2020 Production  |  Auditions for Actors  |  Interviews for Technicians  |  Staff

Six-Week Practicum

June 15–July 26

Our Summer Youth Conservatory Production is for high school students who are ready to take it to the next level. Admittance to this six-week practicum is by audition for Theatre Intensive applicants and interview for Theatre Tech applicants. This program combines top-notch teaching with unparalleled practical experience, as students work with professional directors, choreographers, music directors, and theatre technicians at PlayMakers Repertory Company, culminating in a professional-quality production with a two-week run on PlayMakers’ mainstage, open to the entire Triangle community.

“The Conservatory is the biggest learning experience in acting and singing that I’ve ever encountered. I learned so much about scene work, text work, and character work.”Nora, Conservatory Student

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2020 Summer Youth Conservatory production

Performances run July 15–26

book & lyrics by STEVEN SATER
music by DUNCAN SHEIK

 

About Spring Awakening

In today’s time, teenagers face more pressure than ever to succeed, to be beautiful, to show their best self to the world through social media even if they are suffering inside. Spring Awakening shows a time untainted by social media but doomed by secrecy, strict discipline, and lack of knowledge and support. On one side of growing up, there is friendship, freedom, revelation of self, love, stirring emotions, hope for your own future and on the other side . . . the tumult of societal expectations and the internal struggle of not understanding the changes in your own body. The tension between these two realities pops with electricity in the highly expressive folk-rock music and reveals the inner experience of being a teenager. And who better to explore this story of the trials and tribulations of these lost and longing teenagers than teenagers themselves? This year, SYC tackles this quintessential coming of age tale set in a highly restrictive society with a window to our modern times through the provocative score by Duncan Sheik.
—Tracy Bersley, Director

About SYC’s Approach to Spring Awakening

Our approach to this work will be very sensitive and careful. As it is a story that deals with some very heavy topics including but not limited to sexuality and sexual identity, sexual abuse, abortion, academic pressure, and suicide, we want to assure the incoming cast that these topics will be handled delicately and with great respect.

For those unfamiliar with Spring Awakening we encourage you to take the time to read the script and get to know the material so that they know what they are auditioning for and what may be expected of them ahead of auditions. You can also read the synopsis of the musical here. There will be no nudity, but we will utilize the explicit language in the script. Regarding the intimate nature of certain moments, students will be working with two intimacy choreographers to assure consent, comfort, and safety in all the story-telling choices.

NEW Friday Forums

Starting summer 2020 SYC will begin Friday Forums for all SYC Theatre Intensive and TheatreTech students. Friday Forums will be lunch-time conversations with students and representatives from organizations in our community that offer resources to teens which address topics found in the play.

We look forward to exploring this provocative and important musical with all students.


About Theatre Intensive Auditions

Auditions are open to rising 9th-graders through recent high school graduates. We strongly encourage interested and curious students of any race, color, sex, national origin, religion, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression to audition.

Register Here: Theatre Intensive Registration
Audition Dates: March 7–8 in 10-minute slots, Noon–3:30pm

Students will be asked to sing a selection and read a scene from the show; registration forms and PDFs of songs and scenes from the show will be provided in this space starting February 20, 2020.

Callbacks will be held the same day as student’s scheduled audition, beginning at 3:30pm. Not everyone will be called back; some students may not be called back, but may still be cast.

About TheatreTech Interviews

Positions are available to rising 10th-graders through recent high school graduates. We strongly encourage interested and curious students of any race, color, sex, national origin, religion, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression to audition.

Registration Here: Theatre Tech Registration Form
Interview Dates: March 16–20, between 3:30 and 5:00pm.
Available Areas of Concentration: Scenic, Lighting, Props, Costumes, Scenic Painting, Sound, and Stage Management.

At their individual interviews, students will meet with representatives from PlayMakers’ production departments and get a tour of the PlayMakers shops.


