Jason Alexander to teach Lunt-Fontanne program

April 28, 2016


Photo by Carissa Dixon
Chikˇ Johnson as Othello, foreground, and Laura Rook as Desdemona in the American Players Theatre’s “Othello” last year. Johnson will be a fellow at Ten Chimneys this summer.

TOWN OF GENESSE - Ten Chimneys Foundation has announced Jason Alexander will serve as the master teacher for the 2016 Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program, a national program to serve the future of American theater.

Ten of the nation’s top regional theater actors will join Alexander for an intensive, weeklong master class and immersion experience from June 19 through June 26 at Ten Chimneys.

The following are the 10 actors who have been selected as the 2016 Lunt-Fontanne fellows, with their nominating theaters:

- Mark Anders - Arizona Theatre Company (Phoenix)
- Andrew Benator - Alliance Theatre (Atlanta)
- Donald Carrier - Cleveland Play House (Cleveland)
- Chikˇ Johnson - Milwaukee Repertory Theater (Milwaukee)
- Beth Leavel - Paper Mill Playhouse (Millburn, N.J.)
- Elizabeth Ledo - Chicago Shakespeare Theater (Chicago)
- Sharon Lockwood - American Conservatory Theater (San Francisco)
- Steve Pickering - Goodman Theatre (Chicago)
- Bobbie Steinbach - Huntington Theatre Company (Boston)
- Sylvia M’Lafi Thompson - The Old Globe (San Diego)

The 2016 Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Class will focus on the collaboration of mind and body in building a performance.

“I am honored and excited to explore with such wonderful artists a method of taking intellectual or instinctively creative ideas and bringing them alive physically to create character, interpretation and performance. The joy of an actor’s life and craft is this exciting and never-ending exchange of ideas and experiences. I know I will be coming away from my time at Ten Chimneys as inspired and enriched as I hope my colleagues will, as well,” Alexander said.

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Jason Alexander will be the master teacher for the Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program at Ten Chimneys.


Alexander is probably best known for his nine-year, award-winning stint as George Costanza on the hit TV series “Seinfeld.” He has been in several films and appeared widely TV as well as on the stage.

Since its inception in 2009, the Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program, conceived and executed by the Ten Chimneys Foundation, has brought the nation’s top regional theater actors to Ten Chimneys to work with a world renowned master teacher. Past master teachers include Lynn Redgrave, Barry Edelstein, Olympia Dukakis, Joel Grey, Alan Alda, David Hyde Pierce and Phylicia Rashad.

Top actors in the country are given a rare opportunity to grow artistically, renew their passion for their art form, deepen their commitment to mentorship and form a national community of Lunt-Fontanne fellows.
There will be two public programs featuring Alexander:
- 8 p.m. June 24 - A Conversation with Jason Alexander. He will share stories about his life and career.
- 8 p.m. June 25 - The concluding presentation of the 2016 Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program. Alexander and the 10 2016 Lunt-Fontanne fellows will take the stage together for a look at the work they explored during their week at Ten Chimneys.

Tickets range from $40 to $150 per program. For more information, visit or call 262-968-4110.