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Our Weekly Recap, Resources & Recommendations for Actors, Directors & Creatives

"Take the trip of the text!"

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

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The Work



Christina Childress & Alicia Payne

by Sam Shepard

Ramsey Zeitouneh

by William Shakespeare

Kristine Richmond

by Clifford Odets

Austin Khemraj & Kelli Dougal

"I Remember When" from PRIMROSE
by Stephen Sondheim

Pippa Winslow

by Harold Pinter

Kevin Copps

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Here are the latest additions to your video library from our session on Saturday December 11th:

  • Cold Read Exercise "E.R. Diner Scene"
  • "The Realistic Joneses" by Will Eno
  • "Summer and Smoke" by Tennessee Williams
  • "The Clean House" by Sarah Ruhl
  • "The Seagull" by Anton Chekhov
  • "Bridesmaids" by Kristin Wiig
  • "Angels in America" by Tony Kushner


  • "Creating a role is like building a high-rise"
  • "Life is about love"


  • Julia Lenardon's "Breath as Thought" Voice & Speech Workout


  • Our Monthly Member Meeting a.k.a. Our Fireside Chat from Thursday January 6th

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Music This Week

INTRO: "To Sir With Love" by Lulu and "Pride and Joy" by Stevie Ray Vaughn & Double Trouble



OUTRO: "Unwritten" by Natasha Bedingfield


Recommended This Week



In memory of Sidney Poitier

This 1967 British drama deals with social and racial issues in an inner city school.  A novice teacher (played by Sidney Poitier) faces a class of rowdy, undisciplined working-class punks in this classic film that reflected some of the problems and fears of teens in the 60s. Sidney Poitier gives one of his finest performances as Mark Thackeray, an out-of-work engineer who turns to teaching in London's tough East End.

The title song, "To Sir With Love" by Lulu, who also appeared in the movie, peaked at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States for five weeks in the autumn of 1967 and ultimately won for the best-selling single that year.

Available on YouTube, Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video



In memory of Peter Bogdanovich

The Last Picture Show is a 1971 American coming-of-age film directed and co-written by Peter Bogdanovich, adapted from the semi-autobiographical 1966 novel The Last Picture Show by Larry McMurtry. The film stars an ensemble cast that includes Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Ellen Burstyn, Ben Johnson, Cloris Leachman, and Cybill Shepherd.

Available on Showtime, fuboTV, Vudu, GooglePlay, Amazon Instant Video and iTunes

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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!


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.



Todoroff Technique Flashcard 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!


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