A.C.T. Graduate Makes Broadway Debut

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Mairin Lee, A.C.T. Master of Fine Arts Program
class of 2010.

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On November 14, Facebook friends of A.C.T. Master of Fine Arts Program class of 2010 graduate Mairin Lee read the young actor's excited post: "I am making my Broadway debut today as Mrs. Montgomery in The Heiress! I'll be working with the wonderful David Strathairn, Jessica Chastain, and Dee Nelson!" Lee is an understudy for Tony Award–nominated director Moisés Kaufman's production of The Heiress, which opened on November 1 at Broadway's Walter Kerr Theatre. She went on for the matinee and evening shows on November 14 and again on November 15, sparring with A.C.T. favorite David Strathairn (Scorched, The Tempest) in what she calls a "Victorian verbal boxing match: Dr. Sloper v. Mrs. Montgomery."

While at A.C.T., Lee made her mainstage debut in A Christmas Carol and also performed the role of Ismène in the 2010 production of Phèdre, for which she also understudied the role of Aricie, under the direction of A.C.T. Artistic Director Carey Perloff. She also performed in notable Conservatory productions of Her Naked Skin, Sweet Charity, and O Lovely Glowworm. Other Bay Area credits include Pericles at California Shakespeare Theater, Othello at Marin Theatre Company (Desdemona), The Lion in Winter at Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and the world premiere of The Farm with Shotgun Players. After leaving the Bay Area, she appeared on CBS's The Good Wife, in Shakespeare festivals in Alabama and Pennsylvania, and in The Wilma Theater's production of In the Next Room

Lee was kind enough to send us her thoughts about how her training at A.C.T. prepared her for the Great White Way.

Meet the Cast of "Elektra": Olympia Dukakis

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Olympia Dukakis
Elektra continues through November 18.
Learn more about the production and order tickets.

Meet Olympia Dukakis, who plays the Chorus Leader in Sophocles’ Elektra.

What are your preshow/postshow rituals?
Naps, food, yoga.


What's your favorite thing about San Francisco?
Stephen Anthony Jones [who plays Aegisthus in Elektra].


If you weren't an actor, what would you be?
A better human being.


What was your most memorable Halloween costume?
Never had one—believe it!


What is your favorite moment in Elektra?
Enjoying Carey Perloff's acting.


What is the most outrageous thing you've done to take revenge on someone?
Who, me?


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Q&A with "Elektra" Translator and Adaptor Timberlake Wertenbaker 
Posted by Cait Robinson, Publications Fellow

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
M.F.A. Program Students Make A.C.T. Mainstage Debuts in Elektra 
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A.C.T. Young Conservatory Makes Theater on an International Stage

Thursday, November 8, 2012

As part of a two-year summer international exchange program, the A.C.T. Young Conservatory (YC) will collaborate with Scotland's Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA) Young Persons Company to explore actor training in residencies in Aberdeen and San Francisco. Following each summer workshop, the companies will present a co-commissioned work at their respective theaters.

For the inaugural session of the program, the YC and APA Young Persons Company co-commissioned Scottish playwright DC Jackson to write [untitled] Reality Project, which brings audiences into the world of reality television. Students from the YC traveled to Aberdeen, Scotland, over the summer of 2012 for two weeks of acting and cultural immersion, workshopping the new play with the playwright and taking part in classes and extracurricular experiences with the APA Young Persons Company. 

Meet the Musician in "Elektra": Theresa Wong

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Theresa Wong
Elektra continues through November 18.
Learn more about the production and order tickets.
Meet Theresa Wong, who plays the cello onstage in Sophocles’ Elektra. Visit theresawong.org to learn more about her career!

What are your preshow/postshow rituals?
Some or all of the following: Dedicating the performance to someone, a shot of whisky, vocal warm-up, breathing/visualization exercises, being still.

What’s your favorite thing about San Francisco?
Berkeley.

What was your most memorable Halloween costume?
Edvard Munch’s painting “The Scream.”

What is your favorite moment in Elektra?
When Aegisthus enters and holds court.

What is the most outrageous thing you’ve done to take revenge on someone?
Forgive them.

“Whew . . . A Day Off!”: A.C.T. Master of Fine Arts Program Students Take Their Craft to a Local High School

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Rebekah Brockman, A.C.T. Master of Fine Arts Program class of 2013
As part of the ongoing partnership between A.C.T.’s Education Department and the Visual and Performing Arts Department of the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), in mid October the six members of the A.C.T. Master of Fine Arts Program class of 2013 participated in a brown bag workshop for students attending the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts (RASOTA), San Francisco’s acclaimed (and only) public visual and performing arts high school. RASOTA students across all disciplines were invited to attend the lunchtime workshop, organized by A.C.T. Director of Education Elizabeth Brodersen, SFUSD Artistic Director Susan Stauter, and RASOTA Theater Technology & Design Department Chair Keith Carames.

Connecting their own work to the RASOTA theater students’ theme of “Legacy: Fame v. Infamy,” the A.C.T. M.F.A. Program actors presented self-selected scenes from Arthur Miller’s Crucible, William Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part I, and Thieves, a youthful adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry IV plays created last year by A.C.T. graduate Matt Bradley. The scene work was followed by a candid student-to-student Q&A about the challenges of forging a career in professional theater, facilitated by Stauter.

M.F.A. Program Students in Moscow: Elyse Price


The A.C.T. Master of Fine Arts Program class of 2014 recently returned from Moscow, where they were honored as the only U.S. acting school invited to attend the prestigious Stanislavsky Festival. They performed Federico García Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba, were featured on the evening news, and interacted with students from England, Hungary, Germany, Italy, Poland, France, and Russia.

We asked the students to share their photos and reflections from this unforgettable trip. To read more about their experiences, search for hashtag #ACTinMoscow on Facebook and Twitter.

A backstage sign at Moscow Art Theatre. Photo courtesy Elyse Price.
Elyse Price

Dobre OOtra!

Good morning from the foggy streets of Moscow City. I woke up this morning to the smell of cigarette smoke and the sensation of the cold, crisp Russian air creeping in through my hotel room window. This is not a complaint, rather a surreal reckoning.

In this past week, several of my dreams have come true. For this entry, I’ll focus on Wednesday’s.
 
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