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THREE ACTORS STUDIO DRAMA SCHOOL ALUMNI FEATURED IN THIS YEAR’S BROADWAY SEASON
As the 2016-2017 Broadway theatre seasons draws to a close, and the 2017 Tony Awards approach, the Actors Studio Drama School congratulates three of its alumni whose work is featured in three outstanding Broadway productions.
Rachel Stevens, an MFA Directing alum, assistant directed the Broadway musical with the most Tony Nominations this season, Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812. Stevens assisted director Rachel Chavkin, who is nominated for Best Direction of a Musical, on this hit show which is a musical adaptation of Tolstoy’s War and Peace, of which Time Out New York called “One of the best musicals of the decade.” The production is nominated for twelve Tony Awards.
Irene Sankoff, an MFA Acting graduate, penned one of the Best New Musicals this season, Come From Away. Along with her husband, David Hein, she wrote the book, music and lyrics of the very moving musical about the small town of Gander, Newfoundland that took-in over 7,000 travelers when their planes were grounded due to the September 11th attacks. The show is nominated for seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Sankoff for Best Book of A Musical and Best Original Score.
Danny Gorman, another MFA Directing alum, assisted Emmy Award-winning director Lonny Price on the revival of Sunset Boulevard starring Glenn Close. Close, who won the Tony Award for the same role in 1995, revives this iconic role and Ben Brantley of the New York Times says her current portrayal of Norma Desmond is “one of the great stage performances of this century.”
The Actors Studio Drama School is extremely proud of its graduates who continue to be at the forefront of cutting-edge theater in New York and around the world.