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Tax incentives create blockbuster opportunities

Georgia Production Partnership

April 2012
Tax incentives create blockbuster opportunities
from Atlanta Business Chronicle by Doug DeLoach,Contributing Writer
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Atlanta may not be the new Hollywood, but the success of tax incentive programs to lure entertainment projects here sure have made it feel that way.
Recently, Georgia was ranked third, behind California and Connecticut, in a list of “Top Ten Locations in the Universe” by the editors of P3, a Hollywood-based, internationally distributed trade publication.
The ranking was based in part on the state’s robust infrastructure, which today includes fully equipped studio spaces, such as EUE/Screen Gems, Tyler Perry Studios, Raleigh Studios Atlanta, and the recently opened Atlanta Film Studios Paulding County, as well as major technical suppliers like Panavision Atlanta. The latter facility, which opened last spring, provides film and TV production companies with the latest in 35mm, 16mm, HD 35 and 2/3-inch camera equipment.
Tyler Perry, a film and television producer and star, opened his own 200,000-square-foot studio in southwest Atlanta in fall 2008.
The facilities consist of five sound stages, a post-production facility, a back lot, a 400-seat theater and a private screening room.
These physical entities – studios, sound stages, post-production facilities, equipment purveyors – are not eligible for the state’s generous tax credit programs. They benefit indirectly from the influx of film production business, which has flowed into Georgia as a result of the incentives.
“The infrastructure is critical to ensuring long-term growth, and also represents the key to getting the marquee blockbuster movies here,” said Kris Bagwell, executive vice president of EUE/Screen Gems, the 32-acre multi-stage complex located on the former Lakewood Fairgrounds site, which began operating in 2010.
Film, television and production clients that have used the EUE/Screen Gems facility include Viacom/BET, Fox, Paramount Pictures, Sony, Hallmark, Disney/ABC Family, Turner/Cartoon Network, and Tyler Perry Studios.
EUE/Screen Gems’ 37,500-square-foot Stage 5, one of the largest sound stages in the country, has been booked since it became available in April 2011.
“Necessary Roughness,” a television series on USA Network, is currently shooting its new season there. The stage was also used in the production of feature films “Neighborhood Watch” with Ben Stiller and the Denzel Washington vehicle “Flight.”
“While an independent crew or even a small Hollywood studio might be able to shoot in a warehouse or vacant building, you wouldn’t be able to do something like ‘Iron Man 3,’ which we are doing in Wilmington [N.C., where EUE/Screen Gems also has a facility], without this scale of physical support,” Bagwell said.
While Georgia’s tax incentives are the main reason why major film and TV projects are under way in the state, industry executives also emphasized the value of resources being readily available to handle unforeseen problems and carry through productions to the final wrap.
“You have to have enough equipment and crew; you have to have enough hotel rooms and services; you have to be able to rent vehicles and walkie-talkies; and you have to have accommodations amenable to top-flight actors,” said Roger M. Bobb, president and CEO of Bobbcat Films in Atlanta.
“No matter how much money you save by coming here, if you have to bring everything with you, you’re going to quickly eat up your savings,” said Bobb who started his own production company last year after a successful career as an executive producer at Tyler Perry Studios.
At Raleigh Studios Atlanta in Senoia, President Scott Tigchelaar said his company was about to close the doors when the initial round of tax incentive legislation reignited interest in Georgia as a primary production destination.
“We were doing the odd music video and a few corporate commercial projects, but over the course of 10 years the only feature film that was made here was ‘Sweet Home Alabama,’ ” Tigchelaar said.
Today, Raleigh Studios encompasses production offices, sound stages, hair and makeup facilities, and back lot locations featuring lakes, rivers, forests and fields spread over 120 acres in Coweta County.
“Most of ‘The Walking Dead’ last season was filmed on the property,” said Tigchelaar, referring to the zombie-infested TV series, which has been a global success for the AMC cable television network. Senoia officials recently announced third-season shooting of “The Walking Dead” will begin in May.
“What we’re doing is building infrastructure to attract projects, which will take root in Georgia and churn the support businesses that surround it,” said Jeremy Hariton, a partner at RoadTown Enterprises Ltd., an entertainment production and consulting company headquartered in Sherman Oaks, Calif.
RoadTown has joined with county authorities to build Atlanta Film Studios Paulding County. The facility, which only recently opened and has yet to sign up its first client, includes two 20,000-square-foot sound stages, production offices, 30,000 square feet of mill space, and acres of parking.
Atlanta-based Rainforest Films has no production facilities of its own, but company President Rob Hardy reinforced the importance of infrastructure build-out to the sustainability of Georgia’s entertainment business sector.
“We have a small staff that spends its time developing projects, but I would never be working here if the economics didn’t make sense or the facilities were not available,” said Hardy, whose directorial credits include episodes of “Vampire Diaries,” “Single Ladies” and “The Game,” all of which were shot in Georgia.
“Georgia has been so successful with the tax credit program, and now we have a round of follow-on investment,” said Bagwell, who thinks the industry has room to expand despite a level of competitive activity that might portend a disastrous glut.
“That’s a good thing,” Bagwell said. “If there’s no competition, it means the business isn’t growing.”
Craig Miller
GPP Co-President


Agatha’s A Taste of Mystery

  Agatha’s New Show Opening Thursday,
  April 19th Thru Wednesday, July 25th
Reservations: 404-584-2255 Info:404-584-2211
   Mothers Day
Sunday, May 13th
Special “Matinee”
  Show 3:00pm
2:15-2:30 ARRIVAL







    Ryan Girard

Ryan is directing this show with a heavy heart. He’s not sad, he’s just been eating too much lately.  Come see it, Ryan will be in a bed with extra large sheets.

