Grad School: Yale School of Drama
Out of the thousands who auditioned from across the country, only 32 were selected to interview for the Yale School of Drama MFA in Acting in 2010. Two were from SOU. Monique Barbée was 1 of 16 students offered a place in the prestigious MFA program. Since beginning the program, Monique has been adding even more acting credits to her already impressive lineup, including Rodeo, The Cherry Orchard, and Tall Girls, which was featured at the 2011 Carlotta Festival of New Plays.
She garnered critical acclaim for her roles in Yale Cabaret productions such as TRANNEQUIN! and Persona, Alexandru Mihail’s adaptation of the Ingmar Bergman film. In addition to performing, she was a mentor in the 16th Annual Dwight/Edge Project, which pairs eight middle-school playwrights with Yale School of Drama students.
“Monique is the whole package—talent, grace, and intelligence,” says SOU Professor of Theatre Dennis Smith. At SOU, Monique starred in numerous Theatre Arts Department productions, including Urinetown, Women of War, Metamorphoses, Ring Round the Moon, and Blithe Spirit. She also had an opportunity to perform in Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s The Music Man. “I have more voice and speech training and a deeper understanding of theatre history and styles than most of my fellow MFA candidates,” says Monique. “All thanks to SOU. I never would have anticipated being this prepared.”
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