The RLTP National Advisory Board was formed in 2009 to serve as a source of inspiration and reference for the company’s artistic mission and vision.
Alec Baldwin’s acting career began with an award winning performance in the Broadway premiere of Joe Orton’s comedy Loot. Almost immediately, Baldwin was swept into movie stardom with well-remembered turns in Glengarry Glen Ross, Beetlejuice, The Hunt for Red October, The Departed, The Aviator, It’s Complicated, and his Oscar nominated performance in The Cooler, among others. Baldwin is one of the most popular guest hosts of “Saturday Night Live”, hosting a remarkable 14 episodes. Currently, his role as Jack Donaghy on television’s comedy hit “30 Rock” has earned the actor multiple awards and a fresh following of fans. Baldwin has made a point of returning to the stage, starring in Broadway revivals of the comedies The Twentieth Century and Entertaining Mr. Sloane. His ongoing support of Road Less Traveled Productions confirms his dedication to the national theatre scene; Baldwin has appeared for Road Less Traveled Productions in benefit readings of Yazmina Reza’s Art (July 2006 at Babeville) and David Mamet’s Speed-The-Plow (March 2009 at Rockwell Hall).
Actor, Playwright, Monologist, and Novelist
Eric Bogosian is best known for writing and starring in the play Talk Radio (NYSF – 1987), and the film adaptation of that play (Dir. Oliver Stone, 1987). For this work he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and he received the Berlin Film Festival Silver Bear Award. He is also well known for his six solo performances Off-Broadway (Men Inside, Funhouse, Drinking in America, Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll, Pounding Nails in the Floor With My Forehead, Wake Up and Smell The Coffee) between 1980 and 2000, for which he received three Obie awards. In addition to Talk Radio, Bogosian has written a number of full-length plays including subUrbia (LCT), Griller (Goodman), Red Angel (Williamstown Theater Festival), and Humpty Dumpty (McCarter). He is the author of two novels, Mall and Wasted Beauty and a novella, Notes from Underground. As an actor, Bogosian has appeared in numerous films and television programs, starring in Robert Altman’s The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, Atom Egoyan’s Ararat, Under Siege II, and Wonderland. He also starred in “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” on NBC. He is married to director Jo Bonney. Mr. Bogosian was RLTP’s first American Theatre Master, visiting the RLTP during our production of Humpty Dumpty in 2008.
Stage & Television Director
Scott Ellis’ most recent stage productions include Kander and Ebb’s new musical Curtains at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles; on Broadway: Twelve Angry Men (Tony, Drama Desk nominations; Outer Critics Circle Award, Best Revival) and Arthur Miller’s The Man Who Had All the Luck (both with James Rebhorn); 1776 (Drama Desk, Tony nomination); Picnic (Outer Critics Circle nomination); Steel Pier (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle awards, Tony nomination); She Loves Me (Drama Desk and Tony Award nominations, Outer Critics Circle Award and Olivier Award for Best Director and Best Revival, London production). Off-Broadway: Entertaining Mr. Sloane with Alec Baldwin; And the World Goes’ Round: The Songs of Kander & Ebb (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle awards); and Flora, The Red Menace (Drama Desk nomination). NYC Opera: 110 In The Shade and A Little Night Music with Jeremy Irons and Juliet Stevenson; Los Angeles Opera: A Little Night Music with Victor Garber, Judith Ivey, and Zoe Caldwell. Television: director/co-creator of “Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall” and Great Performances’ “My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies”; director of “Frasier,” “Hope and Faith,” “Stacked,” and “Out of Practice”; and director/co-producer of “30 Rock” w/ Alec Baldwin and Showtime’s “Weeds”. Mr. Ellis is the associate artistic director for the Roundabout Theatre Company.
