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June11 - June 26, 2022 I Previews June 3-10, 2022

Book by Douglas Carter Beane 
Music and Lyrics by Lewis Flinn
Directed by Mark Brokaw
Choreographed by Ellenore Scott
Presented by arrangement with Hunter Arnold and Tom Kirdahy

The world’s sexiest thief. A pair of history’s greatest lovers. The Merry Band that made redistributing wealth cool. Here, finally, is the real story of the nobleman forced out of his home and into the wilderness, who seeks revenge not only for himself but against an unjust system. And as he sets out on a mission to rescue the damsel he left behind, he discovers that this particular damsel doesn’t need any rescuing. Five-time Tony®-nominated playwright Douglas Carter Beane–who re-invented Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella so deliciously–reunites with Lewis Flinn, his Give it Up/Lysistrata Jones collaborator, to bring to life this hilarious and stirring new musical adventure!

Contains some mature language, light sexual innuendo, and brief moments of stage fighting.

 

Events | Offering

Inside Asolo Rep
Thursday, June 9 | 10:30am

OUT@ASOLO REP
Wednesday, June 15

The Scoop
This popular program is going digital! Ticket holders will be sent a video link via email prior to their performance to get the inside scoop on the ideas that inspired the production.

Tuesday Talkbacks 
June 14 and 21 | Enhance your experience with this post-show discussion following select Tuesday performances.

*All activities are subject to change or modification based on CDC recommendations.

Cast

BILLIE AKEN-TYERS*, she/her

FIRST SEASON (Much) has worked as an actor, director, and playwright, appearing on numerous stages internationally. Selected credits: Fairycakes (off-Broadway, Greenwich House Theatre), Ragtag Theatre's Cinderella (Soho Playhouse, Redhouse Arts, Barrington Stage Company). Regional: Hood (Dallas Theater Center); Mamma Mia! (Mill Mountain Theater); How to Succeed, Footloose, Much Ado, Pirates of Penzance (Scranton Shakes). Directing: Your Alice (BAM, Edinburgh Fringe, Arcola Theatre, London), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (SSF), and Lysistrata Jones (Nominated for Outstanding Production, NYIT Awards). Writing: Your Alice (BAM, Edinburgh Fringe, Ophelia Theatre), Next Round (Underbelly Cowgate 2023), We Carry On - A series of radio plays. For Beckett and Josiah billieakentyers.com

 

ANTHONY CHATMON II*, he/him

FIRST SEASON (Robin) Broadway: Hadestown, Be More Chill. National Tours: Fiasco’s Into the Woods, The Book of Mormon. Regional: West Side Story (Hollywood Bowl), Bernstein’s Mass (Disney Concert Hall), Freedom Riders (NYMF), Hairspray (Dallas Theater Center), Lempicka (NYC Lab). TV/Film: Kenny in A Jenkins Family Christmas (BET), Reasonable Doubt (Hulu), Invasion (Apple TV) Law & Order (NBC), Blue Bloods (CBS), The Other Two (Comedy Central), and Bull (CBS). 

 

CAITLIN HUMPHREYS*, she/her

FIRST SEASON (Lady Anne) is beyond grateful to be making a return to live theatre and her Asolo Rep debut. Some of her favorite credits include the National Tour of Beauty and the Beast, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Ogunquit Playhouse), Lucille in Parade and Kate/Lucy in Avenue Q (3-D Theatricals). Endless love and gratitude for my Hood family, Asolo Rep, Firestarter Entertainment, and, of course, the unwavering support of my family. IG: @caitlin707

 

SAVY JACKSON*, she/her

FIRST SEASON (Marian) is so excited to be making her Asolo Rep debut! Savy recently earned her BFA in Musical Theatre at Pace University after being on the road with the First National Tour of Once on This Island (Storyteller, u/s Ti Moune). So much love and gratitude for the creative team, Tara Rubin Casting, and the endless support from friends, family, and her team at Buchwald.  ~GGs IG: @savy.jackson savyjackson.com

 

