Kathleen Chalfant 2011-2012 Artist-in-Residence [+]
New York, July 19, 2011—The New School for Drama has announced that Drama Desk Award-winning actor Kathleen Chalfant will be the distinguished Artist-in-Residence for the 2011-2012 academic year. Chalfant earned a Tony nomination for her role in the New York premiere of Angels in America, and won Drama Desk, OBIE, Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle awards for starring in the original Broadway production of Wit.
"The New School has always been a mythical place for me, and I am deeply honored to be asked to be the Artist-in-Residence at The New School for Drama," said Chalfant. "As a mentor, I hope to reassure these aspiring actors that their commitment to art, though not always easy, is right and good. As actors and artists, our goal is nothing less than to make the world a better place."
As artist-in-residence, Chalfant will teach master classes in the fall and spring semesters. In addition, she will speak about her experience on stage and her approach to theater before the assembled student body of The New School for Drama in a town-hall meeting moderated by New School for Drama Director Pippin Parker.
The New School for Drama's MFA acting program offers intensive training in all aspects of the craft of acting, as well as in the individual and collaborative application of classical and modern texts. The program is comprised of three year-long stages: Discovery, which builds a foundation of dramatic skills; Character and Demands of the Text, which expand and deepen actors' character, voice, and movement work; and Production and Professional Preparation, a year of in-depth professional training focusing on new full-length and canonical plays. The Artist-in-Residence program is one of many ways in which The New School's legacy and location provide students with unique access to New York's theater scene.
"Having originated some of the most notable roles in contemporary theater, Kathleen's artistry and commitment to the value of the theater as a significant cultural force is difficult to overstate," said Pippin Parker, Director, The New School for Drama. "Her storied career, which speaks to a passionate commitment to theater's ability to illuminate the human condition, is an inspiration to our students, faculty and the wider theater community Kathleen's residency gives our students a rare opportunity to interact closely with a legend, to address everything from the foundations of technique to larger issues about what it means to be an actor today."
Along with Angels in America and Wit, Chalfant's New York stage credits include the New York premiere of Racing Demon, M. Butterfly, Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell, Talking Heads (for which she won a second OBIE Award), Great Expectations at Theatreworks/USA, Guantanamo at the Culture Project, and Henry V at the New York Shakespeare Festival. Her film work includes Tony Gilroy's Duplicity, Whit Stillman's The Last Days of Disco and Bill Condon's Kinsey.
In addition to her Drama Desk, OBIE, and Lucile Lortel honors, Chalfant has received the Drama League and Sidney Kingsley Awards for her body of work, as well as a 1996 OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance. A founding member of the Women's Project, Chalfant is a board member of The Vineyard Theatre and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and an advisory board member of the New York Foundation for the Arts. Chalfant has served as Artist in Residence at the Weill College of Medicine of Cornell University (2005 -- 2006) and a Beineke Fellow at the Yale School of Drama (spring 2006, fall 2008, fall 2010). She was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the Cooper Union in June 2010.
Joe Mantello 2010-2011 Artist-in-Residence [+]
New York, May 27, 2010—The New School for Drama has announced that the award-winning director Joe Mantello will be the distinguished artist-in-residence for the 2010-2011 academic year. Mantello's directing credits include the wildly popular Wicked, as well as Assassins and Take Me Out, each of which earned him a Tony Award for directing. As an actor, Mantello earned a Tony nomination for his performance in Angels in America, which also starred New School colleague Ron Leibman, who chairs the school's acting program.
"We're excited that Joe will be bringing his incredible talent, critical insight, and elegance to The New School for Drama. His devotion to the theater and professional experience make him a superb mentor and priceless addition not only to the directing department but the entire school," said New School Drama Director Bob LuPone.
Mantello is recognized as a tireless professional with an uncanny amount of energy—likely to serve him well in the kinetic New School for Drama learning environment. "In the nervous world of New York theater, Joe has come to be identified as one of few go-to guys who can reliably make the best case for a show. Slight but commanding, proud but dissatisfied, he is admired as much for his confidence as for his artistry…," Jessie Green of the New York Times wrote several years ago when Assassins was in rehearsal.
Mantello is the fifth artist-in-residence at the school. This residency provides students the opportunity to work with luminaries in the fields of playwriting, directing, and acting. Past New School artists-in-residence include Jon Robin Baitz, John Turturro, Doug Hughes, and John Patrick Shanley.
"I am looking forward to working with these gifted students and becoming a part of the New School faculty for this coming year. As is often the case with teaching talented people, the teacher gains as much insight or possibly more than the student," said Mantello.
As artist-in-residence, Mantello will teach directing master classes and will address the school in a town hall meeting where he will speak of his directing experiences and answer questions.
Mantello's experience in directing includes Pal Joey, 9 To 5, November, The Receptionist, The Ritz, Blackbird, Three Days Of Rain, The Odd Couple, Glengarry Glen Ross (Tony Nomination), Laugh Whore, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair De Lune, A Man of No Importance,Design For Living, and Terrence McNally and Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking for San Francisco Opera. Mantello has also directed The Vagina Monologues, Bash, Another American: Asking And Telling, Love! Valour! Compassion! (Tony Nomination), Proposals, The Mineola Twins, Corpus Christi, Mizlansky/Zilinsky..., Blue Window, God's Heart, The Santaland Diaries, Snakebit, Three Hotels, andImagining Brad. He is recipient of Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Helen Hayes, Clarence Derwent, Obie and Joe A. Callaway awards. A member of Naked Angels, Mantello is an associate artist at Roundabout Theatre Company.
