Fall 2014 Drama Speaker Series
Careers in Theatre
KENTFIELD, CA—August 21, 2014—The Drama Department will be hosting a fall Speaker Series featuring COM alumni and Bay Area professionals as they share their journeys from college students to successful theatre artists. The first in the series, Careers in Theatre, will feature Joel Blum, Anthony Fusco, and Leslie Hendrix. The panel discussion will be held on Monday, September 15, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Building, Studio Theatre. Learn more about the presenters below. This free event is open to the public.
When: Monday, September 15
Moderator: Dale Albright
Dale Albright has worked for Theatre Bay Area since 2001, where he currently serves as director of field services. In addition to his duties providing programming and support to Theatre Bay Area’s 2500 individual members and 350 theatre company members, Dale also administers all of Theatre Bay Area’s granting programs. This includes 10 years as the administrator of CA$H (a grants program for individuals and small organizations), as well as the development and continued administration of other Theatre Bay Area grants programs such as the Eric Landisman Fellowship (a grant for emerging performing arts designers and technicians) and ATLAS/TITAN (a program for actors, directors and playwrights that combines training, mentorship and granting). Dale is an actor, director, playwright, producer, and arts administrator. He received his
After a year at NYU’s Tish School of the Arts, Joel landed a part in the National Touring company of Godspell at ACT in San Francisco. He then moved to Los Angeles to find acting work and kicked around, (literally—in dance class) for a year, and was finally hired as a dancer in Debbie Reynolds’ Vegas Act. He became a featured performer and appeared with Debbie all over the country, on Broadway, and on her HBO special. Through Debbie, Joel met Gower Champion who put him in the original company of 42nd Street.
Joel’s Broadway credits include: Elaine May’s After The Night and the Music (Manhattan Theater Club) Show Boat directed by Harold Prince-(Tony nomination—Best Supporting Actor in a Musical), Steel Pier (Tony nomination--Best Supporting Actor in a Musical.) Music Man (Marcellus), Christmas Carol, 42nd Street (The original, directed by Gower Champion), The Debbie Reynolds Show. He has appeared in numerous Off- Broadway productions including: Golf-The Musical (2004 Drama Desk nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical.) …and the World Goes ‘Round, Game Show. Joel’s touring credits include: Co-Choreographed and appeared in—Dr. Doolittle (starring Tommy Tune), Kandor and Ebb’s World Goes Round, Annie Get Your Gun-(Starring Debbie Reynolds). Regional credits: Annie Get Your Gun, A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum, Meet John Doe, (Helen Hayes nomination), Illyria (N. J. Shakespeare Festival), Tin Pan Alley Rag(Barrymore Award—Best Supporting Actor), Me and My Girl, Singing in the Rain, Hot Mikado, Damn Yankees (Starring Tony Randall), and Pal Joey ’78 (Starring Lena Horne.) Television credits include: Ed, The Sopranos and two episodes of Law and Order.