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April 22, 2002

Professor Alec Baldwin!Distinguished Actor Is Named Distinguished Professor at Southampton College Heads Master Class This Summer; Joins Burgeoning Program

Southampton, NY - Actor and artist Alec Baldwin has been named Distinguished Professor of Theater at Southampton College of Long Island University, Dean James Larocca announced today.

In his first-ever role as teacher, Professor Baldwin will head a Master Class in Theater at the College this summer. He is a graduate of NYU's prestigious acting program and now joins one of Southampton College's fastest-growing and best-known departments. In recent years, the Southampton Players have become one of Long Island's most celebrated and popular troupes, regularly selling out shows and staging a wide range of fare, from locally-written comedies to elaborate, full-scale musicals.

Baldwin, a Long Island native and resident of nearby Amagansett, continues a relationship with Southampton College that began this January with his well-received discussion "The Artist as Activist" in the Avram Theater. He now joins other Distinguished Professors at Southampton College, including Time and PBS essayist Roger Rosenblatt, Oscar and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and cartoonist Jules Feiffer, Booker Prize-nominated novelist and fine artist Brian O'Doherty and Southampton College Dean James Larocca, a public policy expert and state cabinet official who headed the Long Island Association.

Baldwin joins the College's heralded summer lineup of professors that also includes U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins, Booker Prize winner Margaret Atwood and best-selling author of "Angela's Ashes" Frank McCourt, all of whom are appearing at Southampton College's Writers Conference.

"Like our other Distinguished Professors, Alec Baldwin is a Renaissance person. His talent stretches across many mediums, from the Broadway stage to the big screen to literary festivals, public policy, activism and motion picture production," Larocca said. "He is a true artist whose range and enthusiasm are inspirational. Our students and programs will benefit tremendously."

On Broadway, Baldwin was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in the 1992 revival of Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire," and also was nominated for an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for the television movie of that same production. He won an Obie Award for the 1991 Off-Broadway production of Craig Lucas' "Prelude to a Kiss" and a Theatre World Award in 1986 for his turn in Joe Orton's "Loot" on Broadway.

Baldwin has starred in several major films, including "The Hunt for Red October," "Miami Blues," "Prelude to a Kiss," "Malice," "The Getaway," "The Shadow," "Glengarry Glen Ross," "Heaven's Prisoners," "Ghosts of Mississippi" and "The Edge," among others. His production company, El Dorado Pictures, has co-produced "The Confession" (winner of the 2000 Writers Guild Award for best adapted screenplay by David Black) for Cinemax Television, "Nuremberg: Infamy on Trial" for Turner Network Television, and "State and Main," a motion picture comedy written and directed by David Mamet.

Alec Baldwin is an outspoken supporter of various causes related to public policy, including environmentalism, the government's support of the arts, campaign finance reform and animal rights. At his January lecture at Southampton College, he discussed the relationship between artists and public policy.

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