ERIN KEI*, she/her

FIRST SEASON (Lady Jane) is thrilled to make her Asolo Rep debut with Hood! Off-Broadway/NY Theater credits include BAM, MMAC, and NYMF. Erin spent three years on tour with Elf The Musical. Her TV/Film/Commercial credits include Hulu's The Path, BroadwayHD's Sc7enario, and Olay Whips. Select Regional Theater credits include Dallas Theater Center, Syracuse Stage, Casa Manana, Phoenix Theatre, and Mill Mountain Theater. Erin also serves as the Associate Artistic Director for NY-based dance company Thistle Dance. A huge thank you to the Hood team and cast, Asolo Rep, as well as her friends and family for their continued support. @erinnish @thistle_dance

 

AURY KREBS*, she/her

FIRST SEASON (Meg) is a Queer, Brooklyn-based artist who is committed to the exploration and elevation of dynamic, intersectional storytelling. Aury has appeared off-Broadway in Darling Grenadine (Roundabout Theatre Company) and A Letter to Harvey Milk (Theatre Row). Film and TV credits include Leverage: Redemption and Way Down: A Queer Webseries. Love as always to John and Soonduk, who made it all happen. Please say Gay.

 

DANIEL LOPEZ*, he/him

FIRST SEASON (Alan A'Dale) is thrilled to be making his Asolo Rep debut alongside his trusty guitar and this sensational group of artists! Theatre credits include Into the Woods at The Hollywood Bowl (Steward), West Side Story (Tony), Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party (Burrs). TV credits include FBI (CBS), Blue Bloods (CBS), Ways & Means (CBS), and Shattered (IDTV). Daniel is a signed artist with DECCA/Universal Music with his group The Opera Men, whose debut album comes out this fall! Love and thanks to family, friends, Jen, Kathy, Ted, Mike, Aki, and Elvis. daniellopezactor.com Instagram: @realdaniellopez

 

JAMEN NANTHAKUMAR*, he/him

FIRST SEASON (Tuck) is thrilled to be making his Asolo Rep debut with this stellar company. He was most recently seen starring in the world premiere of Other World, a new musical by [title of show] creators Hunter Bell, Jeff Bowen, and Ann McNamee (Delaware Theatre Company). Other recent credits include the off-Broadway premiere of Douglas Carter Beane’s Fairycakes (Greenwich House Theater), The KILL ONE Race (The FEATH3R Theory/Playwrights Horizons), Half the Sky (Radio Play/5th Avenue), Diana (World Premiere/La Jolla Playhouse), Mary Stuart (Pioneer Theatre Co.), and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Pittsburgh Public). IG: @jamen_nanthakumar 

 

LUKE ANTONY NEVILLE*, he/him

FIRST SEASON (Will Scarlett) couldn’t be more thrilled to be participating in this wonderful production after two years of postponement. Luke is a British actor based in New York City, where he graduated from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He has since worked on professional theatre productions across both the US and the UK. His recent TV credits include starring opposite Ryan Eggold on Season 4 of NBC’s hit series New Amsterdam and being on the winning team of Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses, hosted by Dame Helen Mirren on HBOMax and TBS. This one's for you, Mum. lukeantonyneville.com

 

NICK REHBERGER*, he/him

FIRST SEASON (Sheriff of Nottingham) couldn’t be happier to be here. He recently appeared as Robert Martin in The Drowsy Chaperone (FPAC), Darcy in Pride and Prejudice (St. Louis Rep), and Will Shakespeare in Shakespeare in Love (Chicago Shakespeare Theater). Nick was seen as Fyedka in Bartlett Sher’s revival of Fiddler on the Roof and stood by in John Tiffany’s production of The Glass Menagerie. Screen credits include The Equalizer and Elementary on CBS, Girls and The Deuce on HBO, Gotham on FOX, and the films I Am Michael and Thirdy. He is a proud graduate of the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. Follow @nickrehberger

 

JORDAN SAM RICH, he/him

FIRST YEAR STUDENT, FIRST SEASON (u/s Will Scarlet) hails from Atlanta, Georgia. Jordan graduated from The University of Michigan’s BFA Acting program. Professionally, Jordan appeared in the Pete the Cat National Tour and No Villain by Arthur Miller at the Public Theatre starring Judith Light. Regionally, Jordan appeared in three shows at Santa Rosa Repertory Theatre and has worked in many capacities at The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center. For Mom, Dad, Z, Bub, Nan.

