Archive for December, 2011


Grace Hill Media Newsletter

Q: I’m not sure you even like Christmas films… but what’s your favorite?

A: Hmmm… Ask Dr. Scrooge? No, I can seriously understand why you’d have your doubts.

But two versions of Dickens’ Christmas Carol top my list. Scrooge has some of the most amazing musical numbers while capturing the redemptive thrust of the story, and Muppet Christmas Carol almost unabashedly preaches the Gospel.

Fonda wins 2011 Lansing Award
Former atheist, now Christian, still recognized as major force in Hollywood.

QB Works Miracles for Broncos
Tim Tebow says God doesn’t care who wins or loses, credits Jesus Christ anyway.

Even Atheists Take Kids to Church
Be sure to show everyone, inlcuding them, extra love this Christmas season.

12 Albums,
12 Days of Christmas

A lot of music crosses the desks of Jacob Sahms and Nate Watts. A lot of that piles up by the end of the year… but a lot of it sticks, too, like fresh winter snow.


Dolphin Tale director Charles Martin Smith comes by his animal affinity naturally.

The actor, writer, and director starred in Disney’s Never Cry Wolf, directed the original Air Bud, and of course appeared as Terry the Toad in American Graffiti !

A Christmas Story
DVD Giveaway

Courtesy of Hollywood Jesus and Warner Bros., you can be one of two lucky GHM News readers to win a DVD copy of the Christmas classic A Christmas Story, now available on Blu-ray.

Click through for details…


from AFTRA





AFTRA Members Reach Tentative Agreement on Network Television Code


LOS ANGELES (Dec. 9, 2011) – The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, AFL-CIO – a national union of more than 70,000 performers, recording artists and broadcast professionals – today announced that AFTRA members have reached a tentative agreement with the four major television broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox) and other producers on terms for a successor agreement to the AFTRA National Code of Fair Practice for Network Television Broadcasting, aka, the “Front of the Book.” Negotiations began on Nov. 7, and were held at the offices of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers in Sherman Oaks, Calif.


AFTRA members achieved their primary objective in this negotiation: a 1% increase in employer contributions to the AFTRA Health & Retirement Funds upon ratification, which will bring the total H&R contribution rate to 16.5%. Upon ratification, the three-year agreement will run from Nov. 16, 2011 through Nov. 15, 2014.


Other highlights include:


  • ·         Increase wages by 6% over the term of the agreement (2% each year) for most categories
  • ·         Increase minimum hazard pay for Dancers from $80 to $100 per day, and from $100 to $125 per program
  • ·         The $37.50 overtime rate for Singers will be paid starting at the 7th instead of the 9th hour
  • ·         Increase the minimum work day for Stand-Ins who work on primetime variety and award shows, which will increase the minimum daily rate by 20% to 67%
  • ·         Improved contract language to increase equal employment opportunities for union performers, including an agreement to prohibit discrimination based on a member’s gender identity       


AFTRA National President Roberta Reardon, who chaired the 25-member negotiating committee of working members from Locals around the nation, praised the tentative agreement saying: “Our negotiating committee of rehearsal and background actors, promo announcers, freelance newspersons, stunt performers, singers, dancers and, of course, actors, worked together seamlessly to deliver an agreement that guarantees increases and improvements for all union members who work, or who will work, under this contract.”


Reardon continued: “I especially acknowledge the tremendous dedication and skill of Kim Roberts Hedgpeth and her terrific team of staff. AFTRA members are fortunate to be supported by such an amazing group of professionals.”


AFTRA National Executive Director Kim Roberts Hedgpeth served as Chief Negotiator for the Union, and was assisted co-negotiators Joan Halpern Weise, AFTRA Assistant National Executive Director of Entertainment Programming, and Stephen Burrow, AFTRA New York Local Executive Director.


The Network Code “Front of the Book” is the Union’s largest national collective bargaining agreement and generates more than $250 million a year in member earnings. The Code covers programming in all television day parts (except for scripted primetime programs on the networks and the CW which are covered under the AFTRA Exhibit A contract) and programming produced for digital media. Covered programs include dramas in first-run syndication, morning news shows, talk shows, serials (soap operas), variety, reality, contest, sports and promotional announcements. Current programs covered by this contract include: “Good Morning America,” “The View,” “The Price is Right,” “The Young and the Restless,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “The Voice,” “Amazing Race,” “Nightline,” “Deal or No Deal,” “Late Night with David Letterman” and “American Idol” among many others.


