Who Are The Lunt-Fontanne Fellows?
Quite simply, Lunt-Fontanne Fellows are the best regional stage actors in America — the great mentor actors in the great theatre communities. They have 20+ years of experience as professional actors. They are widely respected by audiences, directors, and fellow actors for their talent, dedication to craft, attention to detail, and passionate pursuit of excellence – the qualities for which Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne were so revered. These extraordinary artists have few, if any, opportunities to be protégé rather than mentor – to work with a world-renowned and respected master teacher. These theatre artists are the best of the best – widely considered the top actors in their cities. They are their communities’ theatre mentors. These are the actors who will be named as Lunt-Fontanne Fellows.
How Are The Lunt-Fontanne Fellows Selected?
Each fall, Ten Chimneys Foundation selects and invites 8-10 of the most prestigious and accomplished regional theatres in the country to serve as Partner Theatres. Leadership at each Partner Theatre nominates between one and three actors they feel should be considered for recognition as Lunt-Fontanne Fellows. A National Advisory Board consults with Ten Chimneys Foundation to select the actors to be named as Lunt-Fontanne Fellows. The full “class” of Lunt-Fontanne Fellows is announced by spring.