SEPTEMBER 24 - 27, 2020

Kathleen Turner Master Class at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival

Kathleen Turner Master Class

A living legend explores the craft of acting in this one-of-a-kind lesson on how choices are made onstage.
featuring Golden Globe winner and Tony and Academy Award nominee Kathleen Turner, with Festival actors & students

Provincetown TW Festival

Provincetown, MA

Part of the Cape Air Master Class series


This event was presented Sept 28, 2019
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"It all begins with the words. The words that a character uses gives you
an idea of the energy and the kind of mind that this person possesses."

— From Kathleen Turner on Acting: Conversations about Film, Television, and Theater


Turner’s Master Class is a rare opportunity for students and the general public to learn from one of America’s great performers of Williams. In this fun participatory session, Turner will work with a range of local and Festival actors, as well as students embarking on their careers. As you watch the work unfold, the discoveries between teacher and student will become yours. Come join her: laugh and learn.

Festival-goers can also join Turner for a private meal at the Pilgrim House on Festival Friday. Seats for Lunch with Kathleen Turner are on sale now.

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Tickets are not available for sale at the show venues. Purchase tickets online up to two hours before showtime, or in-person at our box office (368-B Commercial Street) or festival shirt shop (336 Commercial Street).

About Kathleen Turner

“The roles from mature women onstage are a thousand times better than anything written in film.
The screen roles are usually stereotypes: the evil mother, the bitter spinster. Whereas in theater
there's Martha or Mother Courage -- I could name many characters I'd love to do.
That's why, knowing where my career could grow as I got less desireable for the camera,
I focused on theater.”

- Kathleen Turner, interview in Vulture, August 2018


A Broadway veteran, bona fide film star, and accomplished acting teacher, Kathleen Turner has been nominated twice for the Tony Award, for her performance as Maggie in the 1990 revival of Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and as Martha in the 2005 revival of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Beloved for her roles in classic films like Body Heat, The Man with Two Brains, The War of the Roses, The Virgin Suicides, and Peggy Sue Got Married – for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress – Turner has always excelled in carving fresh and memorable lines between comedy and drama, from her über-sultry turn as Jessica Rabbit in Who Framed Roger Rabbit to her gleeful life of suburban crime in John Waters’ Serial Mom.

Twice a winner at the Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress for her roles in Romancing the Stone and Prizzi’s Honor, Turner has been nominated three other times for a Golden Globe, and received an Academy Award nomination in 1986 for her performance in Peggy Sue Got Married.

Turner has a storied career on television, including appearances on Friends, Californication, King of the Hill, Law & Order, Nip/Tuck, and The Simpsons. She has taught acting classes at New York University, serves on the boards of Planned Parenthood, People for the American Way, and Citymeals on Wheels, and is an honorary board member for the International Human Rights Arts Festival in New York City.

Turner has taken two productions from Broadway to London’s West End: Terry Johnson’s The Graduate in 2000 (in the role of Mrs. Robinson) and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in 2006. In 2014, she starred opposite Ian McDiarmid in Stephen Sachs' Bakersfield Mist at the Duchess Theatre in London.

Following her 2011-2012 run in the Broadway production of Matthew Lombardo’s High, Turner has appeared on stage in regional theaters around the country, including as the title character in Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins at the Philadelphia Theatre Company, the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, and the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. At Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., she starred in Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage and her Children and in Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking.

Most recently, Turner has developed her first cabaret performance, Finding My Voice, which debuted in Philadelphia in 2017, and which then ran in London at The Other Palace Theatre and toured the United Kingdom. This February, she performed in the Donizetti opera La Fille du Régiment at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

Turner is the co-author of the 2018 book Kathleen Turner on Acting: Conversations About Film, Television, and Theater (with Dustin Morrow) as well as the 2008 memoir Send Yourself Roses: Thoughts on My Life, Love, and Leading Roles (a collaboration with Gloria Feldt).

In Kathleen Turner on Acting, Turner recalls of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof: “Once we got past the battle to allow us to do the original play, the original third act, then that opened up a lot of doors, in terms of exploring humor in the play. I cannot help but look for the humor in everything. I think that it is the best part of life, finding ways to laugh at it.”

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