Full details of the tentative agreement will be submitted for approval to the AFTRA National Board on Jan. 28, 2012. Subject to the Board’s approval, the agreement will be sent out for ratification by the Union’s membership.


AFTRA has one more national contract negotiation to conclude before the end of the year: the AFTRA Sound Recordings Code. In August, AFTRA members commenced bargaining with representatives from Sony, UMG, Warner, EMI, Disney and most of their subsidiary labels for a successor agreement to the AFTRA National Code of Fair Practice for Sound Recordings, the Union’s second largest national contract. AFTRA members are scheduled to return to Sound Recordings Code negotiations in New York on Dec. 14 and 15. The Sound Recordings Code is set to expire on Dec. 31, 2011.



The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, AFL-CIO, are the people who entertain and inform America. In 32 Locals across the country, AFTRA members work as actors, broadcasters, singers, dancers, announcers, hosts, comedians, disc jockeys and other performers across the media industries including television, radio, cable, sound recordings, music videos, commercials, audio books, non-broadcast industrials, interactive games, the Internet and other digital media. The 70,000 professional performers, broadcasters and recording artists of AFTRA are working together to protect and improve their jobs, lives and communities in the 21st century. From new art forms to new technology, AFTRA members embrace change in their work and craft to enhance American culture and society. Visit AFTRA online at



Upcoming Schedule of Events…
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Welcome to Kristen Shaw Acting Studio!  THE Studio for the Working Actor in Atlanta. We are now registering for classes in January 2012.



Now Registering:
January Classes:
ALL classes 4 weeks, only $100
Classes start January 2, 2012
Mon 1-3p    Advanced On Camera Auditioning
Mon 7-9p    Masters – Living the Actor’s Life 
Tue 1-3p     Beginner’s Acting for Film/TV
                     (3 month commitment suggested)
Tue 7-9p     Advanced On Camera Auditioning
Wed 1-3p    Film Monologue
Wed 7-9p    Marketing for the Actor  Pt 2 – *FULL                           (2 month commitment required -NEXT CLASS                            STARTS FEB 8th)
Thur 1-3p    Advanced Scene Study
                      (Instructor Approval Required – 3 month                                   commitment suggested)
Thur 7-9p     Cold Reading
                      (Required for Advanced On Camera                                         Auditioning)


*Marketing for the Actor*

is now registering for next 8 week cycle!

Starts Wednesday Feb 8th, 1-3pm


Class size is limited and tends to fill quickly

 see website for details

Come see what all the buzz is about…

Sunday Jan 29, 3-5p

(Last Sunday of every month)

Only $25 at the door.

Just email us to hold your place.


An Actor’s Workout!* 
Bring something to work on, or be ready for what I give you.  Keep those acting ‘muscles’ in shape! 
*If you are registered for ANY classes in Dec you get this class FREE!  (My holiday gift to you.)


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NOTE: If you are in a class Mon or Tues in January, all classes Jan 2 and 3 are MAKE-UP CLASSES.  If you are new in class, or have not missed one, please attend this class as a bonus, for no charge.



HAPPY HOLIDAYS, and a delightful new year!!!



Sally Neal, voiceover agent of Houghton Talent has this to say: “A voice is just a voice until you add personality and a true understanding of what you are saying and why…  It’s the reason producers will choose one voice over another.”

Break down the copy you are given. Look at it from the producer’s and writer’s point of view. Figure out who the target audience is. Determine why your style/voice has been asked to audition the copy. Then deliver the script in the most effective way to promote interest in the product. If you do it, you will book the jobs!

Come and learn this important information!

ONE DAY ONLY, 1-3pm, January 14th. Only $99!
Limited to 15 (or time will be extended)



Dear Mystie,

Join Blueprint 4 Hollywood and Studio 11 Films at the…

Winter Wonderland Freeze Frame Holiday Party  & Short Film Screenings

 Thursday, December 15, 2011

6:00 -11:00 pm  

The Foundry at Puritan Mills

Admission $10.00  

$5 Valet Parking   


Free Food! Music! 

Cash Refreshment Bar   


P.S.  Bring cash for parking, admission and bar. And if you can, bring an unwrapped toy for this month’s charity! Let’s make this an amazing holiday for kids in the Atlanta area! 


The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.

Also In the Spirit of Giving . . .  

  Pitch Tables For Aspiring Filmmakers – 3 Minute Pitches Are Back!


Come Early to Get Your Spot In Line!  


