Member News

Acclaimed acting teacher, and former Yale, NYU, and Columbia faculty member, Ron Van Lieu returns to The Actors Center in December 2022 for a teaching residency working with members of the Resident Company.

The Actors Center is seeking a full-time staff member to join our team as Manager of Artist Programming. This newly created position will play a vital role in the day-to-day operations and management of our Resident Company, a one-of-a-kind ongoing creative residency program for 250 professional actors.

Erica Jensen, casting director with Calleri Jensen Davis and educator, and Kevin Isola, actor and NYU Grad Acting faculty, will join The Actors Center’s Resident Company in December 2022 for a series of artist development workshops focused on audition technique and physical theater.

Beth McGuire, vocal coach, dialect coach, and teaching artist, and Bethany Caputo, acting coach and teacher, will join The Actors Center’s Resident Company in November 2022 for a series of artist development workshops focused on idiolect and Michael Chekhov technique.

Teaching artists Fabio Tavares, Danielle Skraastad, and Ken Barnett join The Actors Center’s Resident Company in October and November 2022, collaborating on Alexander Technique, Games, and Dreamwork.

Company member Kelly AuCoin appears in Unworthy, a new short film from writer/director Adam R. Perlman. Kelly plays Warren Frye, who thirty years ago committed a crime that changed his life and millions of others: He shot the President of the United States. Now he’s been released from a mental hospital into the care of his 80-year-old mother. They say he’s better. He hopes he is. But when he’s confronted by the same pressures that once led him to do the unthinkable, we hope for redemption, brace for tragedy, and live in the space between. The film also stars Mary Beth Peil and Antonique Smith. The film has so far appeared at HollyShorts, Catalina, and Flickers’ Rhode Island festivals. Watch the trailer online.

The Conch Shell International Film Festival, founded and directed by company member Magaly Colimon-Christopher, returns for its second year, August 26-28, 2022. The 3-day online festival showcases the creative voices of indie and student film directors and writers of the Caribbean Diaspora and the Caribbean whose work inspires social change. The festival features on-demand screenings, panels, artist chats, and masterclasses designed to broaden the perspectives of all who attend. See the full schedule of festival events, or learn more about this year’s official selections and watch trailers. Festival passes available for purchase online.

Company member Mia Dillon plays Vera in a new production of 4000 Miles, the Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie Award-winning play from Amy Herzog, now running at the Westport Country Playhouse. After completing a cross-country bicycle trip from the west coast, 21-year-old Leo crashes at the Greenwich Village apartment of his feisty 91-year-old grandmother. Although these unlikely roommates are not always in harmony on issues of age, family, love, sex, and politics, they find an emotional connection that gives each a purpose. Directed by David Kennedy, the cast also includes Clay Singer, Lea DiMarchi, and Phoebe Holden. Performances run through September 4 in Westport, CT.

Company member Kathy McCafferty appears in the world premiere of Thirst, a witty drama from Irish-American playwright Ronán Noone, now playing at the Dorset Theatre Festival in Vermont. The production is directed by award-winning writer and director Theresa Rebeck. Thirst is set during Eugene O’Neill’s classic Long Day’s Journey Into Night, during which failure, denial, and passion roil as two Irish servants and an American chauffeur pass the day in the kitchen of the Tyrone family’s residence in 1912. As tensions rise and the past rears its head, a search for love and belonging becomes the search for “home.” Joining Kathy in the cast are David Mason and Meg Hennessy. Performances run through September 3.

Company members Reynaldo Piniella, Heather Alicia Simms, and Benja Kay Thomas participated in the 11th Annual 48Hours in… Harlem Festival, presented by the collaborative producing organization Harlem9. A twist on the traditional 24-hours play festival, 48Hours invites 6 playwrights, 6 directors, and 18 actors to envision the future with six 10-minute raw impressions of Afro-Futuristic works. Reynaldo was among this year’s playwrights with his play Astro Black, while Heather and Benja were directors in the festival.

Company members Mark H. Dold and Max Wolkowitz are appearing in Barrington Stage Company’s new production of Waiting for Godot. Mark plays Vladimir and Max plays Lucky. Directed by Joe Calarco, the pair are joined by Kevin Isola as Estragon and Christopher Innvar as Pozzo. One of the great absurdist plays of the 20th century, life is vaudeville, tragedy, philosophy,1 and confusion in Beckett’s archaic world, all seamlessly woven together with the playwright’s masterful blend of poetry and humor. The production runs through September 4 in Pittsfield, MA. Listen to the cast talk about the show or watch the trailer online.

Company member Ethan Dubin appears in two episodes of the new limited series Mike, chronicling the life of controversial heavyweight champion boxer Mike Tyson. Ethan plays boxing legend commentator, Teddy Atlas, and appears alongside Harvey Keitel, who plays boxing coach Cus D’Amato, and B.J. Minor, who plays teenaged Mike Tyson. The “unauthorized and no-holds-barred” series from creator/screenwriter Steven Rogers and showrunner Karin Gist stars Trevante Rhodes, examining class, race, fame, the power of media, misogyny, the wealth divide, the promise of the American Dream, and ultimately our own role in shaping Mike’s story. The first two episodes are available now, with new episodes every Thursday.

Company members Ellen Adair and Nikkole Salter appear in Love and Communication, a new film from writer/director James Christy. Based on his 2010 play, which premiered at Passage Theatre, the film follows a young couple struggling with how to treat their son’s autism, forced to use desperate means to do what they think is best for their child. The cast includes Briana Evigan and Ryan Kennedy, alongside Lev Gorn and Ariel Shafir. The film is currently on the festival circuit, appearing at the New Hope Film Festival and Arizona International Film Festival. Watch the trailer.

Company member Ato Blankson-Wood plays Orlando in The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park production of As You Like It, a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy by Shaina Taub and Laurie Woolery. The adaptation premiered for a five-night run in the 2017 Public Works program. It was scheduled to return for the summer season in 2020, but postponed due to the pandemic. Laurie Woolery directs a cast that includes Rebecca Naomi Jones and Darius de Haas. Similar to the Public Works production, the summer staging features two rotating ensembles of 127 New Yorkers from all five boroughs. Performances run through September 11 at The Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

Company members Kathryn Markey and Dee Pelletier, who founded the play reading series Plays for Us, have been announced as inaugural recipients of Honor Roll! Honors, a new award from the 1,700-member organization Honor Roll!, an advocacy and action group of women+ playwrights over forty, whose goal is greater inclusion in theater. Plays for Us was one of four recipients, and recognized in the category of Inclusionary Festival for their work over the past three years highlighting plays that are largely written by women 40+ and featuring great roles for women in middle age and up. With Plays for Us, Kathryn and Dee have presented 28 evenings of work, including 44 women playwrights, since its founding in 2019.