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An Evening with Hollywood Director/Producer John Putch
National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts - Black Box Theater
Washington, DC
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An Evening with Hollywood Director/Producer John Putch
On Monday, February 18, from 7 to 9 p.m., the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts is hosting an informative interview and Q&A with Hollywood director/producer John Putch that's open exclusively to DC-area actors and acting students.  (All proceeds from the event will benefit the Conservatory.)

The son of renowned actress Jean Stapleton and the late producer/director William H. Putch, John Putch is often referred to as an independent film "maverick."  One of his first indie efforts, "Valerie Flake," landed him at the '99 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award.  He followed that hit up with a string of indie movies, including "Pursuit Of Happiness," "Bachelorman," the award-winning "Mojave Phone Booth" and the 'Route 30" trilogy of films which were shot in South Central Pennsylvania.

On the studio front, John has directed big-budget comedies for Universal, including "American Pie Presents: The Book Of Love" and "Beethoven's Christmas Adventure."  Last year, he directed the enigmatic "Atlas Shrugged, Part 2."  For TV, he has directed numerous episodes of "Cougar Town" (including this season's upcoming finale); episodes of "Ugly Betty," "Scrubs," "My Name is Earl" and "The Middle"; multiple TV movies for Hallmark Entertainment; and NBC's epic mini-series, "The Poseidon Adventure."  

Prior to becoming a filmmaker, John was an accomplished actor who started in the theater, then enjoyed a successful TV and film career before making the switch to directing.

The free-ranging interview with Putch is expected to provide, not only reminiscences and anecdotes about working in the business, but "nuts and bolts" advice for local actors pursuing film and TV careers.  Among the subjects anticipated to be covered are: what producers and directors look for when casting films and TV shows; how actors can stand out in their reels, resumes and auditions; and who influences and controls the casting process for film and TV.  John's experience on both sides of the camera will provide invaluable insights to the entertainment business.

The evening at the Conservatory will be hosted by Ray Ficca, president of the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, and the artistic director of Totem Pole Playhouse in Fayetteville, Pennsylvania (where Putch got his start as a child actor at age 5).  


Attendance at the event is limited to 60 people.  

More information on Putch's career and accomplishments are available at



National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts - Black Box Theater (View)
1556 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20007
United States

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Arts > Theatre
Education > Workshops

Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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