    Written by: Marc Farley Directed by: Ryan Girard

It’s a big, big night–the finals of “The XYZ Factor,” America’s newest, loudest and gaudiest talent competition!! The brainchild of superstar producer Simon Scowl, “The XYZ Factor” takes ordinary Joes and Josephines and turns them into the stars of tomorrow! Along with his fellow judge, former singing sensation Paula Ab-Dull, Simon Scowl is determined to make “The XYZ Factor” the ultimate talent show. Nothing can stand in his way—except, of course, MURDER!! 

Follow the clues and help solve the mystery, along with suspects David Hasslehoffer, music industry moguls Christina Aquavelva and Hi-C Orange as they come to the shocking conclusion that “AMERICA’S GOT MURDER!!”

Emily Turner

Emily has been watching so many talent competition shows to get ready for America’s Got Murder!  And after seeing the level of talent that our country has, she has decided to move to Canada.  But not before making audiences laugh with a Paula Ab-Dull so realistic, her performance has been described as “over-prescribed.” Come see if you get a contact high just by watching!

Katie Kneeland

One of Katie’s dreams was to audition for a show, make the cut, display her talents to the world, and then be caught in a scandal that brings it all down in an avalanche of speculation and mis-communication. While she never got to live out that PARTICULAR dream, you can come see her live out her other one.  Being in front of people while they are eating.  FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS EVERYONE!!!

Mark Farley

One of Marc’s philosophies has always been, “If people are laughing, then I’ve done my job.”  While this philosophy ruined his academic career and ultimately cost him his job becasue of an unfortunate incident at the CDC, it has really gone well for him lately as a writer and actor in America’s Got Murder!   Come see Marc’s philosophy in action and don’t worry about the CDC, that’s probably nothing.  
Jamie’s back!  Jamie’s back!  Jamie’s back!” These shouts could be heard all throughout Agatha’s hallways when  it was announced Jamie would be returning for America’s Got Murder!  Mostly becauses some of us owe him money and we wanted to warn the others, but ALSO because we’re excited to have him performing with us again!  Come see him and ask about his loan rates, they’re very competitive.

CSA Newsletter and classes

  Our focus at CSA is to continually provide professional training for actors to advance from all levels – beginner to professional.  Below are just a few of the upcoming opportunities for you to work with and learn from top Atlanta and L.A. industry professionals
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camp kids
Session I:  June 4-8
Session II:  July 16-20
Summer Program designed for Young Actors (ages 7-18) to work with industry professional casting directors, actors, producers, directors, hosts, voice over producers, and more.
Sessions are M-F 9am-5pm 


Film Academy 
for Young Actors
Friday, May 4
Saturday, May 5
Selective 9-month professional acting program for ages 7-18.    
Students and graduates book feature films, TV series, national commercials, and touring theater productions.  Auditions required for acceptance and program placement. 
Limited Enrollment for personalized instruction. 



MGM Casting Director, Paul Weber
“The Art of the Audition”

Paul Weber
Sunday, May 6
10am-2pm:  ages 8-15
3pm-7pm: ages 16-Adult
Paul Weber, one of Hollywood’s most respected casting directors, is sharing his highly effective Intensive program to demystify the audition process.  Mr. Weber teaches actors at every level specific key elements that will prepare them for the art of the audition.
Thanks again for choosing Creative Studios of Atlanta … we are proud to be part of your team.  Stay tuned for more!

Ken Feinberg and the CSA Team 
Creative Studios of Atlanta 

Kara Cantrell intensive

Join actor/director/teacher, Kara Cantrell, at the Alliance for two evenings of intensive work in the Michael Chekhov Technique designed for the professional and collegiate-level actor.

May 14 & May 21

6:30-9:30 p.m.

Tuition: $75


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Georgia Ensemble Theatre

The GET Faculty!
Theatre Arts Explosion
Mash-Up Musical Madness
Characters of the Watershed!
Did you know that the Georgia Ensemble Theatre and Conservatory is offering EIGHT summer camps over the course of SIX weeks in THREE locations?! How do we do it? Who teaches our amazingly talented and kind students? Where are these other camps? All of these questions and more will be answered for you today!

Ages 4-Rising 2nd grade

Let Loose With Dr. Seuss (June 25-29)   

The Power of Three: Tail Tales (July 9-13)


(extended day option until 4:15pm. See website for details)


Theatre Arts Explosion is an incredible half-day camp for our younger students. Children get to explore their innate creativity using Visual Art, Creative Story Drama, Music, and Movement. Theatre Arts Explosion happens at our amazing partner school, Chrysalis Experiential Academy. They are always so kind to open their doors to Georgia Ensemble Theatre, and we can’t wait to visit them again this summer!


