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New acting faculty Jesse Hinson brings stage combat and Suzuki to NU

This fall, Jesse Hinson joins the Northeastern faculty as a new Assistant Teaching Professor in performance. Theatre students can experience his expertise in stage combat and Suzuki acting technique through a new “special topic” performance course called “The Actor’s Body: Narrative in Motion.”

The course will explore diverse movement techniques that enhance the actor’s expressiveness, performance energy, and body awareness. It will introduce innovative acting exercises developed by pioneering director and philosopher Tadashi Suzuki; and offer foundational skills in stage combat, extreme acting, and storytelling narrative for combatants. The four credit course meets Tuesdays and Fridays from 1:35-3:15 in Ryder Hall.

Hinson trained in the Suzuki method with the Pacific Performance Project, Brandeis University, and Berkshire Theater Group. He is developing an original movement technique for actors infusing Suzuki with elements of modern dance, Alexander Technique, Stanislavski theory, and Viewpoints to maximize its effectiveness for western actors.

As an actor, Hinson has appeared professionally at the New Repertory Theatre, Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre, Stoneham Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Group, Georgia Shakespeare, and Actors’ Shakespeare Project where he is a member of their Resident Acting Company. Recent productions include: As You Like It, Pericles, Twelfth Night, Antony and Cleopatra, Holiday Memories, The Whipping Man, and Seminar. Earlier this year, he appeared in the title role of Henry VI directed by Tina Packer. For the past five years, he has served on the faculty at Brandeis University.

This fall, Hinson will also teach Introduction to Acting and The Professional Voice.

To register for THTR 4882 Special Topics in Performance: “The Actor’s Body: Narrative in Motion,” visit myNEU.