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"Life is a series of auditions!"

Thanks to those of you who joined us yesterday for the Saturday Workshop featuring Master Voice & Speech Coach, Paul D'Agostino!

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The Work


 


COLD READ AUDITION

Matthew Mueller & Anaís Almonte


ROMEO AND JULIET
by William Shakespeare

Suzie McCarthy


WOMEN OF MANHATTAN
by John Patrick Shanley

Donna-Lisa Otto



LITTLE FOXES
by Lillian Hellman

Mark Guerette & Pippa Winslow


500 DAYS OF SUMMER

by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
&
HAMLET'S ADVICE TO THE PLAYERS
by William Shakespeare

Austin Khemraj


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Here are the latest additions to your video library from our session on Saturday January 8th:

  • Cold Read Exercise "We've Grown Apart"
  • "Waiting for Lefty" by Clifford Odets
  • "Much Ado About Nothing" by William Shakespeare
  • "I Remember" from "Evening Primrose" by Stephen Sondheim

 

  • Andrew Wade's "Good Breath is the Basis for a Good Voice" - Voice & Speech Workout

 


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Music This Week


INTRO: "Everlong (Acoustic)" and "Everlong" by Foo Fighters

 

 

OUTRO: "All I Need Is A Miracle" by Mike+The Mechanics
 

 


Recommended This Week


READ/LISTEN

DAVE GROHL THE STORYTELLER
TALES OF LIFE AND MUSIC


A fascinating look inside the life of a true rock star, replete with all the stadium concerts and hard-partying memories you expect; but also full of surprisingly tender moments with family and friends. The book is a collection carved into five parts, carefully chosen to represent the arc of Grohl's life thus far, with an intimate tone that makes for a quick and captivating read

Available on: Audible Books, Kindle Store, Chirpbooks


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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.


 


SEE YOU SATURDAY JAN 22ND!


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


 

Our international, intergalactic acting jam continues next weekend featuring Voice & Speech Expert - Mary Lou Rosato!

ABOUT MARY LOU ROSATO

Mary Lou Rosato is a founding member of The Acting Company and a graduate of Juilliard’s Group 1 under John Houseman and Michel St. Denis.  Mary Lou Rosato served as Co-Head of the CalArts School of Theater for 18 years.  Currently, she is on faculty at the Yale School of Drama and the Tom Todoroff Conservatory, NYC.

As an actress, director, and teacher, she has been working in the theater for over forty-five years, most recently performing in NYC in The Government Inspector with the Red Bull Theater Company, and in The Skin of Our Teeth at TFNA.

She has appeared on and off Broadway numerous times, and in major regional theaters throughout the country including Yale Repertory, the Guthrie, ART, the Shakespeare Theater in Washington, DC, Seattle Rep, Baltimore’s Center Stage, Cincinnati’s Playhouse in the Park Cleveland Playhouse, the McCarter, the Old Globe in San Diego, and the Williamstown Theater Festival , and on international stages including the Old Vic in London and at the Taganka Theater in Moscow.  In NY she appeared in THE SUICIDE starring Derek Jacobi, and in THE MISANTHROPE with Uma Thurman and Roger Rees, and played Pauline in THE WINTER'S TALE, at the Classic Stage Company for Barry Edelstein.  She was in HENRY THE FIFTH starring Mark Rylance at TFNA, and in the Lincoln Center Festival production of MY LIFE AS A FAIRY TALE, directed by Chen Shi Zheng and starring Fiona Shaw.  She has played Lady Sneerwell in two productions of Sheridan’s SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL – on Broadway at the National Actors Theater starring Tony Randall, and off-Broadway with The Acting Company, for which she received a Drama Desk Award.  In Los Angeles, she was in THE CLEAN HOUSE at South Coast Repertory, THE PEACH BLOSSOM FAN at RedCat, KING LEAR (a Cal Arts/CNP production), and MEDEA with Annette Bening at UCLA Live in Los Angeles, CA.  Her musical credits range from Brecht’s MOTHER COURAGE and THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM for The Acting Company, to CANDIDE at the Guthrie, Behan’s THE HOSTAGE directed by Jack O’Brien at The Old Globe in San Diego, and the CHANGES OF HEART directed by Stephen Wadsworth at the Mark Taper Forum in 1996, she received a best actress nomination from the LA Drama Critics Circle Award committee.  In Chicago she won a Joseph Jefferson Award for her role in CURSE OF AN ACHING HEART directed by Gerald Gutierrez.

Her film credits include QUIZ SHOW, HUDSUCKER PROXY, THE WEDDING BANQUET, TWO BITS with Al Pacino, Spike Bensonhurst, Brenda Starr, Reporter, and John Turturro’s ILLUMINATA.  On TV she played Nurse Kathy on TITUS, and appearances in LAW AND ORDER, SVU, CAROLINE IN THE CITY, THE LOT, MICHAEL HAYES (pilot), and WAREHOUSE 13.

She began directing in the 1990’s and is a member of SDC.  Among her first directing credits was THE BEAUX STRATAGEM at the Pearl Theatre in New York, which was nominated as one of the 10 Best Off-Broadway productions of 1994 by the New York Daily News.  In NYC, she directed AS YOU LIKE IT at The Juilliard School, and her own adaptation of HENRY V: Crispian’s Day at the Boars Head (2001), HENRY THE FIFTH, WAY OF THE WORLD, TIME OF YOUR LIFE, and THE MERCHANT OF VENICE.  In 2013, she directed Shakespeare’s RICHARD II for Creative Pulse Company in Los Angeles.

 

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