YoungArts MasterClass

                                               Alan Alda leading a YoungArts MasterClass / Photo: Karen Goodman


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Alan Alda: YoungArts MasterClass
September 16, 2014  | 7:30 PM  

Shot in New York City, the special features six-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner Alan Alda as he mentors six aspiring young actors - all YoungArts Alumni - through an intensive workshop, and helps them find their voice through improvisation. The alumni are:  Nadia Alexander (2012 YoungArts Winner in Theater and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts), Analisa Gutierrez (2013 YoungArts Winner in Theater and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts), Nile Harris (2013 YoungArts Winner in Theater), Connor Lawhorn (2012 YoungArts Winner in Theater), Juliana Sass (2013 YoungArts Winner in Theater), and Justice Smith (2013 YoungArts Winner in Theater).

The three-time Emmy® nominated HBO Family Documentary Special YoungArts MasterClass chronicles the work of renowned artists sharing their art and life experiences through master classes with National YoungArts Foundation alumni. Each edition of the program highlights the importance of mentorship, which resonates in the arts and beyond, allowing the next generation of young artists to meet and work with legends, like Plácido Domingo, Frank Gehry, Bill T. Jones, Patti LuPone and Wynton Marsalis, in the fields they aspire to pursue.

YoungArts MasterClass is produced by Executive Producer Lin Arison and documentary filmmakers Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon, whose Simon & Goodman Picture Company has received numerous nominations and awards including an Academy Award, many Emmys®, and the duPont-Columbia Award for Independent Programming.

Previous YoungArts MasterClass specials have featured Edward Albee, Jacques d’Amboise, Plácido Domingo, Olafur Eliasson, Renée Fleming, Frank Gehry, Josh Groban, John Guare, Bill T. Jones, Patti LuPone, Wynton Marsalis, Bobby McFerrin, James Rosenquist, Julian Schnabel, Anna Deavere Smith, Michael Tilson Thomas, Kathleen Turner, Liv Ullmann and Bruce Weber. Upcoming programs will feature Alan Alda and Joshua Bell.

In conjunction with Columbia University’s Teachers College, YoungArts developed a Study Guide based on the program which is distributed free to schools nationwide to help increase arts education and awareness. To learn more about YoungArts MasterClass and the Study Guide, click here. 

Full episodes of Season 1 are available on our YouTube HBO YoungArts MasterClass playlist and Season 2 is available on HBO Go (for HBO subscribers).