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Ellen Barkin’s superb acting skills have enabled her to play roles ranging from an abusive single mother to a sultry femme fatale. Her versatility has made her a sought after and esteemed actress in theater, film and television. Barkin stars in the much-anticipated indie project, Another Happy Day, directed by Sam Levinson. The film—co-starring Kate Bosworth, Demi Moore, Ellen Burstyn and Thomas Haden Church—recently premiered to rave reviews at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Other recent film credits include Cam Archer’s Shit Year, which premiered to rave reviews at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, Jean-Paul Salome’s The Chameleon and Gary Winick’s Letters To Juliet, for which she went behind the camera as one of the film’s producers.
Barkin has had an illustrious and diverse acting career comprised of over forty films that include, in no particular order, Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s 13, Todd Solondz’s Palindromes, Antoine Fuqua’s Brooklyn’s Finest, Mitchell Lichtenstein’s
She garnered her first Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress for her performance in Blake Edward’s Switch, and received her second Golden Globe nomination and the Emmy Award® for Best Actress for her performance in Oprah Winfrey’s Before Women Had Wings.
Barkin attended the prestigious High School of the Performing Arts in New York and went on to study both drama and history at Hunter College. She continued her acting studies by participating in workshops at the renowned Actors Studio. Barkin made her acting debut in 1980 in a theatrical production of Irish Coffee, which was soon followed by the original Off-Broadway production of Extremities. A Bronx native, Barkin currently resides in New York City.
Broadway: Suddenly, Last Summer (Theatre World Award); Off-Broadway: Three Tall Women; Milk; Is Life Worth Living?; Night Sky. Regional: Defiance; The Philadelphia Story, The Royal Exchange (England); Othello w/Avery Brooks/Andre Braugher; Merry Wives of Windsor w/ Daiken Matthews, directed by Roger Rees; Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow; Death of a Salesman directed by Pam MacKinnon. Film: Another Earth (2011 Sundance); Paparazzi; City Hall; The Out of Towners; Escape from L.A. In Memory of Bradford John Baker.
Broadway: Next Fall, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Big River. Off-Broadway: Fuddy Meers, The Substance Of Fire, Celebration/The Room, View Of The Dome, Baby Anger, The Hothouse, Life And Limb. Films include: Men In Black, Get Shorty, Cirque Du Freak, Galaxy Quest, Radio, One True Thing, Christmas With The Kranks, Just A Kiss and The Bleeding House. TV roles include: The Good Wife, Nurse Jackie, Kevin Hill, Sex and the City, Law and Order, Will and Grace, CSI, Frasier, 21 Jump Street and the recently completed pilot Council of Dads for Fox. Mr. Breen’s Los Angeles art gallery is depicted the upcoming web series Whole Day Down. Patrick is a member of Naked Angels and helped found MCC Theater.
Broadway: The Light in the Piazza, Mrs. Warren’s Profession. Off-Broadway: Old Money, The House in Town, The Beard of Avon. Nat’l tour: The Heidi Chronicles. Regionally: Williamstown Theater Festival, Mark Taper Forum, American Conservatory Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Intiman Theatre, Denver Center Theater Company, The La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe Theater, South Coast Repertory Theater. Film credits include For Your Consideration, Election, The Job, Meeting Spencer, Timer, Eulogy, Watching the Detectives, Jurassic Park III, Barbarians at the Gate. Television credits include Breaking Bad, Lie to Me, Monk, The Big Bang Theory, Eli Stone, Pushing Daisies, Grey’s Anatomy, ER, Dirt, Sleeper Cell, Prison Break, Heroes, Medium, The Closer, Bones, Las Vegas, Desperate Housewives, Will and Grace, Raines, Seinfeld, Star Trek Voyager; and the television movies War Stories, The Partridge Family, Hefner Unauthorized, and My Brother’s Keeper. He is the author of (and appeared in) The Immigrant, The Legacy and Hank Williams—Lost Highway. Mr. Harelik is a Fox Foundation and Ten Chimneys Foundation Fellow.
Broadway: The Crucible, Cabaret and Love! Valour! Compassion! Off-Broadway: Love! Valour! Compassion! (Obie Award), Blue Window, God’s Heart, The End of the Day, The Substance of Fire, The Autumn Garden (Williamstown Theatre Festival). TV and film include The Big C, Law & Order, It’s All Relative, Me and My Shadows: Life With Judy Garland, Sex and the City, The Anniversary Party, Infamous, Freedom Writers, Flags of Our Fathers, The Taking of Pelham 123 and Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen.
