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Keith P. Taylor Grants Offer Financial Support to Students Participating in English 492/592

This year’s Drama in New York class (English 492/592) is now open for enrollment. This is an eight-day class that offers three hours of credit for Spring semester 2018 at the undergraduate and graduate level.  The Keith P. Taylor Grants offer financial support to students participating in this course (see below).

(Virtually all of the course work for 492/592 is completed before Spring semester starts). The New York component of the course, which takes place during late December (December 14-22), includes tickets to seven of the best plays produced on and off Broadway.

We have tickets to see the Tony award favorite for Best Musical, Come from Away; a highly-acclaimed drama by David Hwang, M. Butterfly, recently updated by the playwright and directed by Julie Taymor;  a new drama featuring one of the contemporary theater’s great actors Mark Rylance, Farinelli and the King; the Tony winning A Doll’s House Part II;  John Leguizamo in the comedy sell-out Latino History for Morons; in addition to two other plays from the best of New York’s Broadway and Off-Broadway offerings.

Students will stay at the Vanderbilt YMCA, an upscale dormitory-style facility in Midtown. In New York the class meets as a group to discuss the plays, and students keep a journal analyzing the plays and their productions; during their free time they are encouraged to take advantage of New York’s many cultural attractions.

The course fee for English 492/592 is $1350.00. This includes all theater tickets and accommodations. The course fee does NOT include transportation to and from New York or meals or credit hour costs.

Enrollment is strictly limited, and the course fills quickly. A deposit of $300.00 (check made out to “Drama in New York”) is required to reserve a place in the course. Checks must be given to the instructor. The remainder of the course fee is due by December 1. Interested students should contact Dr. Rob Stillman (rstillma@utk.edu; 974-6971), 412 McClung Tower.

The Keith P. Taylor Grants offer financial support to students participating in English 492/592: Drama in New York. Two awards will be made for students planning to enroll in the course covering the following expenses: tuition, course fees, transportation, and spending money.  Students will be evaluated for the grants on the basis of:  1) academic achievement; 2) genuine interest in drama and a willingness to share that enthusiasm; and 3) financial need.  Applicants for these grants should have a minimum 3.5 GPA in their major and a 3.0 overall, and they should be persons for whom participation in a course of this type would be ordinarily out of the question. Grant winners will be expected to do organizational work for the class. Send application materials as a PDF file to Professor Robert Stillman at rstillma@utk.edu. Those materials should include: 1) an up-to-date academic transcript; 2) a recent essay that highlights your academic skills (no longer than 5 pages); and 3) a personal letter explaining why you want to take the class, what difference it will make in your college career, and why financial circumstances make the class impossible without a grant of this kind. Due date for applications is Monday, October 16th.

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