Ellen Burstyn, Jefferson Mays, Jessica Hecht, Tracee Chimo and Steven Boyer Make Up The Creative Faces Project

News   Ellen Burstyn, Jefferson Mays, Jessica Hecht, Tracee Chimo and Steven Boyer Make Up The Creative Faces Project
Tony Award winners Ellen Burstyn (Picnic) and Jefferson Mays (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, I Am My Own Wife), Tony nominee Jessica Hecht (King Lear, A View from the Bridge), Tracee Chimo (Lips Together, Teeth Apart; Bad Jews) and Steven Boyer (King Lear, Hand to God) are among the artists who have been photographed for The Creative Faces Project.

The project, which launched this fall, will release individual entries weekly.

The Creative Faces Project, according to press notes, "is a digital portrait and interview collective of artists who inspire the New York stage. It features these diverse artists in a unified and evolving body of work, which has primarily grown through six degrees of separation and the generosity of each featured artist."

"The digital element is very important because it makes the project easily accessible for all," said Jason Zeren, creator of The Creative Faces Project, in a statement. "Now 27 and living in New York, I envision myself as a 15-year-old kid in Colorado, wanting to have a life in New York theatre. The Internet was a way to connect with that distant world. I imagine myself stumbling upon The Creative Faces Project and being completely obsessed with and inspired by it. It is a Rolodex of diverse and exciting people who are making their lives as artists. This is the impetus for the project: the sharing of inspiration! I hope it continues to grow and function as source of inspiration and interest for all people touched by New York theatre."

Also featured are Kate Mulgew (Somewhere Fun, "Orange is the New Black"), Steven Skybell (A Man's a Man, Wicked), Reed Birney (Casa Valentina, Blasted), director Niegel Smith (Neighbors, Fela!), playwright Nicky Silver (The Lyons, Too Much Sun), Michael Shannon (The Killer at TFANA, "Boardwalk Empire"), Judith Ivey (The Heiress, Follies), Marin Ireland (The Big Knife, reasons to be pretty), costume designer Anita Yavich (Venus in Fur, Tales From Red Vienna), Jeremy Shamos (Glengarry Glen Ross, Clybourne Park), Kathleen Chalfant (Wit, Angels in America), Theatre Hall of Fame member Brian Murray (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Mary Stuart), Andrew Keenan-Bolger ("Submissions Only," Newsies), Celia Keenan-Bolger (The Glass Menagerie, Peter and the Starcatcher), John Douglas Thompson (Satchmo at the Waldorf, Othello), Kristine Nielsen (You Can't Take It With You, Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike), Annie Parisse (Clybourne Park, Measure for Measure), Nick Westrate (Casa Valentina, Tribes) and Jason Butler Harner (Cock, The Village Bike).

The Creative Faces Project can be viewed at TheCreativeFacesProject.com.

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