USC Upstate Theatre Students Prepare For London Voyage

May 2, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Spartanburg, S.C.
– Four theatre students at the University of South Carolina Upstate were recently inducted in the Omega Delta Chapter of Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honor Society, an American recognition honor society recognizing participants in collegiate theatre. The new inductees include Chandler Crawford, Joelle Gwinn, Mason Manna, and Georgia McCarroll.

Crawford, Gwinn and Manna, along with 23 other USC Upstate students, are preparing to travel to London, England in July where they will spend five weeks studying at the Kingston University and performing at the Rose Theatre in Kingston Upon Thames as a part of the International Youth Cultural Arts Festival. The two plays to be performed are How I Learned to Drive and Mud.

Additionally, Nick Whitworth has been identified as the second USC Upstate student for an internship at The Rose Theatre.  He will be in the group completing the foreign study program at Kingston University and will extend his stay to complete the internship.

“USC Upstate has a formal internship agreement with the Rose Theatre in Kingston Upon Thames,” said Jimm Cox, chair of the department of fine arts and communications studies and director of theatre at USC Upstate. “No other college or university in the world has such an arrangement with the Rose Theatre. This is a tremendous honor for the University and for our students.”

In fact, according to Cox, the USC Upstate students have already benefitted from the Rose Theatre’s Artistic Director Stephen Unwin’s visit to the Spartanburg campus last November when the world-renowned artist spent five days conducting programs that included classes in acting and discussions on a variety of theater topics.

“Exposing our theatre students to a study abroad opportunity will forever enrich their lives by expanding their horizons and giving them the chance to see the world from a completely different perspective,” said Cox. “Having them work and perform at the Rose Theatre in Kingston with Stephen Unwin is just an opportunity of a lifetime.”

The Rose Theatre is a 900-seat venue located in the London Borough of Kingston Upon Thames. The astonishing circular auditorium is modeled on the original Elizabethan Rose Theatre, situated on London’s Bankside.  The Rose produces its own productions all year round with varied repertoire consisting of classical revivals, neglected modern masterpieces, new translations of foreign plays and occasional world premieres. A wide range of distinguished actors have appeared at the Rose including Jane Asher, Peter Bowles, Judi Dench and Timothy West.

The 26 USC Upstate students who will participate in the London Study Abroad Trip include: Justin Adams of Lexington; Mary Bell of Laurens; Chandler Crawford of Rock Hill; Whitney Cylear of Hampton; Jesse Fleming of Union; Daniel Gorski of Spartanburg; Joelle Gwinn of Duncan; Kristi Hamblett of Georgia, Vermont; Brooke Johnson of Fishersville, VA; Hayden Kidd of Gaffney; Julia LeJeune of Lyman; Anna Elyse Lewis of Spartanburg; Mason Manna of Inman; Stephanie Myers of Easley; Garrett Mitchell of Woodruff; Patric Phillips of Pauline; Alyssa Roleke of Inman; Kelsey Rice of Anderson; Brittney Shaw-Simpson of Greenville; Roth Smith of Greer; Kelli Strain of Spartanburg; Britney Thompson of North, Georgia; Nick Whitworth of Spartanburg; Ashley Wilson of Fort Mill; Corbin Worley of Easley; and Brittany Yerkes of Spartanburg.

For additional information, contact Jimm Cox, chair of the department of fine arts and communications studies at USC Upstate, at (864) 503-5697 or