A. R. Gurney
A. R. Gurney has been writing plays for many years. They have performed at Lincoln Center, the Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons, and very occasionally on Broadway. Among his works are: Scenes from American Life, The Dining Room, The Cocktail Hour, Love Letters, Sylvia, Ancestral Voices, Far East, Big Bill, Buffalo Gal, Indian Blood, The Grand Manner, and Black Tie. He has also written several specifically political plays for the Flea Theatre in Tribeca, including O Jerusalem, Mrs. Farnsworth, and A Light Lunch. He is the author of three published novels, several television scripts, and the libretto for the one-act opera Strawberry Fields. Gurney taught literature at M.I.T. for twenty-five years before devoting himself full time to the theatre. He is a member of the Theatre Hall of Fame and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and has honorary degrees from Williams College and Buffalo State University. His work and career is described in more detail at his website: argurney.com.
Stephen McKinley Henderson
Stephen McKinley Henderson has worked throughout the United States, abroad, on and off Broadway, in television and film. He recently played Bono in the 2010 Broadway revival of Fences, starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, for which he received a Tony Nomination in the featured actor category and the Actor’s Equity Richard Seff Award. His credits on Broadway also include August Wilson’s King Hedley II and the revival of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (w/ Charles S. Dutton & Whoopi Goldberg), as well as Regina Taylor’s Drowning Crow and as Van Helsing in Des McAnuff’s Dracula. Stephen was featured in Wilson’s Jitney, Off-Broadway and regionally, and received the Drama Desk Award, the NAACP Theatre Award for Outstanding Dramatic Performance by a Male, and the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actor. In 2005, he originated the role of Pontius Pilate in Stephen Adley Guirgis’ The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, produced by LABYyrinth Theater Company at the Public. Additional selected theatre credits include Death of a Salesman (w/ Charles S. Dutton) at Yale Rep, Signature Theatre’s Wilson Season (King Hedley and Seven Guitars), Joe Turner’s Come And Gone at Buffalo’s Studio Arena Theater (LORT), and Kenny Leon’s historic Century Cycle Readings at Kennedy Center. Stephen has received two Artvoice Artie Awards, for Outstanding Performance and Career Achievement. Film/TV work includes HBO’s Everyday People (nominated for the Black Reel award for Best Supporting Actor); in a leading role as Omar in Fox’s “New Amsterdam”; Lodge Kerrigan’s Keane; The Good Heart (w/ Brian Cox and Paul Dano); A Raisin In The Sun (w/ Danny Glover); Marie (w/ Sissy Spacek and Morgan Freeman); If You Could Say It In Words; and in recurring roles on “Law & Order”. Stephen will be seen in the forthcoming Tower Heist (w/ Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy) and Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close (w/ Tom Hanks). Stephen is a Professor and former chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance for SUNY Buffalo, a Member of the LAByrinth Theater Company and the Actor’s Center, and a Fox Foundation Fellow. Since 2007, Stephen has been a Member of Road Less Traveled Productions’ Board of Directors and, currently, our National Advisory Board.
James Rebhorn’s impressive list of film appearances include roles in The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Game, Independence Day, Scotland PA, Carlito’s Way, Baby Mama, The Last Shot, Meet The Parents, My Cousin Vinny, and Regarding Henry, among others. On Broadway, he appeared in Prelude to a Kiss, Dinner at Eight, The Man Who Had All The Luck, I’m Not Rappaport, the Tony Award-winning revival of Our Town, and in the long running hit revival of Twelve Angry Men. James has received a Dramalogue Award for his performance in the LaJolla Playhouse production of Nebraska. On television, he’s been seen in a variety of series and TV movies, including “Comanche Moon,” “The Book of Daniel,” “Third Watch,” “Seinfeld,” “Law and Order,” “Bright Shining Lie,” “Mistrial,” “Guiding Light,” “I’ll Fly Away,” “Sarah, Plain and Tall,” “Kate and Allie,” and Tom Hanks’ HBO mini-series “From the Earth to the Moon.” Mr. Rebhorn was RLTP’s 2009 American Theatre Master, visiting the RLTP during our production of The Man Who Had All The Luck to discuss working with playwright Arthur Miller.
RLTP is grateful to the talented and renowned professionals who, through their participation with and support of our theater, are promoting the development of Western New York artists and the national profile of WNY’s theatre industry.