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UVM Theatre hosts The Atlantic Theatre Company for workshops in the Royall Tyler Theatre!
The Atlantic Theatre Company will bring its unique perspective to the art of creating theatre on Saturday, April 29, 2017 as the UVM Department of Theatre hosts Neil Pepe (Atlantic Theatre artistic director), Mary McCann (founding member and Executive Director of the Atlantic Theatre School) and Scott Zigler (founding member and past artistic director) who will conduct workshops about the creation and history of the Atlantic Theatre company as well as the distinct acting technique developed at the Atlantic school called Practical Aesthetics.
The schedule for the day includes:
11AM to 1PM - Practical Aesthetics - Atlantic Theatre approach to acting.
Craftsbury Room - Royall Tyler Theatre
Scott Zigler is a founding member and past Artistic Director of Atlantic. Directorial credits at Atlantic include Moira Buffini’s Sold in 10 X 25, Tom Donaghy’s adaptation of The Cherry Orchard, Shakespeare’s As You Like It, The Woods by David Mamet, Suburban News by company member Bill Wrubel (World Premiere), and David Ives’ Sure Thing. Atlantic acting credits include Something About Baseball by Quincy Long, Warren Leight’s Name Those Names, and The Three Sisters adapted by David Mamet and directed by William H. Macy.
At ART, Scott is Director of the Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University, a graduate training program run in collaboration with the Moscow Art Theatre School. At the Institute Scott directed the world premiere of Ellen McLaughlin’s Ajax in Iraq, among many others. Scott has taught at numerous institutions nationally and internationally and is a co-author of the widely used acting text A Practical Handbook for the Actor.
1:00 to 1:30PM - Lunch
1:30 to 3:00PM - Creation and History of the Atlantic Theatre Company
Mary McCann and Neil Pepe*
Mainstage - Royall Tyler Theatre
Mary McCann is a founding member of the Atlantic Theater Company. She can currently be seen in Atlantic’s production of Almost an Evening by Ethan Coen. Mary has appeared in many Atlantic Theater Company productions, including the hit musical Spring Awakening, The Cherry Orchard, The Night Heron, The Hiding Place, This Thing of Darkness, The Beginning of August, Wolf Lullaby, The Water Engine, Edmond, Dangerous Corner and Shaker Heights. Broadway Credits: The Old Neighborhood, Our Town with Spaulding Grey and Search and Destroy. Other Off-Broadway credits include: Oleanna (Orpheum Theater); Uncommon Women and Others (Second Stage); Boys’ Life (Lincoln Center); and Hot Keys (Naked Angels). American Repertory Theater: Oleanna and Boston Marriage.
Neil Pepe is an acclaimed director and has been the Artistic Director of the Atlantic Theater Company since 1992. Neil has been a master teacher at the Atlantic Acting School at New York University Tisch School of the Arts and an associate adjunct professor of directing at Columbia University Graduate Film Division. As a director, Neil’s Broadway credits include Doug Wright, Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green’s musical Hands on a Hardbody, the acclaimed revival of David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow, as well as Mamet’s A Life in the Theatre. At the Atlantic, Neil has most recently directed John Guare’s 3 Kinds of Exile, Moira Buffini’s Dying For It, Jez Butterworth’s Parlour Song, Mojo and The Night Heron.
Department of Theatre named a Top-10 program!
Popular theater blog OnStage has named the University of Vermont’s Department of Theatre a top 10 B.A. program in the country.
The ranking touts the strength of the program in teaching both theory and practice; its facilities, which include a 300-seat thrust-stage theater, costume shop, lighting lab and more; its dedication to bringing in outstanding guest artists, including Tony Kushner, Charles Busch and Paula Vogel; and its partnership with the Vermont Shakespeare Company, which affords students the opportunity to work with a professional company.
“Faculty and staff have focused on creating opportunities and partnerships with professionals in the field," says Gregory Ramos, department chair and resident director. "We want to provide expanded experiences for students through high-caliber mentorship and as many production opportunities as possible. As a result, we’re making a name for ourselves on the national level. Students leave the program with the skills to apply to the profession or any other field they chose to follow because they are fundamentally learning about problem-solving and collaboration.”