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‘Seinfeld’ Actor Jason Alexander To Present Workshops To UVU’s School Of The Arts

16 February 2012 7 Comments

February 15, 2012
For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by: Cheryl Kamenski (801) 863-6351

Actor and comedian Jason Alexander, best-known for his role as George Costanza on “Seinfeld,” will be on campus at Utah Valley University Feb. 27-29 to offer acting workshops with School of the Arts students and faculty.

Alexander will work with students each day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on stage in the Noorda Theater conducting three workshops on monologues, two-person scenes and musical theater songs. The workshops are open to all UVU students, but School of the Arts students and faculty will be given priority.

UVU’s student association is hosting an “Evening with Jason Alexander” on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Grande Ballroom of the Sorensen Student Center. Alexander will participate with UVU students in an acting presentation and will follow with a question-and-answer session. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

“This is Jason’s first visit to UVU, and he is excited to work with our students and to meet our faculty to share ideas and a love of the theater,” said Traci Hainsworth, events manager for UVU’s School of the Arts. “His workshops will give our acting students an opportunity to learn from an award-winning actor and fantastic teacher. He will also be sharing stories and insights on acting as a career and what it takes to ‘make it.’”

In addition to his role on “Seinfeld”, Alexander has appeared in several Broadway musicals, including the revue, “Jerome Robbins’ Broadway,” for which he won a Tony Award as best actor in 1989. In 2007, Alexander was named artistic director of the non-profit Reprise Theatre Company in Los Angeles, where he continues to direct and occasionally take on roles.

Hainsworth, who worked with Alexander on similar acting workshops in Los Angeles, said he is extremely excited to visit UVU and work with student actors. He is also interested in talking with UVU’s acting faculty and sharing what they are currently working on with the students.

“The students are really excited,” said Hainsworth. “I get stopped several times a day by students asking questions about his visit. The students that have been chosen to work with him on stage are thrilled, but nervous.”

Please contact Mike Rigert directly with any media requests to interview Jason Alexander.

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7 Comments »

  • Gary Williams said:

    So then is the Evening with Jason Alexander event first come, first served or are there tickets available to be reserved.

  • newsroom said:

    The Evening with Jason Alexander event is free and open to the public — no tickets are required to attend.

  • Tristan Williams said:

    Gary in response, there will be no tickets. Free admission to everyone all you have to do is show up. At least that’s what I’ve read on the posters.

  • McKenna Flory said:

    Wow. This is so cool that UVU is doing this, and that Jason Alexander is doing this! How many people does the building that the presentation will be in hold? Thanks!

  • newsroom said:

    The presentation takes place in the Sorensen Student Center Grande Ballroom, which can hold up to 1,000 people.

  • McKenna Flory said:

    The presentation was great! I am studying theater,and had a question in mind for the Q&A, however I wasn’t chosen to ask it. I would still like to ask my question (it IS about acting), but have no way to get in touch. Do you have Traci Hainsworth’s email address or know where I can get it? Thanks!

  • Matthew Broatch said:

    Oh man I wish I could have been in those workshops; I love Jason Alexander! He was in a little-known movie made by some of my acting coaches at the edgemar center in Santa Monica, “How to go out on a date in Queens.” Much better than you’d expect for such a small production… at least you know the actors got proper coaching :D This is a video of him talking about the school:
    http://michelledanner.com/blog/2012/01/22/michelle-danner-and-jason-alexander-on-edgemar-theater/

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