Playwright Jon Robin Baitz Artist-In-Residence [+]
The New School for Drama has announced that award-winning playwright Jon Robin Baitz will be the distinguished Artist-in-Residence for the 2009-10 academic
year. Baitz is a Pulitzer finalist, a Guggenheim and NEA fellow, and
winner of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award. A founding
member and former artistic director of New York's Naked Angels theater
company, Baitz has written a number of acclaimed plays, including The Film Society, The Substance of Fire, Three Hotels, A Fair Country, Ten Unknowns, Mizlansky/Zilinsky, and The Paris Letter. His new play, Love and Mercy, will be produced next season on Broadway. Baitz's experience in television includes creating the hit ABC show Brothers & Sisters and serving as executive producer for the first two seasons. He has also written episodes of The West Wing and Alias. His PBS film version of Three Hotels won a Humanitas Award. His other screenplays include The Substance of Fire, based on his play, and People I Know, which starred Al Pacino. Baitz is currently writing and executive producing a mini-series for HBO entitled Bush's War.
"Jon is such a versatile and accomplished playwright for both film and television," said Robert LuPone,
director of The New School for Drama. "The fact that he has bridged
these worlds is wonderful for our students to see. We are very
fortunate to have him on hand to mentor our students."
is the fourth artist-in-residence at The New School for Drama. This
program provides students with the opportunity to work with leading
luminaries in the fields of playwriting, directing, and acting. Past
artists-in-residence include John Turturro, Doug Hughes, and John
Patrick Shanley. "Teaching, for me, is a way of reexamining old
definitions of theatricality, and of narrative, of exploring which
conventions to defy, and how and why, and sharing with writers who have
as much to give as I do," said Baitz on hearing of his new position. "I
am humbled and honored to serve on The New School faculty in the
company of playwrights, actors, and directors whose work I have always
As artist-in-residence, Baitz will teach a year
long-course on writing for television and will address the school as a
whole in several town hall meetings where he will speak of his
playwriting experiences and answer student questions. "We're honored
and excited that Robbie will be joining Drama as artist in residence
this upcoming academic year," said Playwriting Chair Pippin Parker. "His incredible talent, devotion to the theater, experience in film and
television, and well-known support of fellow writers and artists make
him a fantastic teacher and invaluable addition not only to the
Playwriting department but the entire school."
John Turturro: 2008 Distinguished Artist-in-Residence (Acting) [+]
John Turturro studied at the Yale School of Drama. He created the title role of John Patrick Shanley's Danny and the Deep Blue Sea in his theatrical début, for which he won an Obie Award and a Theater World Award. Since then, Turturro has returned to the stage often, in productions such as Waiting for Godot; performing the title role in Bertolt Brecht's The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui; and in Eduardo de Filippo's Souls of Naples, for which he received a Drama Desk nomination. He recently completed Samuel Beckett's ENDGAME the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM).
Mr. Turturro has also performed in more than sixty films, working with directors such as Martin Scorsese (The Color of Money), Spike Lee (Do the Right Thing and Jungle Fever), Robert Redford (Quiz Show), Peter Weir (Fearless), Tom DiCillo (Box of Moonlight), and Joel and Ethan Coen (Miller's Crossing; The Big Lebowski;O Brother, Where Art Thou?; and the lead role in Barton Fink, which won him the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival and the David di Donatello Award.) His current projects include Columbia Pictures' The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, opposite Denzel Washington and John Travolta.
Mr. Turturro received SAG Award nominations for his television portrayals of Howard Cosell in Monday Night Mayhem and Billy Martin in ESPN's The Bronx Is Burning. He won an Emmy for his guest appearance on the hit series Monk.
John Turturro has also directed three films. His directorial debut, Mac, won the Camera d' Or at the Cannes Film Festival. He also directed Illuminata and the recently-released Romance & Cigarettes, starring James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon, and Kate Winslet.
Doug Hughes: 2007 Distinguished Artist-in-Residence (Directing) [+]
Award-winning director Doug Hughes is this year's Distinguished Artist-in-Residence. Hughes comes to the school on the heels of directing the Broadway revival of Inherit the Wind, starring Christopher Plummer and Brian Dennehy. He recently received a Tony Award for Best Direction for Doubt, written by 2006-2007 Artist-in-Residence John Patrick Shanley; he also won the Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics, and Drama Desk Awards for the same production. In 2004 Hughes received Tony, Lortel and Outer Critic's Circle nominations for his direction of Frozen by Bryony Lavery. Hughes is currently directing Theresa Rebeck's Mauritius for its Broadway premiere.
As Artist-in-Residence, Hughes will teach two master classes in the fall and spring semesters. He will also address the school as a whole in a town hall meeting moderated by LuPone, describing his experiences on the stage and answering student questions. His experience in both classic and modern productions provides an excellent opportunity for all our students, not only the directors.
Read Doug Hughes' speech delivered on May 15, 2008 to the Class of 2008 MFA Drama recipients (PDF).
John Patrick Shanley: 2006 Distinguished Artist-in-Residence (Writing) [+]
Award-winning playwright John Patrick Shanley is the 2006 Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at The New School for Drama. Shanley comes to the school on the heels of winning the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2005 Tony Award for Best Play for Doubt. A director and screenwriter as well as a playwright, Shanley has extensive experience in both theater and film. He received both the Academy Award and the Writers Guild of America Award for his original screenplay for Moonstruck. His plays include Doubt, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, The Dreamer Examines His Pillow, Beggars in the House of Plenty, and Four Dogs and a Bone.