Betty Buckley Joins Theatre Department at Texas University

News   Betty Buckley Joins Theatre Department at Texas University Tony Award winner Betty Buckley has joined the Theatre Arts Department at the University of Texas at Arlington for the 2003-2004 academic year.

Buckley will offer acting courses for undergraduate students at the University; Buckley's technique emphasizes the role of meditation and yoga in actor training. In a statement, U.T. Arlington Theatre Arts Department Chair Kim LaFontaine said, "The training that Ms. Buckley imparts distinctly encourages the creative evolution of the mind and body, and promises to be among the most exciting experiences ever offered to our student majors. It is an honor and privilege to have an artist of Ms. Buckley's caliber working so closely with our department." As previously announced, the award-winning actress-singer will also offer master classes in Song Interpretation and Scene Study in September and October at New York's T. Schreiber Studio. Buckley, in fact, will offer two versions of her Song Interpretation classes: the first, an introductory course for students who have never studied with the Tony-winning actress, is scheduled for Monday evenings, Sept. 15-Oct. 20; the second, for students who have previously studied with Buckley, is scheduled for Wednesday evenings, Sept. 17-Oct. 22. The acting intensive classes will be held Thursday evenings, Sept. 18-Oct. 23.

The Tony-winning Buckley has previously chatted with Playbill On-Line about her master classes and her methods of instruction. "I teach meditation as the means for focusing the actors' mind, and spiritual philosophy as the basis for making one's choices," the former Sunset Boulevard star said.

Betty Buckley offered acclaimed performances in Sunset Boulevard, Carrie, Song & Dance, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, 1776 and Promises, Promises. She won a Tony Award for her performance as Grizabella in the Broadway production of Cats, and she starred on the London stage in Promises, Promises and Sunset Boulevard, earning an Olivier Award nomination for her work in the latter.