Archive for August, 2013

21
Aug
13

Fulton Country to cut funding for the arts

Below is a letter from the Fulton County Arts Council that talent and industry professionals may find interesting. Please feel free to share.

 

As you may have recently read in last Sunday’s AJC, Fulton County is in a dire financial situation, looking at a possible $115m deficit.  I am reaching out to you to make you aware that as a part of a proposed resolution to this deficit, the current Interim County Manager has proposed a 100% cut to the Department of Arts and Culture.  Long story short…We need your help!  As someone who is either in the arts or has a strong appreciation for what art and culture means for this community, our Fulton County Commissioners MUST hear from you! 

 

     Over the past five years our budget has been cut an average of 14-20% annually, and since 2001 has been cut over one million dollars. Though these were difficult for the Arts in Fulton County, the cuts were proportionately aligned with all other departments within the County budget.  At this juncture, however, a 100% cut to the Department of Arts and Culture is in the County Manager’s top three recommendations!

 

    Our plea to you, as someone who is connected to arts and culture in this community, is for you, your staff, board, attendees and friends to IMMEDIATELY let your Commissioner know of their concern.  To let our voices be heard, we ask everyone who wants this to continue to be a healthy cultural community to do one or all of the following:

 

1)      Call your Commissioner and simply state that you are very concerned and not in favor of there being any cuts in the Dept. of Arts and Culture;

Note:  Phone numbers are below

 

2)       Send an email to your Commissioner stating that art and culture is an important part of the quality of life for those of us who live, work and play in Fulton County and that you urge them not to support the County Manager’s recommendation to cut the budget for the Dept. of Arts and Culture;

Note:  Email Addresses of Commissioners are below:

 

District 1 (At Large)     Chairman John Eaves                                                                                                  
Email: john.eaves@fultoncountyga.gov
404-612-8206

 

District 2 (At Large)  Commissioner Robb Pitts
Email: robb.pitts@fultoncountyga.gov
404-612-8210

 

District 3  Commissioner Liz Hausmann
Email: liz.hausmann@fultoncountyga.gov
404-612-8213

 

District 4  Commissioner Tom Lowe
Email: tom.lowe@fultoncountyga.gov
404-612-8218 

 

District 5   Commissioner Emma Darnell
Email: emma.darnell@fultoncountyga.gov
404-612-8222

 

District 6    Commissioner Joan Garner
Email: joan.garner@fultoncountyga.gov
404-612-8226

 

District 7   Commissioner William “Bill” Edwards
Email: commissioner.edwards@fultoncountyga.gov
404-612-8230

 

3)      Attend the Board of Commissioners meeting (Wednesday, August 21st at 10:00AM) where this issue will be discussed and voice your concern during the public comment section. The meeting will be held at the Fulton County Govt. Complex, 141 Pryor Street, Atlanta, Georgia.  At this called meeting, they are scheduled to introduce the recent recommendations to the full Board.  Your presence is critical and extremely necessary to ensure we maintain a healthy Arts environment throughout Fulton County.

Note:  If you are an arts organization, please be prepared to share the impact of your organization (i.e. number of employees, number of attendees…especially if you can break those numbers down to number of seniors, youth/children, etc.)

 

     We are encouraging all in attendance to wear green so our presence can be easily recognized by the BOC.

 

    The Department of Arts and Culture, as well as the Fulton County Arts Council thanks you in advance.  This will be our only chance to communicate to the Commissioners the importance of Arts and Culture in our surrounding communities.

 

    Our thanks, in advance, for all you have and will continue to contribute to  Arts and Culture.  Please ACT TODAY to help stop this action by the Commission and allow Fulton County’s quality of life for families, children, seniors and artists remain alive and vibrant!

