UToledo Theatre students studying abroad in Russia at the Moscow Art Theatre

Posted Jun 11th, 2019 by Angela Riddel  Category: Arts & Entertainment, Community Interest, Education, General Interests, Toledo.com


Two students and a faculty member from the University of Toledo Department of Theatre and Film are currently in Russia for the month of June as part of a study abroad experience at the Moscow Art Theatre. In addition to taking classes with the Theatre, the students, Bailey Flint and Gillian Martin, have received grants to work behind the scenes on a collaboration with the International Public Theatre at Moscow’s Meyerhold Center—directed and written by Dr. Matt Foss, assistant professor of Theatre at UT.

The students are taking a full range of classes 6 days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and then will see plays almost every evening. Flint says they “will see about 28 plays in like 30 days. So, we don’t have much time to venture too far out. But we’re pretty much in the heart of Moscow, so there’s a lot to see around where we’re at.”

The University of Toledo collaboration with the IPT and Meyerhold Center will perform June 16th and 17th. The students are currently rehearsing with their Russian counterparts in preparation for the production.

Flint, who is majoring at UToledo in both Theatre and Media Communications and is a punter for the Rockets football team, says, “I will act as a deck manager and understudy to one of the main Russian actors.”

Gillian Martin, majoring in Media Communications and minoring in Theatre, will also be part of the crew for the show. “I’ll be serving as a stage manager so I will be doing a lot of the sound cues…we all kind of get a hand in the experience and to be a part of the production, which is really cool.”

The students received Undergraduate Summer Research and Creative Activities Program Grants to support their work on the production. Martin and Flint will work with the UT Office of Undergraduate Research to reflect on their work and present at a symposium this August.

The Moscow Art Theatre is home to Anton Chekhov’s plays and Konstantin Stanislavsky—a pioneer in modern actor training. This is the second year Toledo students have traveled to train and study at one of the world’s leading theatre schools.

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