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Horton Foote and our Distinguished Guests

Award Recipients


Photo of Horton Foote In the spring of 2004, the Baylor Department of Theatre Arts sponsored the first Horton Foote American Playwrights Festival, a semi-annual celebration of American Playwrighting, honoring the festival namesake. Mr. Foote was honored as the first recipient of the Horton Foote American Playwrighting Award.
Photo of Romulus Linney One of our most acclaimed American playwrights, Romulus Linney is the author of three novels and more than forty plays. Born in Philadelphia in 1931, Mr. Linney was raised in the Appalachian town of Madison, Tennessee... The Horton Foote American Playwrights Festival is proud to name Romulus Linney as the 2005 recipient of the Horton Foote Excellence in American Playwriting Award.
Photo of Tina Howe For over thirty years, Tina Howe has captivated audiences with her unique and enchanting plays. She has won much acclaim for her works, including an Obie Award, a Guggenheim fellowship, and a Tony nomination. The Horton Foote American Playwrights Festival is proud to name Tina Howe as the 2007 recipient of the Horton Foote Excellence in American Playwriting Award.
Craig Wright Image Playwright Craig Wright's Grace was nominated for the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play and it won three LA Drama Critics Circle Awards, including Best Play. Recent Tragic Events was produced by Playwrights Horizons with Heather Graham in the lead. Melissa Arctic, a contemporary adaptation of A Winter's Tale, won the 2005 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play. Craig Wright received an Emmy nomination for his Six Feet Under episode "Twilight" and a WGA nomination for his episode "Falling Into Place." He has served as writer and producer for the J.J. Abrams series Lost and the ABC series Brothers & Sisters. He was also the author and Executive Producer of his own series, Dirty Sexy Money.


The Following Artists have Participated in our Past Festivals



Photo of Ellen Burstyn Ellen Burstyn is a versatile and highly praised actress who has found success on stage as well as in film. She recieved an Academy Award for her role in the movie Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore as well as a Tony for her work in the play Same Time, Next Year. She has multiple nominations for the Golden Globe and was the first woman president of the Actor's Equity.
Harris Yulin Harris Yulin is a recognizable stage and film actor who has appeared in films such as "Clear and Present Danger" and "Scarface". He also has been in classics of the stage such as "King John" and "Hedda Gabler". Mr. Yulin played opposite Uta Hagen in the 1985 prodction of "Mrs. Warren's Profession".
Photo of Austin Pendleton Actor/director/playwright Austin Pendleton is a familar face on stage and screen. His third play, Orson's Shadow, premiered at Steppenwolf and is currently enjoying an off-Broadway run. Pendleton has directed and performed in numerous Broadway productions and films such as A Beautiful Mind and Amistad. He played the title role in Romulus Linney's The Sorrows of Frederick.
Photo of Kathleen Chalfant Award winning actress Kathleen Chalfant is known for countess stage and screen successes such as Angels in America, Racing Demon, Wit, Three Poets, and Sister Mary Ignatius . . . to name just a few. Her film appearances include Murder and Murder, Bob Roberts, Five Corners, Dream Work, Company Man, and Kinsey. She also originated the role of Juba in Romulus Linney's Heathen Valley.
Photo of Carlin Glynn and Peter Masterson Tony award winner Carlin Glynn made her appearance at the Horton Foote Festival in 2004. Glynn won a Tony award in 1979 for Best Actress (Featured Role - Musical) as well as a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1992 for Best Actress. She won both awards for her role in the musical "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas". Carlin Glynn is a successful stage actress who has performed on both Broadway and London's West.

Peter Masterson first appeared on the New York stage in the early 1960's. Since then he has become an accomplished writer and director, with such credits as "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" and "The Trip to Bountiful". He was also in the 1975 film "The Stepford Wives", and is the Cousin of Horton Foote.
Photo of Estelle Parsons Estelle Parsons is an accomplished stage and film actress who has many credits to her name. In 1967 she won an academy award for her role in the film "Bonnie and Clyde". Her extensive TV work includes roles on Roseanne, Frasier and many other TV shows.
Photo of Mel Gussow Mel Gussow is one of the most influential theatre critics ever. He is well-known for bringing new actors into the spotlight. Mr. Gussow has reviewed shows for The Times as well as writing several books about stage playwrights, including a biography of playwright Edward Albee. His work as a reviewer and author has helped him become one of the foremost theatre critics in the United States.
Photo of Gregory Boyd Gregory Boyd has been the artistic director of the Alley Theatre since 1989. He has worked with such influential playwrights as Edward Albee and Horton Foote. During his tenure with the Alley Theatre, their reputation has risen by leaps and bounds, with shows travelling internationally and the theatre recieving a Special Tony Award in 1996.
Photo of Tim Guinee Tim Guinee is an accomplished actor who has appeared in both film and television, with appearances on such shows as CSI, and Stargate SG-1. He played a priest Adam Guiteau in the 1998 film John Carpenter's Vampires . In the process of filming he married Daisy Foote, daughter of playwright Horton Foote. He also hosted a poetry reading performance to benefit Rwandan relief. Mary Louise Parker and John Turturro are just some of the performers.
Photo of Hallie Foote Hallie Foote is the daughter of Playwright Horton Foote, who appeared in the 2006 revival of Horton's play, "Trip to the Bountiful." She played alongside her husband, actor Devon Abner. She has many Television and film credits including Law and Order, and Murder She Wrote.
Photo of Curt Dempster Curt Dempster founded the Ensemble Studio Theatre in 1972 in New York, where he is currently the Artistic Director. His Play Off Day was first produced in 1978 at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, in Waterford Connecticut. In 1972 he directed Frank D. Gilroy's "Present Tense". Mr. Dempster passed away in January of 2007 and was mourned by theatre artists across the nation.
Photo of Cameron Watson Cameron Watson is an accmplished actor is television, stage, and film, with credits such as Frasier, NYPD Blue, and Wings. He played the character of Bart Fallamont on the Television mini-series Dynasty: The Reunion. He also wote, directed, and produced the 2005 film Our Very Own.
Photo of Annalee Jeffries Annalee Jeffries has spent many seasons with Houston's Alley Theatre. In her time there she has played many roles including Blanche from A Streetcar Named Desire, and Hedda Gabler in the play of the same name. She also has many Television credits including Charlie's Angels and Walker, Texas Ranger.
Photo of Annalee Michael Wilson Michael Wilson is an American Stage actor who is currently the Artistic Director at the Hartford Stage. He has been the Artistic Director there since 1999. Under his car the Hartford Stage has seen many new works performed as well as new festivals born. He has also collaborated with many other theatres, including Houston's Alley Theatre, and Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre.
Photo of Christine Morris Christine Morris's career spans a host of regional and New York theatres including the Actors Studio, the Stoneleaf Theatre Festival in Asheville NC, the New York Shakespeare Festival, The Public Theatre, Playmakers Repertory (Chapel Hill, NC), the Asolo Theatre, Chapel Hill-based Archipelago Theatre, the Tennessee Williams Center, and the Profile Theater Project in Portland, Oregon (as part of an entire season of Romulus Linney's work). She performed in Mr. Linney's Silver River during the Festival.
Photo of Scott Sowers Scott Sowers has performed in dozens of productions, workshops, readings and seminars featuring Mr. Linney's body of work spanning 17 years, including founding the 'Signature Theatre' in New York, along with Mr. Linney and James Houghton. He has performed all over the country in theaters that include: the Signature Theatre, The Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Triangle Theatre Company, various schools and institutions and he shared in the honor of being a cast member of Mr. Linney's, "Gint": the first American production to be invited to participate in the International Ibsen Festival in Norway.
Photo of Richard Bowden Richard Bowden was at Baylor University in the American Actors Company production of The Traveling Lady as the Judge. In New York , he appeared on Broadway in Captain Brassbound's Conversion with Ingrid Bergman, in Romulus Linney's Heathen Valley at The Signature Theatre, and three of Linney's plays at EST. He toured in Macbeth with Anthony Quayle, and Sherlock Holmes with Kurt Kasznar. Regional Productions include Kennedy Center's The Physicists with Irene Worth; Alliance Theatre's Devil's Disciple , Xmas Carol , and Cyrano with John Cullam; Clarence Brown's The Heiress , Arms And The Man , Doll's House , and Twelfth Night. He studied at the University of Georgia , the University of Bristol, England, and the Bristol Old Vic.
Photo of Adrienne Thompson Adrienne Thompson -is most happy to be in Texas celebrating the work of her favorite playwright, Romulus Linney. Since 1985 she has acted in Mr. Linney's A Woman Without A Name (Denver Center Theatre Company), Pops (Whole Theatre Co.), Tonight We Love (EST). Currently she teaches production classes for the Rita and Burton Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing (DDW) at Tisch School of the Arts, NYU and is the Associate Artistic Director of the DDW's First Look Theatre Company. Currently, she is the Chair of the National Playwrighting Program, Region II for the Kennedy Center 's American College Theatre Festival. Her recent work includes playing Lady Macbeth and directing A Midsummer Night's Dream for the Long Island Shakespeare Company.
Photo of David Van Pelt In New York, Mr. David Van Pelt has worked with Actors Playshouse Abingdon, The Mint, Melting Pot, Currican, Theatre for the New City, and Signature Theatres. Regional work includes Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Globe, Denver Center, Long Wharf, Huntington, Wisconsin Shakespeare, and Pittsburgh Public Theatres. He played Pete Gint in Mr. Linney's Gint at the 1998 International Ibsen festival in Oslo, Norway. His debut was in the National Tour of A Few Good Men . David earned his BFA from the North Carolina School of the Arts and is the proud papa of young Clyde Chaplain Van Pelt.