Monday, November 28, 2011


Premiere Stages in partnership with the Kean University Department of Theatre is thrilled to host Academy Award-Winner Ellen Burstyn as part of the Premiere Artists Series

HEN: Monday, December 5:

  • 5:15 PM to 6:15 PM -- Open Master Class: Kean BFA Acting Students will prepare scenes that they will be performing in their upcoming January Showcase in NYC. Ellen will critique and discuss the scenes.
  • 6:15 PM to 7:00 PM -- Question and Answer Session: Ellen will discuss her career and take questions from the students and patrons in the audience. Producing Artistic Director John Wooten will moderate.

WHERE: Kean University Little Theatre, Kean University, 1000 Morris Avenue, Union

About Ellen Burstyn

Ellen Burstyn’s illustrious acting career encompasses film, stage and television. She became a “triple crown winner” when she won an Emmy for her guest appearance in “Law & Order: SVU” (2009) to add to her Oscar win for “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” (1974) and her Tony Award for “Same Time, Next Year” (1974) on Broadway. Ellen has been nominated for an Academy Award five other times for “The Last Picture Show” (1972), “The Exorcist” (1973), “Same Time, Next Year,” (1979), “Resurrection” (1981), and “Requiem for a Dream” (2000). Her many theater credits include the Broadway production of “84 Charing Cross Road”, “Shirley Valentine” and “Sacrilege”. She received glowing reviews in Stephen Adley Guirgis’ play “The Little Flower of East Orange” (2008), directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman at The Public Theater in New York. Earlier this year, Ellen appeared in London’s West End in Lillian Hellman’s “The Children’s Hour” to rave reviews. Ellen was the first woman elected president of Actors Equity Association (1982-85), and served as the Artistic Director of the famed Actors Studio where she studied with the late Lee Strasberg. She continues to be active there as co-president with Al Pacino and Harvey Keitel. Academically, Ellen holds four honorary doctorates, including a doctorate from Pace University where she teaches in The Actors Studio M.F.A. program. Ellen became a national best-selling author with the publication in 2006 of her memoir, Lessons in Becoming Myself, published by Riverhead Press. In addition to a continuing and thriving acting career, Ellen is writing a screenplay, as well as planning a book of her photography accompanied by her favorite poetry.


Reservations can be made via phone at: 908.737.4092

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Premiere Stages is made possible in part through funding from The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The Northfield Bank Foundation, The New Jersey Theatre Alliance, and through the generous support of individual patrons.