Actress and director Judith Ivey will present the next Geske Lecture at 7 p.m. April 14 in Sheldon Museum of Art’s Ethel S. Abbott Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the Great Hall.
In the lecture, Ivey will share videos, photos and anecdotes from her 40 years as a professional actor and director.
Ivey is a four-time Tony nominee, most recently for “The Heiress,” and the recipient of the Tony Award and the Drama Desk Award for her portrayals in “Steaming” and “Hurlyburly.” She has also received the Obie Award for her performance in “The Moonshot Tape,” and the Lucille Lortel Award for her portrayal of Amanda in “The Glass Menagerie.”
Ivey was honored with the Texas Medal of Arts for Theatre, and was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame. Ivey’s film career includes “Harry and Son,” “The Lonely Guy,” “Compromising Positions,” “Hello, Again,” “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” “Delores,” “Love Hurts,” “Mystery, Alaska,” “There Goes the Neighborhood,” “In Country,” “Devil’s Advocate,” “Flags of Our Fathers,” “A Bird of the Air,” “What Alice Found,” and soon-to-be-released “Big Stone Gap.”
Ivey’s television films include “The Long, Hot Summer,” “Rosered,” “Decoration Day,” “What the Deaf Man Heard” (Emmy Nomination), “Half a Dozen Babies” and “The Pictures of Hollis Woods.” Ivey starred in four TV series, most notably “Designing Women.”
Ivey is also a stage director. Her most recent credits include “Carapace” at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta (nominated for a Bass Award) and the musical “Vanities” at the Pasadena Playhouse and Second Stage. In September she will direct “Steel Magnolias” at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta.
She has been a member of Actors’ Equity for 40 years, and the SDC for 10 years.
The Norman and Jane Geske Lectureship in the History of the Arts was established in 1995 through the generosity of Norman and Jane Geske and features noted scholars in the history of the visual arts, music, theatre, dance, ﬁlm, or architecture. The lectures are intended to advance the understanding and appreciation of the arts with creative writing and thinking that reﬂect the importance of historical perspective of the arts.