Every year, since 2009, The Ten Chimneys Foundation, which facilitates the Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program, brings together just ten of the nation’s top regional theatre actors to work with a world-renowned Master Teacher. This year, PCPA’s Andrew Philpot was selected to join leading actors and acting teachers who were chosen from an exclusive list of only ten national theatres. The actors will participate in a week of master classes headed by nationally renowned actor Alan Alda from July 21 – 28, 2013. This is a life-altering opportunity for the selected theatre actors to expand their creative and mentoring abilities.

Mr. Alda, an Academy Award nominee, six time Golden Globe winner, and five time Emmy Award winner will focus on spontaneity on stage, and will lead the ten accomplished actors in an immersive experience that will take place on the grounds and within the rooms of Ten Chimneys National Historic Landmark. The venue is the former estate of Broadway legends Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne and is located in Genesee Depot, Wisconsin.

“The prospect of working with talented, experienced actors as we explore spontaneity is exciting. That mysteriously compelling quality of life happening before our eyes is the goal, and I hope to learn as much as they do. This is going to be fun,” 2013 Master Teacher Alan Alda is quoted in a press release.

The ten selected theatres presented their nominees to the Ten Chimneys Foundation which consulted with a distinguished board of national advisors in collaboration with top regional theatres from around the country which determined the finalists for this year’s master class.

In addition to Andrew Philpot of PCPA Theaterfest, the ten actors – whom Ten Chimneys considers the “best of the best” in American theatre – include David Alan Anderson, Indiana Repertory Theatre; David Breitbarth, Asolo Repertory Theatre; Kandis Chappell, The Old Globe; George Dvorsky, Paper Mill Playhouse; Robin Goodrin Nordli, Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Sharon Lawrence, The Pasadena Playhouse; Kathleen McCall, Denver Center Theatre Company; Dee Nelson, Huntington Theatre Company; and Mark Nelson, Cleveland Play House.

Andrew Philpot has been an Equity Actor with PCPA since 2004 and teaches Voice and Speech II in PCPA’s conservatory. His acting credits include Prospero, The Tempest; Richard Hannay, The 39 Steps; Jonas Collin, My Fairytale (American Premiere); Sir William Lucas/Mr. Gardiner, Pride and Prejudice; Caspian, Invierno (World Premiere); Thenardier, Les Misérables; Iago, Othello. Mr. Philpot has also appeared at Denver Center, Pasadena Playhouse, and Mark Taper Forum, in addition to television appearances on The Practice, Frasier, Columbo, and Empty Nest. He received a BA from UC Irvine and MFA from Academy for Classical Acting in Washington, DC.

Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne were widely known for their dedication to the next generation of actors. The Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program continues that tradition of mentorship at Ten Chimneys by offer the nation’s accomplished actors the rare and deeply needed opportunity to grow artistically, hone their craft, renew their passion for their art form, deepen their commitment to mentorship, and form a national community of Lunt-Fontanne Fellows, all under the direction of a renowned Master Teacher.

Past Master Teachers have included Lynn Redgrave, Olympia Dukakis, Joel Grey, and Barry Edelstein. For more information on the fellowship visit www.tenchimneys.org/fellowship.