 

MIKHAIL ROBERTS, he/him

FIRST YEAR STUDENT, FIRST SEASON (u/s Friar Tuck) understudied Grand Horizons and Our Town at Asolo Rep, and made his FSU/Asolo Conservatory debut in The Learned Ladies. Professional credits include the Equity tours of Stuart LittleBy the Great Horn Spoon, and the opening cast of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Osaka, Japan. On film, he has starred in The Monster's Mind, Saki the Killer, and the upcoming feature film And I Feel Fine

 

ZACHARY FRANCIS STEWART*, he/him

FIRST SEASON (Little John) was expecting to make his Asolo Rep debut a long two years ago. He is incredibly grateful to have finally made it to the Mertz. Born and raised in Kentucky, he now resides in Brooklyn, NY, where he’s had the opportunity to work on creating new and inventive theatre. Favorites include The Bad Years, Legendale, Solana, Twiggy Fartdust and Her Nemesis from Mars, Mars 2076, We Are Pilgrims. He offers deep thanks to his family and teachers who honored his sense of self, loved him, and allowed him to thrive. Please Say Gay! IG: @zacharyxfrancis

 

DARIUS VINES, he/him

FIRST SEASON (u/s Robin, Little John) is thrilled to be making his debut at Asolo Rep!  Some of his favorite credits include the National Tour of A Bronx Tale (Jesse, u/s Tyrone), In the HeightsSongs for a New World, and The Mile Long Opera. He would like to thank Asolo Rep, the production team, Tara Rubin Casting and his agents at Firestarter Entertainment for the opportunity! BFA from Howard University. @mrdvines2u

 

DANIELLE VIVCHARENKO, she/her

FIRST YEAR STUDENT, FIRST SEASON (u/s Lady Ann and Lady Jane) is ecstatic to be with the Asolo Repertory Theatre while training at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory. Previously in the season, Danielle understudied Joe Crowell in Our Town. She was born and raised in Cleveland, OH, and a recent graduate of Kent State University. She’d like to thank her professors and her family for supporting her through this new chapter in her life. daniellevivcharenko.com

 

TAYLOR ERIN WADE, she/her

FIRST SEASON (u/s Much, Gamble Gold) is thrilled to be making her Asolo Rep debut! Off-Broadway: The Baker’s Wife (Inez). Regional: Beehive (Gina), Hairspray (Dynamite 2), Seussical (Bird Girl 2), and Gypsy (Dolores). Thank you to Joey for always believing in me and being the best voice teacher, a girl could ask for. Thanks, Mom, for everything. You are my biggest supporter and the best reader ever. Love you Dad, Poppy, Iris, and Mads.

 

IMANI YOUNGBLOOD*, she/her

FIRST SEASON (Gamble Gold) is grateful to make her Asolo Rep debut! She graduated from the AADA and was a member of the Academy Company 2017-2018. Academy credits include To Wong Foo (Miss Rachel Tensions, World Premiere); Stupid F*cking Bird (Nina); Hamlet (Horatio); and Kentucky (Hiro). Other stage credits include Romeo & Juliet (Juliet, Lady Shakes Theatre Company); Little Shop of Horrors (Chiffon, EPIC Players); Shakespeare in Love (Viola, Opera House Arts); Desdemona, a play about a handkerchief (Bianca, Opera House Arts); Step Show: The Musical (Meghan, Bickford Theatre) and Lysistrata Jones (Myhrrine, Ophelia Theatre Group).

 

 

*Members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Creative Team

DOUGLAS CARTER BEANE

FIRST SEASON (Book) Musicals: Cinderella, Lysistrata Jones, Sister Act, Xanadu. Plays: The Little Dog Laughed, The Nance, As Bees in Honey Drown, Music From A Sparkling Planet, Fairycakes, Shows for Days, The Closet, Mr. & Mrs. Fitch, Advice from a Caterpillar, The Country Club. Met Opera: Die Fledermaus. Revues: White Lies, Mondo Drama. Film: To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar; Advice from a Caterpillar. TV: Tracey Ullman’s Show.

