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Georgia Ensemble Theatre newsletter

Georgia Ensemble Theatre

As we launch into our third decade with our exciting 20th Anniversary Season, we are also launching a new fundraising campaign that’s easy on your wallet and incredibly helpful to us:  The $20 for 20 Years Campaign!  With this new initiative, we are asking patrons to donate just $20, that’s only a dollar for every year of theatre at GET!  And our goal is … what else?  $20,000! 
We are extremely humbled and fortunate to still be here despite these difficult economic times.  We pledge to you to continue in our efforts to provide excellence onstage, in the classroom, on tour and through our outreach programs. 
Thank you so much for your patronage, and here’s to another 20!

$20 for 20 Years! 


Here’s How to Donate:
– Simply CLICK HERE to donate online.
– Call us at 770-641-1260 to make your donation over the phone.
– Mail a check written to GET to our mailing address at P.O. Box 607, Roswell, GA  30077-0607.
Georgia Ensemble Theatre is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.  Your donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law.
Trivia Time!!!!
Ready for a GET Trivia Game?
Can you name what GET production this picture is from?  Correct answers will be entered into a drawing to win a pair of tickets to the grand opening of our Emerald Anniversary Season on September 6th (includes attendance at the patron and cast party after the show)!
Hint: you can jog your memory by perusing the titles listed on the Past Productions page of our website.
Simply send your response, your name and contact information to with a note in the heading that reads “Trivia #3 Answer”.  We will notify you if your answer was correct.  One drawing will be held each week from all correct replies to that week’s Trivia Question.
Generously sponsored by Bank of North Georgia and
Northside Hospital.
For tickets:
call 770-641-1260 or
 Georgia Ensemble Theatre is the Official Resident Professional Theatre Company of the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell, GA  30075. 

Free workshops and classes



1. FREE JD Lewis Workshop at Hilton Atlanta Northeast

J.D. Lewis has worked with actors who have been either nominated or won Academy Awards, Emmy Awards, SAG Awards, Golden Globes and Tony Awards. During this FREE workshop Mr. Lewis will discuss the business of acting. His studio is one of the most well respected and recognized names in Hollywood. JD Lewis’ studio has been home to many working actors in Los Angeles.

Kids and Adults – Ages 8 & Up

Saturday, September 8

2:30p – 4:30p

Space is Limited

RSVP Now at – Subject line – Free JD Workshop


2. FREE Master Class at Charisma Studios – Kennesaw

Already familiar with the basics of acting? Are you ready to start sharpening those skills? Have a monologue or scene you are working on or an audition coming up? Bring it in, and let’s work. While you’re at it bring in your resume also. If we have time, we’ll be covering resumes too.

Adults – Ages 18 & up

Wednesday, August 29

7:30p – until

Space is Limited

RSVP Now at – Subject line – Free Master


3. FREE Kid and Teen Acting Class at Charisma Studios – Kennesaw

All Levels. Interactive class. Your children will enjoy building their confidence while being introduced or reintroduced to the exciting world of acting, and will meet other kids who share the same passion. Parents will learn about how to help these young actors Make Acting Happen by learning about our upcoming fall schedule.

Kids and Teens – Ages 8 – 14

Saturday, September 1

11A – 12:30p

Space is Limited

RSVP Now at – Subject line – Free Kids Class


4. FREE Basics Class – Adults at Charisma Studios – Kennesaw

In this interactive class, you’ll enjoy building your confidence while being introduced or reintroduced to the exciting world of acting and will meet others who share the same curiosity and passion. You’ll also learn about how you can continue to Make Acting Happen during our fun goal-setting segment.

Adults – Ages 18 & up

Thursday, August 30

7:30p – until

Space is Limited

RSVP Now at Subject line – Free Basics


Catch Houghton’s Craig Meyer in Almost Elton John!

Almost Elton John & the Rocket Band return to Atlanta for One Night Only!
Meyer Entertainment Group


Almost Elton John & The Rocket Band with Special Guest Yacht Rock Schooner

Join Us For Our Only Atlanta Appearance This Year!



Gates open at 5:30pm
Yacht Rock Schooner 7pm

Almost Elton John 8pm

After spending the last year on the road,
return home for their only Atlanta appearance this year!

Tickets available at

Click here to go to our FaceBook Fanpage
and “LIKE” us for a special discount code only for our Fans!

Grab a picnic dinner, bring your favorite beverage and all your friends as we send Summer off with a BANG! 

We look forward to seeing you at this celebration!


The Countdown Continues to GET’s Exciting 20th Anniversary Season! 
Only 16 Days…
until the Grand Opening of our
20th Anniversary Season!
Act One:
Come to Opening of
September 6th
Champagne Toast at 7:30pm
Performance at 8pm
Post Show Reception with Cast, Crew, Board and Staff!
Call 770-641-1260 or purchase online at
(Already a subscriber?  We’re thrilled!  We look forward to seeing you on your regularly scheduled performance night.)
The Man Who Came to Dinner is generously sponsored by
Act Two:
Continue the Celebration on Saturday night,
September 8th with GET’s Annual Gala

One Enchanted Evening 2012

Join us for our annual black-tie optional gala fundraiser!  This fun evening will include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, a four-course meal, a live auction, and dancing to the fabulous band, BacktraX.  We will also be presenting the GET Legacy Award to the Rotary Club of Roswell.  In celebration of our 20 years, this year’s event will also include a red carpet arrival complete with papparazzi to welcome you and your guests.


One Enchanted Evening  

 Saturday, September 8th


Atlanta Country Club

500 Atlanta Country Club Dr.,

Marietta, GA  30067


Individual Tickets: $150

Call 770-641-1260 to make your reservation.

Trivia Time!!!!
Are You Ready?


Correctly name the actor shown in the photo above, and be entered into a drawing to win a pair of tickets to the grand opening of our Emerald Anniversary Season on September 6th (includes attendance at the patron and cast party after the show)! 
Hint: This actor has appeared in many shows here at GET since our very first year.
Simply send your response, your name and contact information to with a note in the heading that reads “Trivia #2 Answer”.  We will notify you if your answer was correct.  One drawing will be held each week from all correct replies to that week’s Trivia Question. 
Join Our Facebook Page where we will have more chances to win fun Trivia games throughout our 20th Anniversary Season!
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 Georgia Ensemble Theatre is the Official Resident Professional Theatre Company of the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell, GA  30075. 

Chez Group – fall workshop program

Shay Griffin and the Chez Group are very excited to be bringing in Los Angeles Producer, Writer, and Actor Matt Battaglia. He will apply his perspectives as a professional producer, actor, and writer to work with our actors. He also brings a lot of insight about actors who live and work on both coasts. With so many films, episodic productions, and commercials now filming in Georgia, it is now more imperative than ever that we present prepared Southeastern talent to Hollywood directors and producers.


Matt will be joining us on the weekend of Sept 22nd and 23rd. The whole class will consist of either two morning sessions or two afternoon sessions.


We anticipate that this class will fill quickly so please reply to this email as soon as possible with your interest!



(Emmy Winning Producer, Writer, Actor, Philanthropist)


Battaglia is an Emmy winning producer, has co-produced a two time Golden Globe nominated film and has been an actor in over 90 films, network pilots and television shows.


Battaglia Executive Produces the television show “Last Shot with Judge Gunn”, which he sold straight into syndication with 130 episodes in season one (2011). He was nominated and won the Emmy in June 2012 as Executive Producer for it’s first season on the air. The show also won an Emmy for Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Drama. It was both his and the show’s first nomination and first win.


