NEW Classes at The United Solo Training Program,
Including a Master Class With Anne Bogart

United Solo will host a Master Class with Anne Bogart, internationally acclaimed director, author, and Head of the MFA in Directing Program at Columbia University. This class is a unique opportunity to work with a legendary theatre artist. The Master Class will take place on Monday, November 5, 2018 from 6PM-8PM at Theatre Row in New York City. Additional classes at the United Solo Professional Training Program include Master Classes taught by Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis (Oct. 28); renowned actor and director, and recipient of the Drama Desk Special Award, Austin Pendleton (Oct. 25); prominent theater publicist and press agent Joshua Ellis (Oct. 18); and La MaMa artist and professor at The New School Zishan Ugurlu (Oct. 15). Space is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. All ages and levels of theatrical experience encouraged. Pre-registration is required at — here you will find more details available as well. Sign up now!

Anne Bogart is a Co-Artistic Director of the ensemble-based SITI Company, head of the MFA Directing program at Columbia University, and author of five books: “A Director Prepares,” “The Viewpoints Book,” “And Then You Act,” “Conversations With Anne” and “What’s the Story.” With SITI, Bogart has directed more than 30 works in venues around the world, including “The Bacchae,” “Chess Match No. 5,” “Steel Hammer,” “The Theater Is a Blank Page,” “Persians,” “A Rite,” “Café Variations,” “Radio Macbeth,” “American Document,” “bobrauschenbergamerica” and “Hotel Cassiopeia.” Recent opera works include Handel’s “Alcina,” Dvorak’s “Dimitrij,” Kurt Weill’s “Lost in the Stars,” Verdi’s “Macbeth,” Bellini’s “Norma” and Bizet’s “Carmen.” Her many awards and fellowships include three honorary doctorates (Cornish School of the Arts, Bard College and Skidmore College), A Duke Artist Fellowship, A United States Artists Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rockefeller/Bellagio Fellowship and a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Residency Fellowship. Photo by Craig Schwartz.
Olympia Dukakis is an Academy Award-winning actress who took home an Oscar for her performance in the 1987 romantic comedy “Moonstruck.” As a highly respected performer of both classical and contemporary theater, the daughter of Greek immigrants first distinguished herself on stage performing in summer stock, and with repertory and Shakespeare companies throughout the country. She made her Broadway debut as an understudy in “The Aspern Papers” at age 30. In 1971, she co-founded The Whole Theater Company in Montclair, NJ, together with her husband, the actor Louis Zorich. Dukakis scored theater triumphs in “A Man’s a Man,” for which she won an Obie Award in 1963, and “The Marriage of Bette and Boo’ — another Obie Award. Many of her successes, both as actor and director, took place while working with The Whole Theater, which encouraged the development of new and untried plays. “Moonstruck” featured a 56-year-old Dukakis in the role of Cher’s sardonic, world-weary mother. In addition to that year’s Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, her performance earned her a Golden Globe, an American Comedy Award, and a Los Angeles Film Critics Award. Since then, she has remained in high demand for over three decades as of one of Hollywood’s most sought-after character players, first in line for a number of top roles including “Steel Magnolias” (1989), “Look Who’s Talking” (1989), “The Cemetery Club” (1993) and “Mr. Holland’s Opus” (1995). A more recent film, “Cloudburst” (2011), was a critical and audience darling, winning over forty awards for Best Film at festivals around the world. Dukakis won several Best Actress awards for her role. She has received high praise for her extensive work in television, including Emmy Award nominations for “Lucky Day,” “More Tales of the City,” and “Joan of Arc.”
Austin Pendleton is a playwright, actor, director, teacher, and a Steppenwolf ensemble member since 1987. He received critical acclaim in 1964 for his performance as Motel in the original Broadway cast of “Fiddler on the Roof.” He appeared in “The Last Sweet Days of Isaac” (for which he won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance and an Obie Award), “The Diary of Anne Frank,” “Goodtime Charley,” and “Up from Paradise” as well as many other plays. In August 2006, Pendleton played the Chaplain in Bertolt Brecht’s “Mother Courage and Her Children” with Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline in the Public Theater production. As a director, Pendleton has worked extensively on and off-Broadway. His direction of Elizabeth Taylor and Maureen Stapleton in Lillian Hellman’s “The Little Foxes” garnered him a Tony Award nomination. Additional directing credits include “Between Riverside and Crazy,” “Uncle Vanya,” “Three Sisters,” “Ivanov,” and “Hamlet,” all at Classic Stage Company in New York. He has made over 100 appearances in television and film. His film work is as diverse as “A Beautiful Mind,” “Mr. & Mrs. Bridge” and “The Muppet Movie.” In 2007, Austin Pendleton received a Special Award for his contributions to American theater at the 52nd Annual Drama Desk Awards.
