.”
As a guest artist, Gurwin has taught at UCLA, Western Michigan College, Youngstown College, the Las Vegas High School of Performing Arts, the Showchoir Camps of America, and is currently on the faculty of AMDA in Los Angeles. He holds a bachelor of fine arts degree in musical theatre from the College of Michigan.
“Drama Day” will also feature a session entitled “Improv: Freeing Your Imagination,” presented by Clarke Assistant Professor of Drama Joe Klinebriel. The session will focus on the participants having fun, taking risks, and gaining more comfort and confidence in their performance abilities.
Klinebriel teaches all performance courses, directs productions for the drama department and has appeared as a guest actor in many of Clarke’s productions. Other performance experiences include productions at the Grand Opera House in Dubuque, the Heartland Festival in Platteville, Wisconsin, the Barn Theatre in Augusta, Mich., the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery, Ala., and the HERE Theatre in New York City. He holds a bachelor’s degree in theatre performance from Western Michigan College and a master of fine arts degree from the College of Alabama.
Participants will then have dinner with Clarke drama students and faculty before attending Clarke’s performance of “Really Rosie.” A reception and discussion with cast members will follow the performance.
For more information, contact the Clarke College Marketing and Communication Office at (563) 588-6318.