For 24 years, the American Theatre Wing has been presenting "Working In The Theatre" seminars, presenting highly regarded, professional theatre artists and craftsmen discussing what they do and how they do it. This behind-the-scenes look at theatre is open to theatre students, members of theatrical unions and guilds, and casts of Broadway and Off-Broadway shows.
Four seminars will be offered, Oct. 21-Oct. 23. Here's the lineup, with more guests likely to be added in the weeks ahead:
Oct. 21, 11 AM-1 PM: "Performance." With Robert Cuccioli (Jekyll & Hyde), Pat Hingle (1776), Jeff McCarthy (Side Show), J. Smith-Cameron (As Bees In Honey Drown).
Oct. 22, 11 AM-1 PM: "Playwright/Director/Choreographer." With Douglas Carter Beane (author of Bees), Mark Brokaw (director of Bees and How I Learned To Drive), Bill Russell (author/lyricist of Side Show), Paula Vogel (author of How I Learned To Drive and The Baltimore Waltz).
Oct. 23, 11 AM-1 PM: "Inception To Opening - Side Show." With Producers Emanuel Azenberg, Joseph Nederlander, Herschel Waxman; press agent Bill Evans and general manager Abbie M. Strassler.
Oct. 23, 2 PM-3:30 PM: "The Design Seminar." Chaired by theatre critic Tish Dace and designer/director Tony Walton (The Importance Of Being Earnest at Irish Repertory Theatre). The seminars are free but have limited seating; reservations must be made in advance in writing via fax -- (212) 307-1910 -- or snail-mail: American Theatre Wing, 250 West 57th St., New York, NY 10107.
Seminars are videotaped and broadcast five-times-a-week on CUNY-TV in Manhattan, cable channel 75.
The American Theatre Wing (ATW) is best known for co-presenting the Tony Awards (with the League of American Theatres & Producers) but also has many educational programs, including "Theatre For Children" (bringing professional theatre to elementary schools) and the "Grants & Scholarship Program." The Wing also hosts "Introduction To Broadway," wherein junior and senior high school students can attend Broadway shows.
Please note that the "Working In The Theatre" seminars take place at the Graduate Center of the City University of NY, 3rd Floor, 33 West 42nd St. For more information on these and other ATW panels, call (212) 765-0606.
--By David Lefkowitz