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Stacey Silverman

Stacey Silverman has a BA in Theatre from Georgia College and State University with a concentration in Performance. After graduating college, Stacey dove head first into the theatre world in and around Atlanta interning at Georgia Ensemble Theatre, performing with the Aurora Theatre, Company J at the MJCCA, and Relapse Theatre; stage managing for Pinch ‘n’ Ouch Theatre; and traveling to New York City to stage manage at the Strawberry One Act Play Festival. Stacey continues to expound on her education by taking voice over classes at YourAct Studios, and hopes to venture down that road in the near future. When not in rehearsals, Stacey loves to sing karaoke and snuggle with her dog! Stacey will teach the Story Drama class in Theatre Arts Explosion: Let Loose with Dr. Seuss!





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Andrew Crigler

Andrew is an actor, director, writer and teaching artist. Andrew has a BA in Theatre and Performance Studies from Kennesaw State University with a minor in dance. He has directed two student works and acted in several college productions. He also played the part of George in Theatrical Outfit’s A Confederacy of Dunces, The Collective Project, Inc.’s, Revolution: Children of an Idle Brain, The Othering of Mr. Windebaggin, The Theory of Everything, The Voodoo Review, and Quiet! They Can Smell Fear. Andrew was seen last summer as Ted, The Ugly Duckling in Serenbe Playhouse’s The Ugly Duckling and is currently playing Charles Wallace in A Wrinkle in Time at Theatrical Outfit. Andrew has been teaching at GET for a year and a half as well as The Strand and The Alliance Theatre.  Andrew will teach Music and Movement in Let Loose with Dr. Seuss and Story Drama in The Power of Three: Tail Tales!



Tara Chiusano

GET logoA graduate of James Madison University’s Theatre and Dance program, Tara started her career as an actor/singer performing at various regional theaters around the east coast. Favorite shows include:  James and the Giant Peach (GET), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Tallapoosa Theater Co.), Annie, Oklahoma!, The Hatfields and McCoys (Theatre West Virginia), Pinnochio, A Christmas Carol, The Frog Prince (Theatre IV), Winnie-the-Pooh (Adventure Theatre), A Fiddler on the Roof, Godspell (Mainstreet Theatre, PA).  She also has a thriving career teaching early childhood music and has since gone on to write original music for young children–performing at various venues throughout the mid-Atlantic.  A trained Music Together® teacher, Tara currently teaches music and movement classes all over the Atlanta metro area.  Check out her website:

Tara will teach Music and Movement in The Power of Three: Tail Tales.
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Tara Chiusano, Lowrey Brown, and Stephanie Laubscher in James and the Giant Peach 2011
Mash-Up Musical Madness:

The Teen Master Camp

Grades 8-12

July 9-13


Gear up for a GLEE-ful summer at GET with our new camp! Have a blast turning current hits and Broadway standards into your own musical! Students will develop a Musical Theatre piece involving an established story and contemporary and musical theatre songs. Class will culminate in a presentation on the last day of camp. Mash-Up Musical Madness will take place here at the home of Georgia Ensemble Theatre, The Roswell Cultural Arts Center.


GET logoSpencer G. Stephens   

Spencer  is an Atlanta-area actor/singer/puppeteer/composer and educator.  He has performed for many theatres in the metro Atlanta area including the 2010 production of The Boys Next Door at Georgia Ensemble.  Spencer is a General Company Member of Dad’s Garage Theatre where he had done improv since 2004 and a resident puppeteer at the Center for Puppetry Arts where he has performed since 2003.   In Education, Spencer is currently the Assistant Drama Teacher at St. Martin’s Episcopal School in Atlanta where he has taught Elementary and Middle School students since 2006.  In 2008, Spencer and his writing partner, Robin Seidman, won the National Children’s Theatre Festival at Actor’s Playhouse in Coral Gables, FL with their original musical PAINT!: Marc Chagall’s Colorful Musical Adventure.  Spencer’s music has also been featured in three original mini-musicals at the Imagine It! Children’s Museum in downtown Atlanta.  Spencer will Direct Mash-Up Musical Madness! 


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Stephanie Laubscher
Stephanie will choreograph Mash-Up Musical Madness! 

Stephanie is so thrilled to be spending her third summer in a row with the GET Conservatory! After graduating from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Stephanie has taught for Georgia Shakespeare and several metro-area performing arts schools, in addition to being a “regular” with GET. Also a professional actor in the Atlanta area, she has had the privilege of working twice with Georgia Ensemble’s Theatre for Youth productions, as Spider in James and the Giant Peach, and as Anne Frank and Mutti in And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank. Stephanie is currently a cast member of the world premiere of Ghost Brothers of Darkland County at the Alliance Theatre.

David Kronawitter and Spencer G. Stephens in The Boys Next Door at GET.
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Stephanie Laubscher as Spider in James and the Giant Peach 2011
Characters of the Watershed

Grades 2-5

 Session 1:June 18-22, Session 2:August 6-10



Don’t miss out on our “hybrid-style” summer camp. Combining theatre and nature, your child will discover the creature characters in our very own neighborhood. Children will learn in equal parts from a Chattahoochee Nature Center Naturalist and a Georgia Ensemble Theatre Teaching Artist. Students will use the information they learn to create stories using creative dramatics, storytelling, voice and movement. Characters of the Watershed is held at The Chattahoochee Nature Center.


