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Theatre Professor Awarded National Grant, Will Present Research at Conference in Austria PDF Print E-mail
Friday, January 29, 2010
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Robin Carr, associate professor of voice and acting at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been awarded the National Teaching Artist Grant from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. (KCACTF). In April, Carr will travel to Leibnitz, Austria to present her voice and movement research at the International University Global Theatre Experience (IUGTE).

National Teaching Grant recipients will also be featured in a full-page article in the March edition of “American Theatre” magazine. “I’m very excited to receive this honor and to represent Southern Miss and the nation at this conference,” Carr said.

In September 2009, Carr was nominated and awarded a Teaching Artist award by the KCACTF Region IV executive committee.  After receiving this award, she became eligible for a National Teaching Artist grant.  Carr is one of six people in the United States to be awarded this honor for outstanding achievement as a theatre artist and educator. The award funds $2,000 in support of a professional development opportunity of the recipient’s choice.

Carr said her creative grant research focuses on the integration between Arthur Lessac’s voice and body system and Tadashi Suzuki’s movement for the actor training. This research began at Southern Miss in her voice and movement classes, on-stage performances and directing when she was awarded the Innovation Award in Creative Activities in 2008.

She then presented this integration at the Voice and Speech Trainers’ Association conference in New York City this past summer. “I now have the opportunity to continue my research internationally,” she said. “IUGTE seems like the perfect venue to present with a group of artists and educators from around the world.”  

Carr has been a member of The Lessac Training and Research Institute since 2005 and is one of 33 Lessac certified voice and body trainers in the world. She is currently president of the Voice and Speech Committee for The Southeastern Theatre Festival and was the on-site host for the Lessac Training and Research Institute’s annual conference this year in Hattiesburg.

She has been an active member on KCACTF since she arrived on campus and serves on the Region IV selection committee. Carr earned her Masters of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Connecticut and a Shakespeare Acting Certificate from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, England.

Currently, Carr teaches voice and acting in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Southern Miss. Later this spring, she will direct the production of ‘Ragtime,’ presented in honor of the university’s Centennial celebration.

“This year has been full of wonderful surprises. I feel honored to be a part of the Southern Miss faculty,” she said.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre and Dance is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre and the National Association of Schools of Dance. For more information about Carr and other theatre faculty members, visit


Robin Carr

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