Springfield, Ohio —
Karl Miller, Wittenberg University class of 2001, will return to campus to share his experiences as an actor, blog essayist and film editor on Thursday-Friday, Dec. 3-4, and on Monday, Dec. 7. He will meet with students in several classes in the Departments of Theatre and Dance and English, including Acting I, Art of the Theatre, Contemporary American Drama, Directing, Shakespeare, English 180 and a WittSem.
Miller’s visit will culminate with a performance at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, in Chakeres Memorial Theatre. He will perform a one-man show with monologues from his acting career, including Hamlet, columbinus, My Name is Asher Lev and his current role as Prior Walter in Angels in America Parts I & II. The performance is free and open to the public.
Miller graduated from Wittenberg with majors in both theatre and psychology and immediately began his professional acting career. In 2006, he was nominated for a Helen Hayes Outstanding Lead Actor Award, Resident Play, for his portrayal of Eric Harris in columbinus. Helen Hayes Awards are given annually to the top professional theatre productions in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.
Reviews from his current role in Angels in America Parts I & II have been outstanding: “Karl Miller is astonishing as the AIDS-ravaged hero” – Tim Treanor, D.C. Theatre Scene (11/5/09); “The eight actors, anchored by Karl Miller’s dazzlingly casual yet deep depiction of Prior…” – Nelson Pressley, The Washington Post (11/10/09); “The cast takes the challenging roles head on – chief among them a flawless Karl Miller as the sardonic Prior Walter, recently diagnosed with AIDS; Miller’s effortless grasp on Prior’s dueling pride and vulnerability is searing” Gwendolyn Purdom, Washingtonian.com (10/21/09).
“Since college, in the intervening eight years, I’ve devoted my creative energy to acting, blog essays and film editing,” Miller said. “Each of those crafts lets the craft-maker repeat and behold his work again and again, making changes directly to the art-piece. I can play with different voices for my character, I can polish a sentence in an old essay, I can re-edit an effect or cut what doesn’t work.”
His blog, titled Blogomatopoeia, can be accessed at this Web link: http://tundratastic.blogspot.com/.
Miller’s visit is sponsored by the Faculty Endowment Fund Board, The Anne Berry Hudson Endowment Fund for Theatre and Dance, and the Departments of Theatre and Dance, and English.
Written by: Phyllis Eberts