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  • Hamish Linklater

    Hamish Linklater is an Obie winner who is currently starring in the CBS comedy The Crazy Ones, opposite Robin Williams and recently starred in the HBO series The Newsroom. His theater performances include Seminar on Broadway and many appearances for the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater, where he will be seen this summer in Much Ado About Nothing for NYSF. On film Linklater can next be seen in The Angriest Man in Brooklyn and Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight, both to be released in 2014.

  • Tamara Tunie

    Tamara Tunie is a distinguished actress whose many memorable stage performances include the lead in the Public Theater's Troilus and Cressida, while her film and television credits include Devil's Advocate, FLIGHT, City Hall, Snake Eyes, Eve's Bayou, The Caveman's Valentine, The Red Road, Law and Order: SVU, 24, Sex and The City and NYPD Blue.

Presenters

  • Andy Karl

    Andy Karl is currently starring as Rocky in the new hit Broadway musical based on the Oscar winning film.

    Previous to Rocky, Andy starred in a return performance on Broadway as Tommy DeVito in Jersey Boys following his critically acclaimed performance as Neville Landless in the Broadway revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood for which he was nominated for a 2013 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical.

    A native of Baltimore, Andy’s parents enrolled him in an after school theatre program in high school to “keep him out of trouble” and what started as a way to channel his energy, soon became a passion. After moving to New York a few years later, Karl quickly made an impression in the theatre community starring in Romeo and Bernadette, for which he received a Carbonell nomination, the Off Broadway productions of Saturday Night working alongside Stephen Sondheim and Kathleen Marshall and his stand out performance as Luke, the thuggish rapper in the original cast of Alter Boyz.

    Andy went on to star in numerous Broadway productions including 9 to 5, Legally Blonde (ACCA Award), The Wedding Singer, Saturday Night Fever and On the 20th Century. His Film and TV roles include Joyful Noise; Rob Reiner's And So It Goes (opposite Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton); Legally Blonde: The Search for Elle Woods; On the One; New York, I Love You. He is happily married to the Tony Award nominated actress Orfeh and currently resides in New York City. andykarl.com.

  • Betsy Aidem

    Currently: All The Way, Broadway, Lincoln Center: Nikolai and The Others, Road. Dreams of Flying …, Celebration, Sea of Tranquility (Atlantic) The Metal Children, Mary Rose (Vineyard) Crooked (WP) Stone Cold Dead Serious (Edge) The Butterfly Collection (Playwrights Horizons) Good Thing (The New Group) Five Women… (MCC) Steel Magnolias (Lortel) A Lie of The Mind (Promenade) Balm in Gilead (Circle Rep).

    Regional: The Killing of Sister George (Long Wharf) Circle Mirror Transformation (Huntington) Sweet Bird of Youth, Sugar Syndrome (Williamstown) The Whore… (Dorset) Jolson Sings Again, God of Carnage (George Street) 1000 Airplanes on the Roof, SEVEN (International) Chekov at Lake Lucille.

    Film: Kenneth Lonergan’s Margaret & You Can Count on Me, The Bleeding House.

    TV: The Americans, The Big C, Rescue Me, Nurse Jackie, Law and Orders.

    OBIE for Sustained Excellence.

  • Cristin Milioti

    Cristin Milioti currently stars as “the mother” on CBS’s hit comedy show How I Met Your Mother opposite Jason Segel, Alyson Hannigan, Neil Patrick Harris, Cobie Smulders, and Josh Radnor. The show has been nominated for an Emmy® for “Outstanding Comedy Series,” a People’s Choice Award for “Favorite TV Comedy” and a Teen Choice Award for “Choice TV Show: Comedy.”

    Cristin recently starred in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill. The film chronicles Jordan Belfort’s dramatic rise and fall on Wall Street, along with his hard-partying lifestyle and tumultuous personal life. Cristin played Belfort’s (DiCaprio) wife, Teresa Petrillo. The film was released by Paramount and has made over $375 million worldwide.

