Ellen Burstyn - A Special Appearance, Live in Charleston

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Event dates
Mar 29, 2012
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Live Performance:  7:00PM - 8:15PM

Reception following

Tuition Cost

Performance only:  $50.00

Performance and Reception:  $100.00


Memminger Auditorium

56 Beaufain Street

Charleston, SC

Please join us for an inside look at Tony, Emmy and Oscar-winning actress Ellen Burstyn's creative genius, as she reflects on her personal quest for illumination and wisdom. In a rare public presentation, Ellen Burstyn will share her captivating Lessons of Becoming Myself (the title of her bestselling memoir). In addition to being a renowned actress, Ellen Burstyn has spent much of her life behind the scenes studying with enlightened teachers and now emerges onto the world stage as one of the great wisdom-keepers of our time. Don't miss this opportunity to be with her!

A brilliant actress, author and storyteller, Ellen chronicles her transformative journey as a woman, from a life of challenge to a life of deep creativity as a serene and empowered woman.

The very special performance will be for one night only, March 29, 2012 here in beautiful, Charleston, South Carolina.  After the performance, we welcome you to join us for a reception afterward. 

Ellen Burstyn’s illustrious acting career encompasses film, stage and television.  She became a “triple crown winner” when she won an Emmy for her guest appearance in “Law & Order: SVU” (2009) to add to her Oscar win for “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” (1974) and her Tony Award for “Same Time, Next Year” (1974) on Broadway.  Ellen has been nominated for an Academy Award five other times for “The Last Picture Show” (1972), “The Exorcist” (1973), “Same Time, Next Year,” (1979), “Resurrection” (1981), and “Requiem for a Dream” (2000).

Her many theater credits include the Broadway production of “84 Charing Cross Road” (1982), the acclaimed one-woman play “Shirley Valentine” (1989) and “Sacrilege” (1995).  She received glowing reviews in Stephen Adley Guirgis’ play “The Little Flower of East Orange” (2008), directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman at The Public Theater in New York.  Earlier this year, Ellen appeared in London’s West End in Lillian Hellman’s “The Children’s Hour” to rave reviews.  She just finished shooting a TV miniseries, “Coma,” and is teaching a Master Class in acting in Australia.

Ellen was the first woman elected president of Actors Equity Association (1982-85), and served as the Artistic Director of the famed Actors Studio where she studied with the late Lee Strasberg.  She continues to be active there as co-president with Al Pacino and Harvey Keitel.

Academically, Ellen holds four honorary doctorates, one in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts, a Doctor of Humane Letters from Dowling College, a doctorate from the New School for Social Research, and a doctorate from Pace University where she teaches in The Actors Studio M.F.A. program.  Ellen lectures throughout the country on a wide range of topics, and became a national best-selling author with the publication in 2006 of her memoir, Lessons in Becoming Myself, published by Riverhead Press.

In addition to a continuing and thriving acting career, Ellen is writing a screenplay, as well as planning a book of her photography accompanied by her favorite poetry.

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