TV/Film Actress & Director Conduct Free Workshop at MCC Venice

(Bradenton, Fla., April 14, 2006) - Acclaimed stage, TV and film actress Blair Brown and director/translator Sarah Cameron Sunde will conduct a free workshop, open to the public, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 25, in room 307, the Library, at Manatee Community College (MCC) Venice, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail.

Brown and Sunde will discuss their unique collaboration between actor and director/translator and how they adapt to the different demands of diverse media such as stage, TV and film. The event is sponsored by the MCC Fine and Performing Arts Department and the Hermitage Artist Retreat Inc., Englewood, where the two artists are in residence. They were nominated by Hermitage national selection committee member Anne Cattaneo of Lincoln Center Theatre. The MCC workshop is part of Brown's and Sunde's commitment to two community programs during their stay at the Manasota Key retreat.

Brown perhaps is best known for her starring role in the Emmy Award-winning TV show, The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, and a TV miniseries in which she played Jacqueline Kennedy. She appeared in the films Altered States and The Choirboys and won a Golden Globe nomination for her role in A Continental Divide with John Belushi. An acclaimed stage actress as well, she most recently entered the field of audiobook narration.

Sunde's 2004 translation of Night Sings Its Song by Norway playwright Jon Fosse won her praise from The New York Times for having "an ear for conversation." Currently, she is translating Fosse's play, deathvariations, which she will direct in August 2006. Sunde and Brown are developing a new adaptation of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen's The Wild Duck during their Hermitage stay. Sunde has been honored with a 2005 Artist Award from the American Scandinavian Society.

Due to limited space, seating will be on a first-come, first-seated basis. For more information about the workshop, call Dr. Charles Turon at (941) 752-5582. Learn more about The Hermitage Artist Retreat at

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