Actress and Playwright to Deliver Morris Epstein Forum on the Arts Lecture

Feb 24, 2005 — Amy Gordon Guterson will present “An Improvisational Journey: From Stern College to Off-Broadway to Hasidut, Creating Theater and Making Film” as the 2005 Morris Epstein Forum on the Arts lecturer Monday, March 7, at Yeshiva University.

The public lecture will take place at 7:30 pm at YU’s Geraldine Schottenstein Cultural Center, 239 East 34th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues) in Manhattan.

Ms. Guterson began her career as a student at Stern College for Women, where she studied both theater and fine arts. She was president of the Stern College Dramatics Society and directed many of its productions. While attending Stern College, she studied acting with Uta Hagen at the Herbert Berghof Studio and later earned a graduate level degree in acting at the New Actors Workshop, under the direction of Mike Nichols and Paul Sills.

Ms. Guterson performs with Pittsburgh Playback Theatre, a professional improvisational company. She is cofounder and artistic director of Kol Isha, a Jewish women’s theater group that creates and performs original theater pieces, focusing on issues of Jewish womanhood and Jewish unity. She has written works for the group including the full-length play “Journey Through Ruth,” based on the Book of Ruth.

Her film, “Becoming Rachel,” which she wrote, directed, and produced, will premiere this spring at the Pittsburgh Jewish/Israeli Film Festival.

Ms. Guterson lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and four children. They are active in Pittsburgh’s Jewish community.

The Morris Epstein Forum on the Arts is sponsored by Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women. It honors the longtime Stern College English professor who died in 1973. Professor Epstein authored several children’s books and edited World Over magazine, published by the New York Board of Jewish Education. He was also a drama and book critic for WEVD radio in New York.

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