If you have a smashing show that belongs on a powerful network, or you hold a feature length screenplay that needs a cutting edge, this opportunity is for you. LA based production company seeking to expand into the Atlanta market is eager to hold its first pitch session with “Get Connected”. The new production company is focused on helping grass-root filmmakers develop compelling and commercially viable stories. The company is spear-headed by UCLA graduate, Producer/Director/Writer, Delano D. Massey.  To kick start its arrival, the company has committed to FUNDING two projects:  A TV Pilot, Webisode, or a short adaptation of a Feature Screenplay.

Submission Requirements

Filmmakers must submit a one (preferred) or two page document stipulating what type of material they have, to include: Logline, Genre, Film or Television, Episodic or Stand Alone, Approximate Length, etc. In addition, the document must also stipulate the goals of proposed works and why those goals are being pursued. Lastly, although we understand the need to explore all aspects of life in film, television and theater, projects that are heavy in profanity or nudity will NOT be selected.

  **Actors! Bring head shots, resumes and materials to showcase your brand!  Production and casting folks from film, theater and television will be out seeking new talent for upcoming projects in 2012!**



Remember to Check Out The Screenings! 

The imaginations of two homeless girls illuminate their dark world and brings beauty to their brief, tragic lives.

Imagine the most horrific fear. Is it a monster? A demon? A nightmare? A twisted person who can turn the purest soul into dust and corrupt it until it becomes evil itself? Lencevo and his twisted benevolence will make Ryden face the most horrible act. Murder.

Some doors open only once.”  Tom and Angela are at the end of their rope. Facing foreclosure, bankruptcy and physical problems, they are offered a chance for a new life… at a price. They must leave all they know, and can never return. Will they risk everything for a fresh start, or choose to stay and face an uncertain future?


A widow struggling with her own personal struggles, opens her home to women in need. Inspite of conflicts and differences the women bond as they share their past, future, love lost and love gained.



“Not All Gifts Come in a Box”. Be prepared to shed a tear. This is a Director’s Cut version of the jury awarded “Best Actor” and “Best Special Effects” film submitted to the 2011 48-hour film Project.


A hero who doesn’t back down – an avatar with selfless purpose – a champion that knows no fear. She is Edwina. And soon they will all understand that SHE IS UNSTOPPABLE.



The Odds are Against Him… Time is Against Him. Take an exclusive look behind the scenes of developing a growing popular action thriller that has evolved from a web series to a full feature film!


“Tracks” is the true story of a tragedy. A student reminisces of a day that would shape the rest of his life.



We Hope To See You There!

Thought I’d Share This With You …

We just received this testimonial today (12/12/11).

“Hi All. I just wanted to leave this here 🙂  Its the least I could do.  I decided to move to Atlanta back in May after the English government made it even more difficult for filmmakers in the UK to actually be able to make a living!  In 7 months I have worked on 15 projects: only 4 unpaid and 3 of them being Features. And most credits in the AD department. I have met a lot of professional people on all levels and Get Connected was integral towards that! I just landed back in England for Christmas yesterday… I already Cant wait to get back to ATL though. I’m ready to get my hands dirty again. #rollon2012”   

(The Foundry at Purtain Mills does not offer ATM’s or accept Credit/Debit cards)!/pages/Get-Connected/150061968382511


Check out the video from October’s Get Connected Best of Both Worlds Mixer



GET CONNECTED Will be  on December 15, 2011 For A Holiday Mixer 6-11pm $10

The Foundry at Puritan Mills  916 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd  Atlanta, GA 30318


Check out the video from last month Get Connected Best of both worlds mixer =KSFCjoacmZc&feature=channel_v ideo_title
Autumn Bailey Entertainment LLC

Independent Film Finance
Founder of Get Connected


Q&A with Kim Fields and Mel Jackson

You are invited to the following event:

Q&A with Kim Fields and Mel Jackson

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

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Attend Event Dec 17, 2011
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Studio 11 Films / Blueprint 4 Hollywood
8735 Dunwoody Place
Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30350

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Angel Tree: Give the Gift of God’s Love this Christmas

Angel Tree: Give the Gift of God’s Love This Christmas

Hundreds of thousands of prisoners’ children will spend this Christmas apart from their incarcerated parent. Your church or organization can embrace these children by providing a present on behalf of their mom or dad and by sharing the greatest gift of all — the Good News of Jesus Christ!

This year, nearly 400,000 children were signed up for Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree program by their parent in prison. While more than 7,500 churches and groups have already signed up to serve these children, there are still over 50,000 children who have yet to be paired with a church or organization.

The needs are great, but so is the opportunity. By partnering with Angel Tree, you can touch the lives of children and families near you.

