JUDY ROSENBLATT – https://youtu.be/zW4JChINN8U
Performance Artist/Teacher/Mystery Writer
Member: Proud and grateful member of AJT, AEA/SAG/AFTRA, HB Ensemble, League of Professional Theatre Women, member of the playwright’s and actors groups Shop-Talk and ARCT.
Judy was educated at the High School of Music & Art (art major), Cornell University (BFA) and NYU (MA) as well as at The Central School of Speech and Dramatic Art in London. She has studied with many of the greatest theatre artists of the Twentieth Century, among them: Joseph Balfior, Sanford Meisner, Uta Hagen, William Esper, and Austin Pendleton. Judy has alternated acting with several other related disciplines. She’s taught Theatre, English, Writing and Public Speaking on Jr. HS thru College levels, has been a Performance Artist in the schools for Theatreworks/USA, the NY Foundation for the Arts, Theatreworks/USA, and the 92 St. Y, has written five Performance Mysteries that form the foundation of her children/young adult Entertainment Company, Mystery & Mayhem (mysteryandmayhem.com) and has been a teacher of the Meisner Technique. She holds a BFA in ADHD and counts her time with specially challenged children as among her most precious life experiences. She is also a 46 year practitioner of Transcendental Meditation, which she credits as being “the best thing I’ve ever done for myself.” https://youtu.be/L2pGMCvG040
Judy has performed Off Broadway in NYC, in the West End in London, regionally, and in film and TV. Theatrically, she appeared in NYC at such venues as the NYSF/Public Theatre, Theatre Row, The Abingdon Theatre, New Theatre Workshop, The Cell, The 14th Street Theatre, Greenwich Theatre, the Players Club, The Florence Gould Hall at the French Institute Alliance Francaise, the HB Playwrights Theatre and in London, at the Bridge St. Theatre in the West End.
Her film and TV credits include, (most recently) a scene opposite Michael B. Jordan, in A JOURNAL FOR JORDAN, (directed by Denzel Washington) which is currently in pre-production. She also appeared in the Amazon episodic HUNTERS, (with Al Pacino and Logan Lehrman), opposite Adam Sandler in the film THE COBBLER, (directed by Tom McCarthy) and in THE SOPRANOS (with James Gandolfini, – with whom she appeared years later in a Vodaphone commercial! – Lorraine Bracco and Edie Falco.)
Theatrically, during the pandemic, she played Ruth Steiner, in Donald Margulies’ COLLECTED STORIES (directed by Austin Pendleton) at the Rochester Fringe Festival’s 2020 Virtual Fringe Festival. During that time, she also appeared in a Zoom performance of Emily Wilson’s translation of Homer’s THE ODYSSEY, with the Bridge Street Theatre in London.
In 2007, Judy played the role of Peggy Guggenheim (PEGGY GUGGENHEIM STRIPPED BARE BY HER BACHELORS) in a Benefit performance at the Florence Gould Hall of the French Institute of the Alliance Francaise. Judy promptly fell in love with Peggy, who mirrors her own Jewish sensibility and appreciation of painting. In 2011, she went on to play Peggy in Lanie Robertson’s moving and funny one-woman play, WOMAN BEFORE A GLASS, under the direction of the iconic Austin Pendleton. Her performance at the Dorothy Streslin Theatre in NYC won both audience and critical acclaim, the NY Times labeling her performance “piercingly authentic.” She was asked to present at The United Solo Festival on Theatre Row, where her performance won Mr. Pendleton a Best Director Award. In 2018, she and Mr. Pendleton brought the play to the The Bridge St. Theatre in London. The performance was received with 18 rave reviews, including the The Times.Co.Uk, who wrote “Rosenblatt brims with attitude: bolshie and boho, grand and girlie” and the London Independent “Rosenblatt captures the shafts of loneliness and pathos beautifully.” Most beloved of her reviews came from the playwright, Lanie Robertson, who came to see 4 out of 16 performances in 2011 and the dress rehearsal for the London run in 2018 and told her he wept. She returned to the States and brought the play to the Bridge St. Theatre in Catskill, and the Rochester Fringe Festival in Rochester.
WOMAN BEFORE A GLASS is a one-character play, which chronicles several years in the 1960’s at Peggy’s palazzo in Florence. Rebelling against her wealthy New York upbringing, indulging her uncanny eye for great art and artists, and becoming the enfant terrible of the modern art scene, Peggy Guggenheim lived a life almost too amazing to be believed. With humor, heartbreak and grand hauteur, WOMAN BEFORE A GLASS offers the unforgettable story of a woman before her time. The NY Times said of the play:
“Smoking, drinking, name-dropping, art, men and the men who make art introduces us to the sensational history of Ms. Guggenheim.”