Jude Ciccolella ’69 at Brown for 9th Annual Don Wilmeth Endowed Lectureship in American Theatre

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Brown University Library will host actor Jude Ciccolella ’69 at 7pm on Monday, October 15, 2012, for the 9th Annual Don Wilmeth Endowed Lectureship in American Theatre in Leeds Theater. The program will be followed by a reception in Lyman Hall foyer. The event and reception are free and open to the public.

Jude Ciccolella graduated from Brown University in 1969 with a BA in Philosophy. After two years of social work with the Albany County Department of Social Services in New York State, he earned his MFA in Acting at Temple University in 1973. In 1981, he became a member of the Ensemble Studio Theater, studied with Artistic Director Curt Dempster, and performed in a number of their productions. Jude was invited into the Actors Studio in 1995. He has worked with several well-known film directors: Sidney Lumet, Jonathan Demme, Oliver Stone, John Sayles, Joel Schumacher, Carl Franklin, Frank Darabont, Chris Rock, and Robert Rodrigues. His films include Shawshank Redemption, Glengarry Glen Ross, World Trade Center, Beloved, The Manchurian Candidate, City of Hope, Mad Love, Sin City, Julia, and Premonition. On stage in New York, Jude starred in “Those the River Keeps”, written and directed by David Rabe, in two critically acclaimed productions of “Curse of the Starving Class” by Sam Shepard, playing “Ellis”, and later playing “Weston” at the Signature Theater Company, in Brown graduate Richard Dresser’s “Below the Belt”, and in Gary Richard’s “The Root”. In an award winning short, “Last Call”, produced and directed by his friend Robert Bailey (class of 1970), Ciccolella received best actor awards at the Hermosa and Breckenridge Film Festivals. With Co-Artistic Director Bill Bolender, Jude founded the Eumenides Group in LA. They have staged Steve Tesich’s “ The Speed of Darkness”, John Tuttle’s “Drift”, and Richard Dresser’s “ The Pursuit of Happiness”. He is probably best known for his TV work on 24 as chief of staff to two presidents—–from opposing parties—-Mike Novick. He has also appeared on NCIS, Law and Order, Monk , Cold Case, The Guardian, Prison Break, Medium, the Mentalist, Life, House, CSI, Burn Notice, Touch, and many other shows. Jude has produced and performed on four albums of original music, and the Jude Ciccolella Band plays regularly in Burbank. Jude is married to the wonderful actress Sylva Kelegian.

The Don Wilmeth Endowed Lectureship was established in honor of Professor Don Wilmeth and his monumental contribution to the study of theatre at Brown. The lectureship supports an annual lecture series on American theatre. Past visiting lecturers have included Laurence Maslon (2005), Jim Steinmeyer (2007), Christopher Bigsby (2008), Laura Linney (2008), Lynn Nottage (2010), and Bill Irwin (2011).

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This event is supported by Brown University Library and Friends.

Contact: Jennifer Braga |  401-863-6913