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Greetings theatre lovers,

This month’s department newsletter focuses on giving back to our communities; time, treasure, and talent. For nearly two decades, Professor Kashi Johnson has ushered Lehigh students into the world of performance, identity exploration, and truth-telling through her innovative pedagogy in Hip Hop theatre. Kashi’s extraordinary and unique perspective has had a transformative effect on students, and indeed, on Lehigh University itself. In April we will celebrate student-devised non-theatre theatre with a showcase of performance styles including dance, rap, spoken word, and more, called Act Like You Know, 10-year Anniversary Show. You’re invited to participate as voices from ten “generations” of students address issues of diversity, inclusion, and social justice with enthusiasm, passion, and honesty.  
Did you know that Lehigh University’s first ever Giving Day is Tuesday, March 27, 2018? The Department of Theatre is extremely fortunate to have many alumni and friends who generously give to support our programs – won’t you join them? Your contributions mean that we can continue to offer multi-disciplinary student learning opportunities through our production program, our Apprentice Program, and our vibrant curriculum in the performing arts.
Gratefully yours,
Erica Hoelscher
Chair and Professor of Theatre

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Learn more about Professor Kashi Johnson and her pedagogy in
Hip Hop Theatre here.
I came to Lehigh to major in Accounting, but after a few weeks I knew I needed to change. When I saw Professor Kashi Johnson at an off-campus spoken word event, I was drawn to her so much that I immediately looked up the classes she taught -- I was going to take every last one of them.

My experience in the Department of Theatre has highly influenced my career direction. Growing up in a low-income area, I was grateful for opportunities to be involved in extracurricular activities. I felt humbled to major in theatre at Lehigh, since not only was I thriving, I was at a school that many in my community could only dream of attending. I am currently enrolled at Point Park University where I am pursuing an MBA. Once I complete my schooling, I plan to open a performing arts center in my community and offer classes at an affordable rate.

Something I learned during my time in the Department of Theatre that has stuck with me is; “Fake it ‘til you make it!” When I was learning this, it was mostly in reference to remembering lines and inhabiting my character, but now I realize that I can use that axiom in everyday life. Sometimes you have to “fake it ‘til you make it” until you’re in the position to make the decisions.

My advice to someone who is considering becoming involved with the Department of Theatre at Lehigh is to always remember that there are no small roles, only small-minded people. Do what makes you happy regardless of how society views your passion! The best part about your passion is that it’s yours.
Mustard and Cheese Drama Society presented Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, directed by Ellen Schaaf ‘18 in the Fowler Black Box Theatre.

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