    Other film credits include The Brass Teapot, Bert and Ernie's Guide to Friendship, Sleepwalk with Me, Blood Relative, and Year of the Carnivore.

    On stage, she recently starred as “Girl” in the Broadway smash hit musical Once, which received a Tony Award for “Best Musical,” Grammy Award for “Best Musical Theater Album,” Lucille Lortel Award for “Outstanding Musical,” and a Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for “Best Musical.” Cristin was nominated for a Tony Award for “Best Leading Actress in a Musical,” Lucille Lortel Award for “Outstanding Lead Actress,” Outer Critics Circle Award for “Outstanding Actress in a Musical,” and a Drama League Award for “Best Performance.” Other Broadway credits include Coram Boy and Lieutenant of Inishmore. Other stage credits include Little Foxes, That Face, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, The Retributionists, Stunning, for which she received a Lucille Lortel Award, Some Americans Abroad, and Crooked.

    On television, Cristin has guest starred on 30 Rock, Nurse Jackie, The Good Wife, and 3 Lbs. She also had a recurring role on HBO’s The Sopranos.

  • David Bar Katz

    David Bar Katz is a member of The LAByrinth Theater Company which produced his plays Philip Roth in Khartoum (at The Public Theater) and The Atmosphere of Memory (starring Ellen Burstyn) and has presented six of his plays in their annual Barn Series Festival. He is an award winning screenwriter, playwright, author and director.

  • Harvey Fierstein

    Harvey Fierstein is the author of the current Broadway smash hits Kinky Boots (2013 Tony Award Winner for Best Musical) and Newsies, as well as Torch Song Trilogy (Tony, Drama Desk and OBIE Awards), La Cage aux Folles (Tony and Drama Desk Awards), The Sissy Duckling (Humanitas Award), A Catered Affair (12 Drama Desk nominations), Safe Sex (Ace Award), Legs Diamond, Spookhouse, Flatbush Tosca, Common Ground, and more. He will soon have three productions running on Broadway when Newsies and Kinky Boots are joined by the world premiere of his first play in nearly 30 years, Casa Valentina, which will open at MTC's Samuel J Friedman Theater in April, directed by Joe Mantello. As an actor Mr. Fierstein is known worldwide for his performances in films like Mrs. Doubtfire and Independence Day, and on stage in Hairspray (Tony Award), Fiddler On The Roof, La Cage aux Folles, Torch Song Trilogy (Tony Award), and TV shows such as Smash, How I Met Your Mother, The Good Wife, Cheers (Emmy nomination), The Simpsons, and Nurse Jackie.

  • Kelli O'Hara

    Kelli O'Hara is receiving rave reviews for her portrayal of Francesca in the musical adaptation of The Bridges of Madison County, currently playing on Broadway. She has also graced the stage and earned awards for her in performances in Nice Work If You Can Get It, South Pacific, Pajama Game, and The Light in the Piazza, among others. Her concert work spans from Carnegie Hall to Capitol Hill. She is a frequent performer on PBS's live telecasts and the Kennedy Center Honors.

  • Lena Hall

    Lena Hall is currently starring as Yitzhak in the hit Broadway revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch opposite Neil Patrick Harris. She has appeared in roles on and Off Broadway as well as on television and in films. When not on the Broadway stage, Lena performs with her band The Deafening.

  • Stephen Trask

    Stephen Trask, co-creator and Obie winner for Music and Lyrics of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Hedwig is back on Broadway this season. Stephen is also the orchestrator for the Broadway production of Rocky. Since 2003, Stephen has been scoring films on both the independent and studio level for directors as diverse as Tom McCarthy, Paul Weitz, Todd Graff, Tamara Jenkins, Jon Kasdan, Robert Benton, Sean Anders, Bill Condon, Alan Poul, Tom Vaughn, Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman. Stephen has recorded and performed with alt rock n' roll royalty such as Stone Temple Pilots, Bob Mould, Sleater-Kinney, Yoko Ono, Debbie Harry, and Lene Lovitch.

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