Primary Stages closed its celebratory 25th Anniversary Season by proudly announcing the naming of its School of Theater in honor of founding board members Marvin and Anne Einhorn last week on April 16. BroadwayWorld was on hand for the ceremony. The school will now be officially known as Primary Stages Marvin and Anne Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA). Twenty-five years after helping to found Primary Stages, Marvin and Anne Einhorn continue to serve the theater company and still report to duty each day at the Primary Stages office. They personify the renowned theater company's fierce and unwavering commitment to producing exciting work Off-Broadway.
The ceremony took place at the home office and studios of Primary Stages on West 38th Street. Two-time Tony Award-nominee Carolee Carmello performed for the many guests, friends and family, teachers and students who were on hand to celebrate with the Einhorns.
ESPA is an interdisciplinary performing arts institution where students may hone their skills and develop their careers in a nurturing and collaborative environment. The school provides extensive opportunities for emerging artists, professionals, and life-long learners to collaborate with working professional artists while building strong relationships within the New York theater community.
Primary Stages launched its educational programs in 2007 with classes in acting, directing and playwriting. Classes offered this Spring include Scene Study: Contemporary Texts, Advanced Scene Study: Tennessee Williams, Alexander Technique, Viewpoints, Pilates for Actors, Voice and Speech, Improvisation, Musical Theater Auditioning, Adaptation, Libretto 2: From Treatment to First Draft, Advanced Playwriting, Advanced TV Writing, and Directing for Actors with Master Classes by Judith Light, Judith Ivey, Craig Lucas and Joanna Gleason. ESPA's 2010 summer curriculum will be announced on Monday, April 26.
Instructors have included Betsy Aidem, Mark Blum, Michelle Bossy, Karen Braga, Casey Childs, Cusi Cram, comedian Denny Dillon, Gary Donatelli, Sarah Elliott, director Carl Forsman, Jackson Gay, Tony-Award winner Randy Graff, lyricist Kait Kerrigan, Michael Laibson, Tessa LaNeve, Linda & David Laundra, Andrew Leynse, Rogelio Martinez, Lisa Rothe, Julian Sheppard, Leigh Silverman, Blair Singer, Kim Weild, Sheri Wilner, Mary Louise Wilson, and Walton Wilson.
For more information about Primary Stages, visit www.primarystages.org.
Photo Credit: Susan Gurevich