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.
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.
following are the 10 actors who have been selected as the 2016
Lunt-Fontanne fellows, with their nominating theaters:
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
- Steve Pickering - Goodman Theatre (Chicago)
- Bobbie Steinbach - Huntington Theatre Company (Boston)
- Sylvia M’Lafi Thompson - The Old Globe (San Diego)
Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Class will focus on the collaboration
of mind and body in building a performance.
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.
Jason Alexander will be the master teacher for the
Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program at Ten Chimneys.
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
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
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.
range from $40 to $150 per program. For more information,
visit www.tenchimneys.org or call 262-968-4110.