MEDIA ADVISORY / April 18, 2010


Will Speak to Students on April 21

WINSTON-SALEM – Tony- and Oscar-winning actress Marcia Gay Harden and renowned actor/director/playwright Austin Pendleton will be special guest artists in the School of Drama at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) on Wednesday, April 21.


School of Drama Dean Gerald Freedman will conduct a conversation with the two from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Thrust Theatre of Performance Place on the UNCSA campus, 1533 South Main St.  A question-and-answer session will follow.

Marcia Gay Harden won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Lee Krasner in POLLOCK opposite Ed Harris in 2001. She received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Clint Eastwood’s MYSTIC RIVER in 2004. Other of her films include THE FIRST WIVES CLUB, FLUBBER, MEET JOE BLACK, SPACE COWBOYS, MONA LISA SMILES, BAD NEWS BEARS, AMERICAN DREAMZ, THE HOAX, THE MIST, INTO THE WILD and WHIP IT. She won a Tony Award for Best Actress for God of Carnage, opposite James Gandolfini, in 2009, and a Tony Award for Best Supporting Actress in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, with UNCSA alumnus Joe Mantello, in 1994. She continues to successfully divide her time between film, television and the theatre.

Austin Pendleton is a renowned actor, playwright and director.  He appeared in the original Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof, Grand Hotel, and the revival of The Diary of Anne Frank. He received the Derwent Award for Hail Scrawdyke and an Obie Award and a Drama Desk Award for The Last Sweet Days of Isaac. For New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater he appeared as the Chaplain in Mother Courage with Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline and as Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet. For the Broadway stage, he directed The Runner Stumbles, Spoils of War, and Elizabeth Taylor in the revival of The Little Foxes, which garnered him a Tony Award nomination. His film credits include Gurgle in FINDING NEMO, A BEAUTIFUL MIND, MY COUSIN VINNY, GUARDING TESS, THE MUPPET MOVIE, AMISTAD, Peter Bogdanovich’s WHAT’S UP, DOC?, CATCH-22, and THE FRONT PAGE with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. His television roles include Oz, Frasier, The West Wing, and St. Elsewhere. He is past artistic director of both the Circle Repertory Theatre and the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and he is a long-time member of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Ensemble, with UNCSA alumnus K. Todd Freeman.

Pendleton debuted as a playwright in the early 1990s with Booth (currently playing at UNCSA), followed by Uncle Bob and Orson’s Shadow. He and Dean Gerald Freedman are friends, having met during the run (1962-63) of Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama’s Hung You in the Closet and I’m Feelin’ So Sad at the Phoenix Theatre in New York. Pendleton was in the production, which was directed by Jerome Robbins and assistant directed by Gerald Freedman.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from middle school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. Internationally renowned conductor John Mauceri has been chancellor of UNCSA since 2006. UNCSA is located at 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.



MEDIA: The event is only for our students and is not open to the public; however, you are invited! Please contact Marla Carpenter at 336-770-3337 or 336-414-9289 if you wish to attend.