Two students led a master class at the National Collegiate Honors Conference in Chicago.
Zoe Settle and Adrienne Pierce, acting sophomores and honors students, became interested in the conference after learning there would be an acting master class.
“We saw there was an acting master class and we came up with this idea because a lot of what we learned our freshmen year was how to analyze and break down a scene,” Settle said. “She and I had picked out this scene we liked and basically gave a presentation on how to go through a scene.”
While they did present to some acting majors, there were many non-theater majors that attended the master class, Settle said.
Both students saw this as an opportunity to apply what they’ve learned in their major courses.
“We were both really interested in sharing how you make a relationship with someone on the stage,” Settle said.
In previous years the conference was in Denver, New Orleans and Boston. The NCHC brings together college honors programs from around the country to share their work, network and experience the host city.
“It’s a great opportunity for students to present their research, meet other honors students and discuss leadership in student organizations,” said Karen Youmans, director of the honors program and associate professor of English.
This year, eight students and two faculty members attended the conference, including Settle, Pierce and Youmans.
Honors students can attend the conference if they submit original research or ask to present on a topic. The flight, hotel room and some meals are covered by the honors program.