Joshua Ellis created, developed and executed the public relations for dozens of Broadway and off-Broadway productions, including David Merrick’s 42nd Street (Tony Award), Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods (N.Y. Drama Critics Award), Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music (Special Tony Award and Grammy Award), Yul Brynner in The King and I (Special Tony Award), August Wilson’s Fences (Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize), The Elephant Man (Tony Award), Frank Langella in Dracula (Tony Award), Morning’s at Seven (Tony Award), Big River (Tony Award), Sandy Duncan in Peter Pan, and seven productions with the Royal Shakespeare Company including the monumental The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (Tony Award). Simultaneously, he was the press representative for the multi-award winning Roundabout Theatre Company. For two years he did publicity for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and for five years he was Barry Manilow’s personal press agent. Ellis was on the founding Steering Committee of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and served on that committee for five years while heading BC/EFA’s public relations efforts. In 2017, his solo performance piece, Call My Publicist! — The Starry Education of a Broadway Press Agent, won two United Solo Theatre Awards: “Best Non-Fiction” script and Best Director (Gretchen Cryer). He is also an ordained InterSpiritual minister and disaster chaplaincy trainer.
Zishan Ugurlu is a resident actress and director at La MaMa Theater and has worked extensively both in New York and abroad. She has performed in numerous productions with Great Jones Repertory Company, including “Panorama” (presented in Rimini, Bolognia, Milan, Italy, Ghent, Belgium, Barcelona, and Spain). Acting solo performances include the world premiere of Dario Fo’s “Peasant’s Bible,” “Dante in Dante,” and “Antigone.” As a director, she is currently working on two projects: “Music Room” by John Runowicz about the prison system in America and working with formerly incarcerated individuals and “Fragments, Lists, and Lacuna” written by Alexandra Chasin and featuring Judith Butler. Solo performances previously directed by Prof. Ugurlu include “The Mom, The Dad, & The Holy Spirit” featuring solo performers Yu Ling Wu, Joshua Laclé, and Aliyah Hakim, “Harlem Blooms In Spring” by Jersten Seraile at Off–Broadway, Theater Row (United Solo Festival), “Race Free” by Maria Mukuka, at Off–Broadway, Theater Row (United Solo Festival), “In the Storm of Pleasure” by Daniel Benhamu at Off–Broadway, Theater Row (United Solo Festival Best Debut Award), “The Surrender” by Toni Bentley at Off-Broadway, The Clurman Theater, “Oysters, Orgasms, Obituaries” by Raina von Waldenburg (Nominated for New York Innovative Theater Award for Outstanding Solo Performance) and “Request Program” by F. X. Kroetz. Prof. Ugurlu was recently invited to direct “Measure for Measure”at Istanbul Municipality Theater for its 100-year anniversary and for the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth. She is the founding artistic director of Actors without Borders-ITONY. She graduated from Columbia University with a MFA degree and holds a Ph.D. in theater. She is currently teaching at The New School University as an Associate Professor. She is the recipient of the prestigious Fox Foundation Fellowship granted by Theater Communications Group.
All Master Classes are hosted by United Solo, a New York-based company dedicated to the genre of solo performance. Since its inception in 2010, United Solo has featured nearly 1,000 productions from all over the world. Founded by Omar Sangare, United Solo presents solo pieces, discovers original scripts, connects theatre artists with their audiences, and expands its new series of Master Classes for theatre artists, students, and enthusiasts with all levels of experience. The United Solo Professional Training Program is led by world-class theatre professionals, whose accomplishments and credits guarantee an excellent educational experience. Our instructors include legendary theatre artist Anne Bogart; Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch dancer and choreographer Pau Aran Gimeno; Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis; renowned actor, director, and recipient of the Drama Desk Special Award Austin Pendleton; preeminent actress, director, and Olivier Award winner Fiona Shaw; actor and screenwriter of the Oscar-winning film “Trevor” James Lecesne; renowned and critically acclaimed mime Bill Bowers; distinguished actor, currently starring in “My Fair Lady” on Broadway, Allan Corduner; prominent press agent Joshua Ellis; Head of the MA in Classical Acting at LAMDA Penny Cherns; resident artist at La MaMa, and professor at The New School Zishan Ugurlu; as well as Juilliard School faculty member, performer, and choreographer who has toured 36 countries, Janis Brenner.
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