September / October 20122005Michael J. LutchPorgy and Bess Star Norm Lewis Is 2013 KeynoteBroadway star Norm Lewis will be the Friday keynote speaker at theT ony-nominated2013 SETC Convention in Louisville. Lewis is currently appearing on Broadway asNorm Lewis in a scene fromThe Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess.Porgy in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, which won the2012 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. Lewis,who created the role of Porgy, also was nominated for a2012 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in aLeading Role in a Musical.Known for his rich baritone voice, Lewis has appearedon Broadway for more than 20 years, since he was castas a replacement for John in Miss Saigon in 1991. OtherBroadway shows include: Sondheim on Sondheim, TheLittle Mermaid, Les Miserables and Chicago. He recentlyhad a successful year’s run in London playing the role ofJavert in the West End’s Les Miserables.Lewis also has appeared on television. With the run ofThe Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess ending September 23, hehas returned to TV in a recurring role on ABC’s Scandals.Lewis has strong roots in the Southeast. He grew upin Eatonville, FL, the first black-chartered municipality inthe U.S. He sang in church, school and college choirs,then performed evenings in bars and clubs in the Orlandoarea while working in advertising sales at the OrlandoSentinel. He was in his 20s when he got his first professional job: performing on a cruise ship. From there, it wason to New York – and Broadway.More info: www.normlewis.comACTORS:LOOKING FOR A JOB IN THE FALL?Walk-In Auditioneesaccepted Monday, Sept. 10 atSETC Fall Professional Auditions, Atlanta, GASoar to New Heights!Master Classes in Flying EffectsOffered Pre-Convention in LouisvilleZFX Flying Effects, headquartered inLouisville, KY, will offer two pre-SETCConvention master classes in flyingeffects at one of the nation’s largestflying and rigging rehearsal studios.What: 4-hour master classes taught byZFX’s expert flying directors and aerialchoreographersWhen: Wednesday, March 6, 2013, justprior to the 2013 SETC ConventionCost: 50Who: Open to all over age 18.Registration: Opens Oct. 15; sign upat Class sizes limited!What’s Inside600 Lead, Character and Ensemble RolesSETC Has Scholarship Money!.Page 2Details: Corner.Page 3STUDENTS:Design SETC’s 2013 T-Shirt.Page 4LOOKING FOR A GRAD PROGRAM?Walk-In Auditioneesaccepted Saturday, Sept. 8 atSETC Fall Graduate School Auditions, Atlanta, GADetails: E-mail [email protected] ts inSllAtItes!the StaState Conventions/Auditions.Page 5Minors: Liability Issues.Page 6Digital Promptbooks for SMs.Page 6Theatre in a Changing World.Page 7Don’t Miss SETC’s Fall Events.Page 8Don’t Miss the Excitement at Your State Convention!See Pages 4-5 for Details, Dates, Sites of Conventions and Auditions

SCHOLARSHIPS, AWARDSTeachers: SETC Has Scholarship Money for YOUR Students!Money it makes the world go’round, and, of course, everyoneneeds more of it! As educators, wewant our students to be successful and liveout their dreams, so we write letters of recommendation, take them to auditions, andadvise them on which programs which maybe best to meet their educational goals. Sohow would you like the opportunity to helpyour students in another very significantway – by helping them acquire some extrascholarship money to attend college!Each year, SETC awards scholarships totalented, promising and deserving students,and you could be instrumental in encouraging your students to apply. Whether youteach at a high school, college or university,and whether your students (or former students) want to study theatre as undergraduates or in graduate school, SETC has somegreat opportunities for those who apply.SETC scholars have studied all over thecountry and even been accepted for international graduate studies in theatre. (Pleasesee the winners’ stories below.)SETC scholars are actors, directors,designers, stage managers – and teachers,too. If you are a high school educator wishingSETC Scholarship Winners Share Benefits, StoriesFrancesca Chilcote, Accademia dell’Arte2011 SETC Robert M. Porterfield ScholarWhat did your SETC scholarship enable you to do?Last year, SETC’s Porterfield Graduate Scholarship was instrumental insupporting me, both financially and psychologically, as I made the lifechanging decision to move to Arezzo, Italy, to pursue a Master’s in PhysicalTheatre