Staff and Creative Team Bios

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CREATIVE TEAM

TRACY BERSLEY (Director and Choreographer) specializing in movement based theatre, has adapted, directed and choreographed many stories including: Three Incestuous Sisters (CSV), Alice in Wonderland (Dorset Theater Festival), The Epic of Sunjata (Loft Theatre), The House on Mango Street (Syracuse Stage), Tibet: Through the Red Box, (at HERE in conjunction with the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab); lamb of gods (NYC Fringe Festival); The Awful Rowing Toward God (Ontological Theatre’s Blueprint Series); The Anatomy of Touch (Ontological), Rappaccini’s Daughter (Chashama NYC/Jim Henson Foundation’s Festival), Beyond Static and J’tombe (The Studio New York). Tracy completed a directing residency for the 1999–2000 season at McCarter Theatre collaborating with such artists as Sam Shepard, David Mamet and Emily Mann, where she later ran the conservatory theatre program through which she directed As You Like It, The Tempest and her adaptation of The Lord of the Flies. Tracy also served as movement consultant for two McCarter shows that went to Broadway, Anna in the Tropics (Royal Theatre) & Albee’s All Over (Roundabout Theatre), and was the Associate Director for Speaking in Tongues (Roundabout Theatre). She teaches acting, movement and directing/devising work at conservatories and studios in and out of New York City and is currently guest faculty at Yale School of Drama ,Princeton University, and CAP 21 Musical Theatre Conservatory and is the head of movement for the MFA Acting Program at UNC-Chapel Hill. Her biography on Maria Irene Fornes is published in the Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol. V, Twentieth Century American Dramatists. She received her MFA in directing from Syracuse University, focusing on international and cultural influences on an interdisciplinary theatre. She is also a Drama League Fellow and member of SDC.
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JOANNA LI (Music Director) earned her Bachelors of Music from Baylor University and her Masters of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Since then, she has music directed across the United States, including local organizations such as Theatre Raleigh, Cape Fear Regional Theatre, North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre, Temple Theatre, Raleigh Little Theatre, and her own newly-formed company Two-Way Street Theatre, all while serving as the organist for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Cary.

ANITA J. TRIPATHI (Scenic Designer) is the Assistant Professor of Design and Technology in the Theatre Department at Davidson College. She has worked professionally as a scene designer for over 15 years at such venues as The Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and The Virginia Stage Company (Resident Scene Designer). She has also assisted Tony Award-winning designer David Gallo on a number of productions. In 2013, her work was featured as a finalist at the World Stage Design Exhibition in Cardiff, Wales and she received a United States Institute for Theatre Technology Fellowship to support her research in India. She holds an M.F.A. in Scene Design from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the United Scenic Artists Local 829. Her design work can be viewed at www.anitajtripathi.com.

ERIN WEST (Costume Designer) has worked as a costume designer, technician, costume shop manager and wardrobe manager for various regional and university theatres. She has extensive experience designing, patterning, and building costumes for dance, musicals, early modern dramas, and modern contemporary works. Erin holds an MFA in Costume Design from The Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and a BA in Studio Art from James Madison University. Currently serving as the Costume Shop Manager for Duke University, she has worked with Washington & Lee University, James Madison University, Westminster College, American Dance Festival, Salt Lake Acting Company, Tuacahn Center for the Arts, The Virginia Repertory Dance Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and The American Shakespeare Center.
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Maranda DeBusk (Lighting Designer) Maranda DeBusk is a freelance theatre artist specializing in Lighting and Projection designs. Currently traveling from theatre to theatre across the U.S., Maranda’s recent work has been seen in and around Atlanta, GA; Greenville, SC; Lexington, KY; Flat Rock, NC; Asbury Park, NJ; Rock Island, IL; Syracuse, NY; Providence, RI; and Knoxville, TN. In 2017, Maranda’s lighting design for A Lesson Before Dying was exhibited at the World Stage Design Expo in Taipei, Taiwan as one of fifteen Emerging Designers worldwide. In 2019, her lighting design for Roméo et Juliette will be a Featured Emerging Design in the USA Pavillion at the Prague Quadrennial 2019. At the core of all her work is her belief in the power of the dramatic arts to create positive change in our communities. The greatest work is that which when let out into the world, improves it.
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THEATRE INTENSIVE

TRACY BERSLEY (Director and Choreographer) specializing in movement based theatre, has adapted, directed and choreographed many stories including: Three Incestuous Sisters (CSV), Alice in Wonderland (Dorset Theater Festival), The Epic of Sunjata (Loft Theatre), The House on Mango Street (Syracuse Stage), Tibet: Through the Red Box, (at HERE in conjunction with the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab); lamb of gods (NYC Fringe Festival); The Awful Rowing Toward God (Ontological Theatre’s Blueprint Series); The Anatomy of Touch (Ontological), Rappaccini’s Daughter (Chashama NYC/Jim Henson Foundation’s Festival), Beyond Static and J’tombe (The Studio New York). Tracy completed a directing residency for the 1999–2000 season at McCarter Theatre collaborating with such artists as Sam Shepard, David Mamet and Emily Mann, where she later ran the conservatory theatre program through which she directed As You Like It, The Tempest and her adaptation of The Lord of the Flies. Tracy also served as movement consultant for two McCarter shows that went to Broadway, Anna in the Tropics (Royal Theatre) & Albee’s All Over (Roundabout Theatre), and was the Associate Director for Speaking in Tongues (Roundabout Theatre). She teaches acting, movement and directing/devising work at conservatories and studios in and out of New York City and is currently guest faculty at Yale School of Drama ,Princeton University, and CAP 21 Musical Theatre Conservatory and is the head of movement for the MFA Acting Program at UNC-Chapel Hill. Her biography on Maria Irene Fornes is published in the Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol. V, Twentieth Century American Dramatists. She received her MFA in directing from Syracuse University, focusing on international and cultural influences on an interdisciplinary theatre. She is also a Drama League Fellow and member of SDC.
tracybersley.com

