London and Moscow are destinations for theatre students

Amanda Benham
Amanda Benham in A Midsummer Night's

Theatre majors Amanda Benham and Stacie Jensen will be packing their bags this spring and summer. Benham and Jensen have been accepted into study abroad programs for theatre and drama students in London, England and Moscow, Russia respectively. Though the destinations and dates of travel differ, both give students the chance to expand their cultural experiences and develop their theatre talents.

Benham will be living in London, England for her spring semester of 2012. London is a lively theater scene, housing the National Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, and the West End Theater district. The London Theater Studies program involves students with a number of London’s theatrical traditions. Students learn by experiencing theatre from different perspectives, such as a spectator, writer, performer, or worker.

Benham’s study program is through IES Abroad (Institute for the International Education of Students) a not-for-profit academic consortium based in Chicago, Illinois. The consortium represents more than 170 U.S. colleges and universities. They enroll more than 5,500 students from 185 U.S. colleges and universities annually and offer 100 high-quality academic study abroad programs and internship opportunities in 34 cities.

Stacie Jensen
Stacie Jensen in It's a Wonderful Life:
A Radio Play

Jensen will spend one month of her summer in Moscow, Russia. She was accepted into the Moscow Intensive Month Study Abroad Program sponsored by Wayne State University. Through the travel-study program at the Moscow Art Theatre School, Jensen will take movement classes as well as intensively studying the Stanislavsky technique, an influential “system” of acting, native to Moscow. Many internationally distinct professional theatres and training institutes are located in Moscow, such as the Bolshoi Theatre, the Taganka Theatre, and the Vakhtangov Theatre.