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John Doyle
John Edward Doyle Jr., a native of Minneapolis, MN, has been a teaching artist for 10 years in the metro Atlanta area in the theater arts. Upon completion from Morehouse College he has pursued a career as an actor and educator. John is trained in curriculum planning, class management and assessment development. He is also a trained Wolf Trap certified instructor and a member of Georgia Council for the Arts in education artist bank. John has had the opportunity to work in over 40 schools in and around metro Atlanta. John has been a teaching artist with Alliance Theatre for 10 years. John has also worked as an actor-educator with Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre. Show topics included HIV prevention, grief and nutrition. Working in this capacity afforded John the opportunity to combine his love for performing and teaching. Other educational out-reach organizations John has worked with are: Horizon Theater, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Georgia State University, Camp Broadway and Upward Bound. His duties as a out-reach teacher include but are not limited to: creating and implementing lesson plans, classroom management and creating an assessment model. John is the former program coordinator for Youth Arts Initiative and is the Co-Founder of Arts de Soul.

John is the Creative Dramatics/Storytelling instructor for Characters of the Watershed. This is the fifth year for this program!  



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Don’t forget about our incredible Summer Conservatory Camp for grades 3-12. We offer two sessions here at our home in the Roswell Cultural Arts Center. Session 1: Vintage Villains and Timeless Heroes (June 4-15) and Session 2: Blast-Off Broadway (June 18-29). With a focus on core performance skills, students will take classes in everything from improvisation to musical theatre to puppetry!
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For more Summer Camp 2012 information visit our website

or call us at 770-641-1260

GET’s Summer Camp programming is generously sponsored by:

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Chrysalis Experiential Academy


Edgemar Center for the Arts

Edgemar Center For The Arts
2 theater and art gallery complex
2437 Main street,
Santa Monica 90405


You are Cordially Invited to join us
for the art gallery Closing Reception on Saturday, May12th from 5:30-7:30pm featuring:  RSVP is required.

Felicity Nove
“Poured Paintings”

*Please email us at with how many people will be attending

Felicity Nove: Poured Paintings

Informed from my recent work on the nature of “scale” in art and science – paintings evocative of deep sink-holes, galactic hazes, and swirling cosmos which view expansive and stellar worlds through a microscope – I return to a more intimate world of exploration.

In this new series, I focus on the internal and phenomenological landscape.  Inspired by the poems and colors of William Blake’s drawings, my new paintings explore spatial and temporal consciousness.  Created through kinesthetic awareness and intentionality there is a resulting evidence of ones own physical experience recorded by the suspended pigments and optical effects of play-of-color, iridescence, adularescence, and reflections on the canvas.

These embodied action paintings are evidence of a “body”.


Only 6 shows left

Extended with
Karen Black
May 3rd,  May 4th, May 5th, May 6th
May 12 & May 13
A sexy, rich comedy about love with live jazz band music
Mother’s Day Special
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“A Whirl of magic realism, heady talk and quirky wit-makes audiences think about why the are laughing!!!
-David C. Nichols, Los Angeles Times

“Tanna is a comedic gem as Mary. Some of the funniest physical comedy I have seen in a long time. She has some touching moments as well and even though she is crazy, and a criminal, you still fall in love with her…As a director, Tanna has done a great job of moving the play along and getting excellent performances out of her talented ensemble cast.”
-Irene Rubaum-Keller, Huffington Post
Directed by Tanna Frederick
A Comedy by Claire Chafee

Karen Black, Tanna Frederick,
Cathy Arden & Alex Sedrowski

Original music and sound design by Edward Auslender

Claire Chafee’s elegant, richly humorous comedy is all about love: romantic love, family love, sibling love, lesbian love, sexual love, and the sometimes strange but wonderful things that we do to satisfy our deepest desires and longings. Funny, sexy and occasionally poignant, “Why We Have A Body” will make you, like Lily and Renee, want to keep coming back for more.

The score is recreated live at each performance by five remarkable musicians.
A playful mix of jazz, funk, blues and classical music, combined with original sound effects, dynamically interacting with the 4 actresses.

Band Members:
KYLE O’DONNELL (Saxophonist)
ROBERT HUMPHREYS (drummer and percussionist)

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Ticket: $34.99

Regular show times:
Friday.- Sat. at 7:30 p.m., Sun. at 5:00 p.m.
Runs through May 13th
Only 6 shows left!!!
Extended with Karen Black.

Lili’s a private eye. Her specialty is divorce cases, investigating adulterous husbands. But Lili herself is having an affair with a married woman, Renee, who is (or was, up until this point) a heterosexual.

Lili has a sister, Mary, a career criminal who compulsively robs convenience stores at gunpoint. But Mary is willing to make an effort at having a straight (i.e., non-criminal life). For this, she will have Lili’s assistance.
More than anything, Lili and Mary want to be family. But their mother, Eleanor, is forever exploring cultures in some other country or on some other continent. Mary and Lili long for their Mom.

Claire Chafee is the playwright. “Why We Have A Body” is her best-known play. It premiered in San Francisco in 1993, when it enjoyed a long run, and was later successfully revived there last year. Ms. Chafee’s other plays include “5 Women on a Hill in Spain,” “Darwin’s Finches,” and “Even Among These Rocks.”

