Nominees of the 2019 United Solo Special Award Have Been Announced

United Solo honors performers who have made outstanding contributions to solo theatre. This year’s nominees are Michael C. Hall, Alison S. M. Kobayashi, Aasif Mandvi, Maggie Smith, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and Colin Quinn. As in the past, the recipient of the United Solo Special Award will be announced at the Festival’s Closing Gala on Nov. 24 at Theatre Row, and will join an illustrious group of award recipients, including Anna Deavere Smith (2010), Patti LuPone (2011), John Leguizamo (2012), Fiona Shaw (2013), Billy Crystal (2014), James Lecesne (2015), Staceyann Chin in collaboration with Cynthia Nixon (2016), Michael Moore (2017), and Renée Taylor (2018).
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A Master Class with Austin Pendleton

Austin Pendleton will return to the studio at Theatre Row, NYC, to teach his seventh Master Class at the United Solo Professional Training Program! Mr. Pendleton will spend time working with the participants on scenes and monologues. He will offer his critique and thoughts in a collaborative setting, gradually trying to reach a wider evaluation of the strengths and potential of the actors as a whole. Participants are expected to prepare a monologue or scene to workshop and should expect to learn through observing Austin’s coaching throughout the class. The Master Class will take place on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 from 3:00PM-5:00PM at Theatre Row, New York City. All ages and levels of theatrical experience encouraged. Space is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-registration is required at http://unitedsolo.org/us/uedu — here you will find more details available as well. Sign up now!

3 Master Classes with Olympia Dukakis

United Solo is proud to host Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis, who will teach a series of 3 Master Classes as part of the United Solo Professional Training Program! This is a rare opportunity to work with Ms. Dukakis at her private rehearsal studio in NYC and develop your acting skills through 3 sessions with this critically acclaimed actress of theatre, film, and television. Participants may attend all 3 classes for a reduced price or only those they are available for at full price. Her master class, “The Importance of Craft,” will teach students to identify and develop what is important to them as performers. Ms. Dukakis will explain how to approach the craft of acting as a personal connection to thoughts, actions, circumstances and character, as expressed and defined by the text. The Master Classes will take place on Fridays: August 30, September 6, September 13, 2019 from 5:00PM-7:00PM at NYU/Washington Sq. park area, New York City – exact location to be shared after signing up. Many thanks to Stavroula Toska for arranging this class!
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A Master Class with Austin Pendleton

Austin Pendleton will return to the studio at Theatre Row, NYC, to teach his sixth Master Class at the United Solo Professional Training Program! Mr. Pendleton will spend time working with the participants on scenes and monologues. He will offer his critique and thoughts in a collaborative setting, gradually trying to reach a wider evaluation of the strengths and potential of the actors as a whole. Participants are expected to prepare a monologue or scene to workshop and should expect to learn through observing Austin’s coaching throughout the class. The Master Class will take place on Monday, July 29, 2019 from 3:00PM-5:00PM at Theatre Row, New York City. All ages and levels of theatrical experience encouraged. Space is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-registration is required at www.unitedsolo.org/us/uedu — here you will find more details available as well. Sign up now!

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