JORDAN BESWICK, CSA
As an actor, Jordan Beswick trained with Michael Moriarty, Mira Rostova, Stephen Strimpell, Sandy Dennis, Earl Hyman, William Hickey, Shelley Winters, Sally Kirkland, Martin Landau, Frederick Combs, Susan Peretz, Amy Wright and Guy Stockwell. He has appeared in a number of plays in Los Angeles and New York, as well as a handful of independent films. He was a finalist for membership at the Actors Studio.
As a director, Jordan’s short film credits include: “KIDS TALKING AND WHATNOT”, “CHILD PLAY” (with Yvon Martin, Julia Faure, Jeremie Covillault, Ivan Cori, Noé Martin, Léonard Husson, Héléna Soubeyrand, Axelle Bossard, Norbert Ferrer), “I DO?” (with Romain Redler, Elise Bernard, Yvon Martin, Sophie-Charlotte Husson, Ivan Cori), “WITH A BULLET” (with Matthias Kress, Maelle Genet), “SCARE CITY” (with Romain Redler, Dan Uzan, Sophie-Charlotte Husson, Elise Bernard, Leonard Husson), “ETHEL” (with Sophie-Charlotte Husson, Pierre Cassignard, Yvon Martin, Leonard Husson), and “ALICE” (with Elise Bernard, Romain Redler). Theatre credits include: Paris, France – Franz Xaver Kroetz’s “CONCERT A LA CARTE”, Paula Vogel’s “AND BABY MAKES SEVEN”, Claudia Shear’s “BLOWN SIDEWAYS THROUGH LIFE”, Darlene Craviotto’s “PIZZA MAN”; Paris, France and Berlin, Germany – Lanford Wilson’s “THE MOONSHOT TAPE”; Los Angeles – Mart Crowley’s “THE BOYS IN THE BAND”, Albert Innuarato’s “GEMINI”; New York – Jane Willis’ “SLAM”, Lyle Kessler’s “ORPHANS”, Scott Tiler’s “DIRTY LAUNDRY”; North Carolina – Robert Patrick’s “KENNEDY’S CHILDREN”, Laurence O’Keefe’s, Nell Benjamin’s and Heather Hach’s “LEGALLY BLONDE”, Jessie Jones’, Nicholas Hope’s, and Jamie Wooten’s “THE SAVANNAH SIPPING SOCIETY”, and “THE WIZARD OF OZ”. Upcoming NC productions: ‘WILLY WONKA” (LYT) and THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE (HPCT).
As a playwright, Jordan’s most recent work, “OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL DONUTS” (French title: “Notre Dame de Perpetuels Donuts” Translation by Tatiana Gousseff), which he directed, enjoyed a successful run at the Lucernaire in Paris, France, starring Natasha Mashkevich. Critics hailed it as “a revelation.” It has also been included in a number of festivals including ones in Belgium and Brazil (Diretor Revelação award).
Several of his short plays were produced in New York. His first full length play, “CLUB HELL,” was produced first as a rehearsed reading by Tamara Hinchco and Vanessa Redgrave as part of Ms. Redgrave’s London Riverside Studios theatre season. It was directed by Marcus D’Amico and starred Daniel Craig, Emily Lloyd, John Hannah, Ben Walden and Jonathan Morris. It also received a staged reading in New York at New Dramatists starring John Cameron Mitchell, Madeleine Potter, Jonathan Sagalle, Peter Frechette and Jennifer Wiltsie. It premiered at the Celebration Theatre in Los Angeles, produced and directed by Robert Schrock. It was recently performed as a rehearsed reading at the Manufacture des Abbesses in Paris, directed and acted by the author, and also starring Sophie Vonlanthen, Jeremie Covillault, Romain Redler, Ivan Cori.
His plays “SPLITTING THE ATOM” and “the F word”* had staged readings in New York at The Vineyard Theatre, Playwrights Horizons and New Dramatists starring such actors as Philip Seymour Hoffman, Edie Falco, Allison Janney, John Cameron Mitchell, Jeffrey Donovan, Josh Hamilton, Oni Faida Lampley, Kathleen Chalfant, Jon Abrahams, Sean Nelson, Adrian Grenier, Roberta Maxwell, Chris Noth, Matt Mulhern, Larry Pine, Marylouise Burke, Evan Handler, Anthony Rapp, Tristine Skyler, Ndheru Roberts and Myra Lucretia Taylor. It was recently performed as a rehearsed reading at the Manufacture des Abbesses (French title: LA CHUTE D’ADAM) starring Matthieu Dahan, Randiane Naly, Alban Lenoir, Thomas Silberstein, Diego Mestanza, Pascal Elso and Marie-Christine Adam. It was recently performed at the Manufacture des Abbesses starring Matthieu Dahan, Randiane Naly, Alban Lenoir, Victor Boulenger, Christiane Jean, Antoine Quintard and Claude Lesko.
