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July 25, 2001
Tina Pieraccini, 343-0202
OSWEGO -- SUNY Oswego is the stage for 22 high school students from Syracuse to as far away as Colorado participating in the college's Summer Theatre Institute sponsored by the Division of Continuing Education and the theatre department.
The high school juniors and seniors earn college credit while participating in an intensive two-week program designed for students interested in pursuing careers in the theatre. Classes include instruction in body movement and performance, stage combat, voice, monologue delivery and acting.
"I've never learned so much in such a short time," said Andrea Kinal, a senior from Coxsackie who wants to pursue a career in musical theatre.
Nick Ortega, a high school senior from Denver said the institute has provided an opportunity express himself as an actor and find something at which he is good. Working with college professors has been the highlight for Stephanie Bright, a high school junior from Vernon, Conn.
The program coordinator and one of the instructors is Mark Cole, SUNY Oswego's theatre department chairperson.
Cole has been a faculty member since 1976 and earned his master of fine arts in Theatre from New York University Tisch School of the Arts.
One of the students' favorite classes is stage combat taught by David Morgan, currently the chairperson of the acting department at Brigham Young University.
Chris Enright, who has lived and worked in Los Angeles for the past 12 years teaching and developing actors, teaches the acting class. Jennifer Aldrige, a SUNY Oswego graduate who teaches at California State at Los Angeles, also lends her expertise to the program.
The participants live on campus and find that a "great experience and chance to experience campus life," said participant Ann Turiano from Pennsylvania.
The program includes a weekend trip to the Shaw Festival in Canada and a journey to the Sterling Renaissance Faire.
The Institute runs through Aug. 4 and will culminate with open classes for family and friends to observe the techniques of the classes.
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