Concord University And Greenbrier Valley Theatre Establish Educational Partnership

For Immediate Release: 
Apr 29 2016

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement 

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312,         







ATHENS, W.Va. – A new partnership between Concord University and the Greenbrier Valley Theatre (GVT) in Lewisburg will offer students in southern West Virginia the opportunity to explore the world of professional theatre and will be a means to promote theatre education in the region.

Officials from the two groups signed an agreement on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 in the President’s Office on Concord’s Athens campus.

Concord University President Kendra Boggess said the partnership is an example of the collaborations Concord undertakes with agencies and institutions to further the educational experiences of students.

“We are looking forward to this latest endeavor and the potential it holds for our students to sharpen their skills and gain real world experiences in theatre,” she said.

GVT Education Director Courtney Susman said, “We are very excited about this new partnership and we look forward to expanding opportunities for Concord University students."

Opportunities being discussed as part of the agreement include internships in set design and construction, costumes, lights, and sound with the theatre’s professional designers and directors; attendance at final dress rehearsals for a reduced price; participation in Master Classes with professional actors and other personnel; performance of GVT shows on Concord’s campus in Athens; and, the opportunity to audition to serve as understudies to the professional company. Students cast as understudies would be eligible to apply for and earn credits in the Equity Membership Candidate Program (EMC) for Actors’ Equity Association membership.

The program will be open to all Concord students, not just theatre majors, according to Karen Vuranch, an instructor at Concord who has been instrumental in developing the partnership between Concord and the GVT. She said that individuals who are seriously pursuing a career in acting could benefit from the opportunity to earn EMC credits.

Concord student Kilie Mullins calls the partnership an “exciting opportunity.”

"I’m looking forward to what we can do with it,” she said. “I’m a freshman, so I’ll get the full experience of this agreement.”

To learn more about the partnership between the GVT and Concord, contact Karen Vuranch at or (304) 384-5317.

For additional information on the Greenbrier Valley Theatre visit


Concord University Photo by Lance McDaniel


Greenbrier Valley Theatre Education Director Courtney Susman, seated left, and Dr. Kendra Boggess, Concord University President, seated right, sign the agreement.


Shown back row, left to right: Concord University Instructor of Communication Arts Karen Vuranch; Kilie Mullins, a student at Concord; and Greenbrier Valley Theatre Producing Artistic Director Cathey Sawyer.





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