Thursday, 2 February 2012

An evening with the stars of the future

The Irene Ryan Kennedy Center nominees for Santa Monica College 2012

My good friend Roxanne Messina Captor will be directing the Irene Ryan Kennedy Center nominees for Santa Monica College, California, this Saturday, 4th February.

Roxanne Messina Captor

I came to know Messina Captor, a Cheavlier du Orde des Arts et des Lettres, during the time she was Executive Director of the San Francisco International Film Festival. In my time as an annual guest at the festival, I witnessed Captor work her magic by attracting big names such as Joan Allen, Paul Haggis, Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman and Taylor Hackford. Here was a lady with the gusto to get things done.

Roxanne Messina Captor behind the camera

In her time running the festival, attendance increased by some 40% but though, in 2005, she decided to move on to pastures new, we kept in touch. Messina Captor’s most recent projects have been with Shelley Long, Harry Shearer, James Kyson Lee, Kate Linder and Deborah Theaker. She has also directed William H. Macy and Daniel Benzali.

Named after Irene Ryan, an entertainer who found success in vaudeville, radio, film, television and Broadway and who was most widely known for her portrayal of Daisy “Granny” Moses in The Beverly Hillbillies (1962 – 1971), the Kennedy Center was amongst the beneficiaries of the $1,000,000 Irene Ryan Foundation established on her death.

Irene Ryan (1902 – 1973) as Daisy “Granny” Moses, the matriach of the Clampett clan

Comments Messina Captor: “Working with the artists of the future is joyous. Santa Monica College has a strong theatre arts program. The talent is exceptional and well trained.”

Terry Semel, former Chairman of Warner Bros. and ex CEO of Yahoo!

Adding to the evening event will be guest speakers Terry Semel, former Chairman of Warner Bros. and ex CEO of Yahoo! and Michele Danner, Artistic Director of the Edgemar Theatre, Santa Monica.

The Irene Ryan Kennedy Center nominees for Santa Monica College will perform both classical and contemporary scenes and monologues on Saturday 4th February 2012 at 7pm in the Studio Stage of the campus.

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Ali said...

I met Roxanne at the SFIFF and thought she was the best thing for it. It was such a shame when she left as what has come next has been somewhat lacklustre.

Adam Peterson said...

This sounds most worthy.

Matthew Steeples said...

I quite agree. During Roxanne's tenure, the festival was especially enjoyable. She did great work there and her current projects are of equal merit. I congratulate her.

Gail Banfield said...

roxanne is a triple threat....she's creative, intelligent and beautiful....while she excels in the creative arena, her sense of the business of the business is impressive. I've known her for many years and continue to be astounded by her boundless energy, and her commitment to excellence in all that she does.