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CURRENT SEASON
Our "stars" continue to shine!

Diane Keaton is the 2013 Recipeint of the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award and Kim Cattrall did a  sublime 2011 performance as "Amanda" in Noel Coward's PRIVATE LIVES.
REHEARSAL CLUB, FOR LONELY GIRLS

Little-known Institution in Theatrical District Where They Can Get Lunch, Tea and Pleasant Surroundings.



Excerpted from The New York Times, July 6, 1913











Among the countless activities of our city, many progress quietly and unseen by most people.  One of the latest additions to the list of praiseworthy projects that has as yet attracted little attention outside of the small circle of those interested is the Rehearsal Club.

It is difficult for a disinterested person to realize the vast number of business and professional girls who spend their time when not at work in a small furnished room, and alone.  But its very solitude naturally brings a longing for companionship – for friends.  Especially is this so in the theatrical district, the great White Way, where one who resides in that vicinity is looked upon askance and oftentimes shunned.  The new club is in the centre of this district.  

The club is not to be under the direction of a novice, but will be in charge of Miss Jane Hall, a deaconess of the Episcopal Church, who has had a wide experience in this field.  New members are to be voted in by the girls and small monthly dues will be charged.  Of course, the club does not hope to be self-supporting and will of necessity be maintained by subscription.  Many prominent persons are interested in it because of the great need for such an association, and every effort will be made to establish this worthy cause on a firm basis.
OUR BEGINNING
STILL CREATING

Andrea Frierson: will be performing her show, me & ella, in NYC at The York Theatre on the evening of September 19th, and the afternoon of September 20th. http://www.yorktheatre.org/buy-tickets.html


OLYVE HALLMARK ABBOTTis a published writer; her last book, Come Sundown:  The Life & Letters of a Frontier Woman ranked among the top 50 on Amazon.com

Dottie Belle:  Taped an interview as a Rockette spokesperson for the Diet Coke documentary shown in the late Fall in honor of the Diet Coke Anniversary. Dottie had appeared in the launching of the Diet Coke commercial filmed at RCMH.  She also runs her own company as a physical therapist - www.fitnessforever.biz


Barbara Brighton:  Performs all over the states, currently in FL.

Johann Carlo, a member of Actor's Studio, is continually writing & performing (seen as Al Capone's mother on "Boardwalk Empire.")

Kathy Conry continues to direct regionally and in NYC - most recently choreographing South Pacific in Arrow Rock, MO. 

Susan Dumas Garvey - has had a long career as a broadcast account executive with ABC and CBS. In addition, she worked for numerous radio stations where she successfully wrote and recorded commercials, raised money and created promotions with national and local corporations. For the past twenty-five years she has worked on behalf of non-profit organizations as an executive director and development director raising significant funding for children’s causes, healthcare, the arts and vital humans services. She continues her love of theatre by performing in the Washington, DC area with community theatres, as well as a producer and set dressing designer. Susan and her husband Thom have lived in Northern Virginia for the past eighteen years where they raised their two daughters Samantha and Chelsea.

Diane Findlay continues to perform - most recently on Broadway in Fish in the Dark.

Patricia Hill - Continues working as a camera operator on many of the top series shot in LA, most recently Mr. Robinson

MJ Houdina teaches Pilates, adult jazz & tap @ 5-6-7-8 Dance Arts (Brewster, N.Y.) & @ Logrea Dance Academy (Ossining, N.Y) regularly, while choreographing, most recently, "High Society" at the Walnut theater in Philadelphia, PA, opening Sept. 17.

Lee Kelley coaches acting and speech in NYC.

Grace Kiley coaches acting & wrote a on-woman show on Grace Kelley, Longing For Grace, performed in London (2013) & NYC off-B'way, winning THREE AWARDS from the Solo Festival of over 400 plays:  Best Direction, Austin Pendleton, Best Make-up and Best One-Woman Show (2012); 2013 Best Encore Show Award.

Marsha Kramer continues to perform, most recently on Modern Family, Episode 2 of the new season.  Visit ABC.com to review.

Francine Mancini continues to perform her original music & lyrics for her rock band, "NO UTURNS."  www.nouturnsad.wix.com/rock

Melanie Meyron directs primetime in LA, most recently Pretty Little Liars, Grace & Frankie & Jane, the Virgin

Annie O'Donnell continues to perform & can be seen in Jersey Boys,  The Artist, & continues to guest star regularly.

Denise Pence records a weekly broadcast, "Cinematic Arts," for Gatewave Radio, records audiobooks for Learning Ally and is a member of The Articulate Theatre Company.  Visit her website: www.denisepence.com for the latest.

DeBorah Sharp Taylor With THE WIZ (First Nat'l Co) & THE SUPREMES (w/Mary Wilson & Cindy Birdsong) to her early credit, she continues a professional career as a performer. This season catch her commercials (RITE AID, the AD COUNCIL) & appearance on ABC's new hit sitcom, THE NEIGHBORS. Also holds an MBA, Univ. of Phoenix (2009) .Deborah is now on the staff of instructors at The Musician's Institute, and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts as a vocal instructor. She is a Western Region Councilor for Actor's Equity also. Deborah can be seen singing regularly with Jimmy McConnell's BigBand, and others in LA. In Aug 2013 she organized a meeting with Rehearsal Club Sisters, at a tea housecontinues to perform and book commercials & primetime roles.

Melinda Tanner continues to perform in theater even (regretfully) missing our Centennial to perform in Sound of Music at Westchester Broadway!

Amanda Trees performs Tuesdays at Caravan of Dreams (Bklyn); co-wrote & stars in Alice Are You, June, 2015.
THRU THE DECADES
1950s








Carol Burnett is one of our 
greatest champions; recently honored @ Mark Twain Event @ Kennedy Center, 2013 & her 22-DVD set  of her personally chosen favorites from the Carol Burnett Show now available 











Betty Lynn is still seen worldwide as "Thelma Lou" in the reruns of the ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW
1960s

Donna Douglas is still seen worldwide as "Elly May" in the reruns of THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES
Blythe Danner continues to perform regularly, is seen nationally in commercials, is creating early Oscar buzz for a new film debuting in 2016 & hosted our Tribeca Centennial Event. 
1970s

Melanie Mayron, one of the stars of the 80s hit, "Thirty-Something," is now an active, Hollywood television director.

Original RC site - West 46th St.
Phyllis Jeanne Creore

Miss Television, 1939
AM NY interview with Cristian Salazar

Historical Society - 2013
The WWII Exhibit featured 
documentaries on our "Canteen Girl" 

 American Theater Wing
(click on the link to hear the full interview)
Interview with Pia Lindstrom

NPR interview with Susan Stanburg,
 Morning Edition on Dec. 18, 2012

The Canteen Girl - NPR
click on the link to listen here
Julia Hansen, former RC Board President & Carol Burnett
Kennedy Center, Mark Twain Event
FRIENDS ARE WORKING, BUT PROGRAMS AREN'T

The Herald Statesman, Yonkers NY 
October 4, 1971
by Hobe Morrison