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Persons, Chip Associate Professor


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research overview

  • Professor Persons is a performing artist working in live theatre and new media. His research is in acting and directing, as a craft and as a profession. His focus is on how western and classical theatre traditions can merge with other disciplines, technologies, and cultures from around the world to inform the future of theatre. He applies contemporary methods to canonical theatrical literature, in collaboration with fellow theatre artists, to reveal fresh interpretations of the classics. He experiments with traditional “live” theatre and the application of new communication methods, thereby expanding what is defined as a theatre space. He explores theatre as an event rather than a destination. He pursues work as an independent artist in collaboration with fellow practitioners, actors, directors, designers, dramaturgs, and playwrights.


  • performance, acting, theatre arts, acting for the camera, voice for actors, movement for actors, acting shakespeare, non-traditional venues, original works, spoken word


courses taught

  • THTR 1003 - Acting 1: Introduction to Acting
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021 / Spring 2022
    Introductory course designed to explore creativity, collaboration and communication in the craft of acting. Focuses on basic terms and concepts of psychological realism fundamental to the actors' process through solo work and ensemble exercises. Open to majors and non-majors.
  • THTR 3011 - American Musical Theatre History
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2018 / Summer 2019
    Studies the creation, evolution and influence of American musical theatre and its importance to American society. Students analyze landmark productions, artists and the creative process. Recommended prerequisite: 3 credits in THTR, DNCE or MUSC.
  • THTR 3013 - Studio 1: Building a Character
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020
    Students learn to deepen and develop their proficiency with specific acting techniques. Explores the craft elements of acting, as well as text analysis.
  • THTR 3043 - Advanced Voice for the Stage
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
    Continues the work begun in THTR 2043. Studies advanced vocal techniques with the goal of integrating these skills into the working process of the performing artist.
  • THTR 4063 - Audition Techniques
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022
    Prepares students for the demands of the acting profession. Trains students in various audition techniques including general auditions, prepared auditions, cold readings, on-camera auditions, andcommercial auditions. Shows how to prepare and perfect audition material in a professional and exemplary way. Discusses agents, casting directors, and the process of becoming a professional actor.
  • THTR 4103 - Acting and Directing for the Camera
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021
    Offers an intensive production workshop to prepare actors and directors to work collaboratively and effectively for the medium of the camera. Directing vocabulary, script interpretation, film terminology and acting techniques are applied. Explores situations in which actors and directors interact, from auditions to rehearsals to filming. Requires attendance, textbook readings, research and production responsibilities on both sides of the camera.
  • THTR 4149 - Theatre Internship
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2020
    Provides opportunities for theatre majors to explore career opportunities in theatre fields other than, or in addition to, those with performance emphasis. Students apply knowledge and skills developed in their major studies to a practical work experience. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Recommended requisite: 30 credit hours in THTR.


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