Torie Wiggins  |  Breakout Session 

"The Magic Stands Alone - The Importance of Solo Performance for Women in Theatre"

About this session: One of the main reasons solo performance exists in theatre is to highlight and focus the story of one. One that has many faces and perspectives, but one body, one mind, and one soul. As of late, women have been forced to the forefront of the advocacy of our existence – why we matter, why our stories are important, and how we aim to take the lead in changing the world. When women and theatre come together, an inevitable magic happens. This workshop aims to walk you through and examine the process and significance of solo performance, and how women in theatre can use it to bring about awareness of critical issues and social change.

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About Torie

Torie Wiggins has been performing and teaching professionally for over 15 years. She is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with a BFA in Dramatic Performance. She has co-adapted and performed a one woman show, Your Negro Tour Guide, at various venues in Cincinnati and toured with it across the country. She has appeared on All My Children, and her voice can be heard on numerous national television and radio commercials for H&M, Home Depot, and Burger King, just to name a few. She has appeared on All My Children, and landed a principal role in A Christmas Melody on the Hallmark Channel, starring and directed by Mariah Carey, as well as a role in The Old Man and the Gun with Robert Redford and Danny Glover, The Public, directed by Emilio Estevez, and Extremely Wicked, Evil and Vile starring Zac Efron. Cincinnati credits include Collapse, Afghan Women Writer’s Project, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Pluto, Harry and the Thief, and Dragon Play (Know Theatre of Cincinnati) The Mountaintop, Cinderella, and Violet (Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati) and Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 by Anna Deveare Smith (Diogenes Theatre Co) which she also performed at Miami University. She appeared in To Kill a Mockingbird with Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Black Pearl Sings! at ETC, which both garnered nominations for a League of Cincinnati Theatres  Award. At the Human Race Theatre in Dayton , OH she played as Vera Charles in Mame, Cassandra in Vonya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and Mabel in Crowns. She reprised her role as Calpurnia in To Kill a Mockingbird at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. She also wrote and performed a solo piece entitled The Breath of Africana for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and has performed it in various venues.

Ms. Wiggins also works as a full-time instructor at Miami University.