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Russian Theater Director Yury Urnov to visit Moravian College

Fulbright Scholar to present workshops, lecture, and roundtable discussion

Yury UrnovBethlehem, Pa., November 3, 2010--Russian teacher and theatre director Yury Urnov will present two workshops and a guest artist lecture at Moravian College next week. Urnov, a Fulbright Scholar in Residence at Towson University, will participate in a number of public events when he visits Bethlehem to enhance the understanding and appreciation of contemporary Russian playwrights. All the events are free and open to anyone who is interested.

The first event at the College is the "Whitman Workshop" (part 1) on Saturday, November 6 at 1 p.m. in the Arena Theatre. This workshop will be an opportunity for actors to brush up on acting skills and be involved in a new play that will premiere in April 2011 in Bethlehem. Advance registration is required for this event and the public is welcome to sit in and observe.

The workshop will be followed by a lecture "Approaches to Theatre Texts" on Saturday, November 6 at 3:30 p.m. in the Arena Theatre. Urnov will be discussing his literary, dramaturgical, theoretical and practical approaches to plays.

On Sunday, November 7, Urnov will present the "Whitman Workshop" (part 2) at 1 p.m. in the Arena Theatre. This second workshop will be the same as the first as actors test scenes. Again, for the workshops, registration is required and the public is welcome to sit in.

Any students, faculty, or community members interested in learning more about Yury Urnov and/or Russian cultural exchange, may request one of a limited number of available slots. The first event, "Body & Space" Workshop, will be on Friday, November 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Touchstone Theatre. The second event will be a Dinner Roundtable Discussion with faculty, students, and local theatre artists on Saturday, November 6 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

For more information and to register for any of the events, please contact Christopher Shorr at 610-861-1489 or cshorr@moravian.edu.

Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Anyone who anticipates needing any type accommodation or who has questions about the physical access provided should contact Christopher Shorr at cshorr@moravian.edu or 610 861-1489.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.