The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) Mid-America announced today that actress Margaret Judson, one of the cast members of HBO’s critically-acclaimed drama “The Newsroom,” will host the 37th Annual EMMY Awards Gala. This year, the EMMY Gala returns to St. Louis and will be held on Saturday, October 5, 2013 in the Majestic Ballroom of the Renaissance Grand Hotel.
Judson stars alongside Jeff Daniels, Sam Waterson and Emily Mortimer in the freshman HBO show from Executive Producer Aaron Sorkin. She plays associate producer Tess Westin. Judson was hand-picked by Sorkin for the role, her first as an actress. Judson consulted with Sorkin on research for the pilot and the first season of the series. She began her career in broadcasting at NBC where she started as a Page and worked with BrIan Williams, Lorne Michaels and Jimmy Fallon. Before leaving for HBO, Judson was a research assistant at MSNBC working with Keith Olbermann on the news show “Countdown.”
“It is an honor to have an actress with Margaret Judson’s credentials as our host this fall,” said NATAS Mid-America Chapter President Angie Weidinger. “Her experience from one of the largest cable newsrooms in the world to the set of a hit TV drama is incredibly unique. She will add a dynamic perspective to this year’s gala.”
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The Public Theater’s Public Forum series will continue with Sonnets for the City, a one-night-only event that will explore the magic of William Shakespeare’s sonnets on April 26 at Joe’s Pub.
Tony nominee Sam Waterston will join book critic Kathryn Schulz, Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro and novelist Tea Obreht for the event, held in honor of the Bard’s birthday on April 23. The foursome will share insights on the beloved poems and discuss their significance and relevance to today’s contemporary authors.
Waterston has appeared at the Public in over a dozen shows, including As You Like It, Henry IV, Parts I & II, Cymbeline, Hamlet, Measure for Measure, Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest, King Lear and Romeo & Juliet.
Sometimes new actors aren’t new actors at all, you’ve just been looking in the wrong place. Exhibit A: John Gallagher Jr. He’s already well seasoned—a Tony award winner for originating the role of Moritz in the Broadway hit, Spring Awakening, and a Drama Desk and Drama League favorite for his work in American Idiot.
Despite the lack of film and television work on his resume, we’re already jealous of the soon-to-be A-Lister—Complex’s favorite funny girl, Aubrey Plaza, was his first girlfriend when he was 15. Currently, he’s shining in HBO’s new behind-the-scenes news drama, The Newsroom, as the lovable and loyal producer Jim Harper, but he’s about to become a much bigger presence in Hollywood. His movie, Short Term 12, where he stars as a foster care supervisor opposite Brie Larson, was the Grand Jury winner at SXSW this year.
Nicki Richesin: I greatly enjoyed your brilliant portrayal of Leonie Gilmour in Leonie. In a sort of pivotal moment in the film you tell your son, “Your art will be your weapon. Your art will be your voice. There are no boundaries for an artist. No borders. Through art you can speak all languages and lead a magnificent life anywhere.” Have you adopted a similar philosophy?
EM: Yes I absolutely do. I studied Russian at university and on a gap year in Moscow and learnt then how important art can be, especially for people living under a totalitarian regime – how it can be life and death. I had a boyfriend in Moscow who came to visit me in England for Christmas while I was still at university. It was the first time Dennis had been out of Russia and I took him to a benefit concert in the local village hall near my parents’ house in Oxfordshire. Deep Purple (who also lived nearby) where playing. My boyfriend sat next to me and wept. He couldn’t believe what was happening. Deep Purple had been a huge underground band in the Soviet Union while he was growing up and he and his friends had all treasured and passed round bootlegged cassettes of their records which had come to symbolize freedom and the West to them. He told me the only reason any young Muscovite knew who Hieronymus Bosch was was because one of his paintings was on the cover of a Deep Purple album! Dennis, who was a poet, also taught me all about Anna Akhmatova and Marina Tsvetaeva (both Russian dissident poetesses living at the same time as Leonie Gilmour), and all the writers who had been interred under the Soviet regime and died in gulags. He told me about a poet called Daniel Xarms who he said had killed himself by swallowing a crucifix in prison. So I learnt from my Russian boyfriend all about the power and danger of an artist’s voice. And especially about the power of Deep Purple!