Battaglia served as Co-Producer on the two time Golden Globe nominated film Brothers, starring Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal and Oscar winner Natalie Portman. The film was directed by six-time Academy Award nominee Jim Sheridan, from a script written by David Benioff (“Game of Thrones”) and was distributed by Lionsgate.


Battaglia was also a Co-executive producer on the 2009 horror film Kill Theory, directed by producer Chris Moore.


His production company has optioned the national and international bestsellers “Bad Monkeys” by Matt Ruff, which is currently set up at Fox Studios, and “Or I’ll Dress You in Mourning” by Larry Collins and Dominque Lapierre. In 2011, he also Executive Produced the documentary “Do As You Likey”, currently in post-production.


As an actor, Battaglia has acted in over 90 films and television shows.  Battaglia appeared in the Paramount Studios/Marvel tentpole film “Thor”, starring Chris Hemsworth (the star of “Avatar”), Natalie Portman, Samuel Jackson, Renee Russo & Anthony Hopkins for director and Oscar winner Kenneth Branaugh.


Matt is often remembered for his memorable role as the fireman Vince, a boyfriend of Lisa Kudrow’s character on NBC’s hit sitcom “Friends”. Other recent notable guest stars include recent stints on “The Mentalist”, “The Client List”, “Longmire”, in addition to two episodes on “24” with Keiffer Sutherland, two episodes of HBO’s “Big Love”, “Shark”, “CSI-NY”, “Bones” and “CSI-Miami” just to name a few.


Matt  Battaglia co-founded “The Mint Jubilee” charity event in memory of his mother Nancy Van Cleve Battaglia whom he lost to cancer in 1993.  It has successfully raised millions of dollars for cancer patients and has provided financial resources to scientists, cancer centers and hospitals committed to finding cures and controls for cancer. The annual black tie gala takes place in Louisville, Kentucky the night before the Kentucky Derby. It has become a world class event attracting high profiled celebrities, entertainers and dignitaries from around the globe and was televised worldwide in over 130 countries and over 200 million homes. As a producer, Battaglia was successful in having portions of The Mint Jubilee covered on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Entertainment Tonight, E! News Daily, E! Entertainment’s “FYE” and “Wild On Dixie”, ESPN, NBC, ABC and FOX. It has in itself become part of the Kentucky Derby tradition.


Born in Tallahassee, Florida, Matt grew up in the towns of Tucker and Lithonia, Georgia, two suburbs of Atlanta but his family currently resides in Roswell, Georgia. A football scholarship led him to the University of Louisville, where he became an All-American and All-South middle linebacker, leading the nation in tackles his senior year, and breaking former All-Pro Otis Wilson’s college tackling record. He was team captain his junior and senior year and was voted Most Valuable Player by his teammates and coaches. Matt went on to play in the N.F.L. with the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles.



The Chez Group
2221 Peachtree Rd NE
Suite D, Box 335
Atlanta, GA 30309
404-771-1361 (C)


Interview with Francine Locke!

Check out this interview with Houghton’s own Francine Locke about her role in “A Cry for Justice.”


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Interview with Francine Locke Starring in “A Cry for Justice”

by CJ Powers

I had an opportunity to chat with Francine Locke who stars in a new feature film due out this fall. Here is how our conversation went…

1. In your recent role playing Jackie Carpenter in the film “A Cry for Justice” you play a distraught mother who had to fight trumped up charges against her son. How did you prepare for such a role?

I believe as a mother, you have built into you an ability to fight against any odds for your children. I envisioned every possible emotion would hit Jackie at one point or another in her struggle; hopelessness, anger, fear, disbelief. Her journey was not one continuum, but a cacophony of situations and emotions. Although not fighting a legal system, my background had given me a taste of each, from which I pulled out the ultimate intense, personal response, that had a life or death urgency. Michael McClendon, who both wrote & directed it, was so in tune with her struggles, he knew exactly where Jackie was at each point and he made it “easy”.

2. During the film your character visits her son who was framed for a felony murder in jail. What did you do to play Jackie authentically based on the combination of faith and depression she faced?

It was a surreal experience. It happened so quickly, she didnʼt have time to think about what was happening, she was just going through the motions, walking, breathing. I was like a pressure cooker, If I had admitted to myself that I was really there to see my son in prison, that he was locked away from me, that I couldnʼt touch him, I would have gone crazy. It wasnʼt until I saw him behind the dirty glass, that emotions and fears were allowed to break through.

3. Did you play the character with a southern accent or in your own voice?

I had a southern accent, but not typical. I worked with a vocal coach to prepare, and he had listened to several of Jackieʼs interviews to hear her vocal qualities. Scarlett OʼHaraʼs “Gone With the Wind” drawl & intonation is really not accurate for most of Georgia. There really is an “r” in Georgia! Part of my vocal preparation was the different pronunciation, part was the cadence & then there is a huge difference in pitch variation compared to the midwest. I had silly sentences that would focus on specific sounds, then I also marked my script for words that consistently had a unique pronunciation.

4. I understand the film was on a fast schedule based on the tight budget. What were your shooting days like and did you have enough time for each scene?

We had a terrific crew, the cast was so focused, Michael had a vision, he instilled confidence and was always reassuring rather than criticizing, everything flowed. Having trust in and respect for your director means everything. I knew he saw each scene in his mind & wouldnʼt stop until he got what he set out for. I felt confident that I could explore different ways to approach the scenes, and he would direct me if I was off track.

Due to the out of sequence shoot order, it could have been a disaster. Michael joked about how the first several days I was pulled in so many different directions, but even that, while exhausting, sort of worked in my favor. I had no time to really think about exactly what I would be thinking and feeling, it was much more instinctual. As Jackie, I was in such a state of emotional frenzy, aways just on the edge. In the midst of all this, there was one particular scene with my son, we were having a quiet moment, which set the stage for our relationship, and it really took some doing to adjust and just relax and enjoy the warmth of the scene. Once we did, it was such a joy!

The crew was great, they were so respectful, sort of kept their distance to let me stay in my personal place. And again, having a director who understood the process was terrific. He could take me aside, walk me through what was happening, Jackieʼs current state of mind, that I just let it wash over me & trusted him that he would let me know if he wasnʼt getting what he wanted.

There was one scene at the end of a long day, and I knew they were rushed to get this one in the can. Everything was set up, Michael talking me to where Jackie was in her universe, and then he said “Iʼm making too many words, you just go ahead and do it.” It was a very quiet scene, in the middle of the night and emotionally & physically I was alone, a small speck in the universe. We taped the rehearsal, and then did 2 takes, due to a sound issue on the first one, and they called out thatʼs a wrap. The hustle began to tear down the set, I was left to change out of wardrobe & get back to the hotel. I had some misgivings, thinking that because it was so late that they had “settled” for my one take, thinking I couldnʼt have done any better. I later found out that Michael had gotten exactly what he wanted & was quiet, reveling in the moment.

As to the work flow, I was on set an hour earlier to begin make up & wardrobe, then the crew arrived & when they had the basic set up ready, weʼd block the scene, then Michael would take us aside & walk us through what he was looking for. Back to Make up and wardrobe, which is the one area that when we had large scenes we could have used more time, but we all did what we needed to, all helped each other and got it done. The camaraderie & friendships begun on set have been nothing short of amazing.

5. Many times we hear about Christian films having miracles happen during the shoot. Did you witness any?

Just the fact that we accomplished all we did was incredible, but Iʼll give you a few examples where God was in the details.

