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Colleen J. Kelly

Professor
Chair
Director
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Drama
Office location and address
203 Drama Bldg.
109 Culbreth Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Biography

Colleen is a founding board member of the Association of Theatre Movement Educators and recipient of the ATME Lifetime Achievement Award. She is a past vice president of the Virginia Theatre Association and a past vice president of the Society of American Fight Directors. Colleen, a member of Actors’ Equity Association, has worked professionally as an actor, director, fight director, and dance choreographer. Her work has been seen at professional theatres such as the American Shakespeare Center, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Denver Center Theatre, Dallas Theatre Center, the Old Globe Theatres, La Jolla Playhouse, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Clarence Brown Theatre, and San Diego Repertory Theatre. Film and TV credits include dance choreography for the film Sommersby and fight direction for the PBS television series Tell About the South. Publications include articles in Theatre Symposium and The Fight Master. Colleen has taught at the University of San Diego/Old Globe Theatres, headed the Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s MFA/Professional Actor Training Program and served as director of training at the American Shakespeare Center. For the U.Va. Department of Drama, Colleen has directed several productions including Chicago, 1940′s Radio Hour, The Imaginary Invalid and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Colleen has been a master teacher for projects supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities and has given presentations at several national and international conferences. Grant awards include a Teaching Tolerance Grant from the Southern Poverty Law Center and the U.Va. Fall 2012 Challenge for Newly Hybrid Technology-Enhanced Courses.  Colleen earned her M.F.A. at Ohio University and B.S and M.A degrees at Eastern Michigan University.

AS-HERT Operating Support for Heritage Theatre Festival 2017
Source: Anonymous
November 01, 2016 – October 31, 2017
DRAM 1020: Speaking in Public
Credits: 3
For non-majors. Acquire and practice voice and speech techniques to build oral communication skills, confidence and enjoyment in public speaking, presentation or performance.
DRAM 2020: Acting I
Credits: 3
Explores basic theories and techniques of acting through exercises, improvisations and scenes from contemporary dramatic literature.
DRAM 2430: Production Laboratory: Acting
Credits: 1–3
Application of acting skills in production laboratory. May be repeated up to four credits. Prerequisite: Instructor permission
DRAM 3410: Acting II
Credits: 3
Exercises and scene work emphasizing the development of the actor's vocal and physical resources as a means of creating and communicating character, emotion, and relationships. Prerequisite: DRAM 2020 and instructor permission
DRAM 3820: Video Design I
Credits: 3
Combining creative practice and critical discourse, this hands-on course grants students an opportunity to learn and utilize the crafts of digital video design in the context of contemporary installation, projection and performance arts. Students experiment with the many ways of designing time-based media and explore the role of video storytelling in the topography of 21st-century theater and live performance.
DRAM 4410: Acting III
Credits: 3
Scripted scenes, exercises, and ensemble work to expand the actor's approach to characterization and interpretation within various dramatic genres. Prerequisite: DRAM 3410 and instructor permission
DRAM 4993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Independent study conducted under the supervision of a specific instructor(s).
DRAM 7400: Mentored Study: Acting
Credits: 3
A faculty guided study in an area of advanced acting not covered in the established curriculum. Prerequisite: Graduate standing M.F.A. program
DRAM 7450: Acting: Impulse into Action
Credits: 3
Examines the actor's habitual approach to characterization . Methodology includes exercises for kinesthetic awareness, emotive connections, image formation, and action choices.
DRAM 7460: Acting: Character into Relationship
Credits: 3
Studies complex characterization and style considerations. Works from Miller, Williams, O'Neill, Ibsen, Chekhov, and Shaw serve as material for scene study.
DRAM 7501: Special Topics
Credits: 1–3
Intensive study in a specific topic offered to graduate students.
DRAM 8450: Acting: Shakespeare
Credits: 3
Performers work for vocal and physical embodiment of Shakespeare's language. Examines the mechanics and structures of poetic language and includes research and exploration of historical and contemporary approaches to Shakespearean performance. Prerequisite: Graduate standing MFA program.
DRAM 8460: Acting: Period Styles
Credits: 3
Focuses on making informed performance choices in period plays based on aspects of structures such as: dramatic text, historical period, culture and society, and production concepts. Prerequisite: Graduate standing MFA program.
DRAM 8470: Acting: Production and Performance
Credits: 3
Participation in the production program, crediting work in preparation and performance of acting. Prerequisite: graduate standing M.F.A. program.
DRAM 8480: Acting: Production and Performance
Credits: 1
Participation in the production program, crediting work in preparation and performance of acting. Prerequisite: graduate standing M.F.A. program.
DRAM 8490: Acting: Performance Lab II
Credits: 2
Collaborative development of performance project(s). Prerequisite: DRAM 7490.
DRAM 8993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–12
Graduate-level independent study conducted under the supervision of a specific instructor(s). Requisite: Instructor permission
DRAM 9060: Thesis
Credits: 3
Preparation of a written thesis that corresponds to the performance, direction, or design of a production. Prerequisite: graduate standing M.F.A. program.
DRAM 9501: Special Topics
Credits: 3
Intensive study in a specific topic offered to graduate students.
DRAM 9993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–12
Graduate-level independent study conducted under the supervision of a specific instructor(s). Requisite: Instructor permission.