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APSU welcomes Erica Weiss, showrunner for CBS’s The Red Line, in March

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – From March 2nd-5th, 2020, the Austin Peay State University Department of Theatre and Dance and the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts (CECA) will welcome Jeff Awards-nominated theatre director, independent filmmaker and television writer/producer Erica Weiss to campus for a series of workshops and public events.

Erica Weiss, 2020 Acuff Chair
Erica Weiss, 2020 Acuff Chair

Weiss is one of five artists-in-residence in the areas of theatre and dance visiting Austin Peay State University this year through the endowed Acuff Chair of Excellence.

The Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence was established in 1985 by the legendary country music star and rotates between APSU’s four creative arts areas – creative writing, music, theatre/dance, and visual art.

Weiss was the co-creator and co-showrunner of the CBS drama “The Red Line,” starring Noah Wyle and produced by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay. She is a longtime collaborator with television writer Caitlin Parrish, who co-created “The Red Line” and wrote for the television shows “Under the Dome” and “Supergirl.”

Weiss graduated from The Theatre School at DePaul University, and she was an ensemble member of the Gift Theatre in Chicago. She also was the recipient of the prestigious Michael Maggio Directing Fellowship at the Tony Award-winning Goodman Theatre.

Throughout the week, Weiss will be a guest lecturer in several theater and dance classes, such as playwriting, and she will deliver an Acuff Seminar. She will also lead a masterclass on transitioning from theatre to film and television. The residency will culminate with a public lecture moderated by Talon Beeson, APSU associate professor of acting and directing, followed by a reception in the Margaret Fort Trahern Lab Theatre.

The Acuff events with Weiss, which will all take place in the Margaret Fort Trahern Lab Theatre, include:

  • Masterclass: Auditioning For Film and TV/Directing, 6:00pm, March 2nd.
  • Guest Lecture in Playwriting Class, 2:20pm, March 3rd.
  • Guest Lecture in Acuff Seminar – Transitioning From Theatre to Film/TV, 4:30pm, March 4th.
  • Public Q&A and Reception, 7:00pm, March 5th.

For a complete schedule, visit www.apsu.edu/theatre-dance/acuff/spring_acuff.php.  

All events are free and open to the public.

For information, contact Beeson at 931.221.6259 or , or visit theatredance.apsu.edu.     


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