Tanna Frederick directs, and portrays Mary. A critically praised audience favorite, she recently concluded record-breaking long runs on stage in “Sylvia” and “Just 45 Minutes from Broadway” at Edgemar Center, where she also appeared in “Always…But Not Forever.” She also appeared in Robey Theatre Company’s “For The Love of Freedom: Toussaint” and at Skylight Theatre in “A Safe Place.”  Her lively film career includes performances in “Hollywood Dreams,” “Irene in Time,” “Queen of the Lot” and the upcoming “Just 45 Minutes From Broadway,” “The M Word,” and more. She has also been involved with philanthropies ranging from Save Our Surf to the Iowa Film Festival.


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Mother’s Day Special
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Receive 2 for 1 tickets

A New Adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s
Adapted and Directed by Doug Kaback

The lives of the Alvings and those whose lives they touch are built on a web of secrets and long-hidden sins.

Named Best of LA by CBS Local

“…beautifully designed production.” -LA Weekly

“Fascinating production…the acting was superb…” -Joe Straw

“Few have more talent than Michelle Danner who plays the lead as Mrs. Alving.” -Life in LA

“Osvald, strongly executed by Nate Golon…” -LA Splash

“Powerful…Excellent Production…Miss Danner gives a heartbreaking, nuanced performance…”

Produced by Alexandra Guarnieri


Michelle Danner as Mrs. Alving
James Giordano, Lucy Honigman
Nate Golon & Paul Stroili

Runs thru Sunday, May 13TH.
Regular show times: Fri. & Sat. at 8pm & Sun. at 5pm

Ticket: $34.99

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Mrs. Helen Alving’s struggle with the ghosts of her past is about to come to an end. Tomorrow, commemorating the tenth anniversary of her husband’s death, a new orphanage will be dedicated in his name.

For twenty-nine years, since her mother and two aunts arranged for her to marry the wealthy, charming Captain Alving, Helen has kept a dark secret – the reality of her late husband’s deviant excesses and his disease.  Now, with her son Osvald finally home to stay after many years abroad, a triumphant new life begins.  The past will be buried forever.

But her spiritual liberation is about to meet a catastrophic fate in one of the great plays of the world stage by one of its greatest dramatists, Henrik Ibsen.  This English language adaptation of “Ghosts” will prove as haunting for modern audiences as its title.

Doug Kaback adapts and directs. He has previously directed shows for the Old Globe, Fountain Theatre, Cornerstone Theatre, Los Angeles Theatre Center, East West Players, Odyssey Theatre and other venues. He has written over forty plays, and is a Professor at Cal State Northridge.

Michelle Danner plays Helene. The Artistic Director of Edgemar Center for the Arts, she recently appeared in “Hello, Herman,” a feature film which she also directed for All In Films. Her stage acting credits include “Hedda Gabler,” “Antigone,” “The House of Yes,” “The Shadow Box,” and much more.

The cast also includes James Giordano, Nate Golon and Lucy Honigman

RESERVATIONS needed: (310) 392-7327

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Edgemar Center for the Arts
Fourth Annual
Celebrity Poker Fundraiser

Hosted by Joe Reitman and surprise guests!

Saturday, May 19th
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$75 Buy In + $10 Registration fee*
includes First Buy In and All You Can Eat & Drink!

*Book Now! Registration fee is free if you book by May 10th

$40.00 Spectator Tickets Includes All You Can Eat and Drink!

Food Generously Donated by
Venice Ale House

2 Rose Avenue
Venice, CA 90291

1st Place Prize:VEGAS GETAWAY!!!

And other Great Prizes!

Don’t play Poker?  Not a problem.

Come Play Blackjack for Raffle Tickets for your chance to win amazing prizes!!!

Star-Studded Night with Poker, Blackjack, Raffle, Food, Drinks, & Celebrities!
Saturday, May 19th 2012

6:00 PM Registration
7:00 PM Tournament Begins

Registration for the poker tournament begins April 17th.  The Buy-in includes poker-playing alongside celebrities, a cocktail reception, & pre-game instructions.

Sponsor a Table
·    One table: eight seats for you and your friends.
·    A bottle of champagne.

·    One table: eight seats for you and your friends.
·    Two bottles of champagne.
·    Promotional material strategically placed around tournament (i.e. Your Company’s coasters at every seat)
·    Host will mention company name throughout the event
·    Link on our website
·    Materials in gift bag at final table
·    Appropriate signage around event
·    Logo on/near step and repeat

·    All items from lower levels
·    Staff will wear company’s t-shirts or other promotional clothing (if provided and appropriate)
·    We will re-name the bar for the night (i.e. “Your Company Bar”)
·    Program ads for one year
·    “SPONSORED BY” title (i.e. Edgemar Center for the Arts Celebrity Poker Tournament Sponsored by Your Company)

Corporate Sponsorships Available. Please contact Alexandra Guarnieri, Edgemar Center for the Arts Managing Director at 310-399-3666 for details.

*All proceeds are 100% tax-deductible and support Edgemar Center for the Arts a not for profit 501 (c)3 theatre. Availability is limited and poker tournament participation is on a first-reserved basis.*

*All proceeds support edgemar Center for the Arts a not for profit 501 (c)3 theater.

