Theatre Director Stephen Unwin Presents Free Master’s Classes at USC Upstate

October 21, 2016 at 5:30 pm

Stephen Unwin photo by Chris PearsallThe University of South Carolina Upstate is pleased to announce that Stephen Unwin, founder of the British National Touring Company in London, England, will be in residence at the University from November 7 – 14 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, November 7 – 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., Studio Theatre
  • Tuesday, November 8 – no formal class due to Election Day
  • Wednesday, November 9 – 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., Studio Theatre
  • Thursday, November 10 – 9:25 – 10:40 a.m., Studio Theatre
  • Thursday, November 10 – 1:40 – 2:55 p.m., Studio Theatre
  • Friday, November 11 – 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., Studio Theatre
  • Monday, November 14 – 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., Studio Theatre

Unwin is the former artistic director and chief executive of The Rose Theatre in Kingston, England, and played a key role in helping to establish opportunities for USC Upstate students to intern at theatres in London and to work and perform during the International Youth Festival in Kingston Upon Thames in the United Kingdom.

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 has been recognized by the Kennedy Center’s National Committee and Awards Panel.