We needed both a courthouse & a jail for many scenes. There had been a delay in the start date as they were trying to coordinate scheduling between two different locations which would have necessitated extreme delays of moving equipment from one location to the other. Out of the blue, the town of Carrollton offered up both in one shot! They had built a new courthouse, and would be finished moving into the new building by the 19th, so if filming could hold off, we would have full use of the old building, with a courthouse upstairs, a holding cell for the jail, a secure building, alarmed and closed to the public. Fantastic!

Another, as Michael and Pete Wages our cinematographer, were discussing camera angles to minimize the immense tangle of electrical cables from the telephone poles, the city told them, no problem, those poles & cables will be down a week before you film!

And, at the conclusion of our read through of the script weeks prior to shooting, Michael describes the final scene & says, “In a perfect world, the sun breaks through the clouds, the doves fly of in the distance. The End”. So we are filming the last scene, I exit the courthouse, and incredible to see, a flock of pigeons (ok, so they arenʼt exactly doves) fly overhead from the church to cross in front of the courthouse….. God IS in the details!

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Casting for Non-Union Short film – “Five”

Casting for the short film, “Five.” Auditions will be held on Saturday, 8/25. Please read below for additional information.




Director: BJ Winfrey

Non-Union Short Film

Producers: BJ Winfrey & Syr Law

Writer: BJ Winfrey

Production Dates: 9/7 – 9/9/2012

Casting Director: Actors will go straight to Producer/Director for consideration.

Callbacks: N/A

Shoot/Start Date: 9/7/2012

Pay Rate: Copy, Credit, Meals

Location: Atlanta, GA


Principal Photography will consist of 3 day shoot, September 7th 8th and 9th. Not all actors need to be present all three days, but all actors need to be available for all three days.  The majority of the shoot takes place during daylight hours and we will follow all state laws regarding minors and film shoots. One rehearsal prior to the shoot will also be required. Date/time TBA. Shoot will take place in Milton, GA (close to Alpharetta).



FIVE will be submitted heavily to film festivals domestic and abroad, as well as IMDB.




20-30 years old.  African American.  Convicted murderer, former inner city gang member, drug dealer.  Tee is not a big man, but very intimidating in his attitude and mannerisms.



8-10 years old.  Caucasian.  Very chatty little girl.  The eldest of the sisters.  Has been through a very traumatic situation but not broken.



5-7 years old.  Caucasian.  No lines but can play very realistic emotions (including numb and emotionless) without saying a word.  The youngest sister.  Has been through a traumatic situation and is broken.



30 years +.  Clean cut likeable everyday guy.



STORYLINE:  “FIVE” opens on two little girls sitting at the back of an old house in the middle of nowhere with a recently escaped convict…who clearly is not a relative.  The girls, unharmed but clearly frightened, have a brief but vague conversation with the man, when a car pulls up, causing all three of them great alarm.


Submit headshots/resumes to


Upcoming Workshops @ The Acting Camp



PERFORMER2PRO – Aug. 25th & 26th (ages 8-12) | Sep. 14th & 15th (teens/adults) Launch your career with this unique 2-day workshop for Adults, Teens, Kids & Parents.  Both performers and parents learn the ‘business’ of show business and the essential fundamentals of TV/Film acting, helping to take you to that next level, from Performer to Professional!  Discuss how to get an agent or how to stay fresh on your agent’s mind. Practice auditions, cold reads, and scenes.  Learn to market yourself with great headshots, develop a safe on-line presence & gain networking tips. P2P culminates with the performers creating their own Short Film!


TASTE OF THE INDUSTRY (TOTI) Young Performer Showcase and Parent Workshop – *Perform in front of Atlanta’s top industry pros * Receive valuable feedback from agents & casting directors  * Train with Atlanta’s best coaches.  *  Parents learn the facts about the industry. * Q & A with pros & parents of working kids.


WORK LIKE AN ACTOR, LIVE LIKE A KING – Being a successful actor means knowing more than just how to handle the business – it means knowing how to handle your LIFE.  Learn the secrets to building wealth, eliminating debt, and having it all – without busting the budget.  We’ll also cover tax write-offs for performers and the single most important thing you can do to reduce your healthcare costs.  One Day Workshop.





Film School Conservatory (Tuesdays & Thursdays) Make a movie!  Be in front of AND behind the camera & complete the course with professional level credits.  Conservatory students meet two days per week. Tuesdays focus on developing production skills, Thursdays focus on acting.


Hollywood Bound (Tuesdays)

Professional TV/Film Training program designed for experienced kids & teens who are dedicated and motivated to pursue a career in the Television/Film Industry.  Course includes:


Xtreme Acting (Tuesdays)

Face extreme emotions!  Act under safe, yet intense conditions of temperature, wind, rain….Tackle physical challenges with stage combat and physical comedy.  Tap into high-drama and break thru the limits! Gain experience and develop skills that are essential to a successful career in TV/Film.


Advanced Acting/College Bound (Thursdays) Exploration and comparison of a variety of acting techniques, with an emphasis on Meisner. For the serious actor.  Audition prep for those seeking acceptance into a college performing arts program.




ON-CAMERA ACTING-ADULTS – It’s time for your “REEL” career to take off! Develop your on-camera acting skills as you dive into Commercial, Sit-Com, Television & Film Acting & Audition Techniques.


IMPROV MANIA-ADULTS – Take your skills to the next level! Practice initiating scenes, building on your scene partner’s offers and creating scenes with a solid foundation to launch a compeling story.  Explore & apply the use of ‘environment’, character development, active listening and making your partner look good!


WRITING THE SHORT FILM – Ages 16-ADULT – Before you tackle that feature, you must master the short film!  We’ll take you through the basics of screenwriting and beyond, as you develop, write and revise your short.  At the end of the course, one lucky script will receive a full production by AWP’s Film Conservatory!  (12 weeks)


SITCOM WRITING – Ages 16-ADULT – Think you could write for MODERN FAMILY?  What about PARKS AND REC?  Learn to craft comedy like the pros in a workshop that takes you from the initial brainstorm to a revised “spec” script of a half-hour sitcom!  Come in with an idea of which show you want to work on and be ready to write. (12 weeks)


ACTING  A  to  Z – Learn everything from stage directions to acting with accents…..from physical comedy, to Improvisation….from theatre games to vocal projection,  all while having a blast! Ages 5 & 6


ON-STAGE, THEATRE PRODUCTION – Explore the performing arts through theatre games, scene study, improv, stage movement, character development, audition techniques and performance opportunities.  Course ends with a musical production in the spring!!


MAKE A MOVIE-MAKE A DIFFERENCE,  VOICES PROJECT – A socially responsible course designed to increase your performing skills and discover how to use those skills to positively impact the world!  The media is powerful…….let’s use it for ‘good’!!!!!!


ON CAMERA ACTING – Introduction to TV/Film Acting, Audition Techniques, Camera Awareness and Commercial acting.  Commercials are approached as the ‘30 second movie”.


LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTING! – On camera acting class with a focus on the creation and production of actual commercials for real companies.  Your work will be aired and will build your resume!


YOU TUBE & BEYOND – Create, develop, shoot, edit and star in a web-series!


SKETCH, COMEDY, IMPROV – Make your audiences laugh, cry, wonder and guffaw!!!  Perfect your commedic timing as you explore  Sketch Comedy, SitCom Acting, Improv,  Stand-Up and Physical Comedy.  Learn how to ‘Find The Funny’.


