Stephen Lang

Stephen Lang: March 7-9, 2011

Photo taken by Jeff Vespa

Award-winning actor in film (James Cameron’s Avatar) and theater and critically acclaimed playwright

The Northeastern University Humanities Center’s Artists and Practitioners in Residence Program brought Stephen Lang to campus on March 7-9 for a diverse, interdisciplinary assortment of events for the entire Northeastern community.

Thanks to University videographer Joe Case for making this short film about Lang’s residency. (place film here)

Fox25 News Interviews Lang at the Center
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Known for his indelible portraits of characters both historical and imagined Stephen Lang has spent years building a distinguished career on the stage, TV and in film. In 2009 Lang starred as Colonel Miles Quaritch in one of the highest grossing films of all time, James Cameron’s epic AVATAR. For his performance in AVATAR, Lang won a Saturn Award and was nominated for a MTV Movie Award and a Teen Choice Award. He also received glowing reviews for his performance in Michael Mann’s PUBLIC ENEMIES and played the key role of General Hopgood opposite George Clooney in THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS.

He recently finished production on director Marcus Nispel’s CONAN THE BARBARIAN scheduled to be released by Lionsgate later this year. Lang also recently completed production on the pilot for FOX’s highly anticipated adventure drama series TERRA NOVA premiering in Fall 2011. Lang can also be seen in John Gray’s independent drama WHITE IRISH DRINKERS, and in director Larry Brand’s independent drama CHRISTINA, for which he won Best Actor at the Buffalo-Niagara Film Festival and Outstanding Achievement in Acting at the VisionFest X Festival.

Lang’s other film roles include his performance as General “Stonewall” Jackson in GODS AND GENERALS, for which he received The Grace Prize, as well as LAST EXIT TO BROOKLYN, TOMBSTONE, GETTYSBURG, THE HARD WAY, MANHUNTER, BAND OF THE HAND, TRIXIE, FIRE DOWN BELOW, and many others. On television Lang gave a popularly and critically acclaimed performance as Babe Ruth in NBC’s BABE RUTH.

Lang’s theatre credits are extensive on and off Broadway, as well as nationally and internationally. Premieres include Aaron Sorkin’s A FEW GOOD MEN, John Patrick Shanley’s DEFIANCE, Steve Tesich’s THE SPEED OF DARKNESS, and Arthur Miller’s FINISHING THE PICTURE. He has performed leading roles in classics by Moliere, Williams, O’Casey, Beckett, Shaw, Shepard, Sophocles and Shakespeare at some of the nation’s finest theatres including, The Goodman, The Guthrie, The New York Shakespeare Festival, Circle in the Square, The Kennedy Center, BAM, and a host of others.

Lang has performed his solo play, BEYOND GLORY, all over the world as well as a critically acclaimed 101 performances at The Roundabout Theatre. He received the Chairman’s Medal for Distinguished Service from the NEA for bringing BEYOND GLORY to American troops stationed across the globe. In 2010 Lang received the prestigious Bob Hope Award from The Congressional Medal of Honor Society for his portrayals of American fighting men. Other nominations and awards include The Tony, Helen Hayes, Joseph Jefferson, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama Desk Awards.

Lang holds Honorary Doctorates in Theatre and Film and Humane Letters from Jacksonville University and from his Alma Mater, Swarthmore College.

He is in his third decade of marriage. He and wife Kristina have four grown children.


Highlighted Events:

  • A Conversation with Actor Stephen Lang

Monday March 7, 10:30-11:30AM (breakfast at 10AM), 450 Dodge Hall

An informal discussion about his life, career, and inspirations.

Join Stephen Lang for an informal but in-depth discussion about his life, career, inspirations, and opinions on acting. Mr. Lang has spent years building a distinguished career on the stage, TV, and in film. In 2009 he starred as Colonel Miles Quaritch in James Cameron’s epic Avatar. The event is free and open to the public. This event will be hosted by Terrence Masson, Director of Creative Industries at Northeastern University and veteran of twenty major feature films and countless broadcast and video game productions. Refreshments will be served.

  • Screening of Avatar and Q & A

Monday March 7, 6-9:30PM, 20 West Village F

Watch the highest grossing film of all time, James Cameron’s Avatar, then participate in an open discussion with Stephen Lang regarding his role in the film. The event is free and open to the public. This event will be hosted by Matthew MacDonald of the Music Department. Refreshments will be served.

  • “The Architecture of Acting: building Beyond Glory“: a talk and live performance by Stephen Lang

Tuesday March 8, 6-7:30PM, 90 Snell Library

Stephen Lang will give a talk examining the process of creating Beyond Glory, his solo play about the Medal of Honor. He will explore why he wrote it, the work process in building the performance and the production, as well as the evolution of the play during the course of 400 performances. He will follow the talk by performing some excerpts of his play live. The event will be hosted by Dave Grotell of Cinema Studies and is co-sponsored by NU Libraries.

  • “Acting in a Virtual World”: a panel discussion

Wednesday March 9, 6-8PM, 320 Shillman

No location? No co-stars? No problem! Today’s screenwriters, producers and directors have truly limitless choices when it comes to envisioning new worlds and creative characters; but what do actors need to know in order to capture that “Oscar worthy moment” in a bright green room talking to a tennis ball on a stick? Our panelists and moderator will offer informed and in-depth opinion from all sides of this exciting evolution in filmmaking. Refreshments will be served. Moderated by Terrence Masson, Director of Creative Industries. In addition to Mr. Lang, panelists include Dave Waller of Brickyard VFX/Boston, and Dana Boadway Masson, character animation instructor and independent animation director.

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