Robin Goodrin Nordli Selected as Lunt-Fontanne Fellow

Ms. Nordli and nine other actors will participate in master class with Alan Alda

News Release
March 7, 2013

Ashland, Ore.— Oregon Shakespeare Festival actor Robin Goodrin Nordli is one of 10 stage actors in the United States selected as a 2013 Lunt-Fontanne Fellow. The actors will gather from July 21–28, at Ten Chimneys, the National Historic Landmark estate of Broadway legends Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, in Genesee Depot, Wisconsin (just outside of Milwaukee) to work with Academy Award nominee, six-time Golden Globe and five-time Emmy Award winner Alan Alda, serving as the Master Teacher. Mr. Alda will focus on spontaneity on stage.

Robin Goodrin Nordli, in her 20th season at OSF, was nominated by OSF Artistic Director Bill Rauch. She received news of her selection in February 2013.

“I am honored, grateful and thrilled to be this year’s recipient of the Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship,” Ms. Nordli said. “It is such a unique opportunity afforded to mid-career stage actors, and it’s an honor not only to be recognized for one’s work, but also to have the chance to walk in the shoes of Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne—two giants of the American Theatre—at their estate in Wisconsin for a week. Add to that the master class with Alan Alda and you have an experience that is an incredible gift. I can’t wait. It means so much.”

Mr. Rauch, in nominating Ms. Nordli for the Fellowship Program, wrote: “I directed Robin Goodrin Nordli as Hedda Gabler, twice: once in Ibsen’s tragedy, and once in Jeff Whitty’s brilliantly irreverent comedy THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF HEDDA GABLER. Both performances were pitch perfect, which tells you all you need to know about this revered and respected artist. Robin has played almost every major female character that Shakespeare wrote to great acclaim, and her Rosalind was as memorable as her Lady Macbeth. Her original show BARD BABES showcases many of those performances. Her comic gifts are ferociously brilliant, including a jaw-dropping physical spontaneity, while she is able to dig with equal depth into a tragic character’s heart. Although she has often been a leading lady, she supports her fellow company members in the smallest of ensemble roles with grace and commitment. It is wildly appropriate that Robin Goodrin Nordli’s accomplishments are being celebrated with her inclusion as a Lunt-Fontanne Fellow; she is truly a master American actor.”

In 2009, the inaugural year of the program, OSF actor Dan Donohue was selected as a Lunt-Fontanne Fellow, and Jack Willis was also a participant, nominated by American Conservatory Theatre. The actors immersed themselves in Shakespeare with the late actress Lynn Redgrave. OSF was able to get to know Mr. Willis through the program—vivid proof of the relationship building that results from Ten Chimneys. Mr. Willis is now in his third season with OSF. In 2011, OSF actor Vilma Silva was selected to participate with master teacher Olympia Dukakis for an immersion class in Anton Chekhov.

The 2013 Lunt-Fontanne Fellows, along with their nominating Partner Theatres, are:

• DAVID ALAN ANDERSON – Indiana Repertory Theatre (Indianapolis, IN)
• DAVID BREITBARTH – Asolo Repertory Theatre (Sarasota, FL)
• KANDIS CHAPPELL – The Old Globe (San Diego, CA)
• GEORGE DVORSKY – Paper Mill Playhouse (Millburn, NJ)
• ROBIN GOODRIN NORDLI – Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Ashland, OR)
• SHARON LAWRENCE – The Pasadena Playhouse (Pasadena, CA)
• KATHLEEN MCCALL – Denver Center Theatre Company (Denver, CO)
• DEE NELSON – Huntington Theatre Company (Boston, MA)
• MARK NELSON – Cleveland Play House (Cleveland, OH)
• ANDREW PHILPOT – PCPA Theaterfest (Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts)(Santa Maria, CA)

Ten Chimneys, the celebrated Wisconsin estate lovingly created by Broadway legends Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, served as a home and haven for the Lunts and for the artistic leaders of their era. The arts’ “best of the best” retreated to Ten Chimneys to relax, to plan, to enjoy great food, and to nurture lasting relationships, all within the gracious spaces the Lunts created. Hailed as one of the most inspirational historic sites in the country, this National Historic Landmark estate is now open to the public as a world-class house museum and a national resource for American theatre. It has quickly become THE place for accomplished and celebrated actors to gather, to be inspired, and to grow in the craft to which they have devoted their lives.