IMPROV MANIA/THEATRE ARTS – Learn the secrets of dynamic Improvisation. Let down your guard….and accept, heighten and explore your boundless imaginations through Improv!  Explore theatre techniques including Script Interpretation, Character Development, Stage Movement & Audition Techniques.  It’s a creative explosion!



“Sanford Meisner’s approach has always been for me the simplest, most direct, least pretentious and most effective of all the acting techniques.” – Sydney Pollock, Actor/Director, Eleven Time Oscar Winner.
Kelly Schumann –The Mentalist (CBS) and Soul Man (TVLand)
Anna Enger – Feature – The Internship – Supporting Role
Brad Sanders –Reed Between The Lines (BET)
Alex Van – Feature Film –  Remnants and The Walking Dead (AMC)
W. Cameron Tucker Feature Film – Ten Habits of Highly Effective People
W. Cameron Tucker – SAG Short – Finale
Norma Alvarez – SAG Short – Finale
Jennifer Baskette-Ridings – SAG Short –Finale
Katie Graham – Feature – No Soliciting
Adam Harris – Tom Ford Directed Feature
Melanie Richardson – Feature – Addition by Substraction
Candace Mabry – Play – Touched (Out of Box Theater)
Congratulations to Lake Roberts for his very successful run in
Bat-Hamlet with Essential Theatre!
In this free sample class, you will have an opportunity to meet Robert Mello, get an overview of the Meisner Program at the studio, pick up casting tips AND get on your feet and work! 
Date: Tuesday, August 28th
Time: 7-10PM
To reserve your spot, email



In this eight week class, you’ll get out of your head, learn how to make strong, exciting choices and gain an unshakeable foundation and confidence in your acting as you dramatically expand your emotional range and learn how to listen and respond truthfully in the moment. 


Start Date: Wednesday, September 12
Time: 7-10PM
TUITION: $295 (PLEASE NOTE: This is an 8 week class.)
Instructor: Robert Mello 
Jeremy O’Keefe Now Teaching on Tuesday Nights!


“Jeremy O’Keefe understands actors in a way that few do.  Working with him is a special experience.  His commitment to the craft is infectious…combine that with his talent and knowledge and it makes everyone around him want to do better.” – Denise Grayson, THE SOCIAL NETWORK

In this eight week class, we will explore and practice some simple, but often overlooked, concepts and techniques that can assist the actor in crafting a compelling audition, including:

  • Deciphering the clues in the script and breakdown
  • Learn how to think and work quickly to make strong, but truthful, choices that will help you stand out.
  • Understanding the vital difference between television and film auditions.
  • How to use your best asset: yourself

In this class we will cover under five and ten auditions, longer scenes, TV and film – both the cold reading and the more prepared audition.


START DATE: Tuesday, September 4
TIME: 7-10 PM
TUITION: $295 (PLEASE NOTE: This is an 8 week class)
INSTRUCTOR: Jeremy O’Keefe

To enroll, email


This four week class is a great way for beginning actors to start to explore the basics of acting and acting for the camera in a low pressure, supportive environment, and is especially suited for actors who may not be prepared to commit to the Meisner Program offered at the studio. In this class you will:

  • Learn the basics of on-camera acting, as well as the audition process for on-camera
  • Gain insights into the nuts and bolts of the acting profession in Atlanta
  • Begin to explore the basics of Meisner Technique, the acting technique that such greats as Sandra Bullock, Tom Cruise, Tina Fey, James Franco and many other working actors rely on.
  • Have the opportunity to work on camera in every class.

Unlike other studios in Atlanta, this Class is strictly limited to 10 students and you will work extensively in each class.

START DATE: Saturday, September 8
TIME: 12-3PM
INSTRUCTOR: Robert Mello 

TUITION: $99.00  

 On-Going Classes:




“Jeremy O’Keefe is one of the brightest, most artistic, and creative people I have ever met in my life. I’ve been lucky enough to be directed by him in films, as well as privately for auditions, and his nurturing yet constructive way of teaching has been so helpful to me. I value his opinion and insight tremendously!” 

– Three time Emmy Nominee, Melissa  Claire Egan


In this class you will:

  • Work with a working film maker, who will bring not only the perspective of a respected acting coach to your work, but a director who has worked with some top names in the industry.
  • Explore an important set of tools that will help you create memorable performances and auditions.
  • Work with challenging material that will further your growth as an actor.
START DATE: Thursdays, On-Going
TIME:12pm – 3pm
$120 for package of 4 weeks
$220 for package of 8 weeks
INSTRUCTOR: Jeremy O’Keefe
To enroll: Email Jeremy at





“I now have a lot more confidence that I can show up on set & handle what may be thrown at me without freaking out in my head.”

-Jennifer Baskette-Ridings


“I have been taking acting classes in ATL for 2 years now and have not came across anything like Jeremy O’Keefe’s Hitting the Mark class. You are put through the paces just like you would be on a set- and its mind blowing. This class covers everything you are expected to know and do once you book and are on set. It has seriously opened my eyes and I have learned so much  in just 6 weeks with him.” 

-Amber Erwin


You don’t get to just show up on set and act.


Few actors realize just how challenging and complicated a professional TV or Film shoot can be. From having to hit several marks and engage the dialogue – all while tilting your head just so and eating a hot dog – everything can be seemingly stacked against the actor to stay present in the scene and deliver an honest and compelling performance. 


This class is designed to give the actor the tools, skill set and confidence to be able to execute at the top of their game. Whether you are a newly emerging actor or a seasoned pro – this class is for you and is the only one of it’s kind in Atlanta.

In this class you will:

  • Learn how to stay out of your head and in the scene – no matter the blocking challenges you will face.  
  • Gain confidence in your ability to be the kind of actor directors want to rehire.  
  • Learn how to maintain the vitally important continuity take after take after take.  
  • Practice, practice, practice

…all while receiving acting coaching from a working director and respected acting coach.


DATE: Wednesday, August 8 – December 12th.
$120 for package of 4 weeks
$220 for package of 8 weeks

To enroll for either of these classes – email Jeremy at

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Caryn is teaching a one day version of her Audition Intensive next weekend and they have opened it to the public at an offering of $75. I will try to stuff as much of what I bring into my 2 day version (this is 1/3 the price of my regular offering!).
More below.
(The Space’s next 2 day offering is  the last weekend in September as I am going to NYC)

               Saturday, August 25, 2012 from 10am to 5pm to enroll : 323.650.7777  or email:

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RECENT CLIENT WINS  (keep us informed people, we love to brag about you):

Isabella Acres is now a recurring guest on TOUCH! 

Clement Von Franckenstein booked ‘Don’t trust the Bitch in Apt 23’ ‘The Five Year Engagement ‘ & ‘Californication’ after doing the class!
AVA ACRES played the daughter to Ashton Kutcher’s Steve Jobs in” jOBS”

LAURA NIEMI  played  Steve Jobs’ Secretary & her WEEDS episode airs in August.
JIMMY PALUMBO booked a role a Robert DeNiro film directed by Luc Besson!

RON K. SIMONS won a Tony as one of the producers of PORGY AND BESS!   

