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House proves that those who teach can also act

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When Cleo House, Jr., Assistant Professor of Theatre at Penn State Berks, performed in Macbeth last year at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre, he never dreamed that the production would be nominated for four 2009 Helen Hayes Awards including Outstanding Resident Play.

"To be a part of a play that has been nominated is even greater than getting an individual nomination because it recognizes a certain level of excellence that has been obtained by the entire company," explained House. "This particular nomination category represents for me what theatre is about-ensemble- that the whole is just as important as the individual."

House was previously cast in the 2008 Helen Hayes nominated productionInsurrection: Holding History; the production was nominated for Outstanding Ensemble.

He hopes that being involved with these nationally recognized productions will help dispel the stigma that there are "those who can do and those who can teach."

"I'm not an out-of-work actor turned teacher," explains House. "Teaching was never my back up plan; it's always been my number one goal and passion. I hope that my work in the professional realm of theatre helps to dispel that myth-at least when folks think about us here at Penn State Berks. As a teaching artist, it is always about the work and connecting, be it the students or a paying audience."


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