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 Provencal, Sarah   Name: Sarah Provencal
Title: Adjunct Professor of Theatre
Master of Fine Arts - Theatre Pedagogy (Directing emphasis), Virginia Commonwealth University
Bachelor of Arts - Theatre/English, State University of New York at Geneseo
Office: 230 Johnson Hall  
Phone: 803/323-4528
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Ancient Greek Theatre

Sarah Provencal earned her MFA in Theatre Pedagogy (Directing emphasis) at Virginia Commonwealth University.  Her thesis work focused on the female protagonists of ancient Greek theatre - their modern relevance, the use of the female chorus, and strategies to stage tragedies in an accessible way for the contemporary audience.  Some of her favorite projects at VCU include directing Karen Hartman’s Troy Women, devised work based on the text of Charles L. Mee, and playing Rona Lisa Peretti in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

After earning her MFA, she gained valuable international experience working and training abroad in London, England.  Highlights include working with Punchdrunk on the site-specific The Drowned Man: a Hollywood fable, training with physical theatre company Gecko and at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, and being mentored by a first generation Augusto Boal teacher on Theatre of the Oppressed techniques.  Directing credits from across the pond include The Last Hour of Antigone (Camden People’s Theatre, London, UK), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (St. Thomas More Language College), and Cutting Edge: an interactive fairytale (Pirate Castle, London, UK).

Here in Charlotte, recent directing projects have included As You Like It (Shakespeare Carolina at Winthrop University), Dear Edwina Jr. (Children’s Theater of Charlotte), My Name is Rachel Corrie (staged reading at UpStage), Eunice’s Beauty, Barber, and Bait Shop (The Warehouse), and Tennessee William’s Something Unspoken (co-director, Davidson Community Players).  She has also performed with Chickspeare, taught masterclasses for Film Actor’s Studio and Taproot Ensemble, and regularly presents workshops at Southeastern Theatre Conference on directing, devising, and women in theatre.  Currently, she is a teaching artist at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte and an adjunct Professor of Theatre at Winthrop University and South Piedmont Community College where she teaches Directing, Acting, Improvisation, Theatre Appreciation, and Storytelling.

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