Olivia Thirlby News

Usdan Center Summer Camp and More Among Bethpage 'Micro' Grant Recipients
by BWW News Desk - Apr 02, 2014

Bethpage Federal Credit Union announces the recipients of its first 'micro' grant program to assist music students from the North Babylon school district who will be attending Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts (www.usdan.com), the renowned summer arts day camp. The Bethpage 'micro' grants will pay for the students' many additional expenses normally associated with year-round music study that can become a stumbling block for underserved families. As part of the grant program, Bethpage will also provide full 2014 summer program scholarships for Usdan Center's 47th season, which begins June 30. More than 70 North Babylon High School students are beneficiaries of the grant. (more...)

VENUS IN FUR Among Films Set for 2014 Tribeca Film Festival
by Movies News Desk - Mar 06, 2014

The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by AT&T, today announced its feature film selections in the Spotlight, Midnight, and Special Screenings sections, as well as the selections for the Storyscapes program. (more...)

Usdan Hosts 2014 Open House Today
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2014

Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts (www.usdan.com), the nationally acclaimed summer arts day camp, announces several new programs for its 2014, 47th season: Musical Theater Dance and Musical Theater Audition Workshop, both for grades 7-12; and Sewing and Fashion Production, for grades 4-12. (more...)

Usdan to Host 2014 Open House, 2/19
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2014

Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts (www.usdan.com), the nationally acclaimed summer arts day camp, announces several new programs for its 2014, 47th season: Musical Theater Dance and Musical Theater Audition Workshop, both for grades 7-12; and Sewing and Fashion Production, for grades 4-12. (more...)

Poster Art for AFTER THE DARK, In Theaters Today
by Movies News Desk - Feb 07, 2014

Phase 4 Films has announced that AFTER THE DARK, formerly known as THE PHILOSOPHERS, will receive a national theatrical day-and-date release today, February 7, 2014. The film was penned and directed by John Huddles, and stars James D'Arcy, Bonnie Wright, Daryl Sabara, Sophie Lowe, Rhys Wakefield, Freddie Stroma, Maia Mitchell, Katie Findlay, Jacob Artist, and Erin Moriarty. George Zakk, Cybill Lui, and Huddles produced, with Eddy Sariaatmadja and Balaji Rao serving as executive producers. (more...)

Usdan Center to Host 2014 Open House, 1/26
by BWW News Desk - Jan 06, 2014

Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts (www.usdan.com), the nationally acclaimed summer arts day camp, announces several new programs for its 2014, 47th season: Musical Theater Dance and Musical Theater Audition Workshop, both for grades 7-12; and Sewing and Fashion Production, for grades 4-12. (more...)

Poster Art Revealed for AFTER THE DARK, In Theaters This February
by Movies News Desk - Dec 16, 2013

Phase 4 Films has announced that AFTER THE DARK, formerly known as THE PHILOSOPHERS, will receive a national theatrical day-and-date release February 7, 2014. (more...)

Usdan Announces $100 Early Bird Discount
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2013

Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts (www.usdan.com), the nationally acclaimed summer arts day camp, is accepting registrations for its 2014 season, and announces a $100 Early Bird Discount for all registrations received through January 31, 2014. (more...)

Usdan Center Hosts First Open House of 2014 Season Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2013

Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts (www.usdan.com), the nationally acclaimed summer arts day camp which has just finished its 46th successful season, announces the first of its Open Houses for the 2014 season. It will take place today, October 27 from 11AM to 2PM. (more...)

Usdan Center to Host First Open House of 2014 Season, 10/27
by BWW News Desk - Oct 03, 2013

Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts (www.usdan.com), the nationally acclaimed summer arts day camp which has just finished its 46th successful season, announces the first of its Open Houses for the 2014 season. It will take place on Sunday October 27 from 11AM to 2PM. In addition to the Center's frequent Open House dates, Usdan also offers individual weekend guided tours available by appointment. Weekday self-guided walks are also available on the Center's magnificent 200-acre woodland campus at 185 Colonial Springs Road, Wheatley Heights (Huntington), New York 11798 (for directions to the Center, visit www.usdan.com). (more...)

