UNION – Kean University continues the Premiere Artists series with a visit by Academy Award-winning actress and best-selling author Ellen Burstyn on Monday, Dec. 5. Premiere Artists features high-profile artists as they visit the Kean University campus to conduct master classes with Kean University students and engage in question and answer sessions with the campus community and local patrons.
The evening begins at 5:15 p.m. and includes an open master class, where Kean BFA acting students prepare scenes that they will be performing in their upcoming January Showcase in New York City. Burstyn will critique and discuss the scenes from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m.; there will be a question and answer session from 6:15-7 p.m. Burstyn will discuss her career and take questions from the students and patrons in the audience. Producing Artistic Director John Wooten will moderate. The event will conclude with a reception from 7 to 7:30 p.m.
Burstyn’s illustrious acting career encompasses film, stage and television. She became a “triple crown winner” when she won an Emmy for her guest appearance in “Law & Order: SVU” (2009) to add to her Oscar win for “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” (1974) and her Tony Award for “Same Time, Next Year” (1974) on Broadway. Burstyn has been nominated for an Academy Award five other times for “The Last Picture Show” (1972), “The Exorcist” (1973), “Same Time, Next Year,” (1979), “Resurrection” (1981), and “Requiem for a Dream” (2000).
Burstyn became a national best-selling author with the publication in 2006 of her memoir, “Lessons in Becoming Myself,” published by Riverhead Press. In addition to a continuing and thriving acting career, she is writing a screenplay, as well as planning a book of her photography accompanied by her favorite poetry.
Tickets for the event are free . The event will be held in the University Center Little Theatre, located at Kean University, 1000 Morris Avenue, Union. Space is limited. To reserve tickets, call 1-908-737-4092.
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