Wittenberg Theatre Department Welcomes Award-Winning Alumnus Back To Campus
Springfield, Ohio – Wittenberg University alumnus Karl Miller, class of 2001, returns to campus Nov. 17-18 to share his experiences as a professional actor with students in Department of Theatre and Dance classes. He will also discuss his theatrical experiences, with a focus on Hamlet and Angels in America, as well as the Shakespearean authorship debate currently reignited by the film Anonymous during a lecture and performance at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, in Chakeres Memorial Theatre, 905 Woodlawn Ave. The event is free and open to the public.
On Thursday, Nov. 17, Miller will visit Professor of Theatre and Dance Steve Reynolds’ Contemporary Dramatic Literature class. He will also hold open discussions with Senior Seminar and Screenwriting classes, which are open to all interested students – topics will include New York, Washington and Hollywood careers. On Friday, Nov. 18, he will speak in Professor of English Bob Davis’ American Literary Traditions class, Professor of Theatre and Dance Corwin Georges’ Directing class and Reynolds’ Acting class prior to his public lecture.
“As always, I’m looking forward to talking shop with Wittenberg students this fall,” Miller said. “I’m still writing plays and screenplays, too. I would love to go back to editing, but haven’t had the time lately.”
In 2010, Miller received the Wittenberg G.O.L.D. Alumni Service Award, which honors graduates of the last decade who have generously shared their time and talent in service to the university.
He recently played the lead in Completeness at Playwright’s Horizons in New York, and he will play Iago in Find and Sign at the Pioneer Theatre in Salt Lake City in January 2012.
“To interest me in a part, the character needs to have some impossible problem or irreconcilability to his psyche,” Miller explained. “I’ve played a handful of simpler, ‘pay the rent’ characters, but most of them have come with this attribute I’m trying to describe.”
His blog, BLOGOMATOPOEIA, has been up and running since October 2005 and can be accessed at: http://tundratastic.blogspot.com/. “The blog is a strange place for very un-blog-like essays about…whatever happens to be bothering me at any particular moment,” Miller said.
Graduating from Wittenberg with majors in both theatre and psychology, Miller began his professional acting career immediately. In addition to Hamlet, The Talented Mr. Ripley and other well-known plays, he has performed in six world premiere productions. Also a playwright, his play, Eat Me, or What You Will, was performed at the 2009 Kennedy Center Page to Stage Festival.
Miller won a Helen Hayes Award for outstanding lead actor for his portrayal of AIDS patient Prior Walter in Washington D.C.’s Forum Theatre’s 2009 production of Angels in America: Millennium Approaches. He was nominated for his 2006 Hamlet at Rep Stage and his turn the same year as Eric Harris in columbinus, a Round House and Perseverance Theatre co-production. Helen Hayes Awards are given annually to the top professional theatre productions in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.
Miller’s visit is sponsored by the Faculty Endowment Fund Board, The Anne Berry Hudson Endowment Fund for Theatre and Dance, and the Departments of Theatre and Dance, and English.
Written By: Phyllis Eberts