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YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. — Young Harris College Assistant Professor of Theatre Anne Towns will serve as the artist in residence for the inaugural Belgrade International Workshop and ChekhovFest in Belgrade, Serbia from March 30 – April 5, 2019.

The Belgrade International Workshop and ChekhovFest is for actors and acting students, and it includes an international theatre festival. The five-day long intensive brings together actors and directors who have spent decades working as professional theatre artists and teachers in theatre, film and more.

As artist in residence, Towns will collaborate with an international team of teachers to lead daily warm-ups for the workshop and teach a class in the festival. During the workshop, students will have the opportunity to learn from top Chekhov Technique practitioners with years of experience. Faculty members come from different countries and different theatre disciplines, but they all incorporate elements of the Chekhov Technique into their teaching.

“I am overjoyed to have been offered the position of artist in residence at the Belgrade International Workshop and ChekhovFest,” said Towns. “I have been practicing and teaching Chekhov for the past six years at YHC, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to teach the technique overseas. I will be working with an international faculty of teachers I admire very much, and it is a huge honor to work alongside them. I can’t wait to bring those experiences back to my students at YHC.”

Towns holds a B.F.A. in acting and an M.F.A. in directing from Florida State University. She has served as the director for several Theatre Young Harris performances, including “My Fair Lady,” “9 to 5 The Musical,” “Rent,” “Fences,” “Good Boys” and “True and Silent Sky.” Towns has acted and directed professionally around the country. She served as commons producer for, documenting Pearl Cleage’s three-year residency at the Alliance Theatre. Towns has served as a teaching artist at the Alliance Theatre. She is an associate of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and an active member of The Michael Chekhov Association and The Playwright’s Center.

“We are fortunate to have professors like Anne at YHC who are not only fantastic teachers, but also active scholars who are recognized in their disciplines,” said Dr. Mark Rollins, dean of the Division of Arts and Humanities at YHC. “She will represent us well.”

About Young Harris College

Young Harris College is a private baccalaureate and master’s degree-granting institution located in the beautiful mountains of North Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through an education that purposefully integrates the liberal arts and professional studies. The College has three academic divisions: Arts and Humanities, Professional Studies, and Mathematics, Science and Technology, with more than 1,400 students enrolled in its residential and Early College programs. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., has completed major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth. LEED-certified campus improvements include the 121,000-square-foot Rollins Campus Center, residence facilities and a 57,000-square-foot recreation and fitness center. The College is an active member of the NCAA Division II and remains a fierce competitor in the prestigious Peach Belt Conference. For more information, visit