DeSales TV/Film Program Celebrates 10th Anniversary with a Visit from Chevy Chase on Friday, March 30
Part of the Visiting Artists Series Funded by a Grant from the Dexter F. and Dorothy H. Baker Foundation
Award winning actor, comedian, and writer Chevy Chase will visit DeSales University Friday, March 30, 2007 to teach an afternoon master class and to kick off Friday evening's presentation of the DeSales Student Film Festival.
Chevy will deliver a master class on comedy sketch writing in conjunction with a comedy writing class and an acting and presentation class. The master class will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Arena Theatre of the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, Center Valley, Pa., and is open to the public free of charge. "Chevy Chase's visit to DeSales is a perfect way to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the TV/Film Program, says Performing and Fine Arts Chair John Bell. "It's a testament to the quality of the program and the profile of the faculty that we're able to bring in someone of Chevy's stature to not only kick off the Student Film Festival but to work with our students in workshop settings."
At 7:30 p.m., Chevy will present a keynote/kickoff to the evening performance of the Student Film Festival. As part of this kickoff, TV/Film students will present a short retrospective of Chevy's film work followed by a brief question and answer session from the audience and then an introduction by Chevy of the evening's program. This event is open to the public upon the purchase of a ticket for the Friday evening showing of the Student Film Festival. The event will be held on the Main Stage of the Labuda Center.
Chevy Chase first came to national prominence as a writer and performer with the original cast of NBC's "Saturday Night Live," for which he won two Emmy Awards. Chevy's first starring role in a feature film was in the comedy-thriller "Foul Play" with Goldie Hawn. Other films he has starred in include: "Caddy Shack;" "Seems Like Old Times;" "Three Amigo's;" "National Lampoon's Vacation;" and "Fletch," to name a few.
In 1992, Harvard's Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the nation's oldest undergraduate dramatic group, named Chevy its "Man of the Year." Chevy began his career in comedy as a writer and performer for "Channel One," a local New York underground revue that satirized television. He has written for Lily Tomlin and the Smothers Brothers, and earned a Writers Guild of America Award for writing "Alan King's Energy Crisis, Rising Prices and Assorted Vices" TV special. In addition, he won an Emmy Award for co-writing "The Paul Simon Special." His biography entitled "He's Chevy Chase and You're Not!" is soon to be released. Chevy resides in New York with his wife Jayni Chase and three daughters.
"As a comedian and actor, Chevy's career will serve as great inspiration for not only our TV/Film writers, but also for our actors," says Bell, "He's funny, thoughtful, committed to education, and a wonderful person. His visit will be a highlight for our students."
Chevy Chase's visit is the centerpiece event of the Visiting Artists Film Series at DeSales, funded by a grant from the Dexter F. and Dorothy H. Baker Foundation."The Performing and Fine Arts Department is so appreciative of the Dexter F. and Dorothy H. Baker Foundation for their kind and generous support of our TV/Film Program," says Bell."Through their financial support we've been able to host working professionals from the TV/Film industry all year long, providing unique and wonderful opportunities for our students."
The DeSales University Student Film Festival takes place March 29 to 31 at 8 p.m. on the Main Stage of the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 610-282-3192.
The Labuda Center for the Performing Arts is fully accessible and ADA approved. Special seating is available for patrons using wheelchairs or requiring other assistance. The Labuda Center is also equipped with a Listening Enhancement System for the hearing impaired sponsored by the Dexter F. and Dorothy H. Baker Foundation and Schubert Communications.
Press Release: DeSales TV/Film Program Celebrates 10th Anniversary with a Visit from Chevy Chase on Friday, March 30 | Posted on: 3/21/2007
For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive Director of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034
610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu