Dr. Lisa Wilde is director of theatre and communication arts, associate professor of theatre, as well as resident dramaturg and literary manager for Rep Stage. She holds a doctorate in dramaturgy and dramatic criticism from the Yale School of Drama.
The theatre program at HCC offers three academic focus areas: performance; musical theatre; and theatre generalist, which includes dramatic literature, theatre history, and technical theatre. Classes expose students to the range of skills necessary for live theatre, including technical theatre, acting, text analysis, historical research, stage combat, and musical interpretations.
The program is very versatile, with a new playwriting course, a juried audition class, voice and diction, stage movement, and stage makeup classes. Dr. Wilde teaches From Page to Stage, an interdisciplinary theatre and literature course. Students read and discuss plays, and at the end of the semester, each student completes a project, taking on the role of actor, director, set or costume designer. “We believe that dramatic literature has to be experienced as performance to be truly understood,” Wilde explains.
The learning process is strengthened by teachers who know what it’s like to be in rehearsals, meet deadlines, and juggle responsibilities. They help students learn how to balance their studies, performances, and lives – providing a global perspective on careers in the arts and the important role of the arts in our culture.
Outside of the classroom, theatre students broaden their skills acting and providing technical support for student productions with professional designers and directors. Wilde says campus theatre groups often choose plays connected to instructional work. “We take a look at our students, their talents, and where they need to grow,” she says. HCC students also may participate in internships and work behind the scenes and on stage in partnerships with The Jim Rouse Theatre, Red Branch Theatre, Silhouette Stages, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, and Rep Stage.
“The arts are very vital on this campus, and our students are involved with high-quality work and professional directors,” Wilde says.
Remember the name Keilyn Durrel Jones. You may be seeing it on theatre and film marquees.
Jones graduated from HCC’s theatre performance program, completed his bachelor of fine arts from University of Maryland Baltimore County, and is headed to New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where he competed with 900 applicants for 16 slots. The 6’1” actor and physical trainer starred as the queen’s dwarf servant in Rep Stage’s production of Las Meninas last season.
When he entered HCC, “I was 17, nervous, and afraid to try out,” Jones recalls. “Sue Kramer, Arts Collective producing artistic director, encouraged me to audition.” He went on to perform in many productions, where “my teachers were like family, and my experience prepared me for success,” he says.
His goal is to act both on stage and screen. Ultimately, Jones says, “I want to perform every day. Acting has always been my first love.”