January 24, 2021
Major Tom to Ground Control
Our Weekly Recap, Resources & Recommendations for Actors, Directors & Creatives
"Act with a cool head and a warm heart."
Thanks to those of you who joined us yesterday for the Saturday Workshop featuring Master Voice & Speech Coach, Julia Lenardon!
by Clare Boothe Luce
Krissy Richmond and Donna-Lisa Otto
by William Shakespeare
Death of a Salesman
by Arthur Miller
Drummond Macdougall with reader Mark Guerette
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Here are the latest additions to your video library:
- Coaching Sessions from last Saturday (Jan 16th): Cold Read Exercise "The Affair"; "Much Ado About Nothing" by William Shakespeare; "The Worst Pies in London" by Stephen Sondheim from Sweeney Todd the Musical
- Lessons from Tom: from last Saturday (Jan 16th): "We language our world"; "When you love someone, their name feels different in your mouth"; "How to make your voice & body catch up to your brain"; "My connection to my voice & breath is my connection to my emotional self"; "You must know that you know what you know - to let it go"
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Music This Week
INTRO "You Get What You Give" by New Radicals
Outro "Everlong" by Foo Fighters
Recommended This Week
"Painting With John"
Painting With John, a new unscripted series written, directed by and starring John Lurie, is part meditative tutorial, part fireside chat. Each episode has Lurie, the co-founder of musical group The Lounge Lizards, at his worktable, honing his watercolor techniques and sharing what he’s learned about life. With images of Lurie’s paintings, original music and his point of view all rolled into one, the series strikes an irreverent tone while reminding us to prioritize some time every day for creativity, fun and a bit of mischief
Available on HBOMax
Following the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada, Fern (Frances McDormand) packs her van and sets off on the road exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad. The third feature film from director Chloé Zhao, NOMADLAND features real nomads Linda May, Swankie and Bob Wells as Fern’s mentors and comrades in her exploration through the vast landscape of the American West.
Available in theaters and on February 19th and on Hulu
In keeping with the theme of 'find the universal' as discussed in our most recent Saturday Workshop, watch this documentary on Tiger Woods.
Tiger is a two-part documentary offering a revealing look at the rise, fall, and epic comeback of global icon Tiger Woods. The series paints an intimate picture of the prodigy whose dedication and obsession with the game of golf not only took his fame and success to new heights, but also down a dark, spiraling road that eventually led to a legendary sports comeback, culminating in his victory at the 2019 Masters.
Tiger highlights never-before-seen-footage and interviews with those who know Tiger Woods best, including his former caddy and close friend, Steve Williams; golf legend Sir Nick Faldo; his father Earl Woods’ friend and biographer, Pete McDaniel; Tiger’s first true love, Dina Parr; and Rachel Uchitel, the woman at the center of the sex scandal that forever altered Tiger’s world, breaking her silence for the first time.
Available on HBO
"An Unmarried Woman" starring Jill Clayburgh
An attractive and well-to-do New Yorker, Erica Benton (Jill Clayburgh), finds her comfortable existence upended when her husband, Martin (Michael Murphy), ends their marriage and takes up with a younger woman. Hurt and angered by her husband's betrayal, Erica slowly begins to reevaluate her life and explore her newfound freedom. Eventually, she starts a relationship with an English artist named Saul (Alan Bates), but is wary of repeating past mistakes.
Available only on DVD
"60 Minutes" on NFL Quarterback, Alex Smith's, incredible comeback from a life-threatening injury
Washington Football Team Quarterback Alex Smith was fighting for his leg and his life in November 2018 after he suffered a gruesome on field injury. Following thousands of hours of rehab and help from the US Military, he defied expectations to make a return to the NFL, in one of the greatest sports comebacks ever.
Available on CBS All Access and Youtube
wary of repeating past mistakes.
Available only on DVD
A recent US News and World Report poll - 4 out 10 Americans could pass a citizenship test.
So, with this in mind, and in honor of our recent U.S. inauguration, some light reading for this week...
Read "The US Constitution" or listen to it here!
Extra credit if you read/ listen to The Bill of Rights and The Declaration of Independence as well! Here's a link to listen to all three on Audible.
SEE YOU JULY 3RD!
New York Professional Actor Training comes to your home next Saturday!
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Our International, Intergalactic Acting Jam continues next Saturday, featuring Master Voice & Speech Instructor, Andrew Wade!
Andrew Wade was head of Voice at the Royal Shakespeare Company from 1990-2003. He joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1987 as Assistant Voice Director to Cicely Berry, where he oversaw all of the voice work fo the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the Swan Theatre. In conjunction with Cicely Berry, Mr. Wade recorded WORKING SHAKESPEARE: RSC MEETS USA (a broadcast series) produced and directed by Tom Todoroff, featuring Jeremy Irons, Emily Watson, Lindsay Duncan, Toby Stephens and other members of the Royal Shakespeare Company with US actors: Helen Hunt, Samuel L. Jackson, Claire Danes, Blythe Danner, Robert Sean Leonard, Cherry Jones, Victor Garber, Diane Venora, Tony Goldwyn and others.
Mr. Wade also served as voice consultant on the Oscar-winning film SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, coached Courtney Love as Lady Macbeth, worked on the musical LORD OF THE RINGS among numerous other films, TV series and theater productions. Most recently, Andrew oversaw voice & speech for the Broadway productions of MATILDA and HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD.
Mr. Wade continues to work all over the world in a freelance capacity, as well as teaching at The Juilliard School, the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis and the Tom Todoroff Conservatory in NYC.
And now YOU have the chance to learn from this incredible artist and coach without even leaving home!
Join us on Saturday to study with
Andrew Wade and Tom Todoroff!
The Guidepost Card Set
These beautiful cards were created by NYC Studio Director, Mark Guerette. An excellent way to learn and swiftly and joyfully integrate all elements of the Todoroff Technique!