Actor Stephen Root to Visit UM for Screenings and Conversation

Root will discuss Office Space, Unthinkable, and other film and TV work.

Coral Gables (November 09, 2012) — One of today's most prolific character actors, Stephen Root will discuss his experiences in film and television production and his approach to bringing a dazzling variety of characters to life during three events at the University of Miami in November. Screenings of two of his films, including cult favorite Office Space, and a special conversation with Root will give visitors an inside look at his life and work.

“Steve and I have been great friends since we were theatre students in college,” says Henry Fonte, chair of UM’s Department of Theatre Arts in the College of Arts and Sciences. “I’m thrilled that he is coming to UM to share some of his experience and his extraordinary talent with our students. His is, in many ways, the career model we want for our students: a constantly working actor with a very solid base in craft. He can do it all. His range, as you will see from his reel, is limitless.”


Office Space

November 10, 6 p.m., Bill Cosford Cinema, 1111 Memorial Drive, Coral Gables

This beloved cult film tells the misadventures of a group of friends—all disgruntled employees of a large, dysfunctional software company—and their oddball colleagues. Root gained a huge following with his hilarious appearance as the film's hapless Milton, who adores his red stapler and just might have a few surprises up his sleeve when he is wronged once too often.


November 11, 6 p.m., Bill Cosford Cinema, 1111 Memorial Drive, Coral Gables

In Unthinkable, Root plays a CIA liaison to a mysterious "independent contractor" (Samuel L. Jackson) who uses harrowing techniques to coerce information from uncooperative suspects. 

An Evening with Actor Stephen Root

November 13, 8 p.m., University of Miami Fieldhouse, 1245 Dauer Drive, Coral Gables

This special presentation includes clips from some of Root's many roles and a talk between Root and  Henry Fonte, chair of UM's Department of Theatre Arts, followed by a question-and-answer session. In addition to Office Space and Unthinkable, Root has also appeared in Boardwalk Empire, True Blood, No Country for Old Men, News Radio and many other films and television series. He has also starred in numerous theater productions in New York, Los Angeles, and other locales, and has voiced characters in animated films such as Finding Nemo, Ice Age, and Rango. 

All events are free and open to the public but registration is required. RSVP at All three events are part of Taking Flight: The Year of the Humanities and the Arts at the University of Miami.

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