Ten Chimneys Foundation: Stampley honored as one of America’s top actors

Stampley to participate in Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program with Phylicia Rashad at historic Ten Chimneys – July 12-19

Nathaniel Stampley has been selected as a 2015 Lunt-Fontanne Fellow, nominated by Milwaukee Repertory Theater. Mr. Stampley is one of ten actors in the entire country who will participate in the 2015 Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program. July 12-19, Stampley will join Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad for an intensive weeklong master class at Ten Chimneys, the National Historic Landmark estate of theatre legends Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, in Genesee Depot, Wisconsin.

The 2015 Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program will focus on roles that are “against type” and will allow the actors to engage in parts that differentiate from the characters they may typically play. As a result, the Fellows will return to their home communities more inspired and more inspiring – offering great benefits to other actors, to individual theatres, to students, to communities across the country, and to American theatre as a whole.

Mr. Stampley was nominated by Milwaukee Repertory Theater. Mark Clements, Artistic Director at Milwaukee Rep, said of Stampley:

“Nate Stampley grew up in Milwaukee, the son of a well known minister. He’s made Milwaukee incredibly proud with a career spanning continents and that also includes incredible performances here in Milwaukee. I had the joy and honor of directing Nate in ‘The Color Purple’ earlier this season at MRT. Not only did Nate’s performance as Mister showcase his incredible voice and nuanced acting talent, but he also proved unequivocally that he is a natural and inspirational company leader of the highest caliber. In addition to this, he may just possess the most infectious laugh in our industry. He brought great empathy to a difficult character and approached this role with enormous sensitivity and an openness to his fellow performers. With roles on Broadway, the West End, and a recent national tour of ‘Porgy and Bess’, Nate’s career has taken such exciting turns and I look forward to seeing where he goes next. It is an absolute pleasure to nominate him for the 2015 Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program. I know Nate will embrace this opportunity with his typically open heart & will generously impart his learning and discoveries to all of his colleagues – both in Milwaukee and afar.” – Mark Clements.

The Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program has brought the nation’s top regional theatre actors to Ten Chimneys to work with world-renowned master teachers. Past master teachers include Lynn Redgrave, Olympia Dukakis, Barry Edelstein, Joel Grey, Alan Alda, and David Hyde Pierce. Ten Chimneys Foundation is thrilled to welcome Phylicia Rashad to this illustrious list.

“In my experience, teaching and directing have one great thing in common: I never know what is going to happen until I am in the room with the people. But, one thing is certain: As surely as we hold the intention to explore the truth of human behavior, the results are astonishing.” – Phylicia Rashad, 2015 Master Teacher

For a complete list of our 2015 Lunt-Fontanne Fellows, visit www.tenchimneys.org.