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Master Class in Acting Led by Academy Award® Winner Mercedes Ruehl

mercedes ruehlNew York and Southampton, NY, March 24, 2017—Stony Brook University announced today that it is offering a Master Class in Acting for Directors led by Academy Award® Winner Mercedes Ruehl (The Fisher King, Lost in Yonkers).

The Master Class will be held from July 12-16. Students will study acting techniques, work with actors, and will act, direct and crew on short-filmed sequences, including their own. All sequences will be screened the final day. Along with Mercedes Ruehl, workshops will be held by Stony Brook MFA in Film Associate Director Magdalene Brandeis, and screenwriting professor Annette Handley Chandler.

"We are excited to have Mercedes Ruehl lead our Master Class in Acting for Directors for a second year. Last year's students are still raving about this class, how it changed the way they see writing and directing, as well as giving them first-hand knowledge and experience in understanding the amazing and intense dynamic between actors and directors," said Brandeis.

"Stony Brook continues to bring the most distinguished talent to our film program, luminaries that share our passion for every aspect of filmmaking," said Robert Reeves, Associate Provost of Southampton Graduate Arts. "We're delighted to have Mercedes Ruehl lead workshops in our summer program as we mentor the gifted screenwriters, actors, and directors who are bridging the traditions of story-telling and scientific inquiry."