We invite theatre professionals to campus every year. These artists conduct workshops, come into a variety of classes to share their expertise or discuss the world of professional theatre, and perform alongside our students in Welch Theatre productions. Past guests include:
Peter Aylward as Kreon
- Professional actor Peter Aylward (shown on the left), who has appeared in such films as The Untouchables and Lonely Hearts, is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and Actors' Equity Association. He conducted workshops on Shakespeare, coached student scenes, and performed in our productions of Look Homeward, Angel, Machinal, and The Antigone of Sophocles.
- Professional director and playwright Mary Ethel Schmidt performed in Full Gallop as part of the Welch Theatre season. Schmidt, a member of Actors' Equity Association, is also a Lycoming alumna.
Larry Joe Campbell & The 313
- Larry Joe Campbell (shown on the right), star of Hall Pass (2011) and ABC‘s sitcom “According to Jim,” performed for the campus community and also conducted improv workshops for theatre students. In addition, Larry and and members of The 313, his improvisation troupe, assisted students in creating a short film that was shown on campus.
- A professional theatre company based in New York City, Highwire, Inc., spent a week on campus offering talks, acting workshops, and mounting a production of David Mamet's Boston Marriage. Highwire also shared the Welch Theatre stage with our students in the production of The Maids.