*”the F word” was presented as part of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ New Play Network’s “Journey From Page to Stage” Festival, then premiered at the Source Theatre in Washington, D.C., directed by Jeff Keenan and produced by the Actors’ Theatre of Washington. It had its Paris premiere under the title “INCONCEVABLE” at the Manufacture des Abbesses, French translation/adaptation by Marianne Groves, directed by the author. Critics called the play, “insane, funny, derisive, tender, sensitive, thought provoking, soaring, interesting, realistic, topical, wild, intelligent, and very American.”
His play “YOUTH IN ASIA” was presented at the Barrow Group in New York City as part of Diverse City Theatre Company’s Green Room Series, directed by Victor Maog, and starring Laila Robins, T. Scott Cunningham, Thomas Guiry, Lois Markle, John Speredakos and Ron Cohen. It also had rehearsed readings at the National Theatre in London with Alison Steadman, Marcus D’Amico, Eamonn Owens, Nigel Lindsay, Malcolm Tierney and Jennifer Wiltsie, the Lyric Hammersmith in London with Marcus D’Amico, Ben Walden, Jennifer Wiltsie and Melissa Hughes, and the Vineyard Theatre in New York City with Martin Moran, Brendan Sexton III, Marylouise Burke, John Speredakos, Amelia Campbell and Joe Jamrog.
The French version of “YOUTH IN ASIA” (French title: “Mi aMor” – by Marianne Groves) was presented as a rehearsed reading at Theatre Les Mathurins, starring Eric Caravaca, Jean-Michel Portal, Claire Maurier, Sophie-Charlotte Husson, Dimitri Storoge and Jean-François Guilliet.
His play “FREAK SHOW” (French translation/adaptation by Marianne Groves) was presented as part of the “Foire Saint-Germain” in Paris, starring Yvon Martin, Jeremie Covillault and Marie Julie Baup.
Jordan co-wrote (w/ Obie Scott Wade) the pilot episode of “AL ROACH: PRIVATE INSECTIGATOR” for Turner Classic Movies (L.A. Short Film Festival, 2004 Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films [Audience and Critics pick, Best of Fest], Dragon Con 2004 Independent Short Film Festival, Beverly Hills Film Festival). He also co-authored the children’s novel, “ODDRY” with Mr. Wade, which is at present entertaining young people across the US. He also co-wrote the award winning short film “DOG TAG” by Cédric Maruani.
As an acting coach, Jordan worked at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York for four years, focusing on Audition, Acting for Film and TV, and Script Analysis. He then crossed the Atlantic to conduct intensive acting workshops at the renowned Studio VO/VF in Paris for 13 glorious years. He currently conducts intensive acting workshops at the Manufacture des Abbesses (3 years) in Paris, France, the Institut für Schauspiel Film und Fernsehberufe (10 years) in Berlin, Germany, the Actors Centre (3 years) in London, England, as well as with the Greensboro Performing Arts Center (1 year) and teaches acting at New Garden Friends School (1 year) in Greensboro, NC and most recently at High Point Friends School in High Point, NC. He also coaches privately. His clients (past and present) include a plethora of award winning luminaries from stage and screen.
In casting, Jordan assisted Douglas Aibel on James Gray’s “LITTLE ODESSA” (Tim Roth, Edward Furlong, Moira Kelly, Vanessa Redgrave, Maximilian Schell) and Tim Robbins’ “DEAD MAN WALKING” (Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn). He also assisted Georgianne Walken and Sheila Jaffe on; “DENICE CALLS UP,” “DAYTRIPPERS,” “CRAZY FOR A KISS” and “CROCODILE SHOES.” As Mr. Aibel’s Casting Associate his credits include; M. Night Shyamalan’s “SIGNS” (Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Cherry Jones, Rory Culkin, Abigail Breslin), Tim Robbins’ “CRADLE WILL ROCK” (Susan Sarandon, Emily Watson, John Cusack, Joan Cusack, Bill Murray, Vanessa Redgrave, Hank Azaria, Cary Elwes, Angus Macfadyen, John Turturro, Cherry Jones, Barnard Hughes, Barbara Sukowa), James Gray’s, “THE YARDS” (Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix, James Caan, Ellen Burstyn, Faye Dunaway, Charlize Theron, Tony Musante), Boaz Yakin’s, “A PRICE ABOVE RUBIES” (Renee Zellweger, Christopher Eccleston, Allen Payne, John Randolph, Kim Hunter, Glenn Fitzgerald, Julianna Margulies) and Bart Freundlich’s, “THE MYTH OF FINGERPRINTS” (Julianne Moore, Noah Wyle, Roy Scheider, Blythe Danner, Michael Vartan, Hope Davis, James LeGros).
As Casting Director, Jordan’s credits include; Sam Zalutsky’s “SEASIDE” (Ariana DeBose, Sharon Washington, Matt Shingledecker, Steffanie Leigh) and “YOU BELONG TO ME” (Patti D’Arbanville, Daniel Sauli, Julien Lucas, Heather Simms, Sherman Howard, Duane Boutte, George Loros), Bent Hammer’s “FACTOTUM” (Casting Consultant) – (Matt Dillon, Lili Taylor), Ira Sachs’ “FORTY SHADES OF BLUE” (Memphis) – (Rip Torn, Darren Burrows, Dina Kurzon, Red West, John Boyd West), “AL ROACH: PRIVATE INSECTIGATOR” (James Garner, Michelle Forbes, Kathy Kinney, Freddy Rodriguez), “THE STORYTELLER” (Fred Koehler, Alison Eastwood, Jeffrey Donovan, Kim Darby, Rob Schneider, Francis Guinan), “BRIAR PATCH” (Henry Thomas, Dominique Swain, Karen Allen, Arie Verveen, James Urbaniak, Debra Monk), “URBANIA” (Dan Futterman, Alan Cumming, Samuel Ball, Gabriel Olds, Matt Keeslar, Josh Hamilton, Lothaire Bluteau, Barbara Sukowa, Paige Turco, Megan Dodds, Bill Sage), “GETTING TO KNOW YOU” (Bebe Neuwirth, Heather Matarazzo, Michael Weston, Chris Noth, Mark Blum, Sonja Sohn, Jacob Reynolds, Mary McCormack, Tristine Skyler, Celia Weston, Zach Braff, Leo Burmester, Bo Hopkins, Jonathan Hogan, Tom Gilroy), “DEAD DOG” (Jeremy Sisto, Paige Turco, Julianne Nicholson, Adrienne Shelly, Jay O. Sanders, Isaac Hayes), “MORNING” (Kieran Mulroney, JR Richards, Annabeth Gish, Darren Burrows, Tess Harper, Pat Hingle, Laurel Holloman), “UNINVITED” (Vanessa Redgrave, Franco Nero, Eli Wallach, Kevin Isola, Adam Hann-Byrd), “ABOVE SUSPICION” (Scott Bakula, George Dzundza, Annabella Sciorra, Ed Asner) and “MINOR DETAILS” (Peter Sarsgaard, Larry Pine, Barbara eda Young). As well as six award winning short films; Jeff Stanzler’s “LOVE GETS YOU TWISTED” (Jordan Burt, Bobby Moat, Jolie Peters, Lindsay Andretta), Eric Weinrib’s “JIMMY WALKS AWAY,” Kelly Reichardt’s “ODE” (Heather Gottlieb, Kevin Poole), Kat Smith’s “THE CLEARING” (Titus Welliver, Laurel Holloman), Sam Zalutsky’s “STEFAN’S SILVER BELL” (Jason Winther) and Duncan Tucker’s “THE MOUNTAIN KING” (John Sloan, Paul Dawson).
Theatrically, Jordan was Casting/Literary Associate for New York’s Vineyard Theatre, casting several plays including the original production of Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize winning, “HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE” (Mary-Louise Parker, David Morse), Nicky Silver’s “MY MARRIAGE TO ERNEST BORGNINE” (James Van Der Beek, Mary McCormack, Mark Blum), Lynn Nottage’s “THE POR’KNOCKERS” (Sanaa Lathan, Daniel Zelman), “THE WAITING ROOM” (Chloe Webb, Veanne Cox, Michele Shay) and Polly Pen’s “BED AND SOFA.”
As Casting Director his theatrical credits also include Tristine Skyler’s “THE MOONLIGHT ROOM” (Casting Consultant) – Worth Street Theatre Company (Brendan Sexton III, Laura Breckenridge, Mark Rosenthal), “HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH” – Westbeth/Jane Street Theatre (John Cameron Mitchell, Miriam Shor), “JUNE MOON” – Drama Department (Cynthia Nixon, Robert Joy, Becky Ann Baker, Geoffrey Nauffts, Peter Jacobson), “TAKE MY BREATH AWAY” – BAM/Next Wave Festival (Adrian Grenier, Martin Shakar, Nick Sandow, Lauren Klein, Cheryl Gaysunas) and the 1997 Powerhouse Theatre season for New York Stage and Film.
Other Literary assignments included reading and evaluating scripts for New Dramatists, Circle Rep, New York Theatre Workshop and Second Stage.
Jordan has been a contributing writer for such publications as Our State magazine and Footlights and Film.
Jordan is a member of the Casting Society of America (C.S.A.)