With work in live theater, television and film, Stuart Pankin and his wife, Joy, will lead the cast in an upcoming Saint Vincent College production of “Jeeves in Bloom,” a comedy based on the stories of P. G. Wodehouse. The play opens July 11 and runs through July 26. For tickets, phone 724-537-8900.
Joy Pankin, originally from Long Island, N.Y., is an alumnus of Seton Hill University and was a founding member of the Saint Vincent Summer Theatre. She and her Philadelphia-raised husband, Stuart, met while attending graduate school at Columbia University in New York City.
Now living in Los Angeles, Mr. Pankin has performed at the Saint Vincent Summer Theatre in 37 shows; Mrs. Pankin has appeared in even more. The couple’s last show at the theater was in Neil Simon’s comedy “Rumors,” staged in 2006.
Mrs. Pankin performed in more than 50 stage productions from Shakespeare to skit comedy. She appeared in one of the theater’s first productions, “Arsenic and Old Lace,” in 1969.
For the next 16 years, she performed in scores of plays there, many of which with her husband, Stuart, who joined her at Saint Vincent in 1972. In 1986, she started what was a 16-year “maternity leave” from theater to raise her son Andrew. During that time, she also served on parent associations and sat on the board of trustees of Village School in California.
She returned to Saint Vincent in 2001 and performed in “The Busybody” as well as in “Lend Me a Tenor” in 2003. In 2006, she appeared in “Rumors” with her husband, son, and goddaughter, Anne Reilly. She said she is happy to be back doing “Jeeves in Bloom” at her “home theater” this year under the direction of Colleen Reilly, Anne’s sister.
Mr. Pankin’s theater credits include the original New York premier of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” more than 50 staring roles in regional theaters, along with numerous other roles in productions of Shakespeare’s plays in both New York and Washington, D.C.
A member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, he has been cast in roles for 33 films, including “Fatal Attraction,” “Arachnophobia,” “Irreconcilable Differences,” “Honey We Shrunk Ourselves” (the first live action made-for-video feature); “Encounter in the 3rd Dimension,” “Misadventures in 3-D” (IMAX 3-D features) and “Hopelessly In June.”
Equally at home in front of the television camera, he has been a series regular on nine prime time shows and pilots, including “Not Necessarily the News” (Five CableAce Nominations, CableAce Award and Best Actor) and the Emmy award-winning “Dinosaurs.” He is also guest starred and recurred in over 300 television productions, including “Desperate Housewives,” “Boston Legal,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Knots Landing,” “Mad About You,” “Falcon Crest,” “Ally McBeal,” “That’s So Raven” and “The Suite Life.”
He also co-wrote and co-executive produced the “Stuart Pankin Cinemax Comedy Experiment” for Showtime (“Hump!,” the musical comedy version of Richard III), in which he played five roles and sang his own original music.