JIMMY OUYANG (see above) joins TOBIT RAPHAEL on 20th C. Fox’s THE INTERNSHIP

CODY LINLEY shot a lead in the feature CHAMPION with Lance Henriksen  



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Kim Hardin workshop in NYC

Casting With Kim Hardin 2012: New York City

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

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Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 12:00 PM
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Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 5:00 PM (EDT)

Roy Arias Studios & Theatres
300 West 43rd Street
Suite 506
New York, NY 10036

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TWO-DAY INTENSIVE ACTORS WORKSHOP: New York City   Saturday, September 15, 2012– 12pm to 5pm Sunday, September 16, 2012 — 12pm to 5pm Roy Arias Studios & Theatres300 West 43rd Street Suite 506New York, NY 10036     INSTRUCTOR:   Kim Hardin,…  Los Angeles Workshop on Saturday, September 29, 2012 12pm to 5pm — Sunday, September 30, 2012.  See separate Eventbrite for Los Angeles.
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Back by Popular Demand!
THREE workshops

Saturday, August 25th:

“On Camera Acting”
Tim Ross and Paige Johnston Thomas
(Especially for Theatre actors or new On-Camera talent)

Wednesday, August 29th:
“Actor as Casting Director”

Paige Johnston Thomas

Wednesday, September 26th:
“Who Got that Job??”

Paige Johnston Thomas 

AUGUST 25th, 2012 (Saturday)

“On-Camera Audition Technique”   


Tim Ross and Paige Johnston Thomas    

(Especially for Theatre actors or new On-Camera talent)    


*class is half full from previous waiting list, so sign up soon to secure a slot*  


Feedback from recent workshop:   

“You both (Paige and Tim) explained and demystified the whole experience for me. The workshop was extremely informative and lively, and the on-camera work and instant feedback were truly eye opening.  I now feel I have the tools and  

knowledge to walk into a commercial audition with confidence”         

-Vito Abate  



Are you a Theatre actor? or…. 

Are you at the beginning of your on-camera career? or…. 

Do you need to brush up on your on-camera experience?     


The goal of this class is to teach basic auditioning skills for the camera, including understanding of framing, pace,

visual focus (different for camera than stage), blocking, vocal quality and script interpretation.

We will concentrate specifically on commercials and industrial films.

When:  Saturday, August 25th 

Time:  10:00 – 3:30pm (we will provide lunch) 

Where:  C&J Casting 

Cost: $150 (includes lunch) 

For ages 16 and up (adults) 

To request a Registration Form, please email:  



AUGUST 29th, 2012 (Wednesday)

“Actor As Casting Director”


Paige Johnston Thomas      


 *class is half full from previous waiting list, so sign up soon to secure a slot*


This class offers a unique and special insight to understanding what Casting Directors, Directors, and Producers are looking for at a commercial audition.

YOU, the actor, will take on the roles of Client, Director and Casting Director.

YOU, the actor,  will ‘audition’ other actors with sides from various spots.

YOU, the actor,  will also take on the role of Actor, auditioning for the other

‘Clients/Directors/Casting Directors.’

Paige shares her years of experience as a Casting Director to help you, the actor, have the best audition you can have.


When:  Wednesday, August 29th 

Time:  5:30pm – 9:30pm (we will provide dinner) 

Where:  C&J Casting 

Cost: $150 (includes dinner) 

For ages 16 and up (adults) 

To request a Registration Form, please email:  



SEPTEMBER 26th, 2012 (Wednesday)

“Who Got That Job?”


Paige Johnston Thomas      



Who DID get that job??  This workshop offers an unprecedented insight to the audition and decision making process – a view that you, as actors, rarely get to witness.  You will be given sides from an actual C&J audition to work on in class.  After working with Paige directly on those sides (valuable tips and tricks and techniques!) you then get to see the audition of the

person who actually got that job and discuss the

hows and whys of that decision process!


When:  Wednesday, September 26th  

Time:  5:30pm – 9:30pm (we will provide dinner) 

Where:  C&J Casting 

Cost: $150 (includes dinner) 

For ages 16 and up (adults) 

To request a Registration Form, please email: 







Tim Has been a professional actor for nearly 30 years. Theatre credits include the title role in the World Premiere stage adaptation of Huckleberry Finn. Television credits includea recurring stint on Days of Our Lives, Unsolved Mysteries, Rescue 911 and Saved By the Bell. His Equity regional theatre credits include Brick–Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (w/Pat Hingle). Joe Farkus–The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Vinnie-Proposals. East coast basedtelevision include: One Tree Hill, Surface, The Mecklenburgers and dozens of national and regional commercials. Tim has also made literally hundreds of radio commercials for companies like Alltel mobile, Sundrop, HarrisTeeter and many more. In the commercial world, Tim has appeared in dozens of national, regional and local commercials. National commercial credits include Verizon, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Duracell Battery, BDO Accounting firm, Milton Bradley, Chrysler, Ford, Napa Car Care, Alltel, Sprint and Papa Johns. Tim is also a veteran of industrial non-broadcast films. His clients include: Office Depot, Eastman Kodak, WTVI (Live Host), BASF Chemicals, Glaxo-Wellcome, US Airways, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Broadway & Seymour and many more.



Paige Johnston Thomas is currently co-owner and Casting Director at C&J Casting.  She received her Masters in Acting at UNC-Chapel Hill and performed as an actor for many years. She has been teaching auditioning workshops for over 10 years, and has taught hundreds of students the skills she has learned from working behind the camera. She is also a theatre director and has directed shows at Carolina Actors Studio Theatre and Theatre Charlotte.




Rose of Athens newsletter

August 2012 Newsletter
RoA logo CoE Group Screaming Cast of The Comedy of Errors
Shakespeare on the Lawn June 2012


Season Auditions are coming up, No Shame Theatre features local playwrights each month, Guest appearance on WUGA’s ‘Once In A Blue Moon’ live performance and other surprises on the way! 

Season 7 Auditions


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Cast of James & the Giant Peach February-March 2012
General Auditions for Rose of Athens Theatre-Season 7 will be held on August 29 & 30 at Seney-Stovall Chapel from 6:00PM-9:00PM. Auditions are by appointment only. For more information and our Season 7 listing, visit To schedule an appointment, email See you there!



John Patrick Bray
No Shame Coordinator & Playwright-John Patrick Bray.

Join our No Shame Staged Reading Series hosted by UGA Professor and Rose of Athens Theatre Associate Artist, John Patrick Bray. See John’s bio online. If you are interested in being cast and/or for any information regarding new play readings, contact John Patrick Bray- The next play reading will be Whacking the Turkey by Karla Jennings on August 19 at Hendershots on 1560 Oglethorpe Dr. (next to Transmet Pizza) Cast prep is at 6:30 PM and the show is at 7:00 PM. Admission is FREE!

WUGA Presents 
‘Once In A Blue Moon Live’


Blue Moon
Rose of Athens Theatre, along with other local artists, will appear on WUGA on August 26 at 7:00 PM. Join us as we present scenes from our touring production A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Click the banner above for tickets!


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
Associate Artistic Director & Program Coordinator,

Announcing Associate Artistic Director!
Danielle Bailey Miller has accepted the post of Associate Artistic Director, alongside Producing Artistic Director, Lisa Cesnik Ferguson. Danielle has worked with the company since Spring 2009 in a variety of areas including Producing, Directing, Acting and Teaching. “I’m thrilled to continue my work with RoA Theatre. This company is a vital part of our community”, says Miller. View her bio online!
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Steve Harvey — novelty acts

Steve Harvey in Chicago will have an upcoming segment that will be similar to “America’s Got Talent.” We are currently looking for novelty acts such as magicians, jugglers, animal trainers, etc. Our show is specifically interested in non-union talent or entertainers that have not appeared in any national or major broadcasts. There is no pay but we will cover travel expenses and accommodations for guests. Steve Harvey is a nationally syndicated daytime show, so performers can expect a lot of exposure.


