Mirirai Sithole Awarded Classic Stage Company's Rosemarie Tichler Fund Grant

Classic Stage Company has announced that Mirirai Sithole is this year's recipient of the Rosemarie Tichler Fund grant. The Fund was established in 2010 with the mission to assist young actors who have appeared at CSC and who have recently made the transition from their training into the profession. The $3,000 grant can be used by the young artist to continue training or to offset loans they may have incurred while studying their craft. With the grant, CSC hopes to make a difference in the lives of young actors at the start of their careers as well as to heighten awareness in the community to the specific needs of actors.

Mirirai Sithole appeared in CSC's recent production of Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children, directed by Brian Kulick. Other New York Theater: The Hundred We Are, C.O.A.L. - Confessions of a Liar, Autumn's Harvest (Lincoln Center Education). Regional: Remix 38 (Humana Festival), Our Town, and Christmas Carol (Actors Theatre of Louisville). TV: "The Affair, "Master of None," and "Broad City." She received her BFA in theatre from Adelphi University.

Rosemarie Tichler has a long legacy of identifying and nurturing new generations of young actors and is committed to their future well-being. Tichler was the Artistic Producer of The New York Shakespeare Festival/The Public Theater from 1991 to September 2001 where she worked on over 40 productions including The Skriker by Caryl Churchill, Simpatico by Sam Shepard, Venus by Suzan-Lori Parks, and George Wolfe's production of The Tempest at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

Prior to 1991, Ms. Tichler was Head of Casting (1975-1991) at The Public for Joseph Papp where she cast over 150 plays, including such landmark productions as Andrei Serban's The Cherry Orchard, Richard Foreman's Threepenny Opera, and Ntozake Shange's For Colored Girls.

Ms. Tichler founded The Shakespeare Lab: an intensive program for actors in Shakespeare performance. Prior to working at The Public, she was Associate Director for Artistic Services at Theatre Communications Group, the national service organization for the country's not-for-profit theaters, from 1972-74 and its Casting Director before that from 1969-71. Ms. Tichler has been teaching for New York University's Graduate Acting Program for over 20 years. She has also done workshops at major actor training programs around the country including The Juilliard School, The Actors Center, Yale Drama School, and the MFA program in Acting at Columbia. Ms. Tichler is the co-author with Barry Jay Kaplan of Actors At Work (2007) and The Playwright At Work (2012).

Tax-deductible donations can be made to support this initiative by calling (212) 677-4210 x22 or by mailing a check to Classic Stage Company, Attention: Development, 136 East 13th Street, New York, NY 10003. Please make checks payable to Classic Stage Company.

CSC is the award-winning Off-Broadway theater committed to re-imagining the classical repertory for contemporary audiences. For more than 45 years, CSC has been a home for New York's finest established and emerging artists to grapple with the great works of the world's repertory that speak directly to the issues of today. CSC serves an average of 35,000 Audience members annually, including more than 4,000 students through its nationally-recognized education programs. Recent productions include: Ibsen's Peer Gynt, Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children, Euripides' Iphigenia in Aulis, transadapted by Anne Washburn; Marlowe's Doctor Faustus adapted by David Bridel and Andrei Belgrader, starring Chris Noth; Shakespeare's Hamlet starring Peter Sarsgaard; Turgenev's A Month in the Country with Peter Dinklage and Taylor Schilling; Rodgers & Hammerstein's Allegro; Brecht's The Caucasian Chalk Circle with Christopher Lloyd, and Galileo with F. Murray Abraham; Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Passion with Melissa Errico, Judy Kuhn and Ryan Silverman; Chekhov's Ivanov with Ethan Hawke, The Cherry Orchard with Dianne Wiest and John Turturro, Three Sisters with Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jessica Hecht, Juliet Rylance and Peter Sarsgaard, Uncle Vanya with Maggie Gyllenhaal, Denis O'Hare and Peter Sarsgaard, and The Seagull with Dianne Wiest and Alan Cumming; David Ives' The Heir Apparent, Venus in Fur with Nina Arianda (Broadway transfer 2011/2012, Tony Award nom., Best Play), The School for Lies with Hamish Linklater, and New Jerusalem with Richard Easton; Unnatural Acts, conceived by Tony Speciale; Anne Carson's An Oresteia; and Shakespeare's The Tempest with Mandy Patinkin, A Midsummer Night's Dream with Bebe Neuwirth, and Richard III, Richard II and Hamlet with Michael Cumpsty. CSC productions have been cited repeatedly by all the major Off-Broadway theatre awards: Obie, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, and the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Body of Work.

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