Kathleen Chalfant Named 2011-12 Artist-in-Residence at New School for Drama

News   Kathleen Chalfant Named 2011-12 Artist-in-Residence at New School for Drama
The New School for Drama announced July 19 that Drama Desk Award winner Kathleen Chalfant will be the distinguished Artist-in-Residence for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Kathleen Chalfant
Kathleen Chalfant Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

As Artist-in-Residence, Chalfant will teach master classes in the fall and spring semesters. In addition, she will speak about her experience on stage and her approach to theatre before the student body in a town-hall meeting moderated by New School for Drama Director Pippin Parker.

"The New School has always been a mythical place for me, and I am deeply honored to be asked to be the Artist-in-Residence at The New School for Drama," said Chalfant in a statement. "As a mentor, I hope to reassure these aspiring actors that their commitment to art, though not always easy, is right and good. As actors and artists, our goal is nothing less than to make the world a better place."

"Having originated some of the most notable roles in contemporary theater, Kathleen's artistry and commitment to the value of the theater as a significant cultural force is difficult to overstate," added director Parker. "Her storied career, which speaks to a passionate commitment to theater's ability to illuminate the human condition, is an inspiration to our students, faculty and the wider theater community Kathleen's residency gives our students a rare opportunity to interact closely with a legend, to address everything from the foundations of technique to larger issues about what it means to be an actor today."

Chalfant earned a Tony nomination for her role in the New York premiere of Angels in America, and won Drama Desk, OBIE, Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle awards for starring in the original Off-Broadway production of Wit.

For more information visit www.newschool.edu/drama.

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