Michael Shannon, David Hyde Pierce and More Set for The Drama League's CLOSE UP Series

The Drama League (Executive Director, Gabriel Shanks; Artistic Director, Roger T. Danforth) have announced their Fall/Winter 2012 Programming Schedule of over 40 special performances, events and educational offerings that include intimate evenings with actors David Schwimmer, Michael Shannon, David Hyde Pierce and casting director Bernard Telsey.

The Drama League offers special performances on Broadway and Off-Broadway, as well as open rehearsals, backstage tours, play readings, intimate gatherings with legendary stars, behind-the-scenes discussions with industry titans, day trips to world-class theatres, and more. To see the entire Fall/Winter Program Guide, visit http://www.dramaleague.org/programguide.

“As we begin construction on our new home in Tribeca, The Drama League Theater Center, our programming for audiences is already expanding,” shared Gabriel Shanks, Drama League Executive Director. He went on to add, “We are excited to welcome all of the New York theatre community into our panels, discussions, rehearsals and readings.”

Selected highlights from the 2012 Fall/Winter Schedule
at The Drama League, 520 8th Avenue, Third Floor

An intimate discussion with the world’s greatest theatre artists.

An Evening with David Schwimmer and director Anne Kaufmann
Monday, September 24 at 7:00pm

Best known for playing Ross on “Friends,” David Schwimmer is also a director, a founding member of Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre Company, and a stage veteran. He returns this fall to star in Detroit at Playwrights Horizons, helmed by Drama League Directors Project alumna Anne Kauffman (Slowgirl). Schwimmer made his Broadway debut in 2006 in The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial and gave a critically-acclaimed performance in the 2009 production of Our Town at Lookingglass. He directed the films “Run, Fatboy, Run” and “Trust,” starring Clive Owen and Catherine Keener, and made his stage directorial debut with Fault Lines at Cherry Lane Theatre. He will be joined by Kauffman for a lively discussion of their career highlights, creative inspiration and more.

An Evening with Michael Shannon and director Dexter Bullard
Thursday, September 27 at 5:30pm

Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road) and Drama League Directors Project alum Dexter Bullard (Bug) discuss their brand-new Broadway play, Grace by Craig Wright (Mistakes Were Made) that also stars Paul Rudd (Knocked Up) and Ed Asner (“The Mary Tyler Moore Show”).

Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon is no stranger to the stage – the prolific actor has worked extensively in New York, London and Chicago, where he helped found A Red Orchid Theatre. He is well known for his role on HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” his Oscar-nominated performance in Revolutionary Road, and recent films including Take Shelter and Premium Rush. Frequent collaborators Shannon and Bullard come together to discuss their work and the fascinating journeys that brought them to Grace.

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