Felicity Nove
“Poured Paintings”

Informed from my recent work on the nature of “scale” in art and science – paintings evocative of deep sink-holes, galactic hazes, and swirling cosmos which view expansive and stellar worlds through a microscope – I return to a more intimate world of exploration.

In this new series, I focus on the internal and phenomenological landscape.  Inspired by the poems and colors of William Blake’s drawings, my new paintings explore spatial and temporal consciousness.  Created through kinesthetic awareness and intentionality there is a resulting evidence of ones own physical experience recorded by the suspended pigments and optical effects of play-of-color, iridescence, adularescence, and reflections on the canvas.

These embodied action paintings are evidence of a “body”.

Gallery Open Monday-Friday 12:00-6:00
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The I.S.A. Newsletter – May Edition

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Spring has sprung which means it’s time…for Pitching!  Time to sharpen your skills and get out there and make that career happen.  If you’ve got a great show idea make sure to check out PitchCon below, the premiere Hollywood destination for independent content producers!  There’s a special discount for I.S.A. members.
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Preparing to Pitch Your Screenplay to a Studio
Pitching a script is an art form, and although it can be stressful, it’s something every writer has to perfect before approaching executives or agents. So what is pitching exactly?
A pitch is an animated summation of a script with emphasis on the main characters, the conflict, and the genre. When pitching a script, you use this summation to persuade industry professionals to option the work (purchase it for consideration).

Pitches come in two forms: Read more >
The Art of Pitching
By Syd Field
Make no mistake; pitching is an art. Every screenplay begins with an idea and if you want to write a screenplay based on your idea, then the chances are you’re going to have to pitch it to someone; it could be a producer, a director, a production executive, an agent or anyone in the business.
A pitch is nothing more than a verbal presentation of a notion, concept, situation, idea, or story. It can be augmented with photographs, casting suggestions, newspaper articles, clippings, or anything else that will help you in the “selling” of your idea.
When we talk about pitching, we’re talking about the presentation of an idea. That means it’s your responsibility to convince a production executive (s), or agent, or producer, whoever it might be, that your idea is so good, so unique, so hip, that they want to develop it into a screenplay and pay you for doing it.  Read more > 
Good In a Room: A Guide to Pitching Your Script  
By Stephanie Palmer
I’m often asked, “What’s the right way to pitch an idea?” There aren’t any mandatory rules. But the term, pitch , gives the mistaken impression that when the time comes for you to discuss your idea, you’re supposed to suddenly start overtly selling the idea to the listener.
A pitch is not a performance. It’s a conversation to discover if there’s a match between what the listener is looking for and what you have to offer. If you have a meeting with a producer or studio executive to pitch one of your projects, there are important guidelines you should follow when structuring your pitch.

An effective pitch should:  

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Encuentrate wins Audience Choice Award

Congrats to Michelle Rivera-Huckaby and her film, Encuentrate, for winning the Audience Choice Award at the Greenville Film Festival!


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Governoe Deal signs house bill 1027

Georgia Production Partnership

Governor Deal Signs House Bill 1027
State adopts amendments to Georgia Entertainment Industry Investment Act 
ATLANTA, May 2, 2012 – Today, Gov. Nathan Deal signed House Bill 1027, a bill amending several elements of the 2008 Georgia Entertainment Industry Investment Act. Amendments to the previous legislation include increasing marketing value for the state through legislated logo placement and establishing a cap on interactive entertainment projects. These amendments will take effect Jan. 1.


“Since the adoption of the current tax incentive program the economic impact of the entertainment industry has increased more than 1,000 percent,” said Deal. “This 30 percent tax credit is essential to the continued growth of the industry, and I will fight to make sure it stays in place for as long as I am governor.”


The 2008 Georgia Entertainment Industry Investment Act helped the state’s entertainment industry achieve record numbers. Georgia is now among the top five states in the nation for film and TV production with more than 336 productions shot in Georgia from July 2010 through June 2011, bringing more than $683.5 million in investment in Georgia. These projects have generated an economic impact of $2.4 billion.


“In addition to the direct spend of film and television projects, Georgia has experienced a tremendous growth in infrastructure and support services in the last five years,” stated GDEcD Commissioner Chris Cummiskey. “It is important to note the companies who expanded or relocated to Georgia are not eligible for the film tax credit – they are here due to the unprecedented level of business.”


The Georgia Entertainment Industry Investment Act provides an income tax credit of 20 percent to qualified productions, and an additional 10 percent tax credit to productions that embed a Georgia promotional logo in the titles or credits, or as product placement within the content of the production. The tax credits may be awarded not only to traditional feature films, television series, commercials and music videos, but also to innovative new industries such as video game development and animation.


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The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) plans, manages and mobilizes state resources to attract new business investment to Georgia, drive the expansion of existing industry and small business, locate new markets for Georgia products, inspire tourists to visit Georgia, and promote the state as a top destination for arts events and film, music and digital entertainment projects. For more information, visit



Steve Coulter workshop

We have just a few places remaining in Steve Coulter’s audition techniques workshop ( ages 16 and older) scheduled for Saturday, May 12th from 10 AM to 6:30 PM.  For your talent to register, please follow this link to the training page of our website and scroll down to the adult workshop posting on the webpage, which is the May 12th workshop,

In addition, we have received so many requests from parents and agents who have asked that we offer an audition techniques workshop with Steve to the younger actors that we have agreed to do so!