 

MARK BROKAW, he/him

FIRST SEASON (Director) Credits include the New York off-Broadway premieres of HeisenbergThe Long Christmas Ride Home, How I Learned To Drive,  As Bees In Honey DrownLobby HeroThis Is Our Youth, and the Signature revival of Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train. His Broadway revival of How I Learned to Drive opened in April. Regional credits include the Guthrie, Center Theatre Group, Steppenwolf, Seattle Rep, Hartford Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, Yale Rep, Berkeley Rep, Williamstown, Sundance Theatre Lab, and the O’Neill Theatre Conference.  His work has also been seen at London’s Donmar Warehouse and Menier Chocolate Factory, Dublin’s Gate Theatre, and the Sydney Opera House. Mark is a current SDC Executive Board member and President of the SDC Foundation.

 

AMANDA DAVIS*, she/her

FIRST SEASON (Assistant Stage Manager) is making her Asolo Rep debut. Her previous regional credits include Earth to KenzieRhoda and the Fossil HuntThe Scorpions’ Sting (Lyric Opera of Chicago); Roz and RayA Wonder in My SoulWhere Did We Sit on the Bus? (Victory Gardens); Murder for TwoA Q Brothers’ Christmas Carol (Chicago Shakespeare); and The Humans (American Theater Company).

 

LEWIS FLINN, he/him

FIRST SEASON (Music/Lyrics/Arrangements/Orchestration) has written musicals for Broadway and off-Broadway and scored over 50 plays on Broadway, off-Broadway, and at regional theatres across the country. He’s scored films and national commercials and written songs for many recording artists. His favorite, and frequent, collaborator is husband Douglas Carter Beane. When not composing, he loves being a father to their teenage children, Cooper and Gaby. Thanks to the American Academy of Performing Arts and Dallas Theater Center for their support of Hood and all the actors, musicians, and designers who have put their hearts into the show through the years. 

 

JUSTIN GOLDNER, he/him

FIRST SEASON (Co-Orchestrator) is a music producer, orchestrator, and session musician. He has been privileged to make music with Sting, Ricky Martin, Macy Gray, Donald Glover, Ledisi, Jordin Sparks, Tori Kelly, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Stephen Sondheim, Ben Platt, Steve Martin, Jane Monheit, Max Martin, Alan Menken, Jason Robert Brown, Kelli O’Hara, Audra McDonald, and a host of others. He’s contributed to Grammy, Tony, and Golden Globe-winning projects, including Dear Evan Hansen (Broadway, film) and The Greatest Showman, and performed onstage at such storied venues as Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall (Ben Platt Netflix special), the Apollo Theater, Madison Square Garden (60th annual Grammy Awards), and Turkmenistan’s Mukamlar Palace. funkybutter.com

 

JACOB GRIGOLIA-ROSENBAUM, he/him

FIRST SEASON (Fight Director) has worked on Peter and the Starcatcher (Broadway, NYTW, New World Stages, Tour), Peter Pan Live! (NBC/Universal), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Broadway, The Public, Williamstown), Cyrano de Bergerac (Broadway), Here Lies Love (The Public), The Robber Bridegroom (Roundabout), Sailor Man (co-creator; NY Fringe; winner Best Play) and Robin Hood (Williamstown). Some of his work with the Old Globe includes Romeo and Juliet, The Last Goodbye, Othello, Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood!, and Hamlet. He’s also designed fights for Disney Cruise Line, Ogunquit Playhouse, Prospect Theater Company, Connecticut Free Shakespeare, and the Robin Hood Foundation. He was stunt coordinator and creature performer for Dark Was the Night (Caliber/Image) and a D1 varsity fencer for Yale. He is honored to be making his Asolo Rep debut with Hood!

