SAG-AFTRA Foundation and Broadway World have partnered for a filmed Conversations Q&A series to recognize and celebrate the vibrant theatre community in New York City and the actors who aspire to have a career on the stage and screen.
Please join us for a Conversations Q&A with Jesse Tyler Ferguson, moderated by Broadway World's Richard Ridge of "Backstage with Richard Ridge!"
Estimated program end time: 2:30 PM.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson currently stars as Mitchell Pritchett on the award-winning ABC comedy Modern Family. The show will start filming its 10th season this fall. The show has earned five Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series, a Golden Globe Award for Outstanding Comedy Series and four Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. Ferguson has also received five Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and three People’s Choice Award nominations for "Favorite Comedic TV Actor" on behalf of Modern Family.
Ferguson is currently starring in Log Cabin, an ensemble driven comedy on Broadway with the Playwrights Horizons company. Directed by Tony Award and Obie Award winner Pam MacKinnon, Ferguson plays Ezra, the protagonist, alongside Phillip James Brannon, Cindy Cheung, Ian Harvie, Talene Monahon and Dolly Wells. The play is currently running thru July 15.
A longstanding advocate for marriage equality, Ferguson co-founded Tie The Knot in 2012 with his husband, where they design limited edition bow ties with all the proceeds going to various organizations that fight for LGBTQ equality around the world.
The theatre has always been Ferguson's first love. Last year he won the Drama Desk Award for "Best Solo Performance" for his 40-character turn in the Broadway production of Fully Committed. He made his Broadway debut at the age of 21 as Chip in George C. Wolfe's revival of On The Town. He later went on to originate the role of Leaf Coneybear in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Drama Desk Award, "Outstanding Ensemble Performance"). He has worked extensively with The New York Public Theatre's Shakespeare in the Park in such notable productions as The Merchant of Venice, The Tempest, The Winter's Tale, A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Comedy of Errors where he performed alongside Al Pacino, Sam Waterston, Jesse L. Martin, Martha Plimpton, Hamish Linklater and Lily Rabe. Other theatre credits include world premieres of Christopher Shinn's Where Do We Live and Michael John LaChiusa's Little Fish as well as Sir Robin in Spamalot and Leo Bloom in The Producers, both at The Hollywood Bowl.
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