2019 & 2022 Master Teacher - Tyne Daly

"The opportunity to come to the naval stone [referring to the Omphalos of Ancient Greece] of American acting is very, very exciting to me." ~ Tyne Daly, 2019 Master Teacher

About Tyne Daly

Tyne Daly is an award winning actress of stage, television and film and is a Madison native.  She had been nominated for a Tony Award twice, winning as Best Actress for her portrayal of Rose in Gypsy.  Ms. Daly’s additional work on Broadway includes performances in It Shoulda Been YouMothers and SonsMaster ClassRabbit HoleThe Seagull, and That Summer-That Fall as well as numerous other stage credits.

She has been nominated for an Emmy Award a total of 17 times, winning six, four as Lead Actress in a Drama for Cagney and Lacey, and again as Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in both Christy and Judging Amy.  You will have also seen Ms. Daly in many additional television shows including Murphy BrownModern FamilyBurn NoticeGrey’s Anatomy and The Magnificent Seven to name just a few, as well as numerous TV movies such as Georgia O’KeefeUndercover Christmas and Wedding Dress.

On the large screen her films include The Ballad of Buster ScruggsSpider-Man:  HomecomingBasmati BluesA Piece of Eden and The Enforcer.  She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1995.

Ms. Daly will join the illustrious list of Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Master Teachers including Lynn Redgrave, Barry Edelstein, Olympia Dukakis, Joel Grey, Alan Alda, David Hyde Pierce, Phylicia Rashad, Jason Alexander, Alfred Molina and Stephen McKinley Henderson. Through this groundbreaking national program, the top actors in the country are given a rare and special opportunity to grow artistically, renew their passion for their art form, deepen their commitment to mentorship, and form a national community of Lunt-Fontanne Fellows.

Master Teachers 2009-2022

Every year, Ten Chimneys selects and collaborates with a Master Teacher for the Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program — a luminary stage actor whose talent, generosity, ability to teach, and dedication to mentoring are deeply admired by stage actors and the entire theatre community. The Master Teacher for each year is a key collaborator in the program, working with Ten Chimneys staff to develop the curriculum, content, and focus of the artistic elements of the experience. During the first two years of the program, the top regional theatre actors in the U.S. spent the artistic portion of their Ten Chimneys immersion delving into Shakespeare — with the late actress Lynn Redgrave in 2009 and renowned Shakespearean Barry Edelstein in 2010. In 2011, they explored Chekhov with award-winning actress Olympia Dukakis, and in 2012, the Lunt-Fontanne Fellows focused on American Musical Theatre with Broadway legend Joel Grey. The 2013 program explored spontaneity on stage, and was led by American icon, Alan Alda, and in 2014 the Fellows studied works related to the Lunts' and their illustrious friends with award-winning actor David Hyde Pierce . In 2015 we welcomed Phylicia Rashad, who led the class in roles that were "against type" and differentiated from the characters they typically were cast in. The 2016 program was led by Jason Alexander and focused on the physicalization of choice - the powerful collaboration of mind and body in building a performance.  Our 2017 Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Class with Master Teacher Alfred Molina focused on developing fresh ways into character work through text analysis and casting against type.  2018's Fellows led by Stephen McKinley Henderson concentrated on fortifying each actor with justified reality; reflecting that they are coming from an experience to an experience, to do something immediate, important and compelling.  In 2019, Tyne Daly used poetry as a medium to focus on renewable energy.  She was also our Master Teacher in 2022.  Sadly, the Fellowship did not occur in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Ten Chimneys, the estate lovingly created by theatre legends Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, is open to the public as a world-class house museum with a progressive mission to serve the arts.

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