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

What's the Saturday Workshop?

This month, come visit a class as our guest!
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The Work



RIPCORD
By David Lindsay-Abaire

Pamela Weaver and Hillary Mazer

 


COLD READ AUDITION

Annette Woloshen, Gio Lione, Alicia Payne, and George Antonopoulos


 


I HATE HAMLET
by Paul Rudnick

Austin Khemraj

 


HAMLET'S ADVICE TO THE PLAYERS
by William Shakespeare

Brad Thornton

 


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Here are the latest additions to your video library:

  • Coaching Sessions from Saturday May 8th & 15th:  "Lobby Hero" by Kenneth Lonergan; "The Seagull" by Anton Chekhov; "Suburbia" by Eric Bogosian; "Boy's Life" by Howard Korder (part II); Cold Read Exercise: "Airport Farewell"; Cold Read Exercise "Third Wheel";  Cold Read Exercise "Splitting Up Together"
  • Voice & Speech Lessons from Saturday May 8th & 15th:  Julia Lenardon's 12 Step Vocal Workout;  Patrick Mulryan's Heart-Opening Voice & Speech Lesson

As a reminder - we'll be uploading all videos for the May 8th & May 15th workshops in the coming week!  Keep an eye out for an announcement on your Community Page and Facebook Group when new videos are uploaded!

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Music This Week


INTRO: "California Love" By Tupac and "California Gurls" by Katy Perry

OUTRO: "Give It Away" Red Hot Chili Peppers


Recommended This Week


WATCH

SUNSET BOULEVARD

An aging silent film queen refuses to accept that her stardom has ended. She hires a young screenwriter to help set up her movie comeback. The screenwriter believes he can manipulate her, but he soon finds out he is wrong. The screenwriters ambivalence about their relationship and her unwillingness to let go leads to a situation of violence, madness, and death.
Director: Billy Wilder

Stars: Cecil B. DeMille, Gloria Swanson, William Holden and Nancy Olson

Available on Amazon Prime, YouTube, Vudu, iTunes and AppleTV


 

READ/LISTEN

CLOSE-UP ON SUNSET: Billy Wilder, Norma Desmond and The Dark Hollywood Dream

Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard, a classic film noir and also a damning dissection of the Hollywood dream factory, evokes the glamour and ruin of the stars who subsist on that dream. It's also one long in-joke about the movie industry and those who made it great-and who were, in turn, destroyed by it

By Sam Staggds

Available on Audiobooks


WATCH

LA 92

In 1992, Los Angeles exploded in riots—the worst civil unrest in U.S. history—when the four white police officers who beat black motorist Rodney King were acquitted.
This documentary was conceived and directed by Academy & Emmy Award Winning Filmmaker and Tom Todoroff Studio Veteran - Daniel Lindsay.

Available on Hulu, AmazonPrime, AppleTv, Itunes and YouTube


WATCH

THE ENDLESS SUMMER

The Endless Summer is a 1966 American surf documentary film directed, produced, edited and narrated by Bruce Brown. The film follows surfers Mike Hynson and Robert August on a surfing trip around the world. Despite the balmy climate of their native California, cold ocean currents make local beaches inhospitable during the winter. They travel to the coasts of Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Hawaii, Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa in a quest for new surf spots while introducing locals to the sport along the way. Other important surfers of the time, such as Miki Dora, Phil Edwards and Butch Van Artsdalen, also appear.

Available on Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, Hoopla


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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.

 


Auditions are now open!


 


 


Congratulations, Ensemble VIII!


 

WATCH

Conservatory Ensemble VIII Commencement Ceremony

Commencement Speaker Academy & Emmy Award Winning Filmmaker, Dan Lindsay



SEE YOU MAY 22ND!


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

Our International, Intergalactic Acting Jam continues next Saturday, featuring Master Voice & Speech Instructor Rachael Warren!  

ABOUT RACHAEL WARREN

Rachael Warren is on the faculty of the Brown / Trinity Rep MFA Programs and is a graduate of the A.R.T Institute at Harvard.  She is also a longtime member of the highly esteemed Trinity Repertory Company.

Rachael started at Trinity Rep in the 1999-2000 season playing Eliza in My Fair Lady and has been a company member since 2002. Other highlights at Trinity Rep include Tilly, Melancholy Play: a chamber musical; Mother, Ragtime; Mr. Darcy & Mr. Wickham, Pride & Prejudice; The Voice of the Plant, Little Shop of Horrors; Nancy, Oliver!; Sally, Cabaret; Puck, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Warrior One, Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage; Betsy/ Lindsey, Clybourne Park; Ophelia, Hamlet; Rebecca, The Long Christmas Ride Home; Sabina, The Skin of Our Teeth; Mary, A Dublin Carol; Isobel, The Secret Rapture; and Mary Warren, The Crucible. Ms. Warren was a company member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for two seasons playing The Baker’s Wife, Into the Woods; Eliza, My Fair Lady; and Muriel Humphrey/Pat Nixon and others in the world premiere of The Great Society. She toured nationally with The Who’s TOMMY, Chess, and Company, and has also performed at The Wilbury Theatre Group (Big Alison, FUN HOME), Hartford Stage, American Repertory Theatre (Bacchae, Antigone, The Doctor’s Dilemma), Williamstown Theatre Festival (Tonight at 8:30, Princess Turandot), Goodspeed Opera (Great Expectations), Wallis Annenberg Center, Virginia Stage, Cleveland Play House (Aldonza, Man of La Mancha), and Actor’s Theatre of Louisville. She has been the Voice and Acting Coordinator for Trinity Rep’s Young Actors Summer Institute since 2007.

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
Rachael Warren and Tom Todoroff!

 

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