Neal, alongside his peers, will travel to the national historic landmark and estate of theatre legends Alfred Lunt & Lynn Fontanne, where accomplished actor Alfred Molina has been selected as this year’s Master Teacher. From July 9 through 16, Molina will lead intensive master classes that focus on developing ways to refresh character work through text analysis and typecasting.
This ground-breaking national fellowship provides artists with an opportunity to grow artistically, renew their passion and return to their home communities more encouraged and inspiring as mentors, teachers and leaders.
"I am very humbled to be selected for the Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship program. It is a great honor to be among the actors selected this year as well as those who have been chosen in the past,” said Neal.
Neal also shares his gratitude to IRT Executive Artistic Director, Janet Allen, for nominating him on behalf of the theatre. “Because of her commitment to community, I have been able to realize my goal of being a working actor while also raising a family in the Indianapolis area,” he added.
“He lives the commitment he’s made to place, finding ways to stretch himself through directing and acting, all while staying close to home,” said Allen. “We at Indiana Repertory Theatre, artists and audiences alike, can’t imagine our world without his consistently inspired performances and are so proud of his inclusion in the 2017 Lunt-Fontanne Fellows class!”
Neal is the third Lunt-Fontanne Fellow to represent the IRT, following David Alan Anderson (2013) and Constance Macy (2014).