Theatre

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The Meadows Division of Theatre is one of the most highly regarded training programs in the country.

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Students select from the Acting track or the Theatre Studies track.

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The Division of Theatre produces 8-10 main stage shows of new and classical works every year. Pictured: Artist-in-residence Will Power works with students.

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Students can produce their own plays through the SMUST organization and may also apply for Meadows Exploration grants to help supplement production costs.

Will Power

Artist-in-Residence

Will Power is an award-winning playwright and performer. Power’s play, Fetch Clay, Make Man, recently enjoyed a successful run Off-Broadway at the New York Theatre Workshop. Other plays include Steel Hammer with SITI Company (Humana Festival); The Seven (Lucille Lortel Award Best Musical, New York Theatre Workshop, La Jolla Playhouse); Five Fingers of Funk! (Children’s Theatre Company); Honey Bo and The Goldmine (La Jolla Playhouse); and two acclaimed solo shows, The Gathering and Flow, which toured over 70 cities in the U.S., Europe and Australia. Power’s numerous awards include a United States Artist Prudential Fellowship, the TCG Peter Zeisler Memorial Award, a Jury Award for Best Theatre Performance at the HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival and the Trailblazer Award from The National Black Theater Network.  His numerous film and television appearances include The Steven Colbert Report (Comedy Central), and Bill Moyers on Faith and Reason (PBS).

Power spent his early years as a key member in two critically acclaimed avant-garde music groups, Midnight Voices and the Omar Sosa Sextet, both with which Power recorded and toured extensively. More recently, Power has traveled on multiple occasions to teach theatre across the globe. He has held a number of artist fellowships and guest teaching positions at institutions such as CCNY, Princeton University and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Power was a guest of the U.S. State Department on five separate occasions, traveling to South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan. On these trips and others, he taught community workshops in shantytowns, worked with poets in former regimes of the Soviet Union and lectured at various libraries, grammar schools and colleges. Power is currently on the faculty at SMU Meadows School of the Arts and is the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Playwright in Residence with the Dallas Theatre Center.

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