Archive for April, 2009


Beginning Actor Class

Jump Start Your ACTING Career
Tips, Tools and Resources for Beginner Actors

You’ve always wanted to be an actor, but you have no clue how to get your foot in the door. Join us for an informative and lively workshop on EVERYTHING you need to get started as an actor. We will reveal the “secrets” of the industry and answer all of the most commonly asked questions. You will discover how to find work, how to find an agent, how to take a good headshot, how to create an actor’s resume, where to find training and much more! Each participant will receive a discounted headshot package, a chance to win free acting classes and will meet a top Atlanta agent for an informative Q&A. Get prepared to compete in this market and beyond!

Cost:           $125
Dates:         Saturday, May 2, 2009
Time:          9:00 – 1:00 pm
Location:    Art Institute of Atlanta, 6600 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd., Atlanta, GA 30328
Instructor:   Sherry Richardson – Actor, Producer, WIFTA Past President

Food and beverages included. Space is limited. Registration closes on April 30, 2009.
For more information, contact: 404-202-3034 or email Visit to register today!


2009 WIFTI Devorah Foundation Grant

WIFTI proudly announces that applications are now being accepted for the 2009 WIFTI Devorah Foundation Grant.  An award of $1500 will be given to support special projects, training, professional development and/or mentorship opportunities for up-and-coming women filmmakers and/or emerging WIFTI-member film and television communities around the world.  The deadline for applications is September 1, 2009.   WIFTI is a global network of over 35 Women In Film and Television chapters worldwide, with more than 10,000 members on six continents.

WIFTI Devorah Foundation Grants may be used for individual professional development  opportunities including, but not limited to:
*travel grants to attend festivals or workshops
*mentorship opportunities
*skills development
*marketing expenses for films/videos from first-time filmmakers
*special projects to assist a group of women in an emerging film community (including, but not limited to training programs, special screenings) *new/emerging Women in Film and Television chapters to assist in the launch and formation of their group (in this case priority will be given to chapters outside of North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand).
This award is not meant to finance film or video projects. For more information about WIFTI and to access the online application form, go to

Founded by former WIFTI Chair and TV/Film Producer Ina Fichman of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the WIFTI Devorah Foundation is a tribute to her late Grandmother Deborah Tietolman who generously supported those in need with grace, dignity and compassion.  A fitting tribute to a worthy woman, the WIFTI Devorah Foundation helps other worthy women achieve their goals and dreams in our Industry

To learn more about the WIFTI Devorah Foundation Grant


GABPC Workshop: Short Film Production Strategies

GABPC Workshop:  Short Film Production Strategies
Sunday, May 17, 2009 | 1:00 – 5:00pm

Want to produce a high quality short film, but you just can’t get it off the ground?
Learn the art producing short films from award-winning filmmaker Shandra McDonald-Bradford.  Whether you are struggling with raising money, where to spend the money you have,casting the right talent, or creatively bringing your idea to life; learn from one of the best in the business.  Shandra’s award-winning films have screened in festivals all across the country and aired on major television networks including Showtime,CBS, ABC and NBC.  Shandra’s motto:  There are no rules to filmmaking, just strategies!

Location:  Creative Studios of Atlanta, 500 Bishop Street, NW, Suite F8, Atlanta, GA 30318
Cost:  $59 in adv ($54 students); $69 at the door ($64 students)
Handouts included. Certificates of completion to all attendees. Registration required.
Registration deadline is May 15, 2009.
For additional information or to register, visit  Or call 770.726.9818.



Lens On Talent: Johnson & Johnson Presents A Filmmakers Challenge

A short film contest from BET where the winning short filmmaker gets $100,000.00 to produce a short film to be aired on the BET Networks and program services.
Got a short film? Played it at film festivals?
Now what?
Why not submit it to the Lens on Talent: Johnson & Johnson Presents A Filmmakers Challenge?
For more details visit:


WIFTI Reception at the Cannes Film Festival

WIFTI members are invited to the WIFT International Drinks Reception, hosted by WFTV – UK, which will be held at the Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday 19th May, from 6.30 to 8.00pm at the Kodak Pavilion. WIFTI members from across the globe are invited to join us for this great opportunity to network with international friends. Please note, YOU MUST RSVP to secure your place on the guest list. If you are not on the guest list, you WILL NOT be admitted. Please RSVP to Places are limited so don’t delay! We look forward to seeing you for a glass of something refreshing on the Riviera! *For more details, you can also visit our NEW WEBSITE at Collaborations Atlant “Where art forms collide” Saturday, May 2, 2009 | 8:00pm-10:00pm Blue Tower Art Gallery, 625 Metropolitan Parkway #1113 Gate Code: 4105* Atl, GA 30310 Watch as dancers, acrobats, musicians, magicians, actors, spoken word artists, poets, visual artists, film makers, martial artists and jugglers light up the stage with a collaborative effort between art forms that will make you laugh, cry or shutter in awe! WIFTA member, Kathleen Kelly, will participate in one of a series of acts during the evening -she’ll be showing a short film called “Portrait” with Michael Wynne, doing a live musical accompaniment. (Michael has supported WIFTA with music for several of our PSAs over the last few years.) Tickets are $10. Buy in advance at or at the door. For directions visit:


ATLANTA – DEL SHORES’ AUDITION WORKSHOP – 4/26…email mystie for houghton discount code


Are you booking your auditions? Do you think you should be doing better and can’t understand why you aren’t getting the job — or more of them? Here’s your chance to jump-start your career.

