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June 5, 2003
Professor Alec Baldwin, Act II! Distinguished Actor Returns as Distinguished Professor to Southampton College

Heads Prestigious Summer Master Class; Joins Burgeoning Program

Darren Johnson
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Alec Baldwin will return to his role as Distinguished Professor at Southampton College of Long Island University this summer. Leading one of the College's most prestigious classes, Professor Baldwin will again guide a select group of drama students through the intensive Master Class in Theater from August 18 through 25.

In the two summers since Mr. Baldwin was named professor, Southampton College has received hundreds of applications for the three-credit workshop from across the country and overseas. The number of applicants, through a rigorous screening committee, is whittled down to 20 students, so that each can receive personal attention from the instructor.

Baldwin, a Long Island native and resident of nearby Amagansett, continues a relationship with Southampton College that began last year with his well-received Honors Lecture, "The Artist as Activist," before a standing-room-only crowd in the Avram Theater. He now joins other Distinguished Professors at Southampton College, including Time and PBS essayist Roger Rosenblatt, Oscar and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and cartoonist Jules Feiffer, Booker Prize-nominated novelist and fine artist Brian O'Doherty and Dean James Larocca, an authority on government and politics and former state cabinet official and gubernatorial candidate who headed the Long Island Association, who holds the KeySpan Distinguished Chair in Public Policy.

Alec Baldwin joins the College's acclaimed summer lineup of professors that also includes U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins and best-selling writers Frank McCourt and Walter Mosley, all of whom are appearing at the Southampton College Writers Conference July 16-27. In a rare presentation together, Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft will also appear as part of the Writers Conference.

"Like our other Distinguished Professors, Alec Baldwin is an extraordinary talent whose interests stretch across many mediums, from the Broadway stage to the big screen to literary festivals, public policy activism and motion picture production," Larocca said. "He is a true artist whose range and enthusiasm are inspirational. Our students and programs benefit tremendously. He has proven to be a gifted and generous teacher."

Baldwin is a graduate of NYU's heralded acting program and now part of one of Southampton College's fastest-growing and best-known departments. In recent years, the Southampton Players have become one of Long Island's most celebrated and popular troupes, regularly selling out shows and staging a wide range of fare, from locally written comedies to elaborate, full-scale musicals.

"We are delighted to continue this collaboration with Mr. Baldwin. His strength as an actor and artist is remarkable,? said theater director Michael Disher. ?This gracious gesture illustrates his generosity as a renowned craftsman. It is quite an honor for our students and our university."

On Broadway, Baldwin was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in the 1992 revival of Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire," and also was nominated for an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for the television movie of that same production. He won an Obie Award for the 1991 Off-Broadway production of Craig Lucas' "Prelude to a Kiss" and a Theatre World Award in 1986 for his turn in Joe Orton's "Loot" on Broadway.

Baldwin has starred in several major films, including "The Hunt for Red October," "Miami Blues," "Prelude to a Kiss," "Malice," "Glengarry Glen Ross," "Ghosts of Mississippi" and "The Edge," among others. His production company, El Dorado Pictures, has co-produced "The Confession" (winner of the 2000 Writers Guild Award for best adapted screenplay by David Black) for Cinemax Television, "Nuremberg: Infamy on Trial" for Turner Network Television, and "State and Main," a motion picture comedy written and directed by David Mamet. Baldwin will be seen this fall in Universal's "The Cat in the Hat" (with Mike Myers), Disney's "Providence" (with Matthew Broderick), and Lion's Gate's "The Cooler" (with Bill Macy).

Alec Baldwin is an outspoken supporter of various causes related to public policy, including environmentalism, the government's support of the arts, campaign finance reform and animal rights. In his lecture at Southampton College last year, he discussed the relationship between artists and public policy.