Springfield, Ohio – Wittenberg University will welcome class of 2001 alumni Karl Miller, actor, and Dan Stroeh, author, back to campus Friday, Oct. 8, through Thursday, Oct. 14. In addition to attending Homecoming festivities, at which time Miller will receive the 2010 G.O.L.D. Alumni Service Award during Saturday’s Alumni Awards Brunch, the duo will speak to classes and Miller will present a program titled “On Hamlet” at 4:10 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, in Chakeres Memorial Theatre.
Miller became captivated with the lead character in the famed Shakespeare production when he played him in 2006 and will share his fascination in a public forum. In addition, Miller will visit Professor of Theatre and Dance Steve Reynolds’s acting classes, and Stroeh will visit English department classes, Professor Kent Dixon’s fiction writing classes and Professor Bob Davis’s English 101 class, among others.
Dan Stroeh '01
Both men have been recognized for outstanding work in their fields. Miller won a Helen Hayes Award for outstanding lead actor for his portrayal of AIDS patient Prior Walter in Washington D.C.’s Forum Theatre’s 2009 production of Angels in America: Millennium Approaches. He was nominated for his 2006 Hamlet at Rep Stage and his turn the same year as Eric Harris in columbinus, a Round House and Perseverance Theatre co-production.
Stroeh, the 2007 G.O.L.D. Alumni Service Award recipient, earned the 2001 National Student Playwriting Award from the Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival. The award is the highest honor given to an undergraduate or graduate playwright. Stroeh is one of only a handful of undergraduates to ever receive this award. His play, it is no desert, is a brutally honest and humorous one-man-show about Stroeh’s personal battle with neurofibromatosis, an incurable, lifelong disease that effects the nervous system.
Written By: Phyllis Eberts