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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
Time: 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Performing Arts Building, Studio Theatre (PA 32)

Moderator: Dale Albright
Director of Field Services Theatre Bay Area

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
BA in arts administration from San Francisco State in 1999. As an actor, Dale has appeared in works in his native Ohio, as well as Los Angeles and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. He was nominated for a Bay Area Critics Circle Award for his work as Tennessee Williams in Tennessee in the Summer at the New Conservatory Theatre Center.

Joel Blum
At six years old Joel began dancing and doing comedy with his father, an ex-Vaudevillian, in USO shows produced by his mother at hospitals and Army bases. He started doing theater at Drake High School in Marin County, and continued at College of Marin doing Shakespeare, plays and musicals along with fellow classmate Robin Williams.

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.

Leslie Hendrix
Leslie is best known for her 19 years-long recurring role as Medical Examiner Rodgers on Law & Order and all of its spinoffs. She has appeared on Broadway in The Music Man, Hollywood Arms, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Indiscretions, and has been fortunate to work with Harold Prince, Susan Stroman, Alec Baldwin, Eileen Atkins, Roger Rees, Carol Burnett, James Gandolfini, Jude Law and Linda Lavin, to name just a few. She has appeared Off-Broadway in numerous shows, and performed in regional theatres across the country, performing in plays that range from Chekhov and Shakespeare to Shepard and Ayckbourn, playing roles from Miss Adelaide in Guys & Dolls, to Anna Christie, Kate the Shrew, Maggie the Cat, and most recently Masha in Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike. She attended College of Marin from 1979-1984, until Jim Dunn told her she HAD to move on, for Pete’s sake, and literally drove her to her audition for the National Theatre Conservatory, where she was accepted into the acting program. She still considers the work she did at COM some of the best training she ever received.

Anthony Fusco
Anthony has been a leading Bay Area theatre actor since returning here from NYC in 1999.  As a company member at ACT, he's performed leading roles in dozens of plays by writers from Christopher Marlowe through Henrik Ibsen, Anton Chekhov, Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter, Tom Stoppard, Edward Albee and David Mamet, to name a few. This last season he appeared as Vanya in Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, and Adam in Tony Kushner's The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures at Berkeley Rep, and Henry Higgins in Shaw's Pygmalion for CalShakes, where he has appeared in many other leading roles. In New York, he performed on Broadway in Stoppard's The Real Thing, and in many Off-Broadway (and Off-off Broadway) shows. Anthony has also appeared at many of the country's major regional theaters. Film credits include Francis Ford Coppola's ‘Twixt, Robert Redford's Quiz Show; TV credits include The Sopranos, LA Law, and Law & Order. Born in New York and raised there and in Marin County, Anthony attended COM from 1976 to 1979, and graduated from Juilliard in 1983. 

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