Theatre Masters

T heatre Masters is a Monday night series of intimate on-stage interviews with some of America’s greatest theatre artists. These conversations will reveal their personal journeys of growth and transformation over time and how it has impacted both their art and their lives. This season, you will meet two exceptional individuals, all of whom have had a working relationship with PTC.

Our 2016 Series includes

KathleenTurnerHeadshotKathleen Turner

February 29, 2016 — 7:00 PM
Interviewed by Margaret Engel

Screen icon Kathleen Turner has garnered critical acclaim for her performances in movies including Body Heat, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe; Romancing The Stone and Prizzi’s Honor, which earned her a Golden Globe Award for each; Peggy Sue Got Married, which brought Turner both an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe nomination; and War of the Roses, and yet another Golden Globe nomination.  Turner’s extensive film credits also include The Man with Two Brains, with Steve Martin; Jewel of the Nile, with Michael Douglas; The Accidental Tourist; V.I. Warshawski; John Waters’ Serial Mom; Naked in New York; Moonlight and Valentino; The Real Blonde; and Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides.  Ms. Turner has also starred on Broadway in Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, for which she received a Tony nomination for Best Actress; Indiscretions; The Graduate; and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, for which she received a second Tony nomination for Best Actress. More recently, Ms. Turner had a major recurring role playing the role of Sue Collini on Showtime’s hit series, Californication as well the starring role in an independent film called The Perfect Family.  Recently on stage, Ms Turner starred as Molly Ivins in Red Hot Patriot: The Kick Ass Wit of Molly Ivins at Philadelphia Theater Company, The Geffen in LA and Arena Stage in DC.  She also starred on Broadway as a nun in HIGH and took the show on tour for some of 2011 and 2012.  Her most recent film, Dumb & Dumber To with Jim Carey and Jeff Daniels was in theaters in 2014 and made nearly $200 million dollars worldwide.  Recently she starred opposite Ian McDiarmid in BAKERSFIELD MIST in the West End and following that she went to Berkeley Rep to do the Molly Ivins play.  In addition to her film and stage credits, Turner wrote of her many accomplishments and life experiences in her 2008 autobiography titled Send Yourself Roses: Thoughts on my Life, Love, and Leading Roles, which secured a position on the New York Times Best-Seller List.

Interviewing Ms. Turner: Margaret Engel


Margaret Engel was a reporter for The Washington Post, Des Moines Register, and Lorain Journal and was a Nieman fellow at Harvard. She directs the Alicia Patterson Journalism Foundation and was Managing Editor of the Newseum. She co-wrote Food Finds: America’s Best Local Foods and the People Who Produce Them with her twin, Allison Engel, and helped turn the book into a show for the Food Network, where it aired for seven years. Margaret and Allison also co-wrote Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins, which starred Kathleen Turner and made its world debut with Philadelphia Theatre Company at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre. She serves on the Helen Hayes Awards Board, The Fund for Investigative Journalism, and chairs the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards Board. She and her husband, Bruce Adams, wrote three editions of a travel guide to America’s baseball parks with the help of their children, Emily and Hugh.

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david morseDavid Morse

March 21, 2016 — 7:00 PM

David Morse has long been recognized as an actor of great talent and versatility in film, television, and theater. Morse is currently starring in the leading role of ‘Big Foster’ on WGN America’s groundbreaking drama series Outsiders. He was most recently seen on screen in the standout role of ‘Mike Webster’ in Peter Landesman’s NFL drama Concussion opposite Will Smith and has starred in major blockbusters such as Marc Forster’s World War Z, Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker, and Frank Darabont’s The Green Mile. In television, Morse was seen on the Emmy Nominated critically acclaimed HBO series Treme and has received Emmy nominations for his work as ‘George Washington’ in the HBO mini-series John Adams as well as for playing the rival to Hugh Laurie’s character on House M.D., respectively. On stage, Morse most recently starred in the Roundabout Theatre’s presentation of The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin, for which he received a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Play. Prior to this, Morse earned accolades for his starring role in an Off-Broadway production of How I Learned to Drive including the Drama League Award, the Lucille Lortel Award, the Drama Desk Award, and the Obie Award. Additionally, Morse won Drama-Logue and LA Weekly awards for his performance in the Los Angeles production of Of Mice and Men. Morse was last seen on the Broadway stage in the Tony Nominated play, The Seafarer, directed by Conor McPherson.

Interviewing Mr. Morse: Howard Sherman

Howard Sherman - Executive Director of the American Theatre Wing

Howard Sherman is Director of the Arts Integrity Initiative at the New School College of Performing Arts and Interim Director of the Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts. A former Executive Director of the American Theatre Wing and the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, he is also a freelance arts writer, having contributed articles to American Theatre, Dramatics, and The Guardian, and he is the U.S. correspondent for The Stage newspaper in London. He blogs at and tweets as @hesherman.

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Tickets $25 • subscribers $15 • Students $5