 

JEFFREY GUGLIOTTI, he/him

FIRST SEASON (Associate Choreographer) is a choreographer and teacher based in New York City. He received his dance degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst while also performing and teaching throughout New England with Quicksilver Dance, Vacanti Ballet, and Urbanity Dance. Jeffrey is currently the Co-Artistic Director of ELSCO Dance, a NYC-based contemporary fusion dance company. His choreography has been performed along the east coast at StylePointe NYC, the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, and the University of South Carolina. His work was also featured on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and The View. Jeffrey is most recently the associate choreographer for the off-Broadway revival of Little Shop of Horrors, Mr. Saturday Night at Barrington Stage, and the Broadway revival of Funny Girl. IG: @jeffgugliotti

 

DAVE KLODOWSKI, he/him

FIRST SEASON (Associate Music Director) is excited to be working on Hood. He is a music director, arranger, and vocal coach based in New York City. His Broadway national tour credits include Kinky Boots, Elf the Musical, Escape to Margaritaville, and A Charlie Brown Christmas (where he played Schroeder). In New York, he played for off-Broadway's Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish directed by Joel Grey and is a staff pianist at various schools and universities, most recently music directing Matilda at The Hewitt School. After graduating from Ithaca College, he toured the world performing on cruise ships for 2 years and has sung in various a cappella groups. Additionally, he writes original children’s pop music as “Davey K.

 

NICK LEHANE, he/him

FIRST SEASON (Puppet Designer) is a Brooklyn-based theatre maker and puppet artist. Original Work: Chimpanzee (HERE Arts Center), Fly Away (co-creation with Derek Fordjour, Petzel Gallery, among The 10 Best Theater moments of 2020” - New York Magazine). Select Puppet Design: Three Sisters (Two River Theater, dir. Sara Holdren), The Tale of Despereaux (PigPen Theater Company, The Old Globe, Berkeley Rep), The Phantom Folktales (PigPen, Virgin Voyages). Select puppet performance credits: Madama Butterfly (The Metropolitan Opera), Robin Frohardts The Plastic Bag Store and The Pigeoning (HERE, international tour), Petrushka (Giants Are Small, New York Philharmonic, Barbican Centre), Doug Fitchs El Retablo de Maese Pedro (American Symphony Orchestra, Bard SummerScape), James Ortiz’s The Little Mermaid, That Life (Unknown Mortal Orchestra), and Lore (Amazon).

 

JOSHUA PILOTE*

FIRST SEASON (Stage Manager) Touring: The Lion KingMiss SaigonThe Bridges of Madison County, Jersey Boys, Mamma Mia!, Dirty Dancing, RENT, Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Other: Blue Man Group, Dallas Theater Center, La Jolla Playhouse, LA Philharmonic, The Old Globe, Public Theater, Roundabout, T.U.T.S. Proud AEA Member. BA: The College of Idaho. Thank you to Nia, Devon, Domingo, Alexa, and Sarah. Follow his adventures on Instagram @co_pilote.

 

ADAM RIGG, they/them

FIRST SEASON (Scenic and Costume Designer) is an award-winning set and costume designer based in New York, who has designed more than 50 world premiere plays, musicals, and operas. Broadway: The Skin of Our Teeth (Lincoln Center Theater). Off-Broadway: On Sugarland (NYTW), Cullud Wattah (Public Theater), Fefu and Her Friends (Theatre for a New Audience; Special Citation, Henry Hews Design Award), Is God Is (Soho Rep), Fabulation (Signature Theatre), Continuity (MTC), Blue Ridge (Atlantic Theater Company), and The House That Will Not Stand (NYTW). Opera: The Lord of Cries (Santa Fe Opera), Breaking the Waves (Opera Philadelphia), and Prism (LA Opera), among others. Upcoming projects: The Listeners (Norwegian National Opera), Soft (MCC). adamriggdesign.com

 

ELLENORE SCOTT, she/her

FIRST SEASON (Choreography) Broadway: Funny GirlMr. Saturday Night. Off-Broadway: Little Shop of Horrors. Associate choreographer: Head Over Heels (Broadway), King Kong (Broadway). Assistant choreographer: Cats (Broadway/Tour) and Falsettos (Broadway/Tour). Other choreography credits: Single All the Way (Netflix), Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical. Artistic director of ELSCO Dance Company. Finalist on So You Think You Can Dance? @ellenoreshoto/@ellenorescott

 