at the Accademia dell’Arte, a new program accredited through theMississippi University for Women. The opportunity to study amongst the European mastersin the birthplace of the Renaissance has had an immeasurable impact on me as a student.What are you doing now?For my second year, I will begin work with Marcello Bartoli, a renowned actor and teacherof commedia dell’arte, continue with the development of my thesis project, and end with aresidency with the Familie Floz, a mask-based company in Berlin, Germany.Anything else you would add about SETC’s scholarship?Pursuing my master’s in Europe has been one of the scariest, most challenging and mostrewarding experiences of my professional and artistic life. While it did not improve my cartwheel, winning the Porterfield Award did help a great deal with the scary aspects of this move.Kelsey Hunt, University of Maryland (UMD)2011 and 2012 SETC Marian A. Smith ScholarWhat did your SETC scholarship enable you to do?The 2011 award helped supplement my living expenses so I could afford tolive close to campus, which has been helpful considering that I spend a lotof late nights in the performance center. This summer my ancient PC laptopcrashed, and the 2012 award allowed me to replace it with a MacbookAir, which is amazingly easy to transport between classes and meetings.What are you doing now?I am entering my second year at UMD. I am designing a number of shows, and I also willwork as a design assistant to my advisor Helen Huang on The Convert at Woolly Mammothand The Sun Also Rises at The Washington Ballet. The Marian A. Smith Award has allowedme to remain close to campus, which allows me to be fully available to my mentor – accessequals opportunity.Anything else you would add about SETC’s scholarship?Graduate school can be an emotional and financially overwhelming experience. Winningthe Marian Smith Award not only offset some of my material costs, it also sent me to UMDfeeling validated, supported and confident.New 2012 Secondary Scholarship Winner NamedKatherine Elizabeth Miller (left), a 2012 graduate of Gulfport High Schoolwho is majoring in theatre education with a leadership minor at TroyUniversity, is the new recipient of the 2,100 SETC Secondary SchoolScholarship for 2012. The previously announced winner was unableto accept because she is attending a school outside the SETC region.2to pursue a graduate degree in theatre orspeech and theatre, you also can apply tobecome an SETC scholar to help you earnyour graduate degree. So check out the listof scholarships below or visit the Scholarships and Awards tab on the SETC websitefor more info: Pat Gagliano, ChairSETC Scholarships/Awards CommitteeSETC Scholarships forUndergraduate School SETC Secondary SchoolScholarship 2,100 to a high school student uponentering a college or university in theSETC region to major in theatre.Deadline: January 15, 2013 Polly Holliday Award 1,000 to a student entering undergraduate school to study theatre.Deadline: January 21, 2013More info on Undergraduate holarships-a-awards-scholarshipsSETC Scholarships forGraduate School Leighton M. Ballew Award 3,300 to a student pursuing a graduatedegree in directing.Deadline: January 15, 2013 Denise Halbach Award 2,000 to a student pursuing a graduate degree in acting or musical theatre.Deadline: January 15, 2013 Robert Porterfield Award 3,400 to a student pursuing a graduatedegree in theatre.Deadline: January 15, 2013 Marian A. Smith Award 2,300 to a student pursuing a graduate degree in costume design and/ortechnology.Deadline: January 21, 2013 William E. Wilson Award 6,500 to a high school educator pursuing a graduate degree in theatre orspeech and theatre.Deadline: January 15, 2013More info on Graduate shipsa-awards-scholarships

PROFESSIONAL r Stays Busy from Coast to CoastArthur Lazalde has enjoyed a fast-pacedcareer since earning his MFA in acting fromNew York University in 2007. A member ofActors’ Equity, he recently returned to NewYork City from Kilgore, TX, where he workedin the Texas Shakespeare Festival, playingthe Duke in Measure for Measure, Falstaffin Merry Wives of Windsor and several character roles in the musical Blood Brothers.This fall, Arthur is part of a collaborativeteam working on a feature film, Hurricane,Brooklyn, funded through the New YorkFoundation for the Arts. He plays a supporting role in the film,which he also helpedwrite. Learn more at auditioned atSETC’s Professional Auditions in fall 2010 andspring 