To learn more, or to register your church or organization, please visit or call Angel Tree at 1-800-55-ANGEL (1-800-552-6435)

Almost every state has children remaining to be served. There are especially high numbers of children in California, Florida, Texas, Illinois, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana. Call now to find out how many children are near you!

Want to let others know about this? Forward this e-mail to your friends.

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YourACT Christmas Newsletter

yourACT’s 10th Anniversary!

A time for Receiving…


We opened yourACT January 2, 2002 in a small space on N Druid Hills Rd, with big dreams.  Within a year, we had outgrown that original location and moved to a much larger location on Scott Blvd.  After three years there, in May of 2006 we moved to our current 11,000 square foot facility on N Decatur Rd.  We appreciate all of the actors, agents, parents, spouses, and others who have made our success possible.


As a way of saying thank you for your participation in our classes over the years, we are offering discounts on classes starting during the month of January 2012:


  • $10 OFF Intro to On-Camera Acting or Beginning Voice-Over and all ongoing courses including Film/TV Audition and the Master VO
  • $25 OFF the 8-week courses, On-Camera Acting I & II or Intermediate Voice-Over 

*Discounts exclude Special Workshops such as Standup Comedy or Casting Director workshops.  


NOTE:  Discounts are not posted online.  You must call with your credit card info, or mail a check or money order to receive the special price.


We want to thank all of our students, teachers, and industry friends for being a part of our first 10 years and wish you all a Merry Christmas and a very successful and Happy New Year!

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…and a time for Giving


There are many worthy causes this time of year asking for our contributions and assistance.  You all probably have various charities or your church where you donate to help those in need.  We respect that.


There are a couple of opportunities that we wanted to let you know about that are very special:


Our good friend and actress, Widdi Turner, organizes the One Warm Coat drive for our area each year.


One Warm Coat is a national non-profit organization that assists in the donation of coats. We help individuals, groups, companies and organizations across the country collect coats and deliver them to local agencies that distribute them free, to people in need.


Our mission is to ensure that anyone who needs a coat has one. Providing this simple, yet vital, need helps people live productive lives year round. Since inception, more than 2.5 million coats have been collected and distributed through One Warm Coat activities.


We have free tools and resources on our website to help you create a successful, easy and fun coat drive.


There will be a collection box in the yourACT lobby beginning this weekend for the Sketchworks Company Holiday Party.  Bring your coats to donate from now until the end of the year.


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When you give to Operation Homefront, you help make life just a little easier for our military families and wounded warriors.

Why Help our Military Families?

The statistics are staggering. Hundreds of thousands of military families feel the effects of war:  Post-Traumatic Stress; Traumatic Brain Injury; bodily injuries and death; and financial and emotional struggles.

Operation Homefront is here to help. Our mission is to assist American military service members and their families when they have needs associated with financial hardships that arise as a result of their military service. But we can’t do it alone. Your donation will make all the difference for these heroes who serve our country.

How? For every dollar given, $0.94 directly helps military families and wounded warriors. We are proud to have received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, and an “A” rating from the American Institute of Philanthropy. In addition, we are registered with the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance.

Since 2002, Operation Homefront has met the needs of more than 400,000 families and personnel nationwide and invested $128 million of funding in programs to support them. Much like the military, we have a “no man left behind” attitude to help every possible family and wounded warrior who sacrifices so much for the freedoms we enjoy. When we can’t fill a need, we help families access other organizations that can help, then we take on the role of advocate to make sure they receive the assistance they need.

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December 8th, Rusty Humphries, Rob Johnson and Radio Station WGST kicked off a radiothon fundraiserfor Operation Homefront Georgia. Operation Homefront Georgia is VoiceQuilt’s home town chapter of Operation Homefront, an amazing non-profit that supports military families.


As part of this effort, VoiceQuilt is making a $1 donation for each listener that calls in thank-you voice messages for our nation’s military.

Donate money directly to Operation Homefront by calling 404-870-5111 to speak with a Radiothon volunteer. Then, simply “unlock” an additional $1 donation by leaving a message for the troops.  It’s easy. Dial 1-877-OurQuilt (1-877-687-7845). When asked for your invitation number, enter 640 #. Then, record your thanks.

VoiceQuilt friends, media friends and military families have called in their holiday greetings and words of thanks for the military. Need a smile? Listen to some samples here.  We’ve been touched and amazed by the range of holiday greetings and thank you voice messages the troops have received so far.

Please help us spread holiday cheer by thanking the troops. Your spoken words evoke emotion – and convey appreciation — in ways that written words, pictures and other media cannot. Imagine a group of deployed troops listening to these thank you messages as they enjoy a holiday meal.

