Posted May 5, 2016 in Press Releases
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Donald Carrier Selected as 2016 Lunt-Fontanne Fellow
Associate Director of the CWRU/CPH MFA Program is One of Ten Fellows Selected to Study with Master Teacher Jason Alexander at Ten Chimneys this summer
CLEVELAND, OH (May 5, 2016) – Cleveland Play House (CPH) is pleased to announce that Donald Carrier, Associate Director of the Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House (CWRU/CPH) MFA in Acting Program and popular CPH actor, has been selected as a 2016 Lunt-Fontanne Fellow.
“Don is a top-tier performer, collaborator, and teacher,” states CPH Artistic Director Laura Kepley. “He is a vital member of CPH's artistic team. He serves on our season planning committee, bringing a deep knowledge of and passion for dramatic literature and a keen analytical eye.”
The Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program is a national program created to serve the future of American theatre. Every year, 8-10 of the most accomplished regional-theatre actors in the country are invited to participate in a weeklong master class and retreat with a world-renowned and respected Master Teacher. This year’s class will be taught by stage and screen star Jason Alexander and will focus on the physicalization of choice - the powerful collaboration of mind and body in building a performance.
"I am honored and excited to explore with such wonderful artists a method of taking intellectual or instinctively creative ideas and bringing them alive physically to create character, interpretation and performance. The joy of an actor's life and craft is this exciting and never-ending exchange of ideas and experiences. I know I will be coming away from my time at Ten Chimneys as inspired and enriched as I hope my colleagues will, as well," states Jason Alexander, 2016 Master Teacher.
The 8-day immersion at Ten Chimneys in Southeastern Wisconsin includes intensive daily master class sessions, both in the historic rooms of the estate and in the modern facilities of the program center. Founded and created in 1913 by theatre legends Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, the couple designed Ten Chimneys the same way they crafted each performance -- one delightful detail layered upon another, creating a home that’s as personal as a diary.
The public is welcome to join the 2016 Fellowship Class during two public performances on June 24 and 25 at Ten Chimneys in Southeastern Wisconsin.
Friday, June 24th at 8pm
A Conversation with Jason Alexander
An intimate evening during which Mr. Alexander will share stories about his life and career.
Saturday, June 25th at 8pm
The Concluding Presentation of the 2016 Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program
Mr. Alexander and the ten 2016 Lunt-Fontanne Fellows will take the stage together for a rare look at the work they explored during their week at Ten Chimneys.
Tickets are on sale now. For more information, including ticket prices and program details, please visit www.tenchimneys.org or ring (262) 968-4110.
About Cleveland Play House
Cleveland Play House, recipient of the 2015 Regional Theatre Tony Award and founded in 1915, is America's first professional regional theatre. Throughout its rich history, CPH has remained dedicated to its mission to inspire, stimulate and entertain diverse audiences in Northeast Ohio by producing plays and theatre education programs of the highest professional standards. CPH has produced more than 100 world and/or American premieres, and over its long history more than 12 million people have attended over 1,600 productions. Today, Cleveland Play House celebrates its centennial while performing in three state-of-the art venues at Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland.
The Ohio Arts Council helps fund Cleveland Play House with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. We also thank the residents of Cuyahoga County for supporting Cleveland Play House through Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.