JOANNA LI (Music Director) earned her Bachelors of Music from Baylor University and her Masters of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Since then, she has music directed across the United States, including local organizations such as Theatre Raleigh, Cape Fear Regional Theatre, North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre, Temple Theatre, Raleigh Little Theatre, and her own newly-formed company Two-Way Street Theatre, all while serving as the organist for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Cary.

LORMAREV JONES (Associate Director and Choreographer) is a Freelance Director, Choreographer, and Educator currently based in Raleigh. She received her MFA in Theatre from Sarah Lawrence College. Lormarev has served as a director and choreographer at many theatres and high schools in the Triangle, including North Carolina State, Meredith College, Raleigh Charter High School, Raleigh Little Theatre, and many others. She is also a deviser, playwright, and solo performer; her most recent solo play, My Geriatric Uterus, won the 2019 David C. Herriman Artists’ Pick of the Fringe award at the 2019 Cincinnati Fringe Festival. She currently teaches at NCSU and Meredith College, her alma mater, while continuing to freelance in all her areas of expertise.
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THEATRE TECH

LAURA PATES (Technical Director) In addition to working at various theatres throughout the Southeastern United States—particularly outdoor theatre, Laura has also enjoyed working for several companies in England and Scotland with youth and outreach programs. In 2015, Laura was one of 3 winners in the USITT Tech Expo with the “No Rain Delay” exhibit. Laura received her BA in Theatrical Design and Production from Guilford College and her MFA in Technical Production from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She specializes in various types of welding and digital imaging programs.

ADAM MAXFIELD (Assistant Technical Director) has been teaching graduate students in the Technical Production MFA Program at UNC-Chapel Hill and serving as Technical Director for PlayMakers Repertory Company since 2010. Prior to joining the faculty at UNC, Adam worked as a Senior Project Manager for the Scenic Technologies division in the Las Vegas branch of Production Resource Group, a worldwide supplier of entertainment equipment and labor. He has managed the fabrication and installation of scenery for many nationally televised award shows such as Billboard Music Awards, VH1’s Rock Honors, MTV’s Video Music Awards, NHL Awards, and the Video Game Awards (VGAs). He has also been in charge of scenery for many corporate events and automobile introductions for such companies as Ford, GM, Toyota, Chrysler, Mercedes Benz, Audi, Forest Managers, Prudential Insurance, Hewlett-Packard, and IBM to name a few. Adam has a BA in Theatre and Communications from Idaho State University and an MFA in Technical Production from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He specializes in motion control, rigging – ETCP Certified, and metal fabrication. Other regional theatre credits include Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Utah Shakespeare Festival, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

ANDREA BULLOCK (Properties Master) Over the past five years Andrea Bullock has been the Properties Master at PlayMakers Repertory Company on the campus of University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. At PlayMakers she has worked with students, both undergraduate and graduate, and professionals to make the prop landscape of each of the 7 mainstage and 3 second-stage productions. She enjoys teaching and spreading the gospel of props to work study students from many different departments and majors throughout campus and showing how all skills and lessons learned in props translate to life and many career paths. Before starting at PlayMakers in 2014, Andrea worked as the Properties Shop Manager at South Coast Repertory Theatre in Costa Mesa, CA, propping on average 5 world premieres, 3 theatre for young audiences shows, 3 youth conservatory shows, 5 main stage shows, and the annual holiday tradition of A Christmas Carrol each season. She also has worked at Two River Theatre Company as the Properties Shop Supervisor, Ohio Light Opera as the Properties Master, and Studio Arena Theatre as the Assistant Properties Director. She received her BFA in Stage Properties from University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

 


If you have any questions please contact Sarah Tackett at stackett@unc.edu. See above for deadlines.

*Thanks to the generosity of donors, PlayMakers is committed to ensuring that anyone accepted into the Theatre Intensive and Theatre Tech programs will be able to participate regardless of financial need.