'Royal Pains' Actress Reshma Shetty Visits With UK Opera Students
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 15, 2013) — Yesterday University of Kentucky Opera Theatre students were treated to an opportunity to hear from an alumna starring on one of USA Network's most popular TV series, "Royal Pains." Actress Reshma Shetty, who is one of the four principal cast members on the TV show, shared her experiences as a working actress and answered questions on training, auditioning and the acting profession.
During her visit with UK students, Shetty advised them on everything from what types of classes they should be taking now to how to get their careers started in New York. She also offered insights on what they should expect at auditions, what her work day looks like and the actor-agent relationship.
Having earned her master's degree at UK, Shetty confirmed that they have the talent to work in the profession, but also emphasized the need for the students to identify and focus on their goals from the start.
"I ate, slept, dreamed getting a job" said the actress, who spoke of resting on weekends instead of partying in New York City so she would be prepared if she got a call for a job.
On "Royal Pains," Shetty portrays Divya Katdare, a physician assistant working with Hank Med, a medical concierge service located in the Hamptons. Other regular cast members on the show, which wrapped its fifth season this summer, are Mark Feuerstein, Paulo Costanzo and Brooke D'Orsay. The show also features recurring roles played by Campbell Scott, Ben Shenkman and Henry Winkler.
To see an interview of Shetty talking about her character and the show, visit the TV show online at www.usanetwork.com/royalpains/videos/cast-interview-reshma-shetty.
Shetty holds a bachelor's degree from James Madison University, a master's degree in music from UK, and an artist diploma from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Upon graduation from the conservatory, Shetty nabbed the lead role of Priya in A.R. Rayman's/Andrew Lloyd Webber's first national tour of "Bombay Dreams" and was asked to appear as Ayah in Broadway's World AIDS Day Benefit "The Secret Garden."
Additional theatre credits for Shetty include roles and readings with the Contemporary American Theatre Festival, The New Dramatists, The Playwrights Forum and The Lark Theatre Company. This past spring, Shetty opened to rave reviews in her Off-Broadway debut at The New Group starring in Ayub Khan-Din's "Rafta Rafta."
Shetty also has been seen on NBC's "30 Rock." In 2008, she made her big screen debut opposite Ally Sheedy and Ruby Dee in "Steam."
Faculty at UK Opera Theatre are delighted with Shetty's success and were excited to have her share her story with the students. “We are very excited about Reshma’s accomplishments since leaving UK,” said Everett McCorvey, director of UK Opera Theatre. "Reshma was very involved with many of UK Opera’s productions and she participated in several 'Grand Nights.'"
McCorvey hopes to have Shetty back to campus in the future to work with students and present a workshop.
The UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts has garnered a national reputation for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition, and theory and music history.
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