Archive for August, 2009


New Standup Comedy Workshops at YourAct (

Adult Workshop   Taught by professional comedian Manny Oliveira ( Learn the process of creating, writing and performing standup comedy. This 5-week workshop culminates with a showcase performance at The Punchline ( . Adult Class: Mondays 7-10 PM   Sep 14, 21, 28 Oct 12, 19   Showcase: Oct 26 @ 8pm (Punchline)   Youth Workshop (Grades 9 – 12)   You got a funny kid? Is he or she constantly making everyone laugh? Taught by professional comedian Manny Oliveira ( This is the perfect workshop! It teaches young people how to harness those funny moments into a perfect routine in a fun-filled environment. This 5 week workshop teaches the process of creating, writing and performing standup comedy. It culminates with a showcase performance at the Sketchworks Theatre (
      Teen Class (Grades 9 – 12) Saturdays 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM   Sep 12, 19, 26Oct 10, 24   Showcase: Oct 25 @ 7:00 PM (Sketchworks Theater)   For Information & Registration Call YourAct at (404) 499-9996




“The Business of TV Writing”


Have you written a spec script for your favorite television show, but have no idea how to sell it?  Do you have a great idea for an original TV series but don’t know how to pitch to studios, agents, or producers?

This intensive workshop will bring you face to face with seasoned television professionals as they share stories from their experiences as staff writers on network TV shows and offer tips for writers aspiring to break into the industry.  Learn how to determine if your ideas are right for television, when and how to get an agent, and what to expect when you land your coveted job as a series staff-writer.


Jeff has been writing professionally in Hollywood since 1988. He has “written by” or “story by” credits on thirty-six television episodes, has written for fourteen different series and has worked on seven primetime staffs.

Writing Credits include: The Wonder Years, Sisters, Major Dad, Simon & Simon and Dawson’s Creek.  He has also developed and wrote major motion pictures, including Disney’s Tarzan and Brother Bear. Jeff has recently published his first book the Billion-Dollar Kiss.

Sara is one of the most sought-after Showrunners in the television industry.  She’s a seasoned television writer and executive producer with over 25 years of experience in television.  Over the span of her career she’s written for numerous classic television shows.

Writing Credits include: Family Matters, The Parent ‘Hood, Moesha, and most recently The Game, the CW Network’s spin-off of the hit series, Girlfriends. Also the Co-Creator for the The Parkers.

  • Qualify for a chance to pitch your original show concept to our guest speakers

  • Qualify for a chance to win a private script development session with Jeff Stepakoff

  • Pick-up a copy of the highly acclaimed book “Billion-Dollar Kiss” available for purchase following the workshop.

    WIFTA Members: $50, Non-Members: $65

    (cash, check or credit card payments accepted)


Children’s Film Acting Program, Ages 6-13 with Renée Ford Clark

 For more information call Creative Studios of Atlanta at 404-355-4588.

Creative Studios of Atlanta Film Academy Presents:

“The Paint

A Children’s Film Acting Program for ages 6 – 13 with Renée Ford Clark.

Renée Ford Clark joins the CSA Film Academy as an acting coach.  Formerly a successful teacher of children with the Academy of Cinema and Television,  Renee will  teach commercial and film acting techniques to kids and tweens after school.

The Paint Shop program will run from September 7 to December 15. The program will  bring out your child’s special gifts for acting and prepare them for the business, all in a fun and nurturing environment. The program includes: – Commercial Acting, Audition techniques, Improvisation for Camera and Film.

Students will learn the basics of perfecting specific characters for commercials while establishing the foundation to build solid acting skills for film.  They will learn how to slate, memorize quickly, master the cold read and get to the “next level” of commercial auditioning.  

During The Paint Shop’s Improv segment,  students work on their listening and quick decision making skills and focus  on being spontaneous, while “agreeing and proceeding” with others to make a scene work. The exercises presented help actors get to the truth of  relationships in and easy and fun way whether working alone, with a partner or in a group.

The film segment trains young actors about the elements of  filmmaking as well as how actors fit in the the filmmaking process. Actor’s perform for the camera (which varies from stage performance), and students gain an understanding of how a film set operates.  

The Schedule:    
14 CLASSES FROM Sept. 7 – December 15, 2009

Mondays: 6-8 year olds BEGINNERS 4:00-5:30pm
Tuesdays: 6-8 year olds INTERMEDIATES 4:00- 5:30pm
Wednesdays: 9-13 year olds BEGINNERS 4:00-6:00pm
Thursdays: 9-13 year olds INTERMEDIATES 4:00-6:00pm


Renée Ford Clark is an actor, model and acting instructor. Originally from New York City Renee has appeared in many feature films including Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion, ATL, The Gospel as well as the blockbuster hit, The Secret Life of Bees.  Prior to moving to Atlanta, Renée trained and acted on the stage in New York. Her acting training in Atlanta includes The Alliance Theater and The Chez Group. Renée has been teaching acting to children for over five years. She has a child’s heart and infinite patience and understands the special sensitivities of working with children. She has a particular skill in drawing out each child’s unique gift and instilling confidence and a “can-do” attitude.

