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Antony Zerbe

Stage, Film and Emmy-Winning Television Actor

Emmy Award-Winner Anthony Zerbe has been a well known figure on the American stage and screen for over 50 years. His feature films include: The new David O. Russell film, American Hustle and 6 Dance Lessons In Six Weeks which he just finished shooting in Hungary, Confession, which he will begin in the Spring of…

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Emmy Award-Winner Anthony Zerbe has been a well known figure on the American stage and screen for over 50 years. His feature films include: The new David O. Russell film, American Hustle and 6 Dance Lessons In Six Weeks which he just finished shooting in Hungary, Confession, which he will begin in the Spring of 2014, The Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions, Star Trek Insurrection, True Crimes, The Touch, License to Kill, See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Mismatch, The Dead Zone, Farewell My Lovely, The First Deadly Sin and Who Will Stop the Rain. His series of classic releases include: The Turning Point, Rooster Cogburn, The Laughing Policeman, The Parallax View, Papillon, The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, The Omega Man, The Liberation of L.B. Jones, They Call Me MISTER Tibbs!, The Molly Maguires, Will Penny and Cool Hand Luke.

He starred as Teaspoon Hunter in the television series The Young Riders and received an Emmy Award for his performance as Lt. K.C. Trench in the popular series Harry-O (with David Janssen).

He has been a guest star in numerous television series from vintage classics such as Gunsmoke, Mission Impossible, Bonanza, Columbo and Murder She Wrote to Frasier and Judging Amy.

His mini-series and movies of the week appearances include: Asteroid, One Seventh Avenue, Treasure Island: The Adventure Begins, Once An Eagle, North and South Book II, One Police Plaza, Dream West, Ari: The Richest Man In The World, How the West Was Won and Centennial.

His Broadway appearances include: The Little Foxes, Terra Nova, Solomon’s Child and Moon Besieged.

For five seasons he was in summer residence at The Old Globe Theater where his roles included Coriolanus, Mercutio, Valentine, Iago, Richard, III and Macbeth. He also played Iago in the Mark Taper Forum production of Othello with James Earl Jones. His appearances at the Taper also included the American premieres of The Trial of the Catonsville Nine and Brian Friel’s Crystal and Fox. Other residencies include two years with Arena Stage in Washington, DC, a season at the Stratford Festival in Canada, and the Theater of the Living Arts in Philadelphia. Other appearances in resident theaters include productions at The Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Long Wharf Theater and the Huntington Theater in Boston. In the latter two theaters, he played the title role in Cyrano de Bergerac.

For five years he was the Artistic Director of REFLECTIONS: A New Plays Festival in Rochester, New York.

For over thirty years, he toured with the late actor Roscoe Lee Browne in their critically acclaimed production, Behind the Broken Words. It premiered at the Mark Taper Forum, played Off Broadway and subsequently in over 200 theaters across the country. His one man show It’s All Done With Mirrors … an avalanche of e.e. cummings has played in 100+ venues including the Library of Congress. He won critical praise for his adaptation of, and performance in, Prelude to Lime Creek taken from the prose and poetry of Joe Henry with singer Greg Barnhill at the Denver Center Theater Company. He also appeared with Garth Brooks and John Denver in Lime Creek Christmas which he devised from Lime Creek, a novel-in-progress, by Joe Henry.

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    It’s All Done with Mirrors
    In a theatrical tour de force, award-winning screen and stage artist Zerbe provides joyous access to the art and energy of E.E. Cummings. Zerbe moves pell mell through a parade of characters, accents, dazzling word plays, capturing in perfect moments some of Cummings favorite subjects: carnival barkers hawking sex and imagination; the Cambridge ladies staunch in their belief and malice; men speaking about war and those living it; and the writer who finds in the color and terror of the circus the perfect metaphor for his art.

    The AUDACIOUS SELF is a course developed by Mr. Zerbe in which he works one-on-one twice a week, for five weeks, with each of ten students and gives one lecture each week to all ten students.

    THE AUDACIOUS SELF is an attempt to reconcile for the actor the growing notion of niche acting (associated with film persona) with the development of character.
    A series of rigorous exercises that would allow the actor to first experience a sense of self and then, paradoxically, move that experience, centered by it, slowly and carefully from the self.

    The discovery of an inherent self and the concentric widening of that self into character.
    To create over the period of the course an experiential model that would reflect the dynamic of moving the actor to the part rather than the part to the actor.
    A somebody else that is a facet of self.

    “You will be drawn to these characters and begin to see them in yourself and yourself in them. Perhaps more than anything else, it is this delicate private engagement that I wish for you… the suspension of whatever reality you anchor on… the furtive displacement of your own self to allow a larger audacious self.” Anthony Zerbe.

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