Jon is honored to make his Broadway debut with THE NORMAL HEART. Off-Broadway: Harold in The Boys in the Band (Transport Group), The Hairy Ape (Irish Repertory Theatre), Crime and Punishment (59 E 59). Regional: Orlando in As You Like It, The Baker in Into the Woods (Clarence Brown Theatre) and Treplev in The Seagull (Porchlight Theatre). MFA, University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Proud AEA/AFTRA Member. Thanks to Henderson Hogan. For Mom and Dad and Erika.
Directing credits include Other Desert Cities, The Pride, Pal Joey, 9 to 5, November, The Receptionist, The Ritz, Blackbird, Three Days of Rain, The Odd Couple, Glengarry Glen Ross (Tony® nomination), Laugh Whore, Assassins (Tony Award®), Wicked, Take Me Out (Tony Award®), Frankie and Johnny in the Clair De Lune, A Man of No Importance, Design for Living and Love! Valour! Compassion! (Tony® nomination). As an actor: Angels in America (Tony® nomination) and The Baltimore Waltz. He is recipient of Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Helen Hayes, Clarence Derwent, Obie and Joe A. Callaway awards. He is a member of Naked Angels and an associate artist at Roundabout Theatre Company.
Luke Macfarlane currently stars as Scotty on ABC’s Brothers and Sisters. He appeared in several off-Broadway plays, including The Busy World is Hushed, Where Do We Live and Juvenilia before making his feature film debut in Bill Condon's Kinsey. TV credits include the CBC miniseries Iron Road, a starring role on FX's Over There, and Tanner on Tanner, directed by Robert Altman.
After beginning his acting career in high school and at the local Alley Theatre in Houston, Lee Pace was accepted at Juilliard, where he studied between 1997 and 2001, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. During this time, he honed his skills in such classic roles as “Romeo” in Romeo & Juliet, the title role in King Richard II and “Cassius” in Julius Caesar, among others.
Pace starred in the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway play, The Credeaux Canvas, directed by Michael Mayer, as well as being part of the Vineyard Theater’s production of The Fourth Sister, written by Janusz Glowacki. He also performed Off-Broadway in Small Tragedy, written by Craig Lucas (for which he was nominated for the 2004 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Actor).
He starred in the 2003 Sundance hit, Soldier's Girl, an extraordinary telefilm for Showtime, written by Ron Nyswaner and directed by Frank Pierson. Pace’s breakthrough performance as a drag queen in love with a soldier garnered a Golden Globe nomination, an Independent Spirit Award nomination and a Gotham Award for Outstanding Breakthrough Performance.
Other feature film credits include the 2006 Universal project The Good Shepherd, directed by Robert DeNiro, opposite Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, Alec Baldwin and John Turturro. Also in 2006, Pace starred in Tarsem Singh’s The Fall and Douglass McGrath’s Infamous, opposite Toby Jones, Daniel Craig, Sigourney Weaver, Gwyneth Paltrow and Sandra Bullock. Lee has also starred in such films as Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day (2008), opposite Frances McDormand and Amy Adams, and Tom Dey’s Marmaduke (2010), amidst an all-star cast including Judy Greer and William H. Macy. Lee can next be seen starring opposite Uma Thurman in Max Winkler’s independent feature Ceremony, and he just wrapped Breaking Dawn, the final installment in the Twilight saga. Pace is probably best known for his Emmy®-nominated portrayal of “Ned,” the pie-maker with the ability to bring the dead to life with his touch, on ABC’s Pushing Daisies.
Bringing a winning combination of indelible charm, charisma and comedic timing to his roles, Jim Parsons has quickly established himself as one of Hollywood’s breakout stars. In 2010, he won the Emmy® for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and a 2011 Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Comedy or Musical, for his hilarious work as Sheldon Cooper on the hit CBS comedy The Big Bang Theory. He also received a People’s Choice nomination for Favorite TV Comedy Actor and the NAB Television Chairman’s Award, which honors significant breakthroughs in television, in 2010.
In 2009, The Big Bang Theory won Best Television Comedy at the People’s Choice Award, was selected as an AFI nominee and also won the TCA award for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy. Parsons was nominated in both 2009 and 2010 for the TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy, winning in 2009. TV Guide calls Parsons “a marvelous discovery, creating the most hysterical misfit since Monk.” The Big Bang Theory has helped CBS launch their Thursday night comedy line-up, regularly winning the night across all networks.
Parsons will appear on the big screen in Fox 2000’s upcoming comedy The Big Year, opposite Rashida Jones, Anjelica Huston, Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson. David Frankel will be directing the film based on Mark Obmascik’s book about three men who try to outdo each other during a year-long competition to spot the rarest birds in North America. Parsons will play an avid birder. A release date has not yet been set.
He appeared on film in Todd Phillips’s School for Scoundrels, opposite Billy Bob Thorton and Jon Heder, for The Weinstein Company, as well as Chris Terrio’s Heights, opposite Glenn Close and James Marsden, for Merchant/Ivory. He has also created scene-stealing roles in several independent films such as Zach Braff’s Garden State, Kevin Connolly’s Gardener of Eden and Danny Leiner’s The Great New Wonderful.Parsons other television credits include a recurring role on Amy Brenneman’s Judging Amy for CBS and an appearance on Rob Burnett’s Ed for NBC.
Parsons has performed in many stage productions including The Castle for the Manhattan Ensemble Theater, The Countess for the Globe Theater, as well as The Tempest and As You Like It for the Houston Shakespeare Festival. Parsons earned a Masters in Fine Arts degree from the Old Globe Theater/University of San Diego and a BA from the University of Houston. He currently resides in Los Angeles.
Most recently appeared with Al Pacino in The Merchant of Venice on Broadway. Last season he performed in The Winter’s Tale and Merchant in Shakespeare in the Park and in When The Rain Stops Falling at Lincoln Center, directed by David Cromer. Other LCT: Sam in Odets’s Awake and Sing directed by Bart Sher (Drama Desk Award) and Cymbeline. Also on Broadway: The Country Girl (dir. Mike Nichols), Julius Caesar (w/ Denzel Washington, dir Dan Sullivan), School for Scandal. Off-Bway: Hamlet (TFANA), Mouth to Mouth (New Group), Opus (Primary Stages), Omnium Gatherum (Variety Arts), Twelfth Night, The African Company Presents Richard III (Public – Audelco Award), also Playwrights Horizons, EST, Soho Rep, WPA, Naked Angels. Film/TV: Mickey Blue Eyes, Party Girl, all Law & Orders, Damages, Nurse Jackie, Rescue Me, Ghost Whisperer, Ed, Drew Carey, Malcolm in the Middle, Gilmore Girls, and recurring roles on The Practice, Strong Medicine and The Guardian.
Broadway debut. Off-Broadway: Gabriel (Atlantic Theater Company). Regional: Barefoot in the Park (Actors Theatre of Louisville); All My Sons (Huntington Theatre); The Matchmaker (CENTERSTAGE); Mary’s Wedding (Westport Country Playhouse); The Member of the Wedding (Ford’s Theatre); The Game (Barrington Stage); Once in a Lifetime, Loot and God of Vengeance (Williamstown Theatre Festival). TV: Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Guiding Light. Film: Company K, Saving Private Ryan. MFA from NYU’s Graduate Acting Program.
Wayne is proud to be a part of THE NORMAL HEART. His first show in New York was A Man of No Importance directed by Joe Mantello. Broadway: Coram Boy Off-Broadway: Suddenly Last Summer (Roundabout Theater Company), The Great American Trailer Park Musical, The Pride. Regional: The Importance of Being Earnest, The Full Monty (Papermill Playhouse), The Light In the Piazza (Goodman Theater), The Last Five Years (Philadelphia Theater Co.), The Sisters Rosensweig (George Street Playhouse). The Time of Your Life, Into the Woods (Huntington Theater Co.). Television/Film: The Gilmore Girls, Law and Order, Rent (dir. Chris Colombus), Interview (dir. Steve Buschemi), My Sassy Girl, and the upcoming Under (dir. Mark Raso). I love you, Granddaddy. Love and thanks to Brian D. and everybody at Innovative. B and B, eternal love and thank you. Wayne's a member of AEA, and proud of it.