Please consider donating money directly to Operation Homefront by visiting their online site here.




Discounts on Jan classes!


Holiday Gift Ideas…


Saturday, Dec 10th ONLY! The Sketchworks Company Holiday PARTY!





Call 404-499-9996 FIRST to check availability, then call with credit card info, or Register online through PayPal, mail a check or money order or come by to pay with cash.


10% discount on classes (excludes special workshops) for WIFTA, ACPA, and

AFTRA/SAG members.


Classes are filled on a first-come-first-served basis.  Payment holds your space.


CONTACT US at 404-499-9996 to AUDIT a class for FREE!



Intro to On-Camera Acting – Maximum 14 – $90 Total

7-10pm – 3 Thursdays, January 12, 19, and 26

On-Camera Acting I – Maximum 14 – $250 or $125/month

7-10pm Wednesdays, January 4 thru February 22

On-Camera Acting II – Limited to 12 – $250 or $125/month

7-10pm Wednesdays, December 14 thru February 8 (skips December 28)

ONGOING Film/TV Audition Class – Limited to 12 – Instructor approval needed


7-10pm, Ongoing MONDAYS



Beginning Voice-Over – Limited to 14 – ONLY $99 TOTAL!

7-10pm, 3 Thursdays, January 12, 19, and 26

Intermediate Voice-Over – Limited to 12 – Instructor approval required – $295 (may be paid in two installments of $147.50)

7-10pm, 8 Wednesdays, January 4 thru February 22

Voice-Over Demo Workshop – Limited to 6 – Instructor approval required – $395 – $100 deposit

7-10pm, 6 Mondays, January 9 thru February 13

ONGOING VO Master Class – Limited to 12 – Instructor approval required

Guest Instructor, VO Agent Jeffrey Umberger

7-10pm MONDAYS, Ongoing — Only $99/month!



Voice-Over “Copy Grasp” with VO Agent Sally Neal

1-3pm, January 14th ONLY. $99!
Standup Comedly with Comedian Josh Harris
7-10pm Thursdays, January 12 thru March 1
Limited to 8
Graduation Performance at Jerry Farber’s Side Door, TBA
Cost: $250 (may be paid in two payments of $125)

Coming in 2012:

The yourACT Audition SHOWCASE!  Details to come in our newsletter.






It’s the Atlanta Comedy Bash

of the Year!  


The 4th Annual Dingle Ball!


Not only is it important that we see you at the party, what a great time and way to introduce friends to Sketchworks who’ve never experienced our brand of mirth and frivolity. Saturday night from 7-11p at the Sketchworks Theatre. Directions can be found here.


Food, drink, a Sketchworks main stage mini-show “Whose Child Is This?”, and live music from The Dirt Poets!  Plus a silent auction, an extremely cool live painting exhibition, and finally, a place where you can really blow it out and not worry about bosses, family or co-workers!


Your host Chinester Meriwhether, celebrity casting director, awaits you. Life is too short to spend hanging around people who don’t make you laugh. Attire is bare shoulders, except for the women.


And a blatant reminder, this is our big annual fundraiser, so if you can’t come please pretend you’re coming and buy a ticket to help us out.  Tickets and info are at the Sketchworks web site.


And remember, what happens at Sketchworks, stays at Sketchworks.




yourACT Acting Studios Atlanta


Phone: 404-499-9996

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens December 9th at 7pm

RoA Logo biggerLast Chance! 



by Charles Dickens

December 9th at 7pm







Benefit for RoA Education Programs and Foodbank of Northeast Georgia!  

     Tonight and tomorrow only – hot chocolate, multicultural crafts and a great show! This dancing, singing wonderful company has only two public performances, so get your tickets, now* for this, Rose’s first annual A Christmas Carol: A Yuletide Celebration!

PUBLIC PERFORMANCES: December 8th at 7pm, December 9th at 7pm at Seney Stovall Chapel 201 N Milledge Ave.  

*see coupon below  

  Christmas Carol reaches out to every facet of our community and is multigenerational – ages span from 8 – 83!

Share the magic with someone special in your life!


  Go Dawgs! (Shakespearean Dawgs, that is…)

Shakespeare and UGA unite in six clever Emily Hogan creations!
Contact to bid!
Go here to view them all!

Bulldog Painting Auction Fundraiser

created by RoA scenic artist, Emily Hogan  These six unique and wonderful paintings merge Shakespeare and bulldogs. They are hoot, so let the bidding begin! Featured are bulldogs from Macbeth, Hamlet, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, Antony and Cleopatra and more.

