BU alum Jimmi Simpson to share insights

Jimmi Simpson For immediate release: Aug. 23, 2011

BLOOMSBURG — Broadway, TV and film actor Jimmi Simpson, a 1998 graduate of Bloomsburg University, will conduct auditioning workshops and share insight into the industry Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 30 and 31, on campus.

Simpson will answer questions about transitioning from college graduate to professional actor Tuesday, Aug. 30, at 4 p.m. in Carver Hall, Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium.

The question-and-answer session is open to the public with donations to the Michael Collins Scholarship Fund accepted in lieu of an admission charge.

Simpson also will teach a two-day auditioning workshop for BU theater majors with a performance emphasis. For the first session, Simpson will provide feedback to students who present prepared monologues or scenes. Based on his suggestions, the students will rework the pieces to present again during the next day's session.

Simpson, who earned a bachelor's degree in theatre arts from BU, starred on Broadway with Hank Azaria in the title role of "The Farnsworth Invention." He has had recurring roles on "24," "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "Carnivale," "Psych," "My Name Is Earl," "How I Met Your Mother" and "The Late Show with David Letterman," where he appears regularly as "Lyle the Intern."

He also appeared in Stephen King's "Rose Red" where he met his wife, actress Melanie Lynsky, best known for her roles in "Ever After," "Heavenly Creatures," "The Informant!" and as Rose in "Two and a Half Men."

Simpson's film credits include "The Mother of Invention," "Loser," "Herbie: Fully Loaded," "D.E.B.S.," "Stay Alive," "Seraphim Falls," "Zodiac," "The Invention of Lying" and "Date Night." He is currently starring in "Breakout Kings" and the as-yet-unreleased "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter."

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colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.