Edward Asner is an American film, television, and stage actor, best known for his Emmy Award-winning role as Lou Grant on both “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and its spin-off series “Lou Grant.” He also voiced Carl Fredricksen in Pixar’s award-winning animated film Up.
Annette Bening is a four time Academy Award-nominee for her roles in The Grifters (1990), American Beauty (1999), Being Julia (2004) and The Kids Are All Right (2010). Prior to becoming a film actress, Bening was a member of the acting company at American Conservatory Theater in SF and was seen most recently in New York in King Lear with the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park.
Robert Brustein is a well-known American director, playwright, theatrical critic and teacher. He founded both Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven, CT and the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA. He has been a theatre critic for The New Republic since 1959 and comments on politics for Huffington Post. Robert was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1999 and in 2002 was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame.
Kathleen Chalfant is an American actress known for her work on the stage, film and television. Chalfant has been nominated for numerous awards for her roles in the original productions of Tony Kushner‘s Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and for her performance as Vivian Bearing in Margaret Edson‘s play Wit.
Glenn Close has a long and varied career, including three Emmy and Tony Awards, and six Academy Award Nominations. Notable performances include Norma Desmond in the original Broadway production of Sunset Boulevard, as well as her work on FX’s show “Damages” and many film roles including The World According to Garp and Albert Nobbs.
Billy Crudup is an American stage and film actor and frequent collaborator of Tom Stoppard’s. Crudup appeared in both the 1995 and 2011 productions of Arcadia and received a Tony Award for his work in Stoppard’s The Coast of Utopia. Other notable credits include his film roles as Russell Hammon in Almost Famous and Will Bloom in Big Fish.
David Henry Hwang
David Henry Hwang is a playwright, screenwriter and librettist. He is best known as the author of M. Butterfly, which won the Tony Award for Best Play in 1988. Other Broadway credits include Chinglish, as well as the Broadway musicals Aida (co-author), Flower Drum Song (2002 revival) and Disney’s Tarzan. He is also America’s most-produced living opera librettist. He has received numerous awards including the 2012 Steinberg “Mimi” Award, and serves as the director of the Playwriting Concentration at Columbia University School of the Arts.
David Hyde Pierce
David Hyde Pierce is best known for playing the psychiatrist Dr. Niles Crane on the hit NBC sitcom, “Fraiser,” for which he won four Emmy Awards during the show’s run. He won a Tony Award in 2008 for his role as Lieutenant Frank Cioffi in Curtains and was nominated for the Tony Award’s Best Actor in a Play in 2013 for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. In 2015, he directed his first Broadway musical, It Shoulda Been You.
Cherry Jones is an American actress most noted for her work on the stage. She has won two Tony Awards for Best Actress in a Play for The Heiress in 1995 and Doubt in 2005, three Drama Desk Awards and an Emmy Award in 2009 for her role as Allison Taylor on the FOX series “24.” She was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 2014.
Swoosie Kurtz is an Emmy and Tony Award winning actress. She won Tony Awards for Fifty of July in 1981 and The House of Blue Leaves in 1986 and received an Emmy for her role on Carol &Company in 1990 And has had numerous TV roles including her work on “Sisters”, “Pushing Daisies”, and “Mike and Molly.”
John Lithgow is an American actor, musician and author with a diverse and award winning career. He received a Tony Award for his work in Broadway’s The Sweet Smell of Success and The Changing Room, He also received a nomination for his work in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. He has also received five Emmy Awards for his performances including his portrayal as TV’s Dick Solomon in “3rd Rock from the Sun” and Arthur Mitchell in “Dexter.” Notable film credits include The World According to Garp, Terms of Endearment and Footloose.
Jerry Mitchell is an American director and choreographer. He has won two Tony Awards for Best Choreography for La Cage aux Folles and Kinky Boots. He has been nominated for an additional six Tony Awards for his work on The Full Monty, Hairspray, Never Gonna Dance, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Legally Blonde and Kinky Boots.
Kate Mulgrew is an Award-winning American actress most noted for her roles on “Star Trek: Voyager” as Captain Kathryn Janeway, Netflix’s “Orange Is The New Black” as Red and “Ryan’s Hope” as Mary Ryan. Kate has performed on many regional stages throughout the country including Center Theatre Group, Manhattan Theatre Club and Seattle Repertory Theatre.
Daryl Roth holds the singular distinction of producing seven Pulitzer Prize-winning plays: Bruce Norris` Clybourne Park (Tony Award), Tracy Letts` August: Osage County (Tony Award), Nilo Cruz’s Anna in the Tropics, David Auburn’s Proof (Tony Award), Margaret Edson’s Wit; Paula Vogel’s How I Learned to Drive and Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women. She is a proud recipient of eight Tony Awards and has produced over 90 award-winning productions both on and off Broadway. She was twice included in Crain’s “100 Most Influential Women in Business.”
Patrick Stewart is an English film, television and stage actor who has a distinguished career on the stage and the screen. He is well-known for his roles as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and its successor films, his role as Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men film series and his prolific stage roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Richard Thomas is an American actor best known for portraying John-Boy on the award-winning television series “The Waltons.” He has continued to star in series, films plays and over 50 movies for television. Notable projects include The Seagull, Hamlet, 12 Angry Men, Camp David and “The Americans” among many others. He serves as the honorary chairman of Theatre Forward.
Paula Vogel is an American playwright and university professor. She received the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play, How I Learned to Drive, which has since become an American classic for the stage.