Please have your clients submit video links providing their name, age, location, and “talent” to by August, 20th. Anyone participating in this project must be willing to release their footage for our usage; our producing team will handle callbacks and bookings. We also ask that entertainers be available for our tape date (9/4) if selected. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.


Please visit our website for more information about the show:


Hollywood & The Vine

Q: Is there something deep about Salt, doc? I’m serious. I really wanna know.

A: Salt is vital for life. It’s pretty much as key as water. As you may know, they give you saline when you’re dehydrated… and that’s not just straight H20. And salt gives things flavor. Jesus told his disciples to be “salt and light.” That’s all pretty deep, in a spiritually-significant sort of way.

Oh, wait. You were talking about the movie, weren’t you? Yeah, there’s some of that there, too, I suppose.

NBC Duped By Parody Site
Christians really aren’t boycotting Bill Murray after all.

Crowe in “Albanian Braveheart”?
American Idol host’s father angles for Hollywood screenplay.

NPR Likes Duvall… and Faith
Next up for director and star of The Apostle: Get Low.

Top 10 Late-Night Rentals

WARNING: Some TV shows can cause serious sleep deprivation. These are the ones that have kept screenwriter Melinda Ledman up the latest over the last ten years…


Inception is about planting ideas in people’s minds. One good idea from the production’s set? Warner Bros. and director Christopher Nolan used solar-powered generators from Pure Power Distribution.
James and the Giant Peach Combo Pack Giveaway

Courtesy of Disney Home Entertainment and, you can be one of three lucky GHM News readers to win a DVD/Blu-ray combo pack of the adapted children’s classic James and the Giant Peach, out on DVD and Blu-ray August 3.

Click through for details…

August 6, 2010 (limited)
August 27, 2010 (wide)
Letters to God
August 10, 2010 (DVD)
Waiting for Superman
Fall, 2010
Fall, 2010
Chronicles of Narnia
Voyage of the Dawn Treader

December 10, 2010

Atlanta Voice Coaching — fall classes

Atlanta Voice Coaching
Early Fall, 2012 Class Schedule
Voice Production: You will learn how the voice works, how to begin developing your full,
free, flexible sound, strengthen your breath support, crisp up your articulation, project and
modify your volume for different sized spaces.
5 sessions, Saturdays, September 8 – October 6
3:00 – 5:00pm
Non-Regional Speech for the Southern Speaker: Learn how to modify your southern
sound for auditions and roles in Theatre, Film and TV productions or for your professional life.
5 sessions, Sundays, September 9 – October 7
3:00 – 5:00pm
Foundations of Fitzmaurice Voicework®: Destructuring/Restructuring
Stretch your range, gain flexibility, strengthen your support, develop your resonance, find
more ease and connectedness in your sound. Check out for more
information about the technique.
5 sessions, Sundays, September 9 – October 7
7:00 – 9:00pm
Fitzmaurice Voicework® On-going class: For students who have completed the
foundations class or have studied the technique with Cynthia or another certified Fitzmaurice
teacher. A weekly drop-in class that will continue the development of the voice utilizing
Fitzmaurice Voicework.
Mondays September 10 – October 8
7:00 – 8:00pm
Limited to 6 students.
$15 per class
For more information or to register send an email to:
or call 770-908-7923
Atlanta Voice Coaching LLC is located on the north east side of Atlanta near the I-85/285 (spaghetti) junction.


Georgia Ensemble Theatre

Georgia Ensemble Theatre

In This Issue
Fall Classes Begin in September
Quick Links

About Us

The Georgia Ensemble Theatre Conservatory is entering it’s 20th year of top tier, award winning arts education. We focus on  process and developing a positive performance experience for our students. We keep  class sizes small so that every student will receive plenty of individualized attention and each class will grow with the student.
Georgia Ensemble Theatre is a 501(c)3 nonprofit Professional Theatre Organization located in Roswell, Georgia.
Georgia Ensemble Theatre is the resident theatre company of the Roswell Cultural Arts Center. 950 Forrest Street, Roswell, GA 30075
P.O Box 607, Roswell, GA 30077-0607
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Georgia Ensemble Theatre

Fall Classes Begin in September!
First let me us say “Thank You” for a truly amazing summer camp here at Georgia Ensemble Theatre and Conservatory! We are so incredibly proud of all of the young people who came to us this summer to learn and develop their personal performance style. We had great success with our new camp Mash-Up Musical Madness, and as many of you know, Willy Wonk Junior was an amazing and fun musical extravaganza!
Now we embark on our 20th Emerald Anniversary here at the GET Conservatory and we simply cannot wait to share in the theatre magic with you. Please look into the amazing classes we have prepared for YOU this fall and give us a call!
Laurel Crowe and Corinna Rezzelle
Education Department
Georgia Ensemble Theatre
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The Saturday Workshop Series: Musical Mayhem
Junior (Pre-K-1st),
10am-11am, $150,
Instructor: Tara Chiusano
(James and the Giant Peach at GET)
Elementary (2nd-5th), 10am-12:30pm, $275, Instructor: Kati Grace Morton


Upper (6th-8th), 10am-12:30pm, $275,
Instructor: Tracy Vaden Moore
(The Foreigner and Ring of Fire at GET)


Join our merry band of Professional Teaching Artists on Saturday Mornings this fall as they gently guide our young performers in the art of Musical Theatre. Our Saturday Workshop Series focuses on core performance skills (voice, movement, and acting) in a safe and supportive atmosphere. This class will culminate in a showcase on the GET main stage.

The Teen Master Class: Musical Theatre Cabaret
Grades 8-12
Mondays Evenings
September 24-November 12
7-9pm, $275
Instructor: Jessica De Maria
(James and the Giant Peach at GET)


Back by popular demand, our intermediate class in Musical Theatre will end in a Cabaret performance on the GET main stage. This class will  focus on individual performance peices in addition to ensemble work.


Master classes are for students who have previously studied at Georgia Ensemble Theatre through classes and camps, or have applicable training in another program.

The Adult Class: Back to Basics Bootcamp
 Mondays Evenings
September 24-October 29
7-9pm, $250
Instructor: Cara Mantella
(The Boys Next Door and Lying in State at GET)


Popular Atlanta film and stage actress and Georgia Ensemble Theatre favorite, Cara Mantella, will guide our students in exercises that will both challenge and develop their performance skills. Whether you are new to acting or you need to brush up on your skills, this class for adults is for you. With a focus on voice, movement and acting.
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Coming Soon:
 The Man Who Came to Dinner  
By Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
Directed by Robert J. Farley
September 6-23, 2012
Two decades ago, Georgia Ensemble Theatre (GET) opened its doors with the outrageous Kaufman & Hart comedy, You Can’t Take it With You. Now, 20 years and more than 100 productions later, we bring back another work from this great comedy writing duo as we launch our Emerald Anniversary with one of the moste epic and clever American comedies to ever take the stage. The Man Who Came to Dinner will be brought to you with a cast of over 25, including GET favorites from the 2012 hit show, Becky’s New Car: Wendy Melkonian and Allan Edwards. You’ll meet the irascible arts critic and media icon Sheridan Whiteside as he pays a visit to the Stanley household where Marx Brothers-like madness ensues with secretaries, ex-cons, cockroaches and penguins!
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Fun for ALL Ages:
Aesop’s Fables 

By Mike Kenny
Directed by Laurel Crowe

Join us for a fast and furious romp through 

the fantastic fables of Aesop!
To Schools: September 10-29, 2012
Public Performance: September 15th at 11am


James and the Giant Peach 
By Richard R. George
Directed by Laurel Crowe
Back by popular demand! Join James and his unique insect friends on the adventure of a lifetime!
On Tour to Schools:
 October 29-November 13, 2012 
At The Roswell Cultural Arts Center: November 14-16

Sketchworks classes


Get serious about being funny and sign up for one of Sketchworks’ Intro to Sketch Comedy Writing classes, led by Robin Henry.


