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Date & Time
October 16, 2020 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Free; no RSVP required. Everyone welcome. Join Event on Zoom!

In Conversation kicks off with a special workshop from the Department of Theater Studies’ New Works Lab, in conjunction with its Visiting Artist Series for Fall 2020.

What makes a character compelling? How does R.A.C.E. (religion, ancestry, color and ethnicity) define a character? Where do actors turn for inspiration? Join artist and educator Forrest McClendon virtually for this one-hour interactive salon where he will discuss “Choicework,” his unique creative process originally designed to build characters onstage.

Theater Studies Visiting Art for Fall 2020, Tony Award-nominee Forrest McClendon is widely known for his performance in The Scottsboro Boys. A recipient of the Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship for top regional stage actors in the United States, McClendon will return to Broadway this spring in Thoughts of a Colored Man. He has taught master classes throughout the US, Canada, and the UK, and was recently a visiting associate professor of practice at the University of Miami. Currently, he is a distinguished visiting professor at the Hartt School and master teacher at the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center.

Join program on Zoom, no advance registration required.

About In Coversation

This free online public conversation series is presented by Duke Arts and Duke Performances (Fridays at Noon, Oct 16 through Nov 13). Featuring faculty-invited visiting artists and artists from Duke Performances virtual Fall 2020 season.

Before life moved onto virtual platforms like Zoom, Duke Arts and Duke Performances hosted casual artist talks in Duke’s Rubenstein Arts Center and in a variety of Durham community venues like the Pinhook and Cocoa Cinnamon. We miss these opportunities to connect with our audiences and artists, and we hope you’ll join us for this new venture.


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