CMTC 2017

CMTC 2017

New talent. Young talent. Singers, dancers, actors, musicians were abundant at CMTC in Toronto celebrating their 25th anniversary! I taught my seminar BOOM THE ROOM: Preparing for an Unforgettable Audition which included proper slating and tips for performing their monologues, commercials and cold reading scenes. Take a look at some of the terrific talent I met…

Pre-BOOM warmup – CLICK HERE

 

BOOM highlights – CLICK HERE

 

 

 

The Guthrie Theatre|UMN

The Guthrie Theatre|UMN

One of the many highlights of working as a casting director is visiting colleges and universities sharing my experiences and collaborating with theatre departments and the up and coming artists in training on what to expect upon graduation. University of Minnesota BFA Actor Training at The Guthrie is a favorite and this time it was a Juniors who benefitted from early conversation on business tools for the Actor and what it means to be “socially” visible.

New School Video Showcase

New School Video Showcase

I was honored to direct the School of Drama at New School in New York. 13 MFA graduates and 24 BFA undergraduates worked at lighting speed and fiercely showed up to film scenes designed in collaboration with myself and CTCA. They learned how to distinguish material showing their strengths as artists, as well as how they would be cast. This was their first time on camera, and they did a beautiful job! Web links to come. For now…

MFA preview link- CLICK HERE

 

BFA preview link- CLICK HERE

UT Austin BFA Acting

UT Austin BFA Acting

These BFA seniors have been in LA for their final semester immersing themselves in all things soon-to-be graduating actors do to prepare to take on film and television in Los Angeles- namely scene study and on-camera audition technique with Howard Fine and Michael D Cohen and a host of industry professionals.

As they are in preparations for the LA showcase, I am honored (and EXCITED) to be invited to test their mettle in an all-day workshop this week including mock auditions, producer call backs, as well as prepping them for their upcoming general meetings post-LA showcase. The future is bright for this talented group!

Here’s their LA showcase information. Please attend!

BFA SHOWCASE

The University of Texas at Austin

April 25, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

The Matrix Theatre
7657 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90046

Pace BFA Acting 2017 Virtual Showcase

Pace BFA Acting 2017 Virtual Showcase

Presenting Pace Performing Arts Los Angeles Showcase 2017. This is a video showcase produced and directed by Caroline Liem, Pace Prof/Casting Director and Wendy Kurtzman, Pace Prof/Casting Director/College To Career Acting with Pace University. Our talented BFA Acting Seniors trained for 3 weeks in Los Angeles receiving in-depth industry education alongside some of our favorite producers, directors and casting directors. They have learned to expand their work as artists in film and television writing, producing, acting, as well as the business of the actor always speaking from their unique voice. They’re ready for film/TV. Please view & enjoy!
For industry folk interested in meeting any of our wonderful students please contact: Grant Kretchik, gkretchik@pace.edu to arrange an appointment. And for those in New York please save the date for their live NY showcase, May 8.
 
Virtual showcase link: https://www.paceschoolofperformingarts2017.com/


Pace LA Intensive 2017

Pace LA Intensive 2017

It has been my joy to collaborate with Pace University on our third annual LA Intensive. This program has allowed BFA candidates an inside look to our industry. They entered the Writers Room and developed and pitched self-written scripts with Nat Bernstein, uncovered who they are with branding skills provided through The Branding Buddha’s Carla Renata, elevated & monetized their online presence using their unique voice with Larry Shapiro, elevated their acting skills for career longevity with Howard Fine, learned techniques for Self Care with Kehinde Koyejo, as well as perfected their technique for auditioning on-camera for film, television, commercials with myself and casting colleagues and taking a general meeting with executives. All this along with producing their showcase videos that will serve as their reel. I look forward to following up with this beautiful group of artists in the spring. Until then…




 

 

Our Core Teachers Howard Fine, Wendy Kurtzman, Nat Bernstein, Caroline Liem, Larry Shapiro

 

Class

What a terrific group of talented wonderful people I got to work with for 8 weeks at BGB Studio. My next class begins in January.  Looking forward to a wonderful holiday with family then back to the audition room for Pilot Season! #AuditionExperience

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8-Week Audition Class

8-Week Audition Class

The Audition Experience, my next 8-week adults class, begins September 24 at BGB Studio.

We’ll work on technique to inform and elevate your audition preparation, as well as tips and on-camera practice for the waiting room, entering the room, making the strongest most personal choices and implementing casting notes. Along with a bonus of 2 BGB Master Teachers to further explore and expand your Audition Experience, this is the class what will reconnect you to  your authentic self, enabling you to audition with a vibrant spontaneity and a deep sense of truth. CLICK HERE for more information, and to register with BGB Studio.

How is skydiving like acting…? Click the pic to find out

Thank you BGB for including me!! You ROCK!

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The Artist Series | August 20-21

The Artist Series | August 20-21

Are you working social media or is it working your last nerve?  Is your career on track? Are you feeling confident and making progress? Are casting and reps clear on how to cast and pitch you? Maybe could you use some guidance on brand or navigating social media or cultivating industry relationships? How do you stay creative and at the same time run a business

1 weekend 4 classes

to prepare for Episodic Season & Beyond!

 

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Non-members of The Actors Key signing up for these classes may join at a 50% discount. Use MEM50 at check out, then click UPDATE CART to take advantage of this incentive.

One Take Wonders

One Take Wonders

I marvel at how actors can prepare for auditions at the last minute. It takes a certain skill set to disseminate the breakdown, read the script, if offered, prepare the material, and deliver a personalized and thoughtful performance in the audition room or through a self-tape. I’ll offer observations on both.

There is an actor I tape from time to time. She has appeared as a series regular, recurred on several familiar shows, and has tested for countless projects. Whenever I work with her it’s very last minute, usually due the same day, and she has just had the day or evening prior to review the material. She usually tapes it in one shot, and books the role. She’s a one-take wonder. But what does she do?

1. Her confidence is palpable. She’s clear and focused on the performance at hand.

2. There is very clear sense what she wants from the other character, and it is undeniable she will get it. 

3. She draws the camera to her read, as if it is listening in on a juicy secret.

During recent casting, the actors I brought back to producers and those who ultimately booked their roles had certain qualities in common. CLICK HERE for specifics on how each of these actors booked the room in one take!  – Backstage