Flint Journal: “Actors Studio theatre program to premier Flint playwright’s new piece”

Award-winning playwright Sean Michael Welch will premier his new play, “All An Act,” at The Actors Studio Drama School’s 2012 Spring Repertory Season, the only Masters of Fine Arts program officially sanctioned by the Actors Studio.

This month, Former University of Michigan-Flint playwright Sean Michael Welch will present his work with a theatre program that has ties with some of the most accomplished actors, directors and other entertainers in the world.

Welch will premier his new play, All An Act, in week five of the Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) Repertory Season at Pace University Actors Studio Drama School. The one-act play takes place in Clown Alley, and is about two clowns’ relationship troubles. 

Pace’s program is the only MFA theatre program that is officially sanctioned by The Actors Studio, the decades-old membership organization most known for its Emmy-nominated Bravo TV series “Inside the Actors Studio.” The show’s host, Dean Emeritus James Lipton, has recent interviewed the likes of Brad Pitt, George Clooney, James Cameron, and other Hollywood superstars. 

The Spring 2012 Repertory Season, which began on March 28, will host 15 productions in five weeks, acted and directed by the school’s 36 MFA candidates. Welch’s fellow candidates have performed opera at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, acted in Robert DeNiro’s new crime drama series The 2-2, and have achieved a variety of other notable achievements. Still, the Flintstone is accomplished in his own right: he won the 1999 Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival John Cauble Short Play Award for Earl the Vampire, and the same festival’s Region III Ten-Minute Play Competition in 2000 for Charleston’s Finger

Welch’s mentor is Edward Allan Baker, an award-winning associate professor/playwright at Pace who has written for HBO and Showtime. At University of Michigan-Flint, Welch studied under the support of Professor Carolyn Gillespie and Professor Lauren Friesen, reported William E. Ketchum III, Entertainment Reporter for The Flint Journal.




The Strawberry One-Act Festival (NYC/Summer 2011) Abounds with Actors Studio Drama School Playwrights, Actors and Directors

The Strawberry One-Act Festival features six recent graduates of The Actors Studio Drama School’s MFA Program. Ellen Orchid’s “Criminal Mischief” (Thursday, July 28 at 9 pm) and Kerri Campbell Evans’ “Weight” (Saturday, July 30 at 7 pm) take the stage at the Hudson Guild Theater, 441 West 26th Street (between 9th & 10th Avenue), NYC.

A sweet treat this summer is the 20th annual Strawberry One-Act Festival , a play competition in which the audience and the theatre’s judges cast their votes to select the best play of the season.  Twice a year, hundreds of plays from across the country are submitted for the competition.  Plays move from the 1st Round to the Semi-Finals and then the Finals.  The playwright of the winning play receives $1,500.00 and the opportunity to have a full-length play developed by the Riant.  The awards to be presented are Best Play, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress. 
Here are some familiar names that you may remember from past Actors Studio Drama School Spring Repertory Seasons:
Thursday, July 28th at 9:00 pm
CRIMINAL MISCHIEF by Ellen Orchid (MFA ’09)
Directed by Ellen Orchid (MFA ’09)
Featuring: Melinda Graham (MFA ’10), Suzanne Darrell (MFA ’10), and Angel Dillemuth (MFA ’10)
He was a great boyfriend.  Until his wife showed up.
Saturday, July 30th at 7:00 pm

WEIGHT by Kerri Campbell Evans (MFA ’10)
Directed by Larissa Dzegar (MFA ’09)
Featuring:  Melinda Graham (MFA ’10), Geiselle Nix-Fauntleroy, and Kerri Campbell Evans (MFA ’09)
3 embryos, 2 women & 1 waiting room

The Strawberry One-Act Festival is held at the Hudson Guild Theatre, 441 West 26th Street, NYC.  Tickets: www.therianttheatre.com