Sara Romersberger


Associate Professor of Theatre

Southern Methodist University

1611 Ferguson Lane
Duncanville, TX 75137
United States
972-709-5921
214-616-8481
sromer@mail.smu.edu

http://www.smu.edu/Meadows/AreasOfStudy/Theatre/Faculty/RomersbergerSara


Biography:

Sara Romersberger is a Movement Specialist and Tenured, Associate Professor of Theatre in the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, She holds a B.S. in Theatre Education from Illinois State University, an M.A. in dance from the University of Illinois, and a. Certificate École Internationale De Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, Paris, France. For the Division of Theatre in the BFA and MFA professional Actor Training Programs she teaches; Lecoq-based movement classes include placement, acrobatics, neutral and character mask, masks of the Commedia Dell' Arte, European clown as well as historical movement styles and dances (Renaissance and Restoration), dance of the 20th century and stage combat. For the Masters of Liberal Studies program she teaches; On Being Funny: Physical Comedy and Beyond and Shakespeare’s Clowns: From Bottom to Top. Prior to coming to SMU in 1998, she held full-time faculty positions at Illinois Wesleyan University (tenured 1988), West Virginia University, and Elon College, N.C. With strong roots in modern dance and jazz, Ms. Romersberger has choreographed over fifty-five university and professional musical theatre productions and has danced (Julie Maloney Dance Company and Wendy Osserman Dance), directed, choreographed, and performed her own brand of movement theatre off-Broadway in New York at The Mint Theatre (Jackson Pollock: In The Painting) and Primary Stages (Hanna: A Run-On Odyssey). At SMU, Professor Romersberger directed Trouble in Tahiti, Peer Gynt, The Children’s Hour, Twelfth Night, Anything Goes, and also designed /created commedia masks for her production of The Three Cuckolds at SMU. She designed movement and dance and/or fight choreography for numerous Meadows Theatre productions: highlights include Much ado About Nothing, Trojan Women, Mill on the Floss, Love’s Fire, Red Noses, The Threepenny Opera, As Five Years Pass The Illusion, The Robber Bridegroom, as well as Street Scene (SMU Opera). She also developed and workshopped a new musical, Boomerangst, for which she wrote the book and lyrics. In November 2006 she was awarded a Meadows Foundation Grant to produced and choreographed two productions La Discreta Enamorada, with Spanish director, Gustavo Tambascio. The play was produced at SMU in English as part of the Division of Theatre season with SMU students and subsequently in the same space with Dallas professional actors in Spanish. Her professional work in the Dallas area since 2000 includes directing Tripping the Light Fantastic for the Festival of Independent Theaters and creating or coaching movement, dance and/or fight choreography for Coriolanus, Hamlet, Cymbeline, The Taming of the Shrew, The Merry Wives of Windsor, TX, Othello, All’s Well That Ends Well, Macbeth, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream- the musical, As You Like It, A Comedy of Errors, The Compleat Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) and most recently she directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Shakespeare Festival of Dallas; for Anna in the Tropics, Hamlet, Wit and Crumbs From the Table of Joy at The Dallas Theater Center; for Ghost Sonata, An Iliad, The Birthday Party, Greendale, Waiting for the Train, Blasted, The Late Henry Moss, A Man's Best Friend, and Silence at the Undermain Theatre; for Misery at Circle Theatre in Fort Worth; and for The Last Five Years at the Plano Repertory Theatre as well as additional shows at Theatre Three, Classical Acting Company and Contemporary Theatre of Dallas. She was a winner of a Dallas Theatre Critics award and a 2005 Rabin award for Special Recognition for Outstanding Choreography for her work on The Wrestling Season at Dallas Children’s Theatre. Regional professional credits include stage combat, dances and physical comedy for The Comedy of Errors at the Unseam'd Shakespeare Co., Pittsburgh 2002, and the creations for the physical characters for two one-woman shows by Karen Grey for the Baltimore Theatre Project, 2002 and 2004. Nationally she was President of The Association for Theatre Movement Educators from 2006-2008, co-creator and teacher M.O.V.E., Movement Observation Vision Experimentation in Phoenix Arizona as well as teaching at locales including Boston University, the University of South Carolina, National Theatre of the Deaf and at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. In 2002, she completed her CD ROM: "Unlocking the Physicality of Shakespeare's Comedies with the Masks of the Commedia," and was invited to present at MASKS, a national conference on masks of the theatre. She presently is working on her book, Wise Enough to Play the Fool: Playing the Clowns of Shakespeare. International teaching includes Teatro Punto’s Master Classes Festival in Amsterdam, NL summer 2009 , the 1st International Festival of Making Theater in Athens, Greece July 2005 and SAPVAME, the South African Performers' Voice and Movement Educators Conference in Pretoria, South Africa 2011. International production credits include Choreography and Assistant Direction for two operas, Hangman, Hangman and The Town of Greed (World Premiers) at Teatro de la Zarzuela, Madrid, Spain in September 2007 and subsequently in Barcelona with a new casts at Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, Spain, November 2007.



Movement Specialties:

Choreography

Clowning and Circus

Commedia dell'Arte

Dance

Lecoq

Masks

Period Styles: Acting

Stage Combat

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