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As a 2010 Sir John Gielgud Fellow finalist and 2010 Mark Ockrent Fellowship nominee, Troy Miller is a director on the rise. In his senior year of high school, everything clicked for Troy when he directed his senior class production of Neil Simon’s “Lost In Yonkers.” After high school and college, Troy decided to attend Trinity Rep Conservatory to earn his Masters of Fine Arts in Directing where he got to direct a production of Craig Lucas’ “The Dying Gaul” which prompted then Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis to introduce Troy to Lucas. Shortly after, Troy joined the artistic team for the Tony Award winning Lincoln Center Production of “The Light In The Piazza” working closely with Craig Lucas as his assistant.

Troy’s other directing credits include “Horatio” at the 2007 NYC Fringe Festival, “Noises Off” with Festival 56, “Blithe Spirit” at Barnstormers, assistant director to Marion McClinton on “Roar” at The New Group, “Postcards From A Dead Dog” and “Our Lady Of The Sea” at Emerging Artists. Currently, Troy is directing “Together This Time” in the New York City Fringe Festival. Playing at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, showtimes are August 18 at 9:30pm, August 19 at 8:15pm, August 22 at 12pm, August 23 at 1pm, August 26 at 4:30pm. Tickets: $15 in advance, $18 at the door. For much more on Troy and his happenings, be sure to visit http://www.troymiller.org.

1. Who inspired you to become a director? I don’t know if it was a person specifically, but the idea of telling a story was something that always appealed to me. The running joke in my family was after I saw a movie they could expect me directing the neighborhood production within a few hours starring the neighborhood kids. I loved acting and dancing but when I was directing there were no words to describe what I was feeling.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? I would very much like to work with Jane Krakowski. I adored her on Alley McBeal, on stage and the few times I have had the opportunity to speak with her. I think she is immensely talented and seems like she would be amazingly fun to work with.

3. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? As odd as this may sound, it would be being in rehearsal with James Dean and a young Marlon Brando. I have always admired their work and their style as performers. The idea of having a conversation with the two of them about the craft, their life and everything in between would be amazing.

4. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Trust. Trust the work that you have done. Trust that you have found the truth and let go.

5. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? Well, I can fold my legs into a pretzel without using my hands and walk on my knees.

6. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Depends on the purpose. Sitting and talking? Then Starbucks with a Vanilla Latte. Just grab and go, much prefer Dunkin’ Donuts regular coffee.

7. Favorite way to stay in shape? A combination of yoga and/or a long walk along the west side of Manhattan. Low impact.

8. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs. (American Apparel)

9. Favorite website? My own of course! Seriously though, playbill.com and texts from last night.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? The Man of Steel!

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite ride at an amusement park? Don’t know the name of any of them, but I really enjoy the ones that spin you around in every possible direction. Roller coasters are also right up there.

12. Favorite way to spend your day off? What’s a day off? I don’t believe I am familiar with that concept.

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Be sure to catch Two-Time Tony Award Winner & fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Christine Ebersole performing at Cafe Carlyle in NYC from February 3-20 dazzling audiences with vibrant voice singing selections from her multitude of CDs as well as Broadway and American standards. Showtimes are Tuesday-Friday at 8:45pm, Saturday 8:45pm & 10:45pm, plus a special Valentine’s Day Show at 8:45pm.

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Congratulations to two-time Tony Award winner and fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Christine Ebersole for winning the 2010 Nightlife Award for “Outstanding Cabaret Vocalist in a Major Engagement.”

The 8th Annual Nightlife Awards ceremony will be held January 25 at 7pm at Town Hall in NYC on 43rd Street (between 6th & 7th Avenue). Bruce Vilanch hosts. For tickets visit www.ticketmaster.com or at Town Hall Box Office (123 West 43rd Street, New York City).

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Two-time Tony Award Winning Actress Christine Ebersole knows how to entertain whether it’s Broadway, cabaret, television, or  feature films. On Broadway, she has won two Tony Awards for “Lead Actress in a Musical” for “42nd Street” & “Grey Gardens” and was nominated for “Lead Actress in a Play” for “Dinner At Eight.” She made her Broadway debut in “Angel Street” in 1976. Other Broadway credits include “I Love My Wife” with Joanna Gleason & James Naughton, “On The Twentieth Century” with Kevin Kline and Imogene Cocoa, Agnes de Millie’s revival of “Oklahoma” (where she put her signature on the role of “Ado Annie”), “Camelot” with Richard Burton, Stephen Sondheim’s “Getting Away With Murder,” “The Three Sisters,” “Steel Magnolias,” and “Blithe Spirit.” Off-Broadway, Christine has been honored with an Obie, Outer Circle Critics, and Drama Desk Awards for “Best Actress” in a Musical” for “Grey Gardens” (before it moved to Broadway) as well as an Outer Circle Critics & Obie Award for her performance in “Talking Heads.”

In addition to theatre Christine has delighted audiences on television for over 20 years. During her one year tenure on ABC’s “One Life To Live,” Christine received an Emmy Nomination for her role as “Maxie McDermott.” She also starred on “Saturday Night Live” from 1981-1982. Her numerous guest starring and recurring roles include USA’s “Royal Pains,” “Samantha Who?,” “Cashmere Mafia,” “Lipstick Jungle,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Will & Grace,” “Related,” “Rachel Gunn, R.N.,” “Ally McBeal,” “Crossing Jordan,” and “Murphy Brown.” Her TV movie credits include “Mary and Rhoda”, “Gypsy” with Bette Midler, “Dying to Love You,” “The Dollmaker” with  Jane Fonda, USA’s “Unexpected Family” and “Unexpected Life”  (both with Stockard Channing) as well as “Double Platinum” with Diana Ross.

Her feature film credits include “Amadeus,” “Tootsie,” “Thief of Hearts”, Billy Cosby’s “Ghost Dad,” “Folks!,” “Dead Again,” “My Girl 2,” “Richie Rich,” “Black Sheep,” and ‘Til There Was You.”

As if theatre, television, and movies weren’t enough, Christine also entertains crowds with her sold-out cabaret shows (many times performing with the one and only Billy Stritch, who is also a fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant). She has performed in such legendary cabaret venues as Birdland, Feinstein’s At The Regency, The Metropolitan Room, and Cinegrill. Her CDs include: “Live at the Cinegrill,” “In Your Dreams,” and “Sunday In New York” (both with Billy Stritich).

You can catch Christine and Billy in concert together from December 2-5 at Birdland in New York City performing their holiday extravaganza “Town & Country Christmas,” featuring seasonal classics from their past shows as well as some brand-new material. They are sure to sell out fast, so get your tickets now! For more on Christine Ebersole, be sure to visit: http://www.christineebersole.com.

1. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? Lowest is a D below middle C.  Highest is an E above high C.

2. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I play the nose trumpet, but everyone knows that.

3. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Alan Rickman.

4. Who do you consider to be your hero? Luke Rudkowski.

5. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Paris.

6. What was your first fan encounter like? I don’t remember.

7. If you couldn’t be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? Wealthy.

8. Favorite play/musical? “Grey Gardens.”

9. Favorite website: www.wearechange.org.

10. “Mary” or “Rhoda”? They are both friends of mine.

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