Having been on the other side of the audition for years, I know what keeps good actors from getting the job — and I know how to fix that.

I have designed this audition workshop for the actor who wants to work more. It is simple, effective, with one simple goal – to book your auditions.

The class will consist of no more than 24 students.



We will start the class with a lecture and discussion about auditioning. Class members will have the opportunity to express how they feel about auditioning. My goal is by day end is to get you to the place of loving the audition process.


Each actor will get a 15-minute slot and walk into a “callback”. In that slot, you are to prepare a five-minute audition piece. No monologues. Choose a scene with a character that you are right for — from any medium — play, TV or film. Treat this like a real acting audition and DO NOT choose material you have performed before. And PREPARE! I will give you guidance, adjustments, direction and help you become a stronger auditioner, to get rid of nerves, to walk in with confidence, to be special and stand out and most importantly, to book the job. You will audition solo, but your classmates will be observing. The other character(s) in the scene will be read by our mock “casting director” Jason Dottley who stars as “Ty” in Sordid Lives: The Series. And yes, you may use my material.

Please read the testimonials on my website to know what kind of teacher/director I am. I am known as an actor’s director. I adore actors, respect them completely, yes, I’m honest, but I’m constructive, nurturing and not cruel or mean. I’m big on making strong choices, using the given circumstances of the scene; understanding the character. I’m a believer of sense memory, and I work to help you get rid of your nerves, which will keep you from connecting to the role. We will have fun, but we will work hard.

This class is geared for actors who are serious about their craft. I advise that students stay for as much of the class as possible because watching your fellow actors audition can sometimes be more valuable than your own audition. Beginners are welcome, but I will be honest and tell you if I don’t think you are ready to audition professionally and should study more. I believe strongly that it is detrimental to begin auditioning if you are not ready.

COST: The cost of the workshop is $95. The classes will be held at a to-be-determined location.

AUDITORS: Non-actors or just curious about acting? You are welcome to audit the workshop for only $25. Auditors must register to secure a place.

REGISTERING: To register for the workshop or to audit, email Jamie McMillan, my assistant, at to reserve your slot. Be sure to include a headshot, resume and your phone number. The class will be filled on a first-come-first-serve basis. You will receive a call from Jamie McMillan to arrange payment. You may pay with a Visa/MC or PayPal.

PLACE AND TIME: Actor’s Express Theatre Company | 887 W. Marietta St. Suite J-107, Atlanta, GA 30318. The workshop is from 9 A.M. to 6 P.M. There will be an hour lunch break between 1-2.

See you in class soon!

Del Shores


Atlanta audition for a National Tour of Dreamgirls

The audition is Saturday, May 9th  at Studio Dionne School of Dance and Music, 524 Plasters Ave. Atlanta, GA 30324


Prepare a brief standard R&B or gospel song that is appropriate to the character for which you are auditioning. Bring sheet music. A pianist will be provided. Bring a picture and a resume, stapled together.


Sign in at 10am

Auditions begin at 11am

Sign in no later than 12pm


Below is information on the tour and a breakdown.  Please only go if there is something right for you.  This is not an opportunity to be seen by a NY Casting Director but an opportunity to audition for this specific show.  

DREAMGIRLS                                                Producer: Vienna Waits Productions, LLC



Production Contract, Tier C                                      John Breglio     

National Tour                                              Director/Choreographer: Robert Longbottom $1028/week minimum + per diem         Book and Lyrics: Tom Eyen

                                                                        Music: Henry Krieger

                                                                        Co-Choreographer: Shane Sparks

                                                                        Casting: Binder Casting/Mark Brandon

                                                                        Rehearse NY: 9/21/2009

                                                                        NY Apollo Theatre: 11/6 – 12/6/09 then Tour




NOTE: This is a first class National Tour that will be newly staged and choreographed. This Tour will open at the legendary Apollo Theatre in Harlem and then tour.




EFFIE WHITE (20’s) African-American. This vibrant young woman is as oversized in talent as she is in person. Effie is the true powerhouse in the group, a soaring singer whose voice overpowers and transcends Deena’s and Lorrrell’s. Smitten with Curtis from the beginning, Effie is overcome by anger and jealousy when she senses his growing attraction to Deena. Effie should be full-figured and her size carries with it a true sense of sexuality. HUGE GOSPEL BELT VOICE.  Must move very well.


DEENA JONES (20’s) African-American. The young, thin, beautiful member of the Dreams. Happy singing backup to Effie until Curtis puts her in the lead and grooms her as the star of the group. Tall is good. MEZZO, BIG FULL BELT. Must move very well.


LORRELL ROBINSON (20’s) African-American. The third ‘Dream’. A sexy, flirtatious girl from the projects of Detroit who has been singing with her best friends Effie and Deena for years. Lorrell carries on an affair with Jimmy Early who refuses to leave his wife for her. SOPRANO, ON TOP OF MOST TRIAD HARMONY, BIG FULL BELT. Must move very well.


MICHELLE MORRIS (20’s) African-American. Effie’s replacement in the Dreams. Thin and beautiful, she sings bottom in harmonies. BIG BELT. Must move very well.