Stacy Searle, MFA

Stacy Searle PanitchAssistant Professor of Theatre
Musical Theatre Program Coordinator

Office Location:  Stephens 115
Telephone: 630-844-7589
Fax:  630-844-7830
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The acting studio is a place of challenges, of honesty, and predominantly of process. An actor’s process is an important stage in their growth as an artist, and the classroom is the place to fully invest oneself in the process of learning acting. I do not expect products in my studio. I do, however, demand a fierce and relentless work ethic from my students. It is this work ethic, the ability to find joy through the work, which will make them successful in a highly competitive society. My job is to secure the student with a repeatable, employable technique, providing a skill set that is tested and trustworthy. I encourage my students to embrace this challenge; to try new things, attempt to conquer their fears and insecurities, and leave the classroom ready to enter the professional world.

MFA Acting Pedagogy, The University of Alabama
BFA Directing/Acting, Northern Kentucky University

Areas of Specialization
Acting, Musical Theatre, Movement, Theatre for Social Change, Commedia dell’Arte

Courses Taught
Introduction to Theatre
Acting I, II, III
Acting for the Singer
Script Analysis
Theatre History
Voice and Movement
Acting Styles
Commedia del Arte

Highlights of Publications, Honors and Professional Contributions
Kennedy Center Directing Finalist
Marian Gallaway Acting Award Recipient

As a performer, I have worked and performed with many companies and theatres throughout the Southeast, Cincinnati, and New York City including 59E59 Theatre, Urban Stages, Company HavanaBama, Birmingham Children’s Theatre, Red Mountain Theatre, Commonwealth Theatre Company, New Edgecliff Theatre, and KNOW Theatre of Cincinnati.

I am a member of VASTA (Voice And Speech Trainers Association), LIMS (Laban Institute of Movement Studies) and the Southeastern Theatre Conference (new play selection committee).

Highlights of Campus Involvement
I have the privilege of directing our amazing students on the AU Mainstage every year.

I have been helping to bring musical theatre classes and performance opportunities to the AU campus.

I offer Theatre for Social Change Courses at the GWC campus during the summer and hold workshops in Stage Combat for Theatre Majors and Minors.