Don’t forget to join our team of volunteers of all ages!







Contact Volunteer Coordinator Sondra McCoy,

How can you join our amazing team? Join us by volunteeringdonating or sponsoring!

See you at the theatre!


Lisa Cesnik Ferguson
Producing Artistic Director
Danielle Bailey Miller
Program Coordinator
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Rose of Athens Theatre @ Seney Stovall Chapel 706-340-9181
Thursday December 8 @ 7pm, Friday, December 9 @ 7pm.
If you clip this coupon and bring it in to the show, you can save and have an unforgettable Rose of Athens Theatre professional theatre, community spirit experience!
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Sharon Tomlinson
Blueprint 4 Hollywood


A Little About Your Instructor…

An EMMY® nominated writer for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series Writing for “All My Children”- Ms. Collier is a veteran television writer, with credits on One Life to Live & Port Charles. She was Story Editor for the film – “Native New Yorker” which won the Toyota Scion Fund and pinned the screenplay “Get the Show On the Road” a semi- finalist in the Tribeca Screenwriting Festival. She has authored four plays produced throughout the east coast. In addition, Ms. Collier has produced several short media projects for NBC/Bravo Diversity on the Set project throughout the USA.  She served as Producer and Writer for the documentary “Charge it to the Game: The Effects of Gun Violence in Brooklyn” receiving the Honored Feature in the Women of Color Film Festival, NYC & Doc Nation. Presently, Ms. Collier makes her home in New York City and is a Freelance Producer & Writer for Al Roker Entertainment and several film/production companies – creating new TV shows and documentaries.

When and What…
December 18, 2011
Time: 11am – 5pm
Cost: $125
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The Screenwriters Lab is an intensive writing workshop – where the participants develop their original story ideas by creating captivating scenes and crafting a detailed story outline.
The workshop will focus on:
  •  character development
  •  techniques in creating strong dialogue,
  •  scene structure, and
  •  story/outline development



Like a chemistry experiment – every writer needs the right ingredients to build a successful screenplay. It doesn’t matter if you’re picking up the pen for the first time, or an old pro looking to add new life into your writing, this exciting workshop will teach you a whole new way of crafting your story.



TAG Qualifying Sessions

 Gain your “edge” as an Actor in Demand!

TAG…                                                                Teleprompter Accreditation Group

You’re It!!!                                                                


          The Teleprompter Accreditation Group   (TAG)


Congratulations! …

You have been selected from a privileged few Professional Working Actors (because you are listed as proficient with Teleprompting) to apply for Certification as a TAG Actor. 68% of Actors applying for TAG Certification have qualified!


Who hires TAG Actors??…

Currently, several Atlanta Producers, Directors and Corporate Production Companies are now requesting TAG Actors ONLY for all of their Teleprompting jobs and the list is growing rapidly!


Simply email: to request a Qualifying Session!


I’ve TAGged you Back! …What Next?

Read these attachments:

*Qualifying Process*


*TAG Card Levels*

TAG will email you back with notification of availability.



Friday, December 9th – Saturday, December 10th

                      (15 – 30 minute slots) from 10am – 4pm (signing up for one day only)


Those on the waiting list have priority.

Seeking Spanish speaking Actors.


Location: TAG, 1846 Briarwood Rd. NE

Atlanta, GA 30329

(Adjacent to the PC&E Briarwood stage)



Check our website for more information!

Sessions are on a “first come/first serve” basis and are filling up quickly.

You will be notified via email of available time slots and any necessary preparation requirements.


Peachtree Prompters is offering a few final classes for 2011.

The last TelePrompter 101 class will be offered on Dec 13 from 3-5pm. Private lessons are still possible so if needed, ask for soon.


Donate to our Kickstarter campaign! Cool Rewards!

486 Decatur Street Atlanta, GA 30312     PH: 404-688-8858

The Village Theatre has launched a campaign on!

If you’re not familiar with Kickstarter, it’s a way for creative projects to receive funding. As many of you know, we’re moving in early 2012 to The Pencil Factory Lofts. Our Kickstarter campaign will help fund the move!

Please check out our campaign and share with friends.
There are really cool rewards for donations (haven’t you always wanted a bathroom stall named after you?). 
The campaign runs through December 31st.           

The holidays have arrived and we are still booking parties for the season!
We can accommodate all sizes and can perform both onsite and offsite.
Forget the ol holiday potluck by the water cooler….book us today!

Bring a large group to any of our regularly scheduled shows and inquire with our box office about group discounts!

