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Carthage hires Nora Caroll as artist in residence

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William Dowell

June 22, 2021

Nora Caroll will be joining the Carthage faculty this fall as an artist in residence with the Theatre of Inclusion Program.

From the New Play Initiative to numerous internship and directing opportunities, the Theatre Department prepares students both academically and professionally for the challenges of life in the arts. The Theatre of Inclusion program is an extension of this commitment, by lifting up underrepresented voices and creating safe spaces for dialogue for students across campus.

“What excites me the most about working with Carthage students is having a space to create theater that is devoted to anti-racism and stories that reflect America today,” said Nora Caroll.

Nora is a Chicago-based artist who believes in the transformative power of storytelling. Before receiving her MFA from the University of San Diego, she attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts for Drama. Her credits include work with Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, The Old Globe, The Public Theater, Centinela Prison in San Diego, Metropolitan Detention Center in New York, and Armory Women’s Shelter in Manhattan. She is invested in creating artistic spaces that are mystical, gender-expansive, ancestral, safe, and equitable.

“We are fortunate to have Nora joining the theatre faculty,” said Professor Herschel Kruger, chair of the Theatre Department. “Nora brings a wealth of theatre experiences with her including her work with some of the leading regional theatres in the country. She will teach our new courses in the Theatre of Inclusion program, as well as existing courses in the department, and direct a main stage production this year of Lauren Gunderson’s play ‘The Revolutionists.’”

“The Revolutionists” centers around four real women who lived during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror (1793-1794). These courageous and daring women — playwright Olympe De Gouge, assassin Charlotte Corday, iconic former queen (and fan of ribbons) Marie Antoinette, and Haitian rebel Marianne Angelle — are on a mission to change the world, starting with fighting for freedom and equality in Paris. Both darkly hilarious and rebellious, “The Revolutionists” is about legacy, terrorism, feminism, and friendship.

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