The Chez Group is excited to announce a one-day auditioning techniques workshop with Steve Coulter that will be structured for actors ages 12 to 15.  This all-day workshop, Auditioning For Film & Television, is scheduled for Saturday, May 19th from 10 AM to 6:30 PM .

For the first time, our younger actors will have the opportunity to work with Steve.  He is an Atlanta based actor, writer and director.  This coming year, he appears in Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games, Disney’s The Odd Life of Timothy Green, opposite Robert Duvall in Jayne Manfield’s Car (directed by Billy Bob Thornton), opposite Colin Firth and Emily Blunt in Arthur Newman Golf Pro for Focus Features, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, Hallmark Hall of Fame’s Firelight, opposite Cuba Gooding, Jr., and with Denzel Washington in Flight, directed by Robert Zemeckis.

A graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts, his other film and television appearances include Mr. Brooks with Kevin Costner, Prison Break, Boycott and Warm Springs on HBO, and Army Wives. He recently co-starred with The Wire’s Seth Gilliam in The People v. Leo Frank on PBS, and the ABC series,
Detroit 1-8-7.

Steve was the head writer and executive story editor for both of Tyler Perry’s television series on TBS, House of Payne and Meet the Browns, where he supervised over 100 episodes and won two consecutive NAACP IMAGE Awards for Best Comedy Series. He wrote and directed the award-winning short film, The Etiquette Man, selected by the Sundance Channel and the National Gallery of Art in Washington.  His screenplay, Keesha’s House, won the $100,000 Southeastern Media Award at the Atlanta Film Festival.  Steve is also working closely with Shay Griffin as the writer and co-producer of her new television series, The Land That We Love, which is currently in development.

Steve will be focusing on the audition process.  As he explains, auditioning for film and television is not mysterious.  Directors and producers are looking for very specific things.  And there are very simple and specific actions an actor can take to prepare for that audition.

Actors will be taken through the entire audition process, from when they first receive the audition sides, through the first reading, to the callback.  They will learn how to prepare for the audition, what to do once they walk into the room or are put on tape, how to manage nervousness, and most of all, how to actually enjoy the process.  Each actor will be put on tape as part of a simulated film audition.  (Please bring 2 headshots.)

Casting director Shay Griffin will be on hand during the course of the day, as well.

The location of Steve’s workshop is the Residence Inn by Marriott Atlanta/Buckhead at 2960 Piedmont Road, Atlanta, 30305.  The phone number is 404-239-0677 if anyone should need to book a room.

The cost of this all-day workshop is $165, and we offer PayPal for everyone’s convenience.  For your talent to register, please follow this link to the training page of our website and be sure to choose the first workshop posted on the webpage, which is the May 19th workshop, .

The workshop will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at .

We look forward to seeing your talent soon!

Mary Ann

The Chez Group
2221 Peachtree Rd NE
Suite D, Box 335
Atlanta, GA 30309


Actors for Autism

Congrats to our . . . 
Actors for Autism Class  
for their CNN feature at 
The Green Room Actor’s Lounge

In case you missed it. 
Our Actors for Autism Classes on (CNN)

autism vid 

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Join us on Saturday May 12th from 6-8PM as the students from our Actors for Autism Classes share an AMAZING performance.  All are welcome!  


Our Actors for Autism Summer program is almost here.


June 2 – August 4


$45.00 per class
Save $5.00 if you register online
Save $100.00 by signing up for all 10 classes

Georgia Ensemble Theatre

Georgia Ensemble Theatre
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Last Call for Golfers!
Join Us Monday for the 15th Annual
Mary McLain Smith
Theatre Arts Golf Cup

May 7, 2012
at The Manor Golf & Country Club
Thank you in advance to our Sponsors for this Event:


Vickie & Andy Ross
Vince & Carla Crowell
Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Price-Waterhouse Coopers


Jerry Gresham’s Toyota South


Aqua Blue


Honda Carland
Niolon Lumber Sales


Bowers & Roch, LLP
William S. Grove, DMD
Bob Hagan
Juravel & Co.
Paul & Bowe Lang
Buddy Milton, Allstate
Dennis Murray
Bo Reddic


Hervey Ross


Slots are still available for a 
Bowe Lang, Anita Farley, Howard Smith, Carla Crowell & Bob Farley at the 2010 Golf Cup
fun day of golf at the  beautiful Manor Golf and Country Club. Your participation supports the Georgia Ensemble Theatre outreach and educational programming. There will be lots of fun activities, raffle prizes, lunch, an awards banquet and more!



Individual registration is $150 per person.  This includes a round of golf, lunch, player gift, contests, winners’ prize packages, and an awards dinner. (Sponsorship packages also available.  Call for details.)  



Feeling lucky? 

A Hole-in-One can win you a car or a $1000 gift certificate (select par 3 holes designated at event).    


Register Now!
Call 770-641-1260.

Monday, May 7, 2012
The Manor Golf & Country Club


The Manor is set among the pines and rolling hills of Alpharetta, Georgia just 40 minutes outside of Atlanta. The exclusive, high-end gated community features a breathtaking 7,200 yard 18-Hole Championship Golf Course designed by Major Champion Tom Watson. The finely manicured driving range and practice area lies in wait for you to work on your game, or to work off some steam.