2011, and also enjoyed taking part in workshops at the 2011 SETC Convention. HisSETC audition led to his casting as Charlesthe Wrestler, among other characters, in2011’s As You Like It at the Harold ClurmanLaboratory Theater, which he describes asa very fostering environment for artists.Arthur’s tip for young people starting out:“Training is important – the greater the talent,the more need for training. Look for the righttraining at the right price. Compare costs anddon’t bankrupt for ActorsLooking for money-saving deals onheadshots, classes and other servicesrelated to your craft?Find the newest offerings at, a “Groupon”-style website geared specifically to actors. The site offers a minimumof 50% off a huge range of products andservices that can benefit your acting craft,your career or both! Examples: 50-70% offa new headshot photo session, and 50% ormore off acting lessons.Website: www.industrydeal.comJ. Steven White, supervising producer, Harold Clurman Laboratory Theater Company at the StellaAdler Studio in New York City.ProfessionalCompanySpotlightHiring through SETC:Harold Clurman Lab Theater Companyat the Stella Adler Studio“SETC has been tremendously helpful bringing in talentfor us to see outside of the NYC world. We have hiredactors, gotten recommendations for the production team, and have developednew parts of the company based on the talents we have seen at SETC.”- J. Steven White, Supervising ProducerSETC had an opportunity this past summer to catch up with J. Steven White, supervisingproducer of the Harold Clurman Laboratory Theater Company at the Stella Adler Studio inNew York City. Below are excerpts of the interview.What is your mission?The Harold Clurman Laboratory TheaterCompany produces or reproduces the spirit,voice and theatrical sensibilities of the StellaAdler Studio on a professional level. TomOppenheim, the artistic director and grandson of Stella Adler, created a mission whichattempts to produce theatre committed tothe standards and ideals set out by Ms.Adler, Harold Clurman and the Group Theater. The Lab serves as a launching pad forstudents and an artistic home for facultyto grow and evolve. It also includes actors,directors and designers from outside theimmediate Adler community, who share ourhumanitarian impulse and vision.Tell us about your theatre and the typeof shows you are known for producing.Our three-play season in New York City typically includes a new play, a classical play anda contemporary play. For the last few years,in September, we have done work in socialrelevance tied to our Harold Clurman Festival of the Arts (2012: Is It Already Dusk?,a movement and dance piece). Each June,we do a new play commissioned through3our Playwright-in-Residence program (2012:The Empty Ocean by Anton Dudley). In LosAngeles, we produced Waiting for Lefty,Marisol and A Midsummer Night’s Dreamin our inaugural season.What type of theatre/stage do you have?We have four black box theatres, each with50 seats, in NYC. We have moved showstwice to Off-Broadway theatres. In Los Angeles, we have a 50-seat black box theatre.Where do you find actors and crew?We find actors and crew all over the country,as well as within the Stella Adler Studio community. We have paid positions and unpaid/intern positions in all of our productions, andwe bring specialized coaches in dialects,stage combat, etc., into all of our shows.How does SETC assist you?Actors we have seen through the yearshave now been actors in our productions.Examples are Arthur Lazalde (SETC FallProfessional Auditions, 2010), who was inour NYC production of As You Like It, andAlex Marshall-Brown (SETC Fall Professional Auditions, 2008), who was in ourproduction of Marisol in Los Angeles.

STATE NEWS, CONVENTION NEWSALABAMAConvention ention info:www.flatheatre.orgGEORGIAConvention ntion info:www.theatreky.orgFind OutWhat’s New inYour State!Design the 2013 SETC T-Shirt. Win Free Convention Registrationand a One-Year SETC Membership!What is your vision of SETC? Create aT-shirt design that expresses your vision(using an element of the SETC logo)and enter your design in our annualT-Shirt Design Competition.Details: VIRGINIAConvention info:www.wvtheatre.orgNORTH CAROLINAConvention info:www.nctc.orgaskSETC2012 T-shirt designTENNESSEEConvention Info:www.vtasite.orgMISSISSIPPIConvention info:www.mta-online.orgQASOUTH CAROLINAConvention info:www.southcarolinatheatre.comWhen does registration open for the 2013SETC Convention?Registration for the Ma