Email or call 404.688.8858 for details.



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Thanks again for all your support and hope to see you at a show soon!

The Village Theatre
486 Decatur Street
Atlanta, GA 30312 

The Village Theatre performs shows Wed at 9:30 pm and Fri and Sat at 8:30 pm.
Wed shows are $5 and weekend shows are $10.
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Give the Gift of Winter Classes this Season

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Structured Nonsense at GET!

Don’t Be a Grinch!
Come out and have a blast at Structured Nonsense every month throughout the school year for 6th-8th Graders! Hang out with your friends, eat popcorn and soda, and play improv games with our professional teaching artists.



Only $10!


January 14th & 28th

February 18th

March 10th

April 14th

May 12th


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 Thank You to Our Gracious Sponsors:

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Stay Tuned For Spring 2012 Class Schedules!

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Winter Classes are just around the corner. Give the gift of theatre all year with our exciting classes starting in January!

Tis the Season of Shakespeare!

This winter we’re offering a season of Shakespeare classes for all ages. We can’t wait to see you all in January!
Saturday Workshop Series:
Shakespeare with a Twist

Join us as we introduce your children to the wonderful world of The Bard! Focus on the core performance skills  (voice, movement, and acting) while getting comfortable with the language of  Shakespeare. Join our professional teaching artists Andrew Crigler, Stephanie Laubscher and Kati Grace Morton as they take your children on the theatrical adventure of the season!

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January 14-February 25

Junior Conservatory

10am-11am, $135

Elementary Ensemble

 10am-12:30pm, $275

Upper Ensemble  

10:45am-1:45pm, $325

 The Adult Class:

The Shakespeare Experience

Come welcome veteran Atlanta actor Allen O’Reilly to our Conservatory as the instructor of this unique adult class. A perfect class for every level of experience. Learn how to “speak the  speech” while developing your Shakespearean style! 

Mondays, January 23-March 5

7-9pm, $275


The Teen Master Class:     Playwrighting- The Play’s the Thing

 Suehyla El-Attar is a professional Atlanta actress and playwright who will guide our Teens to create an original short play. This challenging class will encourage our students to delve into the story that is in all of us. Class will culminate in a staged reading on March 12, 2012. Class size is limited.

Mondays, January 23-March 12*

7-9pm, $295  

*Staged reading on March 12th on the GET Mainstage




So what are you waiting for?  

Call us today to register!



Click here for a registration form





Laurel Crowe
Education Director
Georgia Ensemble Theatre
Register for classes before January 1, 2012 and receive $25 off of your registration. Not to be combined with any other offer or discount. Please mention discount at time of registration.

Tickets and Gift Certificates are half off at Georgia Ensemble Theatre RIGHT NOW

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Tickets and Gift Certificates are half off at Georgia Ensemble Theatre

Dori Garziano and Mark Pitt in Season’s Greetings. Photo by C. Tedder.

Do you want to take advantage of Georgia Ensemble Theatre’s great sale going on right now for ONE DAY ONLY but don’t know when you would like to come see one of the fabulous shows this season? Gift Certificates are on sale for HALF PRICE along with tickets to any performance of Becky’s New Car, The Foreigner or Ring of Fire

GET tickets are an excellent holiday gift idea. Call 770-641-1260 before 6:00 PM TODAY to take advantage of this offer!

Phone orders only. Purchase required at time of order. Seat location based on availability.  Seats will be assigned in order of your time of purchase, and will not be assigned at the time of the call.  Discount offers may not be combined (this includes senior discounts and/or section discounts), and cannot be applied to previously ordered tickets. HALF PRICE TICKETS ARE NOT AVAILABLE FOR REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES.  If you are unsure of which performance date and time you would like, you may purchase half price gift certificates at $18 per ticket.

Christmas Carol: Yuletide Celebration and Bulldog/Shakespeare auction benefit Food Bank of Northeast Georgia and Rose Theatre education programs

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Theatre Phone: 706-340-9181


theatre facebook page and our academy facebook page for more details!



by Charles Dickens

December 8th at 7pm and 9th at 7pm



Shoo away your ‘Bahs’ and your ‘Humbugs’ with
this benefit for RoA Education Programs and Foodbank of Northeast Georgia!  

     Hot chocolate, multicultural crafts and a great show! This dancing, singing wonderful company has only two public performances, so get your tickets, now* for this, Rose’s first annual A Christmas Carol: A Yuletide Celebration!

PERFORMANCES: December 8th at 7pm, December 9th at 7pm.     

