Internationally Renowned Artists and Academics Join the Advisory Board

We are thrilled to welcome Mark Rylance, Rodney Cottier, Dr. Robert Benedetti, and Dr. Lynn Robson to the ISC Santa Fe Advisory Board!

Elizabethan celebration - exactly how we feel about our new Advisory Board!

Elizabethan celebration - exactly how we feel about our new Advisory Board!

Mark Rylance was the first to join our Advisory Board. He is a double 2016 Golden Globe nominee for the movie Bridge of Spies and the PBS Masterpiece show Wolf Hall, was the Artistic Director at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London for its first ten years. Mr. Rylance’s career spans film, television, stage, and publishing. He has won the Olivier Award, two British Academy Television Awards (BAFTA), three Tony Awards, and an Emmy, among others. His play Nice Fish, which he co-wrote and is starring in, will be on stage in Boston and New York from January to March of 2016. So alas, he will miss our February celebrations.

Rodney Cottier, head of the Drama School at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), has over 30 years experience as a stage director. Mr. Cottier has trained some of the finest actors currently working including Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Star Trek Into Darkness), Ruth Wilson (The Affair, Saving Mr. Banks), Chiwetel Ejiofor (The Martian, 12 Years a Slave), Anna Maxwell Martin (Bleak House, Philomena), and David Oyelowo (Selma, Nightingale). The ISC is bringing Mr. Cottier, along with two colleagues, to Santa Fe in February when he will offer a master class on the First Folio and King Lear.

Dr. Robert Benedetti, as President of Ted Danson’s Anasazi Productions at Paramount Studios and as an independent screenwriter and producer, has won three Best Picture Emmys, two Humanitas Prizes and a Peabody Award for producing Miss Evers’ Boys and A Lesson Before Dying, both for HBO. He holds a PhD from Northwestern University, and was an early member of Chicago’s Second City Theatre. He served as the Chairman of the Acting Program at Yale University, and was Dean of Theater at CalArts. In 2012, he was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theater at the Kennedy Center. He will be presenting three plays in summer 2016 in Santa Fe at Teatro Paraguas.  All the plays support Dr. Benedetti's commitment to the use of theater for social change.

Dr. Lynn Robson of Oxford University teaches a range of early modern topics, including Shakespeare. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK. Dr. Robson received the prestigious Oxford University Teaching Award and was voted Most Acclaimed Lecturer in the Humanities at Oxford. On a recent visit to Santa Fe, Dr. Robson led a discussion with the Santa Fe Shakespeare Close Readers.

Frankly, we are feeling rather festive that these distinguished artists and academics are supporting us!