MASTER CLASS IN PLAYWRITING
AUSTIN PENDLETON is an actor, director, playwright and teacher of acting. His most recent appearances in New York as an actor have included the title role in King Lear (at the Secret Theatre) and several productions at the Public Theatre (Straight White Men, and, at the Delacorte, Romeo and Juliet and, with Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline, Mother Courage and Her Children). As a director he has been represented recently in New York by Between Riverside and Crazy, by Stephen Adly Giurgis, and (at Classic Stage Company) Hamlet, Ivanov, Three Sisters and Uncle Vanya, in productions including such actors as Peter Sarsgaard, Ethan Hawke, Joely Richardson, Maggie Gylenhall, Mamie Gummer, and Denis O'Hare.
His plays, produced in New York, around the country and internationally, and all published, include Orson's Shadow, Uncle Bob, and Booth, which starred Frank Langella. He also wrote the book for the musical A Minister's Wife, presented at the Newhouse at Lincoln Center, with music by Josh Schmidt and lyrics by Jan Tranen, with the whole show conceived and directed by Michael Halberstam. He has appeared in over 200 movies, and appeared regularly on such TV shows as "Oz," "Homicide," and "Law and Order." He teaches acting at HB Studio, in New York City.