Overlooking the property is the elegant and majestic clubhouse which houses the family and fine dining areas, plush Men’s and Women’s locker rooms.  

Georgia Ensemble Theatre
at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center
Roswell, Georgia 770-641-1260
Do You or Your Business Want to Be a Hole Sponsor for this Fun-Filled Event?

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Receive exposure to participants at The Mary McLain Smith Theatre Arts Golf Cup by sponsoring a hole on this beautiful course at The Manor Golf and Country Club.  A hole sponsorship is only $300 and gives you prominent signage with your name or company logo.  Simply call 770-641-1260 to make arrangements for your sponsorship.
(Reserve by noon on Friday, May 4.)
Other sponsorship levels are also available.
Georgia Ensemble Theatre is the Official Resident Professional Theatre Company at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell, GA 30075.
GET is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  A portion of your participation in this event is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law.
For more information about this and other GET programming, call 770-641-1260, or visit us online at

The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie
by Tennessee Williams

Carson Cerney as Tom
Mary Claire Klooster as Amanda
Boyd Gossett as Jim
and Caitlin Warrens as Laura

Tickets at


Paul Weber at CSA

MGM Casting Director 
Paul Weber 
The Art of the Audition
For TV Series and Feature Films 
“Auditioning is an Art.  Once you learn the key elements, you can rise to the top of every audition!” 

Creative Studios of Atlanta
500 Bishop Street NW
Suite E4
Atlanta, GA 30318

Driving Directions

Sunday May 6, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM EDT
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Paul Weber will be at CSA on Sunday, May 6th to teach two workshops:
10am-2pm for ages 8-15 AND 3pm-7pm for ages 16-Adult.
Only 5 Seats still available! Investment only $175
Mr. Weber is teaching his dynamic, efficient, and highly effective intensive program created to demystify the audition process.  Actors at every level will learn specific key elements to prepare them for the Art of the Audition.
Get more information
Seats are Limited!

Paul Weber is one of the most respected and prolific casting directors in Hollywood. Paul has cast over 1000 episodes of Television and Films and has 21 Emmy nominations. Paul can effectively teach actors what to expect and how to best prepare for an audition.  Read Paul’s bio. See who he helped discover. 

Paul Weber teaching

Your first job as an actor is to audition well. Getting the part is often an unexpected yet well deserved payoff. You CAN come into the room prepared, confident and secure once you understand the art of the audition.


Ken Feinberg
Creative Studios of Atlanta



Classes with Crystal Carson



Top Ten Things Casting Directors & Producers Look for in YOUR Audition

SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2012  10AM-2PM  


Thought Support Technique: The Safety Net Under YOUR Audition

SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2012    3PM-6PM


AUDITIONING BY HEART Film/Television Audition Technique  3-Day Intensive Workshop

FRIDAY, MAY 18 – SUNDAY, MAY 20, 2012   

Click to Register for Workshops 

Learn the secret to Slating and more…

Do you want to improve your booking rates? Do you want to know what Hollywood Producers need to see in order to hire you? Crystal Carson teaches actors weekly who are booking lead and supporting roles in film and television. She has her finger on the pulse of what producers / casting directors want to see, how they perceive “local” talent when they shoot in our state and what is now considered “good” acting given the prevalence of reality shows etc. Learn the top 10 things, LA actors you are auditioning against already know, that will greatly increase your chances of booking the job. This short-lecture based class will teach you “big picture” concepts as well as detailed tools that actually work so you can develop a useful, fun and quick process of script analysis & character development. This can help any actor make each role deeper and each audition more successful.

Thought Support Technique

The Safety Net Under Your Audition

Saturday, May 12, 2012  3pm-7pm


Ever go into an audition thinking you have your lines memorized only to get nervous and mess up?  The Thought Support Technique helps you use your sides in the audition while staying in character so that you don’t have to depend on memorization.  Memorizing can lock you into a stale delivery or make you even more flustered if you accidentally get lost or forget a word.

With the Thought Support Technique, you’ll learn how to deepen your connection to the other character in the scene, how to listen and be present, fight for your objective, and truly respond to what you are receiving from the other character.  This allows the lines to come to you organically without your even trying.  With this technique, you’ll “learn” your lines by heart through being present in the scene, all without trying to memorize a single word.

Auditioning By Heart

Film/Television Audition Technique Workshop

3- DAY INTENSIVE WORKSHOP – May 18-20, 2012

Each actor will receive sides prior to each day’s class. Upon arrival at the workshop, the actors will be put on tape. After all the actors have been put on tape, class will begin! “Auditioning By Heart” is a deep exploration of what it takes to quickly create a character’s life from the truth. This will be a class where you will be trained to do the history home-work as quickly as possible because you will know your priorities. It’s exhilarating work, that in a wonderful way, turns auditions into improvs. This makes auditioning like acting, when acting is like life! And that is when it’s fun… and when it makes a difference in the world! Crystal will critique each actor’s performance thoroughly during playback. The Thought Support technique will be referred to in this weekend’s foundation, so actors are strongly encouraged to sign up for that class as well.