An Intimate Interview with Meryl Murman
Lakewood artist takes artistic passions international(Cleveland, Ohio) May 31, 2006 - In order to graduate from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, theater artist and Magnificat alum, Meryl Murman flew halfway around the world to attend the University of Witswatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Since Slightly Askew, the theater company she founded in 2003, focuses on staging culturally specific work in addition to the exchange between cultures, when the opportunity to study in the Third World presented itself she jumped at it.
After completing her
last four credits of college with a class on the History of South African Theater, Murman
can now say she
has gained much more than just a four-year BFA degree. Photo courtesy: Meryl Murman
Originally from Lakewood, Murman's international inspirations have taken her
from Ohio to New York City (to attend NYU's famous conservatory) and to the Czech Republic to study avant-garde theater and film technique.Her
decision to fly to South Africa was an obvious one to make.Educating herself about drama in other cultures allows Murman to come back home every summer and teach her newfound insights to younger dramatists at the NYU4U Musical Theater Workshop sponsored by the Rocky River Community Theatre each year in addition to using what she's learned in her company's theatrical endeavors.
In July, Murman
will return to the States to continue working on projects with her
company.Many of its members are teaching and learning in far away places including Korea and Vietnam this summer.When they reconvene, they plan on gathering some financial backing and support as an effort at stabilization.Murman
herself, however, has no immediate plans for the future except for "living in the moment."For the first time in 19 years, she
has nothing to follow other than her