FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training: Olympia Dukakis Presents a Greek Theatre Workshop March 3-7, 2015

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Olympia Dukakis Presents a Greek Theatre Workshop
March 3-7, 2015
Academy Award®-winning actress Olympia Dukakis arrives in Sarasota next Tuesday to present an exclusive week-long workshop for the 2016 class of the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training. Capping a year of inspiring workshops studying stage combat, mime and movement, musical theatre and more, students will receive intimate and intense training on the art of Greek theatre under one of the leading experts of classical performance. 

“Greek theater inspires me because of its willingness to confront suffering and loss as a measure of ourselves and of the world around us,” said Dukakis. “My hope is that the students will take away the confidence that they have within themselves the ability to understand and perform these plays.”

Scheduled the week prior to rehearsals for the season’s final production, The Cherry Orchard, Dukakis’ workshop will equip the twelve second-year students with invaluable skills for both the season’s finale and their transition to the Mertz stage the following year as they join Asolo Repertory Theatre’s professional acting company.

OLYMPIA DUKAKIS Broadway: Rose (Drama Desk Award Nominee), Social Security, Who’s Who in Hell. London: Rose (Royal National Theatre), Credible Witness (Royal Court). Off-Broadway: The Milktrain Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore, The Tempest, Mother Courage and Her Children, Singing Forest, The Marriage of Bette and Boo (Obie Award), Curse of the Starving Class, Titus Andronicus, A Man’s a Man (Obie Award), Electra and Peer Gynt. She is an Academy Award winner for her performance in Moonstruck, a role that also earned her a Golden Globe Award, American Comedy Award, and the Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress. She has appeared in more than 60 feature and short films, including Cloudburst, Mr. Holland’s Opus, Steel Magnolias, Dad, Look Who’s Talking I, II & III, Mighty Aphrodite, Jeffrey, Away From Her, among many others. Television: Big Driver, Sex & Violence, Forgive Me, Bored to Death, Last of the Blond Bombshells (Judi Dench), Sinatra (Golden Globe Nominee), Joan of Arc (Emmy Nominee), Tales of the City, More Tales of the City (Emmy Nominee), and Further Tales of the City, among more than 40 others. She has performed in over 130 productions Off-Broadway and regionally at theatres including A.C.T., Shakespeare in the Park, Shakespeare & Co., and the Williamstown Summer Theatre Festival, where she also served as Associate Director. Founding member and Producing Artistic Director of the Whole Theatre in Montclair, NJ for 19 years; also a founding member of the Actor’s Company and the Charles Playhouse, both in Boston. She taught acting at NYU (graduate school) for fourteen years and teaches master classes for colleges and universities across the country. She has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Greek America Foundation and the Elliot Norton Awards, was bestowed the National Arts Club Medal of Honor and her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was placed in 2013.

March 3-7, 2015

FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training
5555 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34243

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