Rose Theatre’s Stephen Unwin to Offer Master’s Classes at USC Upstate

October 16, 2015 at 7:16 am

The University of South Carolina Upstate is pleased to announce that Stephen Unwin, former artistic director and chief executive of The Rose Theatre in Kingston, England, will be in residence at the University from October 19-30 to conduct seminars, Master’s Classes and to teach workshops.

Master’s Class sessions are free and open to the public. Class times are:

  • Monday, Oct. 19 – 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 21 – 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 22 – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 23 – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 26 – 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 28 – 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 30 – 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Unwin played a key role in helping to establish opportunities for USC Upstate students to intern at The Rose Theatre in Kingston Upon Thames, London, England. He stepped down in January 2014 from his post as artistic director to pursue other projects.

Unwin has an extensive theatre background. In the 1980s he was associate director at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh. In the 1990s, he served as resident director at the National Theatre Studio and he founded English Touring Theatre. He also has directed many productions in the West End, including the Donmar Warehouse, as well as more than a dozen operas and written numerous books.

For more information about the master’s classes, please contact Jimm Cox, professor of theatre, at (864) 503-5697 or

About the Shoestring Players

Recognized both nationally and internationally, the Shoestring Players have produced theatrical performances on the USC Upstate campus for more than 40 years. The troupe was recognized by the Kennedy Center’s National Committee and Awards Panel with a 2015 Commendation for the Acting Company for ensemble performances of “Memigery,” and was named one of five “Best in Fest Productions” in July for their performances of “The Pursuit of U.S.” at the International Youth Festival in Kingston Upon Thames in the United Kingdom.