Here’s what parents have to say about “Miss Renee”:

“I appreciate your support and encouragement for my son, Mark.  It is wonderful to have positive people in your children’s lives that they admire and will actually listen to.  I can tell you are passionate about what you do.”                       Georgia Nations

“The help you gave Danielle was what she needed to fine-tune her monologue. And the comments she received from the agents reinforces that belief. Thanks for your help.”                                                            Julie Van Buren

“Grace said she had a ‘Grrrreat time” with you. You were very productive with her and I really appreciate that. You have a great way with kids. I admire that.”                                            Cindy Patrick


Housewives Mopping Up

Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta” TV series broke network records with last Thursday’s episode, drawing 2.3 million adults, age 18 – 49, and attracted 3.3 million total viewers to make it the highest-rated episode in Thursday primetime in the history of the Bravo network. The series is now in Season Two and is the highest rated “Housewives” franchise in the country.  “Real Housewives” is shot entirely in the metro Atlanta area.

Young Actors Workshop with L Warren Young and Ric Reitz

 Chez Group is excited to announce our August workshop for children and teens.   The date of the teen workshop (ages 13-18) is Saturday August 29th.Time is 10 AM – 4:00 PM.
 Date of kids workshop (ages 7 to 12) is Sunday August 30th. Time 10 AM – 4:00 PM    Our instructors will be L. Warren Young and Ric Reitz.   L. Warren Young is a veteran actor with thirty-eight years of experience. His work has encompassed both film and theatre. He has developed a program for Chez Studio entitled “Drama for Young Actors through Education.” Drama is the mirror of reality, etc. Mr Young’s credits as a professional actor in film include “We are Marshall”, “Army Wives”,”The Way Home and “Diary of a Mad Black Woman”, just to name a few. You can visit his IMDB at for more information.   Ric Reitz has the ability to help young actors understand film techniques and personal set etiquette. He teaches that in addition to being talented, young actors need the skills that create a professional on the set; a theme that will be elaborated during this part of the workshop. Mr Reitz’s credits as an actor include “Five Killers”, “The Joneses”, “The People v. Leo Frank” and “Front of the Class”. You can visit his IMDB at for more information.

We hope that you can join us for this fun-filled and informative workshop. So many of our students are working actors. We congratulate their success!



You are cordially invited

to attend the highly anticipated ATLANTA GIRL FINALE FASHION SHOW for our 7-13 year old girls. 

These girls have worked so hard for the last 3 months and are ready to show you all they’ve learn.  This is also an exciting day, because we will announce your new Miss Atlanta Girl Winner and Young Atlanta Girl Winner, Saturday, August 22 at 3pm.

Each ticket is only $10 and may be purchased at the door.

Event takes place This Saturday, August 22 from 3-6pm.

There will be a special singing performance by M3 a group of 2 brothers Prince George and Eli and 1 sister Ja’Dore who happens to be our first season Young Atlanta Girl Model and Actress Competition winner.  She is also pictured in the photo above.

Please RSVP for this exclusive event that will be held at the beautiful SC 1775 event space.  You may view the venue online at
Location: 1775 S. Columbia Pl.
               Decatur, GA 30032

We are now looking for the first Miss Teen Atlanta Girl ages 13-17! Stay Tuned for their Finale Fashion Show in a few months.
Visit for more information.

Atlanta Girl Competitions are brought to you by Atlanta Girl Magazine!

Please email if you have any questions!

Thank You for supporting the Atlanta Girl Competitions – A Safe Haven for young girls in Atlanta interested in acting and modeling!


Dramedy gets renewed for second season

Lifetime orders more ‘Diva’

“Drop Dead Diva” has legs at Lifetime. The cable channel  has renewed the Sony Pictures TV dramatic comedy  for a second season. Lifetime has ordered 13 episodes to air next year. “Diva” stars Brooke Elliott as a once-shallow aspiring model who is reborn after a car accident as brilliant, plus-size attorney Jane Bingum. The series performed strong out of the gate for the cable channel in its debut in July. “Diva” has averaged 2.6 million viewers in its Sunday 9 p.m. timeslot, and in its most recent airing Sunday, it hit a best-yet audience of more than 3 million viewers. “Diva’s” ascent has helped boost the audience  for its 10 p.m. companion drama “Army Wives,” making both shows more valuable to Lifetime. ” ‘Drop Dead Diva’ is one of those rare gems that has charmed both viewers and critics,” said Lifetime entertainment executive vice president  JoAnn Alfano. “Brooke is a unique talent who has a wonderful career ahead of her.” The series was created by drama veteran  Josh Berman, who executive  produces with Craig ZadanNeil MeronAlex Taub and David Petrarca.  Margaret Cho co-stars as Bingum’s loyal assistant. “Diva” has drawn a long list of guest stars in its freshman  season, including Paula Abdul, Rosie O’Donnell, Tim Gunn, Liza MinnelliDelta Burke and Nia Vardalos. ‘Drop Dead Diva’ is produced in Peachtree City, Georgia.