 

Warm regards,

 

The Fulton County Arts Council     

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09
Aug
13

Scene Study with Regina Moore/Moore Casting, LLC

DATE: August 24th, 2013 (Hosted by Alan Dysert)

PLACE: Offices of Moore Casting – 417 Welshwood Drive, Suite 109 Nashville, TN  37211

TIME: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Price: $135

Many actors want the opportunity to ask questions and spend time with casting professionals so they can get an idea of what is expected.

Breaking down the audition process by focusing on the scene is vital.

This workshop is about working scripts, knowing what questions to ask, helping the actor find out who they are and about being able to understand their character.

We will be spending time working Film and Television scripts while including the element of improv allowing the actor exploration beyond the words on the page.

The purpose of the workshop is to build confidence in making choices and realizing that will come with stepping away from what feels safe and relying on one’s individual unique strengths.

Spend the day with Regina Moore identifying what makes you unique as an actor.

This class is limited to a certain number of students and is filling up quick.

Go to www.moorecasting.com for more details, click on workshops.

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Aug
13

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08
Aug
13

 

The Improv School of Atlanta is unveiling a brand new improv acting class next week and here are 7 things you need to know it:

 

1. Class is 8-weeks long, from 7:30pm-10:00pm  // beginning next Tuesday (8/13) // $200 (check/cash)

 

2. This is like no other improv class you can take in the city of Atlanta. Instructor Ian Covell blends his 18 years of experience in both improvisation and the Sanford Meisner Acting Technique and focuses on how the richest laughs in a scene are discovered, not manufactured.

 

3. This class is a mixed-skill levels class. Think about it more like a fitness class and you’ll have people from different levels of fitness working out with you! You’ll have opportunities to be inspired by and to be inspirational towards your fellow students. Max capacity is 10 students and spaces fill up fast.

 

4. This class is about bringing YOU, the actor, fully present and aware to every scene, every moment, every time.

 

5. Improvisers don’t have to learn any lines, but you do have to be a good storyteller. Improv can make you a better actor and writer! Trust me, you already know more about this than you think you do!  

 

6. You will work hard in this class, but you’ll also have FUN and experience great rewards. Improv is a process that will make you a better at your career, your art, or just being human!

 

7. Every 8-week class ends with a graduation show in front of a live audience! 

 

 

At Improv School of Atlanta, we’re serious about comedy! Email: improvschoolatl@gmail.com to register for classes or ask questions. 

 

 

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08
Aug
13

Be sure to check out The Miracle Worker, directed by Houghton’s own Michael Cole and starring Houghton actors Tasia Grant as “Annie Sullivan”, Rose Bianco as “Mrs. Kate Keller” and Steven Reddington as “James Keller”, among other talented actors such as Bill Symanski as “Captain Keller” and introducing Charlotte Lyda as “Helen Keller”.  The show runs for 3 weekends, from August 17th – September 1st.  Tickets can be purchased at www.trp-atl.com.

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Aug
13

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    yourACT Acting Studios Atlanta

“Without wonder and insight, acting is just a trade.  With it, it becomes creation.”

 

Bette Davis

 

Ongoing Classes

On-Camera & Voice-Over

 

MONDAYS – Film/TV Audition

Taught by Bob Harter with Julie Still & B. Todd Johnston

 

 

 

 

Strengthen your skills and explore your creativity with other experienced actors. Film and TV has definitely come to Georgia! This means our audition skills have to be sharp and ready to go for those last minute castings. Cold reading is a skill every actor should have. In this class, we’ll work on different styles of reads each night, so whether it’s dramatic or comedic–episodic, sitcom or feature film, you can go in the room with confidence. Don’t fear that last minute script. Have fun and enjoy your audition.

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THURSDAYS – Voice-Over Master Class

Taught by Debra Nelson

 

 

This on-going voiceover workout will keep you ready for any type of copy, from high-energy auto sales to those tough medical reads.

Great for anyone who wants to keep their skills polished and sharp.

Prerequisite:
Must have VO demo on agent’s website, or completed an Intermediate level VO class. Class limited to 12.

 

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Standup Comