Tomorrow the fall term begins at Centre College and I begin my job teaching as a visiting assistant professor of Dramatic Arts. It will be a very busy and, I hope, exhilarating term. I will be teaching five days a week, Acting I and an upper level Directing course. I am also directing the fall production—Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard (using the adaptation by Tom Stoppard). Auditions are next week. Furthermore, I am revising an article for Theatre Topics about Keith Johnstone’s “circle of probability” concept. And I am making revisions on/augmenting my critical study on Johnstone (Keith Johnstone: A Critical Biography) because Methuen Drama, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing in London, will be publishing it and anticipates a summer 2013 release! Suffice it to say, dear friends, my calendar is jam-packed for the next three months. But instead of getting overwhelmed, I will try and remember the quote from Lincoln I posted above and face the future one day at a time.
On another note, be sure to watch the Vice-Presidential Debate this year. It will take place at Centre College in The Norton Centre for the Performing Arts which houses our Dramatic Arts department. The debate has already stirred things up around campus and I can imagine it is going to get more interesting as October 11th approaches.
Finally, tonight is the Opening Convocation ceremony at Centre College. Faculty members march in their full academic regalia into the 1,500 seat Newlin Concert Hall to welcome the students. I will be introduced along with other new faculty. No need to be nervous, right? The Opening Convocation address will be given by Harold Holzer, the foremost scholar on Abraham Lincoln, and then everyone will walk outside, to the center of campus to witness the unveiling of a new statue of Lincoln created by artist Ed Hamilton. The statue honors the connection Lincoln had with Centre College. You can read the story behind the statue here: www.centre.edu/news/2012/lincoln_update.html Dale will be taking photos, as usual, so I will attach one or two of his photos to this blog post in a few days.
Wish me luck!