In a special event for Family Weekend 2017, Pomona College parent Jason Alexander talks about his career in entertainment and the performing arts, advocacy and philanthropy with Pomona College Assistant Professor of Theatre and Dance Carolyn Ratteray.
Best known for a character both loathed and loved, Jason Alexander played the Emmy-nominated role of the neurotic George Costanza on the hit television comedy “Seinfeld.”
Starting when he was 14 years old, Alexander has acted in every medium: theatre and film as well as television. On stage, he is a Tony Award winner for “Jerome Robbins' Broadway,” starred in the critically acclaimed audience favorite, “The Producers” and played Tevye in a Broadway revival of “Fiddler on the Roof.” His appearances on film include a supporting role in the smash romantic comedy, “Pretty Woman.”
Among his other work, Alexander has worked as a producer, director, stand-up comedian, acting teacher, singer, writer/librettist and composer/lyricist. He has won awards for both his children’s book, “Dad, Are You the Tooth Fairy?” and his magic performances.
Beyond his professional work, Alexander is a dedicated activist and supports numerous charities. In the realm of politics, he has worked closely with the OneVoice Movement’s Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative and as an advocate for the presidential campaigns of President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. His charitable efforts include serving as a past judge for the KIND Foundation’s grant program for acts of kindness, teaching self-defense courses, and —inspired by his late sister’s struggle —raising awareness about scleroderma, an autoimmune disease.
Carolyn Ratteray is an assistant professor of theatre at Pomona College and an actor based in the Los Angeles area. Her theatre credits include: "Father Comes Home from the Wars" (Mark Taper Forum); "Pygmalion" (Pasadena Playhouse); "The Imaginary Invalid," "The Importance of Being Earnest" and "Tartuffe" (A Noise Within); "Hecuba" (The Pearl Theatre Company); "The Cherry Orchard" (Classical Theatre of Harlem); "Measure for Measure" and "The Merry Wives of Windsor" (The Old Globe); "How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found" (The Theatre @ Boston Court); and "Romeo and Juliet" and "As You Like It" (American Shakespeare Center). She has also appeared on television in "Castle," "NCIS," "All My Children," "Chemistry," "The Young and the Restless" and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent."
Doors to Bridges Auditorium will open at 4 p.m.
- Pomona College
- Bridges Auditorium
- 450 N. College Way
Tickets are free but required for this event. Pomona College families can reserve tickets now through Family Weekend registration.
All others, visit the Bridges Auditorium Box Office or follow the link below for online ticketing.