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"Aim your heart at the heart you wish to reach"

Thanks to those of you who joined us yesterday for the Saturday Workshop featuring Master Voice & Speech Coach, Julia Lenardon!

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The Work


 

COLD READ AUDITION EXERCISE

Brandon Knox, Julienne Howard, Michael Freeland and Alison Araya

JESUS HOPPED THE A TRAIN
by Stephen Adly Guirgis

Austin Khemraj & Pippa Winslow

SWEAT
by Lynn Nottage

Din Thomas

TWELFTH NIGHT
by William Shakespeare

Suzie McCarthy

Prologue to ROMEO AND JULIET
by William Shakespeare

Trace Taylor

MOM'S THE WORD
by Robin Nichol

Debra Sears


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Here are the latest additions to your video library from our session on Saturday August 7th:

  • Cold Read Audition Exercise "About Last Night"
  • "Waiting for Godot" by Samuel Beckett - Take II
  • Work Read: "Loose Knit" by Theresa Rebeck, "Laughing Wild" by Christopher Durang & "Goliath" by David E. Kelley
  • "Nice People Dancing to Good Country Music" by Lee Blessing
  • "This Is Our Youth" by Kenneth Lonergan

 

  • "Political choices in acting"
  • "Your imagination vs. experience"

 

  • "The Resonant Voice" - Mary Lou Rosato Speech Workout

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Music This Week


INTRO:  "Woodstock" by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young & "Fire" Jimi Hendrix
OUTRO: "Freedom" by Richie Havens

Recommended This Week


 

 

WATCH

"Woodstock"

In 1969, 500,000 people descended on a small patch of field in a little-known town in upstate New York called Woodstock. In this documentary, the iconic event is chronicled in unflinching detail, from the event's inception all the way through to the unexpected air-delivery of food and medical supplies by the National Guard. The film contains performances, interviews with the artists and candid footage of the fans in a defining portrait of 1960s America.

Director: Michael Wadleigh


Available on: YouTube, Apple TV,  Amazon, HBOMax and Vudu


 

WATCH

"American Masters: Inventing David Geffen"

American Masters: Inventing David Geffen is an unflinching portrait of Geffen, who narrates his unorthodox rise from working class Brooklyn boy to billionaire entertainment power broker in extensive interviews.

Director: Susan Lacy
Stars: Tom Hanks, Cher David Geffen, and David Crosby

Available on Netflix


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Ongoing Recommendation:

THE CRITERION CHANNEL

We continually recommend this subscription service because it will give you access to an unparalleled library of films, from the the most obscure, unusual independent movies to the great classics of cinema history! Enjoy curated selections based on shared themes, actors or directors.  An incredible resource for any cinephile or student of storytelling.


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Conservatory Ensemble VIII
Commencement Ceremony

Commencement Speaker Academy & Emmy Award Winning Filmmaker, Dan Lindsay




SEE YOU AUGUST 21st!


New York Professional Actor Training comes to your home next Saturday!

Our International, Intergalactic Acting Jam continues next Saturday, featuring Master Voice & Speech Instructor, Paul D'Agostino!

ABOUT PAUL D'AGOSTINO

Paul D’Agostino joined the faculty of Boston Conservatory at Berklee in 2014, and currently serves as Assistant Professor of Theater, specializing in voice & speech and The Alexander Technique. Trained by and designated to teach The Linklater Method (also known as "Freeing the Natural Voice") by world-renowned voice pedagogue and theater artist Kristin Linklater, he has also served on the faculties of Emerson College, Gordon College, Shakespeare & Company, and Boston University – where he taught for the Boston University Summer Theatre Institute for seven years. Since 2013, D’Agostino has been the resident voice instructor for Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, which has afforded him the opportunity to teach in the Summer Apprentice Program, coach mainstage actors, and offer workshops on the intersection of actor training and public speaking for M.B.A. candidates at Babson College. A longtime member of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts, he ran the youth training program Riotous Youth (2011-2012), taught in the Month-long Intensive (2020), and acted in numerous productions on the main stage and on tour. He’s also facilitated workshops at Brandeis University, Boston Arts Academy, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Extension School, Wheelock Family Theatre, the Tom Todoroff Acting Studio, and the ReachArts Center in Swampscott, Massachusetts.

His acting credits include work with acclaimed director Irina Brook, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Hanover Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Gloucester Stage Company, The Devanaughn Theatre, and Boston Playwrights’ Theatre.

D'Agostino holds an M.F.A. in Theater Education (with a concentration in voice and speech) from Boston University, an M.M. in Musical Theater from The Boston Conservatory, and a B.A. in theater arts from Gordon College. Additional training includes seminars on vocal health and rehabilitation at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary; extensive study at Shakespeare & Company with Kevin Coleman, Tina Packer, and Dennis Krausnick; Alexander Technique with Debra Adams, Jamee Culbertson, Tommy Thompson, Bob Lada, and Betsy Polatin; and Linklater apprenticeship under master teacher Paula Langton at Boston University. In 2019, he graduated from The Boston Conservatory Alexander Technique Teacher Training Course — a three-year, 1600-hour teacher training program.

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