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Student Actors Take Part in Holocaust Remembrance

Ursinus theater faculty Meghan Brodie ’00, pays it forward bringing innovative and impactful theater experiences to her students.

As Ursinus’ first theater major in 2000, it is no surprise that Visiting Assistant Professor Meghan Brodie is bringing innovative and impactful theatrical experiences to current students. 

On May 2, Brodie brought four students with her to the Women, Theater, and the Holocaust events in New York City.  This was Brodie’s second year showcasing her talents at the event and this year she shared the experience with students Angela Bey, Mya Flood, Indira Joell, and Allison Rohr who performed selections from Who Will Carry the Word, Charlotte Delbo’s heart wrenching play depicting her struggle as a woman with her fellow female prisoners in Auschwitz-Birkenau.  This event was sponsored by the Remember the Women Institute and the Center for Jewish History and was in collaboration with the National Jewish Theater Foundation’s Holocaust Theater International Initiative in commemoration of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) which was observed on May 4 and 5.

“The event was a tremendous success,” said Brodie. “I am so proud of Mya, Angela, Allison, and Indira for using their talents to share the stories of women’s lives during the Holocaust so that future generations neither forget the atrocities of the Holocaust nor the power they have to make a future that does not repeat the past.”

In addition to the events in New York City, Brodie was invited to direct a stage reading of Paula Vogel’s newest play Indecent at Cornell University in celebration of Vogel’s Ph.D. as well as the opening of Klarman Hall on Cornell’s campus Brodie said she was honored to work with the Pulitzer-Prize winner’s play as “Paula’s plays have nourished me as an artist, scholar and professor.” – By Mary Lobo