October 25, 2004
INFORMATION: John McElwain or John Green, (661) 362-3494 or 3684
Scholarly Presentation to Take Center Stage at Vital Express Center
A unique and important addition has been made to the Vital Express Centers program for this year. Each year a College of the Canyons faculty member is chosen to present a topic of scholarly research and interest to faculty, staff, students and the community at large in what has become known as a Scholarly Presentation.
This year, Susan Hinshaw, chair of the colleges Theatre Department will present The Art and Intimacy of the One Person Show. This presentation consists of an excerpt from her solo show, Nirvana,-- some 35 to 40 minutes in length, followed by a 15-minute lecture/discussion on the art and intimacy of the one person show. Nirvana chronicles Hinshaws own disordered eating and the social, cultural, gender and familial roles that had an impact on her self-esteem and body image.
The performance will be held at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 17 on the Vital Express Centers main stage and is sponsored by the College of the Canyons Foundation and is free to the public. A reception immediately follows the performance in the theater lobby. To reserve a seat, call (661) 362-3493 by Nov. 12.
The annual scholarly presentation in recent years has consistently belied the academic-sounding name, however, with extremely entertaining and informative presentations to standing-room-only size crowds in campus lecture halls. The opening of the Vital Express Center now allows the college to open up the presentation to the community at large.
Hinshaw has worked as an actor in London, Seattle and Los Angeles, appearing in numerous leading roles onstage and in films. Favorite roles include Beatrice in Much Ado about Nothing, Karen in the Childrens Hour, Emma in Betrayal and Le Marquis de Merteiul in Les Liasons Dangereus, Last summer she launched her solo show, Nirvana, in Los Angeles and is currently performing it in various venues around the country. Hinshaw holds a master of fine arts in acting from California State University, Fullerton (where she was a scholarship recipient), and a bachelor of arts from the University of Washington School of Drama.