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ALUMNI PROFILE:
ROBIN CARR, B.A. IN THEATRE with emphasis in Performance and Theatre for Young Audiences

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Robin Carr Alum Photo

Meet Robin Carr

Major and degree earned: B.A. in Theatre with Honors
Graduation year: 1995
Current role: Associate Professor of Voice and Acting, University of Southern Mississippi
Hometown: East Grand Rapids, MI
Now living in: Hattiesburg, MS

Why did you choose Michigan State University?

I was already interested in the MSU since my family had lived in East Lansing when I was younger before moving to East Grand Rapids. I was then awarded a 4 year theatre scholarship to attend. When I went to the audition for the scholarship, I already felt at home in the Department of Theatre. The Professors were really nice and it instantly got me excited to be a part of what was going on.

How did Michigan State University help you prepare for your career?

Michigan State University prepared me for my graduate work in acting at the University of Connecticut and the profession. MSU and the Department of Theatre made very pro-active and seek out any and all audition and career opportunities. My training shaped my point of view about theatre. Being immersed in theatre classes and rehearsals allowed me to focus on performing within the context of my liberal arts education.

What was the most memorable experience at Michigan State University?

I was in a children's theatre tour for four years that went around the state to elementary school. I loved this experience and I made lifelong friends. In addition, I started to earn my Actor’s Equity points which helped in becoming a member of the Union.

What advice do you have for today’s students?

Never doubt yourself, have confidence, and pursue what you love. If you are passionate about what you are pursing, you will go far. 

Portfolio Samples:

Robin Carr - The Grapes of Wrath
Ma Joad in The Grapes of Wrath at the University of Southern Mississippi
(photo courtesy of University of Southern Mississippi)

Robin Carr - National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney
Teaching at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, Australia

Robin Carr with Arthur Lessac
Arthur Lessac himself before his passing and Robin Carr

Robin Carr - University of Rijeka in Croatia
Teaching at the University of Rijeka in Croatia

 

Biography:

Robin Carr is an Associate Professor of Voice and Acting in the Department of Theatre and Dance at USM.  Since she has been at Southern Miss, Robin has directed such shows as Talley’s Folly, Smokey Joe’s Café, Ragtime, Almost Maine, Urinetown The Musical, Voice of the Prairie, and Little Shop of Horrors.  Ms. Carr has served on the American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) regional selection team and has won two excellence in directing awards.  Ms. Carr has been the dialect coach for various productions such as Hitchock Blonde, Waiting for the Parade, Candida, Theatre Country Wife at Southern Miss and Our Country’s Good for the University of New Orleans.  Ms. Carr is the co-director and creator of Midsummer Musical Theatre Experience, a musical theatre youth camp held on the campus of Southern Miss. A member of Actors’ Equity Association, Robin has performed such roles as Fefu in Fefu and Her Friends, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd and the Fool in King Lear.  She holds an M.F.A from the University of Connecticut and a Shakespeare Acting Certificate from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.  Ms. Carr is a Lessac Certified Trainer and is currently a board member for the International Lessac Training and Research Institute. She has also served as chair of the Southeastern Theatre Conference Voice and Speech Committee. A member of the Voice and Speech Trainer’s Association, Robin is the recipient of a Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival National Grant, the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education Excellence in Higher Education award and a Southern Miss Innovation Award for Creative Activities for her research in finding connections between Arthur Lessac’s voice and body work and Tadashi Suzuki’s movement for the actor.  Robin was fortunate enough to teach a one week workshop with Arthur Lessac himself at the University of Rijeka in Croatia and taught the Lessac voice and body work for their new Post Masters’ Program in Acting, Media and Culture Studies under the direction of International Hollywood Star, Rade Serbedzija.  Most recently, Robin received a Faculty Endowment Award from Southern Miss that allowed her to perform practice based Lessac Kinesensic Voice and Body Training research at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, Australia and in Manila, Philippines with the newly formed Theatre Actors Guild. She is returning to the National Institute for Dramatic Art this July/August to teach as a Voice Instructor and will be directing Rent this fall at the University of Southern Mississippi. Robin lives in Hattiesburg, with her husband, Matt Carr.

Anything else you might like to add:

Recent Lessac Training experience in the Philippines:

 Robin Carr Lessac Training Poster

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