Viola Davis is a stunningly beautiful, deeply passionate, rich and elegant actress. She is enormously talented. She has
received a plethora of awards and nominations for her work on stage and screen including a Tony Award for KING HEDLEY II and
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play for her performance in INTIMATE APPAREL on Broadway as well as an Academy
Award, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, Los Angeles Film Critics, Chicago Film Critics, and Broadcast Film Critics
nominations for her portrayal of Mrs. Miller in the film version of DOUBT. The list of Viola's credits is
illustrious and much too long to mention here. Although I can't take credit for helping to shape Viola's acting
she has always credited me with influencing the shape of her career. We met a number of years ago during the ancient
history of both our lives in the Upward Bound program in Providence Rhode Island when Viola was a shy kid and I
was a beginning acting teacher. Here is what she says: The program--an educational camp designed to
inspire students to reach for their dreams--also introduced me to Ron Stetson, an Upward Bound acting teacher.
"He was my first acting coach," Davis told www.trioprograms.org. "He left an indelible mark on me. He had a
gift for instilling in his students the cold, harsh reality of having a career in the performing arts, but
also inspiring and encouraging their dreams." Stetson's support was instrumental in Davis's attending Rhode
Island College where she earned a bachelor of arts in theater in 1988. I am enormously humbled that she remembers.
Noah is having a stunning career since finishing up
at Stetson Studio. Recently, he has appeared in a number of big films including leads in LITTLE CHILDREN with Kate Winslet, PRIDE
AND GLORY with Colin Farrel, Ed Norton and John Voight, and has just wrapped filming on SYMPATHY FOR DELICIOUS with Orlando Bloom,
Laura Linney and Mark Ruffalo. Noah has worked with some of the best
film directors - Ted Demme, John Woo, Peter Weir, and
film actors - Nicholas Cage, Jim Carey, Laura Linney,
Matt Dillon, Lauren Holly, Timothy Hutton, Robert De Niro,
Harvey Keitel, Dennis Quaid, Famke Janssen, in the country,
in such movies as: WINDTALKERS(Chick), LOVE AND SEX(Eric),
THE TRUMAN SHOW(Marlon), BEAUTIFUL GIRLS(Mo), FREQUENCY(Gordon),
COP LAND(Deputy Bill Gelster) to name just a few.
He has also done a number of guest apperances on popular
television shows including NYPD Blue, Flying Blind and
Melrose Place. Noah has also worked on stage. He was in
the National Tour of A FEW GOOD MEN and a few years back
I directed him in an off-Broadway revival of NORTH SHORE
FISH, a play by Israel Horovitz. He has become one of the hottest
character actors working right now and is truly one of the nicest
guys I know.
Brian was a student of mine at the Neighborhood Playhouse. We also worked together privately in preparation for
some of his movie roles, most notably Billy Hodge in THE GUARDIAN with Kevin Costner and Owen Eldridge in THE HURT LOCKER
with Ralph Fiennes and David Morse. Brian has appeared in over 20 films since completing his studies at the Playhouse.
He has worked with some of the best and most interesting actors in film today. His films include: THE HURT LOCKER,
THE GUARDIAN, LOVE LIES BLEEDING with Christian Slater, AN AMERICAN CRIME with Catherine Keener, WE ARE MARSHALL
with David Strathairn and Matthew McConaughey, JAR HEAD with Peter Sarsgaard,
Jake Gyllenhaal, and Jamie Foxx, BOBBY with Anthony Hopkins, Heather Graham and Helen Hunt, and
ART SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL with John Malkovich and Angelica Huston to name but a very few. The
impressive list of films, actors and directors goes on and on. Brian is having a wonderful and
well-deserved career. Yet, in spite of all his success, Brian is one of the most humble, charming people I know. And,
amazingly for a kid from Jersey, he can surf.
Dina’s career started almost immediately after finishing
her studies at Stetson Studio. She has worked on Television
in such shows as BEVERLY HILLS 90210, ALLY MCBEAL, SIX FEET UNDER and most recently
NIP/TUCK and BURN NOTICE among others. Additionally she
has accumulated an extremely impressive film biography
in a very short time. Dina has stared in JOHNNY MNEMONIC,
DRAGON HEART, STARSHIP TROOPERS, BATS, STAR TREK, NEMISIS
and more. Because of Dina’s great beauty and athleticisim
she has made a solid reputation as an "action adventure
chick" but take it form me...the girl can do drama
too. Just before Dina’s time at Stetson Studio ended she
performed Berhta from Tennesse Williams’ "Hello From
Bertha" a one act he wrote out of which he got the
idea for Blanche in Streetcar. I still remember it.
Since finishing his studies at Stetson Studio Justin has
worked regularly. Currently he is one of the stars of the
hugely popular, GREY'S ANATOMY on ABC. His film credits include LAKEVIEW TERRACE with Samuel L. Jackson, THE WEDDING
PLANNER (Massimo), THE MUSKETEER (D'Artagnan), LIBERTY
HEIGHTS (Trey) among others and such television productions
as "New York Undercover," "Swift Justice,"
and the mini series "Seasons of Love." Justin
has worked with such actors as Ann Margret, Sonia Braga,
Matthew McConaughey, Joe Mantegna, Tim Roth, Mena Suvari,
Ben Gazara, Gena Rowlands and Catherine Deneuve and such
directors as Adam Shankman, Christopher Cain, Peter Hyams
and Barry Levinson and Mira Nair..
Anne came to Stetson Studio on the recommendation of Jacqueline McClintock a former student of mine who is now teaching in
Toronto, Montreal and sometimes Majorca, Spain. Anne is beautiful, passionate, talented and enormously hard working
with inexhaustible energy. Annie stands only 5'3" tall but can fill a room, a stage, or a movie screen with more life
than nearly any other actor I know. She is very powerful. Since leaving Stetson Studio Anne has been working steadily
in film and television. The list of her credits is lengthy and include: LAW AND ORDER CRIMINAL INTENT, THE CLOSER, LOST,
THE GRID, THE UNIT, CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION and NCIS, to name just a few. Annie is one of the most exciting actors
I have ever worked with.
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