ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, ACTING
MFA Acting, Yale School of Drama
Deborah Mayo, a professional actor who received her M.F.A from the Yale School of Drama, came to Stony Brook as a Guest Artist in the Summer Playhouse over three decades ago. Shortly thereafter she was invited to teach in the Theatre Arts Department; she is now an Associate Professor as well as the department's Undergraduate Director. Over the years she has taught: Acting (all levels) , Voice for the Actor, Improvisation, Auditioning for Careers, Public Speaking, and several Special Topics classes: Performance Workshop (an educational outreach program), Introduction to the Meisner Technique (Deb is a certified Meisner instructor), Acting Chekhov, and Performing Verse Drama. As a stage director at USB, Deb has explored the works of Chaucer, Moliere, Chekhov Shaw, Synge, Williams, Overmeyer, G.F. Walker, Henley, Eno and Rhuel . Her own performing work has taken her to Broadway (Dinner at Eight at Lincoln Center) Off Broadway (Manhattan Theatre Club and Playwrights Horizons) and to numerous regional theatre companies.. Her most recent performances have been on Long Island with Asylum Theatre Company, of which she is a founding member.Deb is a professional voice over artist and a member of Actor's Equity.
Classes begin August 27th
Auditions for fall shows: Sept. 1 and 2nd
Welcome meeting: September 7th, campus lifetime
What your faculty did this summer:
Izumi Ashizawa remounted "Mysterious Lake" at Long Island Children's Museum, was in on-going rehearsals for "Le Chemine des Reves" in Montreal, and served a guest tutor at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London.
Elizabeth Bojsza taught a workshop in Community Performance for the Pre-College Institute, and look forward to leading a similar workshop at the Stage The Change conference in November http://www.stagethechange.org/.
Mallory Catlett is working on: Circling the Center by Nene Humpphey to be performed on October 12, 13, and 14 in NYC and DECODER 2017 with text by William Burroughs to be performed December 3rd at La Mama in NYC.
Amy Cook finished her manuscript on casting and an essay on Shakespeare, language and cognition.
Steve Marsh worked with scientists across the country leading Improvisation workshops and Media training for the Alda Center in New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Philadelphia, Denver, at UC Santa Barbara, Cornell University and Cold Spring Harbor Labs.
Deb Mayo acted in "After," a yet- to- be released web series written by and starring one of our graduates, Joshua Schubart.
Ken Weitzman was a writer-in-residence at the New Harmony Project where he developed two new plays and then co-lead a two-week workshop with playwright Naomi Iizuka at the Sewanee Writers Conference at the University of the South.
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