Student Participating in Prestigious Summer Theater Program

Posted: June 27, 2012

A local Gannon University student has been selected to participate in a renowned summer theater program offered through the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Theater Institute (NTI).

The student, Natalie I. Pertz of Millcreek, is the daughter of Paul and Julianne Pertz and is a graduate of Mercyhurst Prep. She will be a junior theatre/communication arts major at Gannon.

Pertz is one of only nine undergraduate actors worldwide who were auditioned and screened for the National Theater Institute’s “Theatermakers Summer Intensive” program.

“We are very excited for Natalie because this is such an amazing opportunity for students like her who love the theatre and are serious about growing as actors,” said Shawn Clerkin, associate professor and director of Gannon’s theatre program.

Theatermakers Summer Intensive, one of the arts-related offerings of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Waterford, Conn., is a six-week program designed to help students take their acting skills to the next level. Students participate in a daily regimen of classes in their discipline (acting, directing or playwriting) in addition to movement and ensemble workshops. Pertz’ focus will be acting.

Established in 1964, the O’Neill Theater Center’s summer programs have helped nurture some of the most influential and creative collaborations in American theatre. The program emphasizes contemporary plays and new play development and offers professional mentorship through the National Playwrights Conference and the National Musical Theatre Conference.

For more about the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, visit here: http://www.theoneill.org/.

Gannon University is a Catholic, Diocesan university offering nearly 100 academic programs, including doctoral programs in physical therapy and organizational learning and leadership. Gannon enrolls more than 4,000 academically talented and diverse students. Learn more at http://www.gannon.edu.