Hoben brings acting, drama experience to Transy community

by Sarah Allison
Staff Writer

“It’s my bridge between fantasy and reality,” said Virginia Hoben, Transylvania University’s new part-time instructor in theater

Hoben has been on campus for a little over two weeks. She teaches playwriting for the theater department.

“It’s a blast, and (the students) are really up for it too,” said Hoben. “My experience on that is that I never claim to be an expert, or know more than my students do.”

Virginia Hobem has written at least 10 plays and has acted in New York City, Columbus and Louisville.

Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Hoben holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting from Wright State University and a Master of Fine Arts in acting from Pennsylvania State University.

Hoben has acted most recently for the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Va. She acted in three plays a year while touring with the ASC in addition to five plays at the Blackfriars Playhouse.

As part of its tour, the ASC will be coming to Transy in November. Their productions will be “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “ ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore.”

While with the ASC Hoben produced her solo show “The Twelve Dates of Christmas.” This show is also going to play in Lexington.

Before that, Hoben acted in New York City and participated in the NYC Fringe Festival, as well as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. She has also acted in Louisville, Ky.

Hoben has written three solo shows, two full-length multicharacter plays and five short 10-minute plays. She started playwriting and acting as a child with her sisters.

“It was always something theatrical in writing,” said Hoben.

Contrary to some writers’ experiences, Hoben doesn’t see a certain starting point in her writing.

“It wasn’t a moment, it has been a slow progression,” Hoben said.

Many writers have a reason why they enjoy writing, and Hoben is no exception.

“It’s playtime and a escape from reality; it’s a way to sort through things that happen in my everyday life,” said Hoben. “The stories that I have heard in life, to sort through them and pick out the good parts of the parts that seem to highlight a particular theme or emotion.”

Hoben favorite play is “Proof” by David Auburn, as well as the Shakespeare plays “Othello” and “Hamlet.” She also offered her own advice to students interested in writing.

“Keep writing — all writers write to find their belief — keep writing and explore different formats,” said Hoben.

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