You’ll learn the different genres of sketch comedy, collaborate with other writers in a workshop environment, write material each week to fire your imagination, work with an experienced comedy writer and realize your full writing potential. This class is open to anyone with the desire to write and your sketch could be produced in a Sketchworks show!


Class limited to 10 writers. Payment confirms your space.

September 10 – October 8 (5 Weeks)

Mondays, 7-9 pm


Go to to sign up and secure your spot today!







Work out your comic timing and character development with Casey Holloway (Sketchworks Cast Member) and lose yourself laughing!


This fun, 6-week intensive preps students in the basics of acting the fool. Learn the tenets of physical comedy, timing, and the fundamentals of creating over the top, but believable and successful characters for sketch comedy. A combination of observation and improvisational exercises and script work stretches your imagination and your acting chops.


This class is a prerequisite for the Sketchworks Advanced Workshop Group, an eight-week session culminating in a live, original sketch comedy performance in the new Sketchworks Theatre.


Class limited to 8 actors. Payment confirms your space.

September 10 – October 15 (6 Weeks)

Mondays, 7-10 pm


Go to to sign up and secure your spot today!



Actor’s Scene — Now hiring

The Actor’s Scene is looking for an outgoing and vivacious person to teach on-camera acting classes.


Ideal person would be a working actor with on-camera credits, or industry professional with experience in behind the scenes such as casting, agency, directing etc.


Part-time Position: on independent contract basis. Looking for one day a week with ability to sub as well.


The Actor’s Scene has complete syllabus for our various classes so individual should be able teach from what we provide.


No coaching experience needed, as we can train. However, ideal candidate must have industry experience of some type.


Compensation: $10-$20 an hour based on experience.


Email your resume (and headshot if you have) to by Monday evening at 7pm. Put ACTING COACH in subject line.


Interviews will be Tuesday -Thursday of next week (Aug 14-16). Those selected will be given an interview time.


No phone calls please.


The Actor’s Scene is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Open Casting Call


The Art Institute of Atlanta


Hi Everyone –

Thanks to each of you for the wonderful support you provide for our digital filmmaking students!

Our upper level students are casting for a broad range of parts. They are casting for short narratives. While the students finalize their character descriptions, we just wanted to let you know that we will have another casting call THIS WEEK!!!!

We will send character descriptions soon. In the meantime please mark your calendars and we look forward to seeing you, here at the Art Institute.


When: Tuesday, August 14, 201230, 2012                          Time:  6:30pm – 9:00pm

Where: The Art Institute of Atlanta,

6600 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd NE,  Building 100, Atlanta 30328



Please email Jessica Muhammad at <>

— Use ACTORS WANTED as Subject of email

— INCLUDE your first and second choices for times. We schedule actors in 30-minute blocks.

— Please provide the following in your email:

* Age Range

* Height


*  If you do Voice-Overs
* If you are a member of SAG/AFTRA

Your audition confirmation will include a SPECIFIC time AND it will tell you the ROOM NUMBER to come and sign in.   Audition times are first come, first serve.

If you have a last minute change of plans, please email OR call Fran Burst at 404-524-9756 and leave a voice mail message



* Please bring your HEADSHOT and RESUME (at least 2 copies of each)

* Sides WILL be provided and student directors WILL have scripts to discuss with you.


If you are coming to Audition, please don’t attach your headshot and resume to the email but be sure to bring them to the Audition.


Although actors will not be paid, each actor who appears in a student film will receive a master-quality video of project(s) in which he/she appears.


Parking is free at The Art Institute, but if you arrive before 8pm, please get a parking pass from receptionist in 1st floor Gallery.   Put the pass on your car, follow the signs and come upstairs. If you arrive after 8pm, see if receptionist is still in gallery – if not, you don’t need a pass.


The Art Institute of Atlanta, 6600 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Building 100, Atlanta, GA 30328



Peachtree Village International FIlm Festival


*The latest foray into movie making by nationally syndicated radio DJ Russ Parr is astounding. The D.C. based morning show host and film auteur has just written and directed his fifth movie entitled “The Undershepherd.”

It’s sure to have people, particularly those deep in the black church, saying a lot more than amen. For example, this one scene from the movie illustrates what we mean.

“You’re a fraud and an insult to this church (First Baptist Church) and God,” Deaconess Carter, with controlled anger, deftly portrayed by Vanessa Bell Calloway, said to the Rev. Lawrence “LC” Case. He’s played by Isaiah Washington, whose character was a doctor in the ABC network drama, Grey’s Anatomy. Looking at her straight in the eye, with an air of self righteousness, Rev. Case replied, “I am God.”

It seems Parr was destined to write this story. His mother took him to the black church as a young child. However, it was not a good experience he said.

“I was really invested into the church and the church I was going to. Then I started seeing things that didn’t make sense. My mom, who was a very religious woman, pulled me out of the church. She thought I was losing myself.” Malinda Williams

Malinda Williams

Politics also had something to do with why he felt the need to make this movie, explaining: “It was the 2004 election and I had a Republican friend of mine say, ‘hey, I’ll tell you a little secret when the election is over. We’re going into a lot of swing states and buying off the Black ministers and giving them talking points.’

(Excerpts from


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Summer Actor’s Intensive with Heidi Cline McKerley

A C T O R ’ S I N T E N S I V E
Heidi Cline McKerley
As an actor, are you in a bit of a rut?
Are you ready to bump your skills to the next level?
Do you need to make short & long range plans for your career?
Do you want to learn something new & give your acting career a shot of adrenalin?
T H E N T H I S C L A S S I S F O R Y O U !
to register and acquire more information.
Deadline for registration is Wednesday, August 15
Bio for Heidi Cline McKerley
Heidi has been a part of the Atlanta theatre community for twenty-four years and has been a teacher for
twenty-six years. She has taught for the Alliance Theatre School, Actor’s Express, the Shakespeare
Tavern, Berrry College, Kennesaw State University, Georgia Perimeter College, Florida State University,
St. Martin’s Episcopal School, and has conducted workshops for the University of Georgia, Emory
University, Georgia Independent School Association, and the Southern Order of Storytellers as well as
teaching privately. As an actress and director, Heidi has worked with the Alliance Theatre, Theatrical
Outfit, the Horizon Theatre, Georgia Shakespeare, the Shakespeare Tavern, Atlanta Lyric Theatre, 7
Stages, Actor’s Express, Theatre Gael, Dad’s Garage, Play Ground Theatre Company, Soul-stice
Repertory, Gainesville Theatre Alliance, Theatre in the Square, Jewish Theatre of the South, the national
One-Minute Play Festival, and the Aurora Theatre. Heidi has been nominated for the Suzi Bass Award,
Atlanta’s version of the Tony Awards, seven times, and won last year for Best Direction of a Musical for
“Avenue Q”. Regionally, she has worked with the Hippodrome State Theatre and Oasis Theatre in Florida,
The Lagrange Lyric Theatre, and the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia. Heidi was the co-founder and
producing artistic director of Soul-stice Repertory Ensemble for nine years, producing over 30 classics at 7
Stages. She is a member of the National Storytelling Network, Southern Order of Storytellers, Educational
Theatre Association of America, and the American Association for Theatre in Education; as well as serving
as the producing artistic director of St. Martin’s World Storytelling Celebration, now in it’s 6th year.


