Anyone passing by the front of Clayton State University’s Clayton Hall this morning might have wondered why a group of Clayton State students were gathered around what appeared to be a homeless man, a business executive, and a young woman who seemed to be a little bit mentally unstable… and why Clayton State Public Safety Office Patricia Winkles was monitoring the entire assemblage.
Not too worry… the three individuals in question were all members of the Clayton State Theatre, playing diverse roles to demonstrate social classes for Clayton State adjunct faculty member Faith Shiffert’s Introduction to Sociology class.
Theatre majors Clayton Beatty (Jonesboro), Kalani Fraser (Fayetteville) and Tiffany McClanahan (Charleston, West Virginia) were demonstrating their acting abilities for some of their fellow Clayton State students – Beatty as a homeless army veteran, Fraser as a schizophrenic, and McClanahan as an advertising executive – certainly providing a diversity of classes. Winkles added an additional touch of reality to the one-act drama, and also stayed around afterwards to speak to the class about how public safety officers typically handle the often delicate circumstances of dealing with the homeless and mentally unbalanced. (Winkles did not go into how she handled PR or advertising types.)
McClanahan and Clayton State Theatre Director Phillip DePoy had set up the role playing at Shiffert’s request, as a means of bringing to life the SOCI1101 lesson on social classes. All present agreed that it was another tour de force performance by the Clayton State Theatre.