Theatre professor Stephanie Earl is one of the newest additions to the Randolph College faculty this year. A professional performer herself, she is looking forward to sharing her knowledge of the stage with Randolph students in acting and directing classes.
A native of Winston-Salem, N.C., Earl earned her bachelor’s degree in theatre performance from Greensboro College in 2003. She then went on to receive her master of fine arts degree from the University of Houston in 2010. While living in Texas, she served as adjunct professor at the University of Houston and at Lone Star College and also taught acting and dance classes for children.
In Virginia, Earl was a member of the Barter Players and Barter Theatre Equity Resident Company at Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Va., and since 2011 has been a member of the American Shakespeare Center Touring Troupe. She also previously served as an adjunct professor at Mary Baldwin College.
“Having worked professionally in Virginia, I know how things work in this area and I’m hoping to be able to really guide Randolph students into professional work after graduation,” she said. “I’m also excited to try to bring a level of rigor to the program and to the performers and directors, really getting them to read plays, see plays, and know what’s going on in American theatre.”
After the transition from being a student at Greensboro College, where enrollment is just over 1,000, to the University of Houston, which is one of the largest schools in the country with a total enrollment of about 40,000, Earl said she was happy to return to a small college for her teaching career.
“I felt like going back to a small school is what I wanted,” she said. “I wanted to be able to provide individual attention and see each student through their particular course and through their particular path. That was what I needed when I was an undergrad, so I wanted to be with like-minded people who felt that was the best way to train young theatre professionals.”
With a week under her teaching belt, Earl has discovered her performers-in-training at Randolph to be bright, considerate and open-minded, and hard-working.
“I love how nice they are to each other,” she said. “Sometimes in acting classes, it’s easy to judge others in a bad way, and I feel like they’re all really supportive of each other.”Tags: faculty, Stephanie Earl, theatre