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Actors from the London Stage Bring “Twelfth Night” to MTSU

Five Actors from the London Stage share their backstage insights into performing Shakespeare’s comedy “Twelfth Night” at MTSU’s Tucker Theatre. The visiting quintet of spring 2012 Actors from the London Stage (AFTLS) troupe included Richard Daniel Stacey, Katherine Heath, Michael Palmer, Dan Winter and Jennifer Higham. “The performances were full-length, with few or no cuts, calling for virtuosic doubling and tripling of roles by the five troupers,” explained Dr. Kevin Donovan, an MTSU English professor and director of the department’s graduate program. “As those of us who have attended performances by past AFTLS troupes can testify, this makes for very exciting theater.” The visit was part of a weeklong educational residency by the AFTLS group, one of the oldest established touring Shakespeare theater companies in the world. Founded by renowned actor Patrick Stewart and developed by Professor Homer Swander at the University of California-Santa Barbara, AFTLS brings a different five-actor troupe to 16 to 20 different universities each year. While on campus, the AFTLS members devoted a large part of their time to student interaction in classroom workshops, on-stage demonstrations, text readings or informal meetings with students. Each troupe spends the tour performing a single Shakespeare play at universities, but their vast theater experience also allows them to cover other texts to help students better understand and enjoy the performing arts. For more information about

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