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Renowned Acting Teacher Jack Wann to Deliver Cavanaugh Lecture

Released: 02/19/2010

Dr. Jack Wann, a member of the faculty at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, will present “Shakesperience” Tuesday at the Cavanaugh Lecture Series sponsored by LSU Alexandria. The free event begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Alexandria Museum of Art.

Wann, a former long-time director of the theatre program at Northwestern State University, will discuss his view of acting Shakespeare, which is the topic of his book “Shakesperience: An Approach to Acting Shakespeare.” Wann is directing a three-week theatre workshop at NSU, and he will bring students with him to demonstrate Shakespearian scenes.

Dr. Jim Stacy, lecture coordinator and LSUA professor of theatre and communication studies, said Wann has “earned a well-deserved national reputation at the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts as its lead teacher in the acting styles of Shakespeare, Ibsen, Chekhov and Shaw. He also continues to act at many venues in New York and around the country.” Wann, who received his doctorate in theatre from LSU, was guest director of Shakespeare’s “The Winter Tale” during the Festival on the Greene at LSUA in 2006.

Stacy said the lecture would be especially appealing to “people with even a casual interest in theatre, acting or Shakespeare, and students of all ages would benefit from attending.” Additional information is available at or 473-6581.

The Cavanaugh Lecture Series is named after Dr. Robert Cavanaugh, the university’s retired eighth chancellor. It is presented through the Department of Arts, Education and Humanities.