BRAD SIMMONS, he/him

FIRST SEASON (Music Director) Remembered from the films Camp and The Last Five Years, Brad has shared the stage with Broadway luminaries Tonya Pinkins, Alice Ripley, Beth Leavel, Donna McKechnie, and recording artists Sandi Patty and The B-52s’ Kate Pierson. He music directed Lysistrata Jones, Mr. & Mrs. Fitch with John Lithgow, Me and the Girls with Alan Cumming, and the musical film Hello Again with Audra McDonald and Martha Plimpton. He music directs The Lineup with Susie Mosher weekly at Birdland. Brad composed the musicals A Kiss from Alexander, A Woman Onstage, and A Dickens of a Carol with librettist Stephan DeGhelder. Find Brad’s recordings, including Dreamworld, Mundane ExistenceThe Simon & Garfunkel Collection, and his upcoming Troubadour album, on all music platforms. thebradsimmons.com

 

JAPHY WEIDEMAN, he/him

FIRST SEASON (Lighting Designer) is a five-time Tony-nominated lighting designer. His notable Broadway credits include Dear Evan Hansen, The Visit, The Nance, Of Mice and Men, Airline Highway, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sylvia, The Snow Geese, Old Times, Macbeth, Cyrano de Bergerac, Significant Other, and Marvin’s Room. His work off-Broadway has been seen at Lincoln Center Theater, The Public-NYSF, NYTW, Second Stage, Playwrights Horizons, MTC, MCC, LAByrinth, The Vineyard, Ma-Yi, and others. On the West End he designed lighting for Dear Evan Hansen (Noel Coward), A Nice Fish (Harold Pinter Theatre), and Blackbird (Albery Theatre).

 

ELISABETH WEIDNER, she/her

FIRST SEASON (Sound Designer) is thrilled to be making her Asolo Rep debut. She has served as Associate Sound Designer for Funny Girl on Broadway and Assistant Sound Designer for Trevor off-Broadway. She has designed at many regional theatres, including PCPA-Pacific Conservatory Theatre, SLO Rep, The Oregon Cabaret, First Stage Milwaukee, and Bike City Theatre. Elisabeth is the Vice Co-Chair of the TSDCA, a contributing blogger for SoundGirls.org, and a proud member of Local USA 829 IATSE. elisabethanneweidner.com

 

MIKE CASTEEL MUSIC SERVICE

FIRST SEASON (Supervising Music Copyist) Mike (he/him) and Lori (she/her) Casteel have been copyists for over 30 years and have enjoyed working with Sting, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Leslie Odom Jr., Train, Panic! At the Disco, Aretha Franklin, and countless others. Broadway credits include Sting’s The Last ShipNatasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812; Getting’ the Band Back Together, and the off-Broadway revival of Smokey Joe’s Cafe. Feature film credits include The Greatest Showman, The Astronaut Farmer, In the Heights, and tick, tick…BOOM! They are thrilled to be joining Asolo Repertory Theater’s production of Hood

 

CSA TARA RUBIN/CLAIRE BURKE, CSA 

(Casting) Asolo Rep: EvitaGuys and Dolls, Beatsville, Living on Love (New York Casting), Luck Be A LadyHERO: The Musical. Selected Broadway: King KongAin't Too ProudThe Band’s VisitMiss SaigonA Bronx TaleDear Evan HansenCatsPrince of BroadwayBandstandFalsettosSunset BoulevardDisaster!School of RockIt Shoulda Been YouBullets Over BroadwayAladdinLes MisérablesMothers and SonsBig FishThe HeiressHow to Succeed..A Little Night MusicBilly ElliotShrekGuys and DollsYoung FrankensteinThe Little MermaidMary PoppinsSpamalot…Spelling BeeThe ProducersMamma Mia!Jersey BoysThe Phantom of the Opera. Off-Broadway: Here Lies LoveLove, Loss, and What I Wore. Regional: Yale Repertory Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Bucks County Playhouse, Westport Country Playhouse, The Old Globe.

 

THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DRAMATIC ARTS (AADA) is a performing arts conservatory in New York and California. The oldest acting school in the English-speaking world, the Academy was founded in 1884 by Franklin Haven Sargent. AADA is the only professional actor-training school in both major centers of American entertainment. Notable alumni include Robert Redford, Danny DeVito, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and Paul Rudd. In the school’s 137-year history, past students reflect a distinguished level of actor, as well as countless prominent and influential names from all disciplines within the entertainment industry. Academy alumni hold a total of 110 Oscar, 340 Emmy, and 95 Tony nominations.

 

*Members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

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