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White Heron Theater Company creates intensive pre-professional training

The White Heron Theater Company of Nantucket today announced “The Intensive,” a pre-professional training opportunity for students 18 and older. The Intensive’s faculty includes nationally recognized leaders in the entertainment industry and is housed in White Heron’s state-of-the-art facilities June 10-12.

“We are thrilled to bring this new training opportunity to Nantucket,” said McCaela Donovan, White Heron’s director of training and education. “At White Heron, we have created a strong student company program for high school students under the wonderful leadership of Jimmy Calitri. Many alumni of our student company have told us that they want to continue training and learn from professionals, signaling an opportunity for a program that eases their transition into the field.We have recruited some amazing instructors to bring this exciting program to life.

This year’s intensive program will include audition scripts and work in front of the camera, access to how casting and representing artists can help shape a career with a seasoned agent, information on creating websites, social media management, as well as other facets of the business side of the profession with actors who have worked on Broadway, the West End, HBO and other areas of the entertainment industry. The Intensive will also cover browsing different geographic markets such as New York, Los Angeles and London.

“White Heron has been committed to the education of young artists since its inception,” said Lynne Bolton, Artistic Director of White Heron. “As our young artists have grown, it is now time to extend this rigor to students in the pre-professional phase of their training. A knowledge of practices, audition techniques, superb classical acting training and advice on finding representation – these are key elements to a successful launch of a young career. McCaela has done a superb job of organizing a program that will make a real difference in the careers of young actors. Her experience has served her well in organizing a program designed to take students to the next level.”

Instructors this summer include:

  • Scotty Anderson, a New York-based casting director from Avy Kaufman Casting who has worked with acclaimed filmmakers such as Kathryn Bigelow, Ang Lee, Reinaldo Marcus Green, James Ponsoldt, George C. Wolfe, and Steve Zaillain, among others, and on critically acclaimed TV series for Netflix, Apple Studios, Hulu, Showtime, FX and Paramount. On Broadway, Scotty has worked on productions of LES MISERABLES, Jersey Boys, Phantom of the Opera and School of Rock, among others.

  • Rémy Saint Denis, artistic agent in the New York office of the Artists & Representatives agency, where he has worked for 10 years. He is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and the Stern School of Business.

  • Joe Aaron Reid, an American actor, best known for originating the role of Curtis Taylor Jr. in London’s hit West End musical Dreamgirls, opposite Amber Riley (“Glee”). Reid recently starred in the European premiere of Mark Gerrard’s play Steve (Seven Dials Playhouse). He also originated the role of Benny in Lin Manuel Miranda’s West End production of In The Heights. Prior to working in London, Joe resided in both New York and Los Angeles. Broadway credits include Chicago and the original casts of If/Then, Ghost, Catch Me If You Can, Finian’s Rainbow (revival), and Curtains. TV credits include “Smash”, “The Homemade Sketch Show”, “It Could Be Worse”, and “Robozuna”.

  • Kelley Curran, currently seen as Turner on HBO’s “The Gilded Age.” Broadway: Presenting Laughter with Kevin Kline. Off-Broadway Selection: Mother of The Maid with Glenn Close (The Public Theatre), The Winter’s Tale (TFANA), Dracula (Classic Stage Company), Angels in America (Signature Theatre), Sense & Sensibility (Bedlam), Atmosphere of Memory (LAByrinth Theater Co), ‘Tis Pity… (Red Bull) and three seasons with The Acting Company. Regional: The Oresteia (world premiere adaptation with the Shakespeare Theater Company). Movie/TV: “The Man Who Killed Hitler Then The Bigfoot”, “The Gilded Age (HBO)”, “The Blacklist (ABC)”. Her honors include the Callaway Award, NTC Emerging Professional Award, Drama League, Helen Hayes, and Princess Grace Award nominations. Curran was educated at Fordham University at Lincoln Center.

  • Tony Award winner Andrew Burnap, who originated the role of Toby Darling in Matthew Lopez’s The Inheritance, directed by Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin, at the Barrymore Theater on Broadway (Tony Award, Clive Barnes Award), as well as at The Young Vic Theater and Noël Coward Theater in London’s West End. Previous theater credits include The Legend of Georgia McBride by Matthew Lopez at the Geffen Playhouse, the original production of Nicky Silver’s This Day Forward at the Vineyard Theatre, King Lear at the Public Theatre/New York Shakespeare Festival, and the title role in “Troilus in The Public Theatre/NYSF production of Troilus & Cressida. Other theater credits include productions at the Williamstown Theater Festival and the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, where he found his first professional home. His film work includes Snow White (coming soon), A Star Is Born, Spare Room, The Chaperone. TV credits include: “WeCrashed”, “Under the Banner of Heaven” (coming soon) “Younger”, “Instinct”, “The Code”. Andrew is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island (BFA) and the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale, where he earned his MFA and received the Herschel Williams Award for Outstanding Ability in Acting. Andrew is also a member of the Forbes Class of 2020 “30 under 30”.

  • McCaela Donovan is an Elliot Norton and IRNE Award-winning actress, artistic director and consultant, and was associate artistic director and founding member of the Bridge Repertory Theater in Boston. She has performed Off-Broadway and in various regional theaters including Primary Stages, NYMTF, ArtsEmerson, Huntington Theater Company, American Repertory Theatre, SpeakEasy Stage, Gloucester Stage Company, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Lyric Stage Company, New Repertory Theatre, Company One, Stoneham Theatre, Berkshire Theater Festival, Reagle Music Theater and Children’s Theater in Sioux Falls, SD. Donovan has worked and taught at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Boston Conservatory, Emerson College, Dean College, Emmanuel College, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, and for eight years was assistant director of the BU School of Theatre, where she led admissions and recruitment for performance and taught in the areas of musical theater and career opportunities.

“The Intensive is an opportunity I wish I had as a young actor,” Bolton added. “The advice and training of these professionals in the field gives young actors contacts in the field and the know-how to help them launch their careers. Very few institutions offer courses of this caliber of professional training and access to leaders in all aspects of the theater craft.”

More information about the Intensive, including registration information, is available at www.whiteherontheatre.org/education.

About the White Heron Theater Company

The White Heron Theater Company is a non-profit professional theater company that produces transformative and professional productions of classic and contemporary plays. For more information, visit whiteherontheatre.org.