Twin cities actor James Craven has been selected as a 2011 Lunt-Fontanne Fellow. Nominated by Penumbra Theatre Company, Craven is one of only ten actors in the entire country who will participate in the 2011 Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program, a widely acclaimed national program to serve the future of American theatre. Next summer (July 24-31, 2011), Craven and the other selected Lunt-Fontanne Fellows will join Academy Award-winning actress Olympia Dukakis for an intensive weeklong master class and immersion experience at Ten Chimneys, the National Historic Landmark estate of Broadway legends Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, in Genesee Depot, Wisconsin (just outside of Milwaukee).
This will be the third year of the groundbreaking Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship program. During the first two years, the top regional theatre actors in the U.S. spent the artistic portion of their Ten Chimneys immersion delving into Shakespeare—with the late actress Lynn Redgrave in 2009, and renowned Shakespearean Barry Edelstein in 2010. In 2011, the ten selected Lunt-Fontanne Fellows will explore Chekhov, led by revered actress and Chekhov expert, Olympia Dukakis.