*see coupon below  

Christina Gifford composes/arranges all music for A Christmas Carol.


Rehearsal: Mr and Mrs. Fezziwig and the rest of the cast reach out to every facet of our community.  Christmas Carol is multigenerational – ages span from 8 – 83!


  Theatre Art Auctions

Shakespeare and UGA unite in six clever Emily Hogan creations!
Contact to bid!
Go here to view them all!
Emily Hogan-Witches Painting

Bulldog Painting Auction Fundraiser

created by our scenic artist, Emily Hogan  These six unique and wonderful paintings merge Shakespeare and bulldogs. They are hoot, so let the bidding begin! Featured are bulldogs from Macbeth, Hamlet, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, Antony and Cleopatra and more.

Don’t forget to join our team of volunteers of all ages!






Audition information, email

Contact Volunteer Coordinator Sondra McCoy,

How can you join our amazing team? Join us by volunteeringdonating or sponsoring!

See you at the theatre!


Lisa Cesnik Ferguson
Producing Artistic Director
Danielle Bailey Miller
Program Coordinator
Our Sponsors 

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Rose of Athens Theatre @ Seney Stovall Chapel 706-340-9181
Thursday December 8 @ 7pm, Friday, December 9 @ 7pm.
If you clip this coupon and bring it in to the show, you can save and have an unforgettable Rose of Athens Theatre professional theatre, community spirit experience!
www.  Offer Expires:
December 10th, 2011



(Train with Actors that are Currently working)

 Charmin Lee – Audition Technique


The Audition Technique class here at Blueprint 4 Hollywood will be taught by veteran actress and Lead Coach, Charmin Lee.

Lee, who graces the Blueprint 4 Hollywood team with more than her innate sense of nurturing leadership and vision, she also brings to the table a career that encompasses over 20 years of work on stage, screen and television. She is frequently recognized for her recurring role as, Maya’s mother on the hit show, “Girlfriends”.  Her most recent credits include “The Vampire Diaries,” “House of Payne”, “The Game,” and “Drop Dead Diva”  (just to name a few). Ms. Lee is also the On-Set coach of BET’s “Let’s Stay Together”.  Because Ms. Lee also has an extensive background as a director, producer and acting coach, it is her mission to educate her students on every aspect of taking an idea from the ‘page to the stage’ and ‘from a dream to the screen’!


What are people (currently) saying about Charmin Lee?…

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What you will be doing in the Audition Technique class…



  • This intensive, fast-paced class is for Intermediate and Advanced actors. This class helps actors to quickly and effectively break down a scene, analyze characters and chart character and scene beats that will result in making creative, imaginative and memorable choices in a short period of time. Students walk through the audition process:  learning lines, developing your character and the scene, handling yourself in an audition and handling the camera in a professional way.  This on-camera class is limited to 20 students.   


Cost: $200 – 8 week commitment or 

$125 – 1 month (auto-pay)


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Next Cycle Starts:  

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Time:  7:30-9:30pm 

(on-going and on-camera)



Brent Brooks – Improvisation
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The Improv class here at Blueprint 4 Hollywood will be taught by the awesome Brent Brooks.


Brooks is now not only a Writer, Director, and Producer but an Instructor as well! Does your acting career need a boost??? Well, this is the class you have been waiting for! Whether you are an aspiring actor or seasoned professional the Improv class will meet you where you are and help you to take it to the next level. Through improv actors will learn and study the pathos of the treasured character archetypes found in every story, play and script.

The Actor's Journey
The Actor’s Journey

What you will be doing in the Improv class…

  • Through Improv actors will learn and study the pathos of the treasured character archetypes found in every story, play an script.
  • Using the “10 Commandants of Improv” Brent and his team create a safe, fun and inviting environment for students to learn and develop this craft. During each class creative ways of showcasing the commandants are presented. Then a series of fast paced warm-up games and practical improv excerises that focus on;

    * Creating an environment

    * Developing a relationship

    * Introducing a problem and then…

  • * Solving the problem.

Cost: $200 – 8 weeks

$30 – Drop In

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Next Cycle starts:  

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Time: 12-2pm

(class will be held every Wednesday)

SIGN UP TODAY while there’s still time!!! If you are determined to book a job this year, Blueprint 4 Hollywood can show you the steps!!!
Spreading Holiday Cheer…With the purchase of an 8 week Commitment, receive a Mini-Photo Shoot Session courtesy of Blueprint 4 Hollywood
To REGISTER for classes now or receive a FREE Consultation and
call the B4H office 770-649-5663 or  visit our NEW website