Tony-Winning Actress Faith Prince Teaches Master Class, Performs for Pre-College Students

Stage, screen and TV star on campus as part of the Summer Institute's Theater program for high school students

Actress Faith Prince (left) teaches a master class while Sally Mayes, the Theater program's artistic director, looks on.

July 16, 2013

High school students attending this year's Pre-College Summer Institute in Theater were treated to a master class and performance by Tony Award-winning actress Faith Prince on July 12. The stage, screen and TV star took a brief break from rehearsals for her upcoming performance in the Broadway revival of "Annie" to teach and perform for the program's 45 students.

Sally Mayes, the program's artistic director and no stranger to Broadway herself, had this to say about Prince: "There is no better example of what a musical theater performer should be. The students will learn so much from watching Faith Prince work and listening to her talk about her process. We are so excited to have her take part in this amazing summer!"

Students in the Pre-College Summer Institute's Theater program pose with Prince and Mayes (seated center).

Prince has been dazzling Broadway audiences since winning the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for her performance as Ms. Adelaide in "Guys and Dolls." In 2008, she was nominated for Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for "A Catered Affair." Other Broadway credits include "The Little Mermaid," "Nick & Nora," "Jerome Robbins' Broadway" and "Noises Off." Prince also starred in the world premiere of Terrence McNally’s "Unusual Acts of Devotion" and was most recently in the national tour of the Broadway hit "Billy Elliott."

She currently recurs on Lifetime’s hit series "Drop Dead Diva" as Brooke Elliott’s mother, Elaine. She was a series regular on Showtime's "Huff" and recurred for five seasons on "Spin City." Other television credits include "Ugly Betty," "Grey’s Anatomy," "CSI," "Monk" and "Law and Order." Film credits include "Our Very Own," "Picture Perfect," "Dave" and "My Father the Hero."

Faith Prince teaching.

Prince works often with the Boston Pops, Utah Symphony, Cincinnati Pops and Philly Pops, and recently starred in the Orlando Philharmonic’s concert version of "Sweeney Todd." Her new album, "Total Faith," will be released soon and her award-winning album, "A Leap of Faith," is available now on DRG Records.

Designed for high school students getting ready to enter into performing arts programs in colleges around the country, the Pre-College Summer Institute's Theater program offers a wealth of courses and activities. This exciting and immersive four-week program enables students to experience what arts college and instructors are like, while earning three full college credits.

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