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Vincent DeGeorge

Title: Assistant Professor and Joseph Weinberger Chair of Acting for the Lyric Stage
Office: 4760 Corbett Cntr Perform Arts
Tel: 513-556-4030
Email: vince.degeorge@uc.edu

Vince DeGeorge is a professional director and choreographer. On faculty as the Joseph Weinberger Chair of Acting for the Lyric Stage in Musical Theater and Opera since 2013, Vince teaches and directs in both Departments.
 
Vince earned his MFA in Directing and Public Dialogue from Virginia Tech and his BFA from CCM in Musical Theater Performance.
 
Vince has spent the last fifteen years developing, through experiential research, The Theatrical Awareness Practice, which has become the cornerstone of his teaching and directing. It is a somatic and experiential theater technique that trains the actor to live fully in their experiential mind/body. This practice consists of grant supported research adapted into highly structured improvisational explorations that are designed to reacquaint the artist with the infinite intelligence and creative capacity of their own human body experience.  As part of his research into the body, Vince studied anatomy at the Swedish Institute of New York (graduating as a Licensed Massage Therapist), the Topf Technique, and Experiential Anatomy.
 
Vince has been engaged to conduct his Master Class series: THE MINDFUL ACTOR, based on his Theatrical Awareness Practice, for many colleges, workshops and theatrical companies.
 
After graduation from the MT program at CCM, Vince performed across the country and was also company member of the NYC based contemporary dance company dre.dance under Artistic Directors & Choreographers Taye Diggs & Andrew Palermo. In addition to numerous other works, in New York Vince directed New York City's first fully staged production of The Exonerated (2011) to critical acclaim, and co-wrote and directed the award winning musical revue Nashville (2009 Nightlife, Bistro and MAC Awards). As a part of the Blacksburg Virginia Summer Arts Festival 2014, Vince was commissioned to design and build Life In The Trees - an art installation, purposed as both a gallery exhibition and the theatrical setting for two performance pieces, which Vince adapted and directed.
 
In addition to directing and developing new works during his graduate studies, Vince was a company member of Building Home, which uses theater-making to facilitate and stimulate public conversation and community engagement as a civic practice.
 
Since 2013, while at CCM, Vince has directed and choreographed 12 productions - “his work on the stages of UC-CCM has been extraordinary.” -Kirk Sheppard/The Sappy Critic.  Most recently, Seussical: “The unique production at CCM demonstrates that the tale can be presented in a fresh way, with ingenious direction and design…Vince DeGeorge brings a wholly fresh perspective to the piece, delicately employing simple storytelling while also infusing bits of innovation throughout…” -Scott Cain/Talkin’ Broadway.
 
Vince recently directed the regional premiere of First Date with the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati “DeGeorge’s blocking, pacing and tone are just right for the piece, with moments of genius apparent“ -Scott Cain/Talkin’ Broadway.  His most recent film, 18 Mornings, with cinematographer David Mallin to be released this summer.  Vince spent two summers on faculty with the CCM Summer Opera Studio.  Summer 2017, Vince taught at the Beijing Dance Academy, and taught and directed (Godspell) at Music Academy International in Italy.  This summer, Vince will also be teaching at College Break Thru.
 
Vince is proud to be on faculty, teaching and directing (Evita, summer ’18), at Music Academy International’s Musical Theatre Performance Studio in Mezzano, Italy.

Education

  • BFA, CCM, Cincinnati, OH (Musical Theatre Performance).
  • MFA, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA (Directing and Public Dialogue).