Isenberg Wins Prestigious Theatre Research Award

Posted on: Thursday, April 17th, 2014 by Brent Treash
Michal Isenberg, a December 2011 graduate of Emory & Henry College, has recently been named the 2012 winner of the South Eastern Theatre Conference’s (SETC) Young Scholar prize.

Michal Isenberg, a December 2011 graduate of Emory & Henry College, has recently been named the 2012 winner of the South Eastern Theatre Conference’s (SETC) Young Scholar prize.

SETC is the nation’s largest theatre convention for professional actors, designers, technicians, teachers and scholars. Young Scholar Award recipients are selected through SETC's History/Theory/Criticism/Literature Committee.  One graduate and one undergraduate paper were chosen as winners. 

As part of the award Michal has won a cash prize, a ticket to the States Luncheon, and the opportunity to present her winning paper at the 2012 SETC Convention in Chattanooga, Tenn., next month.

Michal’s paper, which is titled “Engaging the Mind: Marxist Reactions in Theatrical Practice,” compares the realistic theatre of Konstantin Stanislavsky to the more experimental work of Bertolt Brecht by analyzing them through the writings of Aristotle.  It was written during the fall 2011 semester as part of an independent study in Theatre History under the supervision of Dr. Kelly Bremner.

Michal holds bachelor of arts degrees in theatre and English literature with a concentration in creative writing.  While a student at Emory & Henry, Michal acted as a dramaturg and actor in many productions in the Studio Theatre, including most recently in the musical “A… My Name Will Always Be Alice.” 

She currently lives in Dallas, Texas, where works as a producing intern for Shakespeare Dallas.