Albee, Jones, Ullman and Others to Take Part in "Masterclass" Series for HBO

News   Albee, Jones, Ullman and Others to Take Part in "Masterclass" Series for HBO
Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Albee, Tony winner Bill T. Jones and Tony and Oscar nominee Liv Ullmann will each be seen teaching the talents of tomorrow in "Masterclass," a nine-part documentary series that will air on HBO-TV weekly beginning April 18.

Other teaching artists will include Michael Tilson Thomas, Placido Domingo, Jacques d'Amboise, Frank Gehry, Oliafur Eliasson and Julian Schnabel. They will be seen working with talented high-school students in the series, "sharing their arts and their life experience with young people representing the best of a new generation of talent in America," according to press notes.

Ullmann's episode, which will air April 25, will show her coaching students through scenes from Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire. Ullmann will also be seen directing Cate Blanchett in the recent production of the play, which was seen at the Brooklyn Academy of Music after runs at the Sydney Theater Company in Australia and the Kennedy Center in Washington.

Future episodes will show Jones instructing a choreographer, three dancers and two actors to create an original piece in three days, and Albee offering frank insights to playwrights, screenwriters and poets.

The students featured in the series are members of YoungArts, the major program of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, which seeks to support and encourage young artists and to promote awareness of and support for the arts in America.

The series will be produced and directed by Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon. For more information, visit

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