WEDDING RINGER Completes Cast, Begins Production in LA
by Movies News Desk - Sep 12, 2013

Screen Gems and Miramax are in production in Los Angeles on The Comedy 'The Wedding Ringer' starring Kevin Hart, Josh Gad and Kaley Cuoco. (more...)

Olivia Thirlby to Join Josh Gad & Kevin Hart in Untitled Miramax Comedy
by Movies News Desk - Sep 11, 2013

According to The Wrap, Olivia Thirlby has boarded Miramax and Screen Gems' upcoming untitled comedy starring Kevin Hart, Josh Gad, and Kaley Cuoco. (more...)

Usdan Center to Host Junior Chess Challenge, 10/6
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2013

Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts (www.usdan.com), the nationally acclaimed summer arts day camp whose alumni include Natalie Portman, Seth Rudetsky, Olivia Thirlby and many other prominent performers, will present its seventh annual Usdan Chess Challenge on Sunday October 6 at its specially designed Hexter Chess Center on Long Island. Open to grades K-12, the tournament is US Chess Federation-rated, and will be directed by Usdan Chess Instructors Brian Karen and Joel Salman. (more...)

BAM Summer Youth Program and the Creative Writing Program Unite for Reading at BAM Fisher
by BWW News Desk - Aug 05, 2013

On Friday July 26, a hard-hitting dramatic piece about war, featuring professional actors as well as students ages 11-18 (mostly high school-age teenagers), was given a dramatic reading before an audience at the Hillman Space at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's BAM Fisher. This was a special collaborative project of two creative writing programs: the BAM Summer Youth Program and the Creative Writing program at the renowned Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts (alumni include Natalie Portman, Mariah Carey, Olivia Thirlby, Jane Monheit, Seth Rudetsky, many more). (more...)

Usdan Presents 2013 Annual Gala Concert Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2013

Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, the renowned summer arts day camp now in its 46th season, will present its annual Gala Concert tonight, July 31 at 7 PM at the McKinley Amphitheater on the Center's 200-acre woodland campus. (more...)

Usdan Presents its 2013 Annual Gala Concert, 7/31
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2013

Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, the renowned summer arts day camp now in its 46th season, will present its annual Gala Concert on Wednesday July 31 at 7 PM at the McKinley Amphitheater on the Center's 200-acre woodland campus. (more...)

Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts Scholars Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2013

For the third year, five talented Long Island music students will receive a unique opportunity to study and perform this summer at Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts. The program was developed by Usdan Center in 2011 and supported with a charitable grant from Bethpage Federal Credit Union. The Usdan Center/Bethpage Scholars in the Arts program gives accomplished students who otherwise couldn't attend Usdan, the opportunity to study at the country's largest not-for-profit summer arts day camp. The students were chosen for their fine musicianship and for their achievements as outstanding representatives of their communities. (more...)

Robert Nederlander Jr. & Richard Eisenberg Join Usdan Center's Board of Trustees
by BWW News Desk - Jul 09, 2013

Robert Nederlander, Jr., a third generation member of the Nederlander theater dynasty, and Richard Eisenberg, a prominent Long Island attorney and arts philanthropist, have joined the Board of Trustees of Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, the renowned Long Island not-for-profit summer arts day camp. Usdan Center (www.usdan.com), now in its 46th season, has introduced the arts to more than 60,000 children ages 6 to 18, and counts among its alumni Natalie Portman, Jane Monheit, Mariah Carey, Olivia Thirlby, Seth Rudetsky, Jackie Hoffman, Lisa Gay Hamiltonand members of major music and dance ensembles. (more...)

Usdan & Brooklyn Academy of Music Partner for 2013 Creative Writing Programs
by BWW News Desk - Jul 02, 2013

A new collaboration will take place this summer between Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, and the new Youth Summer Programs of the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). Students from Usdan's Senior Division Creative Writing Major will travel to BAM on July 23 and 26 to work with students in BAM's Style and Substance creative writing workshop. (more...)

Cartoonist Walt Handelsman, Violist Vincent Lionti, Playwright Michele Lowe & More Lead Usdan Center Master Classes, Summer 2013
by BWW News Desk - Jul 01, 2013

Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, the nationally renowned summer arts day camp, will feature several acclaimed artists teaching master classes and guest-teaching at classes for the 2013 season. (more...)

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