The College at Brockport Department of Theatre and Music Studies will continue its “Stage Whispers: Conversations with Theatre Professionals” series with Tony Award-nominated actress Jeanne Paulsen at 10 a.m. on April 26 at Tower Fine Arts Center, 180 Holley St., Brockport.
Though she has appeared on Broadway several times, the bulk of Paulsen’s career was spent on stages across the country. Her talk, “Do All Roads Lead to Broadway?,” will examine whether an actor’s career must rely on New York City.
Though perceived as a mecca, the percentage of professional actors who actually appear on Broadway is relatively small. Foregoing electronic media, a stage actor can work consistently and even achieve some notoriety working in regional theaters from coast to coast. While these theaters have their own hierarchy, they are excellent training grounds for any working actor. Paulsen will share her experiences coming up through the ranks.
Paulsen received her Tony Award nomination for her work in Robert Schenkkan’s “The Kentucky Cycle,” starring Stacy Keach. On Broadway, she performed the role of Ann Putnam in “The Crucible,” starring Liam Neeson and Laura Linney. Paulsen performed in theaters nationwide, including three productions of “King Charles III” at Seattle Repertory Theatre, American Conservatory Theater and Shakespeare Theatre Co. She appeared at the McCarter Theatre Center (“The Figaro Plays”), Denver Center Performing Arts Theatre Co. (“Richard III,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “Doubt,” “All My Sons,” “Mrs. Warren’s Profession,” “You Can’t Take It with You,” “Sideman” and “Molly Sweeney”), A Contemporary Theatre (“A Moon for the Misbegotten”), Intiman Theatre (“Our Town,” “The Little Foxes” and “Faith Healer”) and South Coast Repertory (Rosie in “Holy Days,” for which she received an LA Drama Critics Circle Award for Lead Performance). She is making her Geva debut in “One House Over.”
The free series gives community members insight into the process of professional theater artists. Call (585) 395-2496 for information.