Winthrop University: CVPA Faculty and Staff Profile - Provencal, Sarah

Name:  Sarah Provencal
Title:  Adjunct Faculty of Theatre
Education:  M.F.A., Theatre Pedagogy (Directing emphasis), Virginia Commonwealth University
B.A., Theatre/English, State University of New York at Geneseo
Office:  216 Johnson Hall   
Phone:  803/323-4528
Area(s):  Directing, Meisner Technique, Viewpoints Technique, Michael Chekov Technique, Devised Theatre, Ancient Greek Theatre, Shakespeare Improvisation

Sarah Provencal earned her M.F.A. in Theatre Pedagogy (Directing emphasis) at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her thesis work focused on the female protagonists of ancient Greek theatre. 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 M.F.A., 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 Branden Jacobs-Jenkin's Appropriate (Three Bone Theatre), The Trojan Women (Children's Theater of Charlotte), 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche (The Warehouse PAC), The Merchant of Venice (Winthrop University) and the interactive Romeo and Juliet: You Choose the Ending, which she both adapted and directed for Chickspeare. 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.  She uses Theatre of the Oppressed techniques to facilitate inclusion response workshops with students, professors, and professionals-- on college campuses (most recently, UNC-Charlotte), at national conferences, and for professional organizations.

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