(Ten Chimneys, Genesee Depot, Wisconsin) On July 11, 2010, nine of the most respected and talented actors from across the United States formed the 2010 class of the Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program and embarked on a week of intensive study at Ten Chimneys, led by master teacher Barry Edelstein.
The Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program is a groundbreaking national program to serve regional theatre actors and the future of American theatre. The program, created by Ten Chimneys Foundation, is a fitting tribute to Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, who are widely regarded as the greatest acting couple in the history of the American theatre. Through this program, the top actors in the country are given a rare and deeply-needed opportunity to grow artistically, renew their passion for their art form, and deepen their commitment to mentorship. Ultimately, the program does not exist simply to serve actors; the purpose of the Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program is to strengthen the ability of actors and theatres to enrich people's lives in communities across the country.
2010 Lunt-Fontanne Master Teacher, Barry Edelstein: Widely respected as one of the leading Shakespeareans in the United States, Barry Edelstein is the Director of The Public Theater's Shakespeare Initiative, overseeing all Shakespearean production at the theater, as well as The Public's extensive educational, community outreach, and artist-training programs.
The 2010 Lunt-Fontanne Fellows: • Stephen Berenson: Trinity Repertory Company (Providence) • James Carpenter: California Shakespeare Theater (Bay Area) • Celeste Ciulla: The Old Globe (San Diego) • Bob Davis: Guthrie Theater (Minneapolis) • Laura Gordon: Milwaukee Repertory Theater (Milwaukee) • Andrew Long: Shakespeare Theatre Company (Washington, D.C.) • Pete Pryor: The Wilma Theater (Philadelphia) • Jacqueline Williams: Goodman Theatre (Chicago) • Larry Yando: Chicago Shakespeare Theater (Chicago)
Mr. Edelstein and the 2010 Fellows dedicated their week of work to Inaugural LFFP Master Teacher, Lynn Redgrave (1943-2010).
2011 Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program: Actress Olympia Dukakis, who is widely celebrated as one of the greatest American masters of interpreting and teaching the work of playwright Anton Chekov, will be the 2011 Master Teacher for the 2011 Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program. After two years of focusing on Shakespeare, the third weeklong retreat and master class at Ten Chimneys (July 24-31) will focus on Chekov. Ms. Dukakis has been a master teacher of acting and directing, with special emphasis on Chekhov, at Columbia, NYU, Yale, and universities and studios around the United States and Europe.
The Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program has been created by Ten Chimneys Foundation, and is made possible by a generous lead grant from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. Additional major sponsors include: The Delafield Hotel and Midwest Airlines
Filming and Footage by Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin Art Direction/Editing by Erika Kent Editing by Mainly Editing (Jeff Enders)