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Arthur Pellman
I was born in Brooklyn, NY on April 14th 1939. I was a product of the New York City public school system until my senior year at James Madison HS when I transferred to Williston Academy in Easthampton, MA. I attended Williston for two years. It was there discovered my love for theater. Mr. Boardman the drama teacher found, that I could do a credible New England accent: "AAya-aha." "Boardie" as he was affectionately known, cast me as Howie Newsome in Our Town. Unfortunately, I broke my leg horsing around with my friend Nat and had to take a minor role as one of the hecklers in the audience.

I got my BA from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. Kenyon was a tiny school, 500 students at the time, did not have a drama department but had an active college/community theater. There I played major and supporting roles in plays by Shakespeare, Chekov, Kauffman and Hart, and Arthur Miller. I directed The Glass Menagerie and was president of the Drama Club.

After Kenyon, I was accepted to Yale University School of Drama where I earned an MFA. At Yale I played major and minor roles on the main stage and student lab productions. I played roles in Shakespeare, Moliere, Saroyan, Durrenmatt, and several original scripts as well.

I began my professional career after Yale when I moved back to NYC. I lived in Brooklyn with my first wife and one year-old daughter. I did have some success winning minor roles in New York produced TV shows: The Defenders, a precursor to Law and Order (I had a nodding acquaintance with Sam Waterston at Yale who was an undergraduate.) --with the late, great E. G. Marshall and Robert Reed, For the People, the William Shatner (We were both thinner then). Also, I appeared in some minor roles in soap operas and had some success in commercial print work.

With a growing family, I decided to take a job teaching at Spelman and Clark Colleges, part of the Atlanta University Center, in Atlanta, Ga. At Spelman and Clark I taught theater and directed and also, participated in Atlanta's growing film, TV, and professional and community theater scene. I appeared in several "feature films" for Hill-Billy drive-ins, and also, in commercials and industrial films. (Ever hear of a device that attaches to your phone and answers it when you are out or don't want to speak to the caller? We call it "voice mail" now, and Phone Mate, the originator of the device is long gone. )

In Atlanta, I developed an interest in filmmaking. I took a summer course at NYU Film School and later decided to attend Temple University in Philadelphia to get an MA in Communications. Unfortunately, marital issues came up and my first wife and I divorced. With two children to support, I found that the money I was making in Philly doing acting in commercials, (Dodge dealers, local banks, industrial films for AT&T (Ma Bell before the break up) and commercial print was insufficient, I moved back to NYC.

I considered myself successful in Atlanta and Philly, winning about one in four auditions, New York proved a tougher market. I supported my daughter and me (She decided to come to New York with me.) by driving taxi cabs and working in restaurants to supplement my acting income. I met the woman who became my second wife in a creative dance and exercise class. She is a college professor and her father was a retired NYC high school principal. They encouraged me to get my high school teaching license. I got two: one in English and one in Drama.

For the next 21 years my acting career was pretty much on hold. I did an occasional print job and produced, directed, and acted in a production of Euripides' Helen until I made a connection with Queensborourgh Community College. I taught in NYC Dept. of Ed. and QCC's College Now program which gave high school student the opportunity to earn college credit by taking classes in their home schools in the afternoon. I got to know QCC's Drama Department Chairman and auditioned for him and got leading roles in Moby Dick Rehearsed, Captain Ahab, and Mr. Alfireri, A View from the Bridge.

I retired from the NYC Department of Education in 2004 and have reignited my acting career. Most recently, I performed Mr. Fishbein in an adaptation of Malumud's short story Idiots First at the Wing Theater; Holofernes, in Love's Labour's Lost, in Riverside Park; Jacques in The Miser with The Out of the Box Theater Company at the Bank Street. In addition, Mr. Pellman has been doing voiceovers for The Vertical Learning Curve's MBA program, KC Distance Learning's Latin high school course, The Electric Sheep Company‘s Internet crime game played in conjunction with CSI New York which appeared on the Second Life Website.

Also, for the past eight years, I I have been teaching acting at SUNY College at Old Westbury.