Get Connected

I’ts that time read below its the end of the summer blast. This is going to be a fun mixer as we close the summer out in style, Please pass this our to your network and also we have a few vendor tables open if you care to be a vendor we running a special email us at and also next month is investor month so keep that in the front of your mind we have some surprises in store:)


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 Get Connected


Hosted by

Play Date Atlanta


Let’s close out the Summer with some FUN!

This month at Get Connected, TIMELESS Brands will introduce PlayDate! This interactive experience will not only help you break the ice, let your hair down, and make connections while networking but it will also be A LOT OF FUN!

Featuring classic board games, video games, and MORE! From Poker to UNO, Monopoly to Hungry Hippos, Wii to Taboo, Dominoes to Giant Jenga, and everything in between…but you haven’t experienced PlayDate until you join in on the PlayDate Signature Games!! Can you imagine adults playing Hula Hoops, Musical Chairs, and Simon Says? All with Music, Food, Cocktails, and Connections this WILL be an event to remember!

The Sizzlin’ End Of Summer Cook Out Extravaganza!  

Come experience FREE Hot Dogs, Hamburgers Fresh off the Grill + a Frish Fry by are amazing Food Sponsors “Meat Me at the Grill”, THE A SPOT and Hot Wings from Miss Crumpy’s Hot Wings and oh yea Watermelon provided by Producer & Actress Dawntavia Bullard



Bring business cards & head-shots

 (Dress to impress)

Filmmakers Drop off your resumes in the crew box for a chance to be hired on upcoming local productions


 Aurea McGarry

EMMY Winning TV Show Host & Producer, Founder of LIVE YOUR LEGACY SUMMIT will be doing a 1-hour Seminar Titled


How to overcome life’s annoying and sometimes huge obstacles!!!

Emmy award winning TV show host, cancer & domestic violence Sur-THRIVER teaches tactical ways for you too overcome obstacles to help keep you on your road to success.

Starts at 7:30 Ends 8:30 in the screening room!

Special performance by





Touch of Serenity will be doing complimentary massages at the event so be sure you stop by their station!!

THURSDAY, August 30TH, 2012

6 pm – 11pm

The Foundry at Puritan Mill

916 Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard, Atlanta, Georgia 30318

$10 Admission

$5.00 Valet Parking

The Foundry does not have ATM or accept credit cards

CASH ONLY FOR Entry, Parking & Drinks


Offered at 6:30PM & 8:30 PM


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All Filmmakers & TV Producers please bring copies of your DVDs to be picked up for possible online distribution. Independent Distribution Group will be meeting with attendees and taking content on site. IDG is an independent film and television distribution company with the mission of providing a stage for independent media creators to show cases their talents.  We service …the fast-growing faction of independent film and televisions producers who create amazing content but may not have the opportunities to distribute their product though major outlets.


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Regina Moore audition workshop

MASTER AUDITION WORKSHOP “Mastering the Audition Process”


NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE DATE: AUGUST 18TH, 2012 Hosted by Alan Dysert and held at Regina Moore’s Casting Studio) Last Workshop of this year.

“You’ll learn advanced audition techniques, scene work, improvisation, while learning what Casting Directors and Talent Agents really have to say.”

“It can be difficult to relax when the actor walks through the casting door,” says Moore. “This workshop helps each actor shed their fears and get comfortable as the casting room process is revealed.” Come see it from the Casting Director’s perspective. Regina offers her knowledge in a nurturing and positive manner creating a comfort zone for actors to excel. Regina relates to the actor regardless of whether they are a beginner or a professional. As an instructor, she is known for her ability to recognize potential and encouraging the growing actor with her straight forward, no nonsense approach.

Regina Moore has been in the entertainment industry for over 30 years.  First an actress, Regina is now a casting director in the areas of film, television, commercials, print, music videos, and live performances. She is, without a doubt, the busiest casting director in this region. She casts feature films, TV pilots, commercials, music  videos and all other areas of on-camera performance. This is a rare opportunity to be one of a small group to study and audition for this very in-demand talent specialist in an intimate and informal atmosphere.


  • Advanced audition techniques
  • Scene work
  • Improvisation
  • How casting directors and talent agents communicate
  • Important relationships for performers
  • Learning who you are professionally
  • Promotional materials and marketing yourself
  • First impressions
  • Evaluation

Please fill out the form on the site to sign up or


Audition Intensive & Scene Study

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REMINDER : on  August AUDITION INTENSIVE 11/12 and SCENE STUDY is ongoing month to month. Info below. cw 
“Caryn is truly an audition expert. She has great insights on audition techniques as well as the entertainment business as a whole, and her teachings all came from her own authentic experience in the business.  Soon after the class, I booked a great role opposite Vince Vaughn in the 2013 Shawn Levy feature THE INTERNSHIP. Thank you Caryn!”
– Jimmy Ouyang

RECENT CLIENT /ALUMNI WINS  (keep us informed people, we love to brag about you):

RON K. SIMONS won a Tony as one of the producers of PORGY AND BESS!   

JIMMY OUYANG (see above) joins TOBIT RAPHAEL on 20th C. Fox’s THE INTERNSHIP

CODY LINLEY is off to shoot a lead in the feature CHAMPION with Lance Henriksen.
LAURA NIEMI  is playing Steve Jobs’ Secretary & her WEEDS episode airs the first week in August.
JIMMY PALUMBO booked a role a Robert DeNiro film directed by Luc Besson!
GRAHAM SHIELS is on “Leverage” on TNT at July 22 8pm
THE “TEACH” Caryn is just back from NYC for GOOD PEOPLE audition.

  Come join us now  and expand your work as they did.  Info and links below.      


AUGUST 11/12  10-5pm  
( payment plans on request)

“Caryn has the ability to quickly comprehend a scene and bring it to life. She inspires ideas and actions that would have otherwise gone untapped. I wouldn’t go anywhere else with my audition material”VICTORIA SUMMER ( currently shooting one of  2 feature parts  she booked in roles Caryn coached or taped for her this spring 2012)
INTERNET READINESS (the new “Pre Read”), Genre Script Prep, On Camera Tips and Practice, Work Ethic , Eliminating Nerves and Self Sabotage,  Camera Savvy  

My most effective way to teach all this info! Acquiring your best level comes from the time and space to assimilate the handouts and concepts, multiple times in front of the camera with many different genres and audition scenarios, and for me to observe your  habits and weak areas. New marketing essentials: “ACTOR SOCIAL MEDIA” CLASS DETAILS   REGISTRATION PAGE  



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 (One of the “BEST AUDITION COACHES” -Backstage West/ East polls) 



co Artistic Director of the BOSTON COURT theater  

now directing MACBETH for the Antaeus Company

Mondays 7-11:00pm   month to month

call for appts to interview 323.876.0394  

FREE AUDIT, just call

CD Workshops are for networking! Yes, but you can’t improve in a 2 hour CD workshop- just show what skills you currently have. There just is no time to address real technique and growth.   

Immerse yourself in a class where we make sure you gather better tools to interpret scripts, commit to stronger actions quickly and  excite us with higher stakes, and build rich characters that stretch you and you can carry into other rooms.

Honestly, Jess and I have seen some very talented folks get back to booking after revisiting their craft in this class. MORE CLASS INFO, TOPICS, TESTIMONIALS and REGISTRATION at      

  CW NOTE: Skype coach clients both in NYC with a good broadband connection and here in LA when these last minute pilot shots come in. We are here if you need us!



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