2016 Honored Guests


2016 Honored Guests

Molly Shannon

Spotlight Award
Monday, Oct. 24 | 8 p.m.
Lucas Theatre for the Arts

Molly Shannon has become one of Hollywood's most sought-after talents on television and the silver screen. Born in Shaker Heights, Ohio, she earned her B.F.A. in drama from New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts.

Shannon spent six seasons, 1995‒2001, on Saturday Night Live. She was primarily known for the characters she created, most notably Mary Katherine Gallagher, and garnered praise for her parodies of Courtney Love, Liza Minnelli, Monica Lewinsky and Meredith Vieira. In 2000, she received an Emmy® nomination for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program. Prior to joining SNL she appeared at The Up Front Comedy Theater in Los Angeles, California, in The Rob and Molly Show, an improvisational show she co-wrote with Rob Muir.

Currently, Shannon can be seen starring in the critically acclaimed feature film Other People, an ensemble dramedy about a gay man who moves home to Sacramento, California, to take care of his mother. It premiered to a standing ovation at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and Shannon in particular received rave reviews. She will next be seen in the HBO comedy series Divorce, opposite Sarah Jessica Parker.

Last year she co-starred in Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, an independent drama that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, winning the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award.

Shannon was also seen in a memorable guest arc on the Fox comedy Raising Hope. Other television credits include a recurring role on the Fox hit Glee, and she garnered rave reviews for her role in the HBO series Enlightened, earning an Emmy® nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.

In 2011, Abrams Books for Young Readers released Shannon’s first children’s book, Tilly the Trickster. In 2010, Shannon made her Broadway debut replacing Tony Award winner Katie Finneran in the hit musical Promises, Promises. Shannon currently lives in California with her husband and two children.


Miles Teller

Vanguard Award
Tuesday, Oct. 25 | 7 p.m.
Trustees Theater

Miles Teller was born in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, and moved to Citrus County, Florida, at age 11. After graduating from the New York University Tisch School of the Arts, he appeared in short films. His feature film debut was opposite Nicole Kidman in the 2010 film Rabbit Hole, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Teller then appeared in Footloose in 2011 and Project X in 2012.

In 2013, he starred in 21 & Over. That year, he began reaching critical success starring in The Spectacular Now, winning the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

In 2014, Teller co-starred in the comedy That Awkward Moment alongside Zac Efron, and appeared in the science fiction film Divergent opposite Shailene Woodley. Later in 2014, he starred opposite J.K. Simmons in the Oscar®-nominated drama Whiplash, which received the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at Sundance, as well as the Grand Prize and Audience Award at the Deauville American Film Festival. Whiplash also landed him a Best Actor nomination at the 2014 Gotham Awards.

Teller is currently starring in War Dogs with Jonah Hill and filming Granite Mountain with Josh Brolin and Jeff Bridges. He next appears in the Martin Scorsese-produced film Bleed for This and the Steven Spielberg-produced film Thank You for Your Service. Teller makes his home in Los Angeles.


Sam Claflin

Spotlight Award
Wednesday, Oct. 26 | 7 p.m.
Trustees Theater

Since graduating from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in 2009, Sam Claflin has worked on a number of prestigious projects.

He was most recently seen in the lead role opposite Emilia Clarke in the film adaption of Jojo Moyes' best-selling book, Me Before You. He just finished filming My Cousin Rachel alongside Rachel Weisz and Holliday Grainger. The Roger Michell-directed film, based on the classic Daphne du Maurier novel, is due for release next year.

Next year, Claflin is set to star in Lone Scherfig's Their Finest with Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy. The romantic comedy follows British film crew members as they attempt to create a morale-boosting film during the London Blitz.

In 2015, Claflin starred as Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2. The final film in the box-office phenomenon was released last November as he reprised the role he played in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1. Last year Claflin also filmed the title role in Friday, charting the life of enigmatic British footballer Robin Friday.

In 2014, Claflin starred in Scherfig's The Riot Club, opposite Jared Harris in The Quiet Ones and in Love, Rosie. He played the role of Prince William alongside Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron in 2012 box-office hit Snow White and the Huntsman. The previous year Claflin made a name for himself as youthful missionary Philip, the romantic lead in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.


Mahershala Ali

Discovery Award
Friday, Oct. 28 | 7 p.m.
Trustees Theater

Mahershala Ali is originally from Hayward, California. He made his professional acting debut with the California Shakespeare Festival before earning his master's degree in acting from New York University Tisch School of the Arts. Ali's extraordinarily diverse skill set comes from a wide-ranging background in film, television and theater.

On the big screen this year, Ali stars opposite Naomie Harris in Moonlight, which opened to rave reviews at the Telluride and Toronto international film festivals. He also joins the cast of Theodore Melfi's Hidden Figures, out in 2017. Last fall, Ali reprised his role in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2. Earlier this year, he appeared in Kicks and in the Civil War-era drama Free State of Jones with Matthew McConaughey. He also starred in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button in 2008.

Ali is currently starring in the Netflix series Luke Cage as Harlem nightclub owner Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes. He has also been seen on the award-winning Netflix series House of Cards as lobbyist Remy Danton. He has appeared on Crossing Jordan, Threat Matrix and The 4400.

On the stage, Ali has appeared in productions of Blues for an Alabama Sky, A Lie of the Mind, A Doll’s House, The School for Scandal and The Merchant of Venice. He recently concluded his starring run in the off-Broadway play Smart People, for which he received glowing reviews.


David Harbour

Virtuoso Award
Saturday, Oct. 29 | 2 p.m.
SCAD Museum of Art

Tony-nominated David Harbour has gained a reputation as a versatile actor, consistently delivering compelling performances in film and television and onstage. After graduating from Dartmouth College with a double major in drama and Italian, he began his career in theater.

Currently, Harbour can be seen in the Netflix breakout series Stranger Things as police chief Jim Hopper. This supernatural period drama, which also stars Winona Ryder, premiered to wide critical and audience acclaim.

In film, he was most recently seen in David Ayer's DC blockbuster Suicide Squad with Will Smith and Jared Leto. Before that, he appeared in Scott Cooper's Black Mass opposite Johnny Depp, a movie about Whitey Bulger, the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston. Harbour portrayed corrupt FBI agent John Morris, who allows Bulger to evade law enforcement.

Harbour's additional film credits include The Equalizer, opposite Denzel Washington, A Walk Among the Tombstones, co-starring Liam Neeson, Parkland, End of Watch, Revolutionary Road, Thin Ice, Brokeback Mountain, The Green Hornet and Quantum of Solace.

On the small screen, Harbour was recently seen in WGN America's 1940s series Manhattan as scientist Reed Akley. Other TV credits include HBO's The Newsroom, NBC's State of Affairs and Pan Am.

Harbour's theater credits include the revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, which earned him his Tony nomination, as well as Fifth of July, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Merchant of Venice and The Coast of Utopia at Lincoln Center Theater. Harbour currently resides in New York.