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October 31, 2019

Marc Cherry to Teach Theatre Master Class

When College of the Canyons theatre students walk into Susan Hinshaw’s Scene Performance class on Wednesday, Nov. 6, they will find Marc Cherry, creator of the hit television series “Desperate Housewives,” sitting in the director’s chair.

Cherry will teach Hinshaw’s students a master class on American Realism, which will be open to the campus community to observe.

“When Marc said he was interested in doing some teaching, I immediately said I’m sure I can work something out”, said Hinshaw, who is a friend of Cherry’s. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for my students to receive guidance and direction from a seasoned Hollywood veteran. I am so grateful to Marc for taking time out of his busy schedule to do this."

Cherry was creator and executive producer of ABC’s hit series “Desperate Housewives” for eight seasons. The show totaled overall seven Emmy and three Golden Globe wins, 33 additional awards and 110 nominations. The critically acclaimed show made Cherry a household name, along with cast members Eva Longoria, Felicity Huffman, Teri Hatcher, Marcia Cross, and Nicolette Sheridan.

Cherry’s current show “Why Women Kill” details the lives of three women who live in the same house throughout three different decades. The series, which airs on CBS, stars Lucy Liu, Ginnifer Goodwin and Kirby Howell-Baptiste, and includes Jack Davenport, Sam Jaeger and Reid Scott.

About Marc Cherry

A California native, Marc Cherry began his Hollywood career as a personal assistant to Dixie Carter on the set of “Designing Women,” and early success as a writer soon followed. His writer/producer credits include the beloved television classic “The Golden Girls,” and the sequel to the series, “The Golden Palace.”

His worldwide hit TV show “Desperate Housewives” won numerous awards including a Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series (Musical or Comedy), a People’s Choice Award as Favorite New Television Drama, a Screen Actors Guild award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in both 2005 and 2006. In September 2005, the show was nominated for 15 Emmy’s with six wins. In January 2006, “Desperate Housewives” won its second Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series (Musical or Comedy).

After saying goodbye to Wisteria Lane, Cherry created Lifetime’s highly-acclaimed drama “Devious Maids,” along with Executive Producer Eva Longoria, that featured an ensemble all-star cast, including Ana Ortiz (Ugly Betty), Dania Ramirez (Entourage), Roselyn Sanchez (Without a Trace), Judy Reyes (Scrubs) and Susan Lucci (All My Children). Inspired by the hit telenovela “Ellas son la Alegría del Hogar,” the series portrayed five maids with ambition and dreams of their own while working for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills.

Production for the second season of Cherry’s current show “Why Women Kill” is set to start early 2020.