CAROLYN CONOVER is professor of theater in the Department of Performing Arts at Blackburn College, where she directs the fall production and spring musical and teaches courses in acting, directing, movement, improvisation, theatre history, and dramatic literature. She is also a founding member of The Studio Project, a new chamber theater group on campus that explores plays featuring contemporary playwrights, small casts, and challenging content. Carolyn received her M.A. in English and Drama from Indiana State University, her B.A. in theater performance from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, and her M.F.A. in theatre from Michigan State University. While at MSU, she was awarded the College of Arts and Letters summer research fellowship to study abroad in Paris, as well as the Varg-Sullivan Award for Outstanding Graduate Work in the College of Arts and Letters. She has contributed to two acting textbooks: Inner Monologue in Acting (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and the upcoming, Roadblocks in Acting (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). While in Michigan, she performed with the award-winning Williamston Theatre and received the Greater Lansing Area Theatre Award for Best Actress for her role as the Marquise de Merteuil in a production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses. She also directed productions for the award-winning Williamston Theatre, the MSU Department of Theatre, the Michigan State French Department, and Lansing’s Riverwalk Theatre. She is a long-standing actor and dramaturg with Crossroads Repertory Theatre, where she has performed for over a decade. Carolyn has trained in classical verse and Shakespeare with the Stratford Theater Festival and received specialized training in Commedia dell’arte performance and character creation as well as in theatrical intimacy. She is currently working with an MSU colleague on a new book about introverts in acting and collaborating on a new adaptation of Ibsen’s Ghosts.
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