Perf. Arts

Award-winning actor Pierce chosen to lead master class



By TimeOut Staff 

January 30, 2014

GENESEE DEPOT - Ten Chimneys Foundation announced that Tony and Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce will serve as the master teacher for the 2014 Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program.  

Pierce will be joined by 10 of the nation’s top regional theater actors in July for a weeklong master class and immersion experience at Ten Chimneys, the National Historic Landmark estate of Broadway legends Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne.  

“What a gift this is - a chance to retreat and recharge, to connect with and learn from a diverse group of accomplished actors, and to remind ourselves, through Alfred and Lynn, of the theatrical lineage we all share,” Pierce said in a release.  

This will be the sixth year of the Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program. Previous participants were the late actress Lynn Redgrave, renowned Shakespearean Barry Edelstein, award-winning actress Olympia Dukakis, Broadway legend Joel Grey and American icon Alan Alda.  

Pierce is a Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor widely known for his distinctive voice and deadpan humor, which was perhaps best exemplified on TV’s iconic comedy “Frasier.” For his portrayal of Dr. Niles Crane, Pierce was nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor a record 11 consecutive years, winning four Emmys.  

Pierce won a Tony Award and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for his role in the musical comedy “Curtains.” He has appeared in other theater and movie roles and directed, as well.  

In addition to his work as a performer, Pierce has spent years working with the Alzheimer’s Association advocating for Americans with Alzheimer’s disease.  

“He exemplifies the qualities Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne valued - commitment to theater, mentorship and the pursuit of excellence,” Ten Chimneys Foundation President and CEO Randy Bryant said of Pierce.  

The master class runs from July 13 through July 20.