Past Events

Recent UpClose artist interview events have included discussions with Cherry Jones, Tony Danza, Judy Kaye, Laura Benanti, Christine Ebersole, Beth Leavel, Elaine Paige, David Hyde Pierce, David Schwimmer, and Michael Shannon, among many others.

Recent Industry Insider events, which allow audiences to participate in discussions with theater professionals about working in different aspects of the theater industry, have included composer and conductor David Friedman, critic and author Peter Filichia, the costume and set designers of Nathasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 Mimi Lien and Paloma Young, playwright and director James Lapine, President of public relations agency O&M Co. Rick Miramontez, composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, executives from advertising agency Serino Coyne, Casting Director Bernard Telsey, and more.

In addition to these two series, other recent events have included:

  • Day trip to Yale Rep Theatre to see A Streetcar Named Desire with cast tak-back after the show
  • Theater ensemble Built 4 Collapse founders Sanaz Ghajarrahimi, Vincent Santvoord, and Benjamin Hobbs discussing the 2013 Istanbul protests and their influence on the development and creation of Red Wednesday
  • Open rehearsals of new plays; Stupid Hope by Kat Ramsburg, directed by Brandon Ivie, and Fill Our Mouths by Lauren Feldman, directed by Lauren Keating
  • Acclaimed director of Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, Rachel Chavkin, led a workshop focusing on devised theater, a unique playwriting process, where the script originates not from a writer, but from collaborative work by a group of people
  • The pre-release concert for the Picture Perfect album, featuring Debbie Gravitte, Andrea McArdle, Lillias White, Mark Jacoby, Ron Holgate and Randy Skinner
  • Wine tasting with sommelier Kimberly Severson, led by The Dinner Party director, Chantal Pavageaux


Celia Keenan-Bolger and Cherry Jones, Drama League Theater Center, October 2013

Pasek & Paul at the BMI Studios, May 2013

Susan Blackwell and Laura Benanti, Drama League Theater Center, September 2013

Day trip to see A Streetcar Named Desire at Yale Rep Theatre, October 2013

Perfect Picture: The Album Pre-Release Concert, Drama League Theatrer Center, October 2013

Gabriel Shanks and Stewart F. Lane at the Palace Theatre, May 2011

David Schwimmer, ART/NY StudiosSeptember 2012

Rob McClure and Tony Danza, Drama League Theater Center, October 2013