April 18, 2021
Major Tom to Ground Control
Our Weekly Recap, Resources & Recommendations for Actors, Directors & Creatives
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by Howard Korder
COLD READ AUDITION EXERCISE
Claudia Rocafort, Drummond Macdougall, Donna-Lisa Otto and Mark Guerette
Henry V, Prologue to Act III
by William Shakespeare
Henry VI, Part I, Act IV
by William Shakespeare
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Here are the latest additions to your video library:
Coaching Sessions from last Saturday (April 10): "Long Day's Journey Into Night" by Eugene O'Neill; Cold Read Audition Exercise "Are You Seeing Someone?"; "To The New Girl: Sound Advice for My Husband's Wife or Mistress" by Samantha Macher; "Macbeth" by William Shakespeare
- Lessons from Tom: from last Saturday (April 10): "How do I feel about everything?"; "Why is 250 a Magic Number?"; "On Guidepost 2: How to tell when you've made the strongest choice"; "Creativity in Auditions"
- Voice and Speech: from last Saturday (April 10): Voice & Speech Workout with Shane-Ann Younts (NYU Tisch Graduate Acting School Faculty)
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Music This Week
INTRO: "Together" by Weekend (from Buffalo!); "Saturday Night's Alright" by Elton John & Bernie Taupin
OUTRO: "Family Affair" by Sly and the Family Stone
Recommended This Week
WHAT SHE SAID: THE ART OF PAULINE KAEL
A portrait of the work and life of controversial film critic Pauline Kael, and her battle to achieve success and influence in the 20th century movie business.
Director: Rob Garver, Writer: Rob Garver
Featuring: Pauline Kael, Lili Anolik, Alec Baldwin
Available on: Amazon Prime, YouTube and Apple TV
THE LAST BLOCKBUSTER
A documentary on the last remaining Blockbuster Video, located in Bend, Oregon.
Director: Taylor Morden
Writer: Zeke Kamm
Featuring: Lauren Lapkus, Sandi Harding, Ken Tisher
Available on: Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube and Apple TV
I CARE A LOT
A crooked legal guardian who drains the savings of her elderly wards meets her match when a woman she tries to swindle turns out to be more than she first appears.
Director: J Blakeson, Writer: J Blakeson
Stars: Rosamund Pike, Peter Dinklage, Eiza González
Available on Netflix
Bill McKay is a candidate for the U.S. Senate from California. He has no hope of winning, so he is willing to tweak the establishment.
Director: Michael Ritchie,
Writer: Jeremy Larner
Stars: Robert Redford, Peter Boyle, Melvyn Douglas
Available on HBO Max, YouTube, Apple TV, Amazon Prime
IF ANYTHING HAPPENS, I LOVE YOU
In the aftermath of tragedy, two grieving parents journey through an emotional void as they mourn the loss of a child.
Directors: Michael Govier, Will McCormack
Writers: Michael Govier, Will McCormack
Available on Netflix
IN & OUT
A midwestern teacher questions his sexuality after a former student makes a comment about him at the Academy Awards.
Stars: Kevin Kline, Joan Cusack, Tom Selleck
Available on HBO Max, Hulu, Amazon Prime, YouTube, Apple TV
SEE YOU APRIL 24TH!
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 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.
And now YOU have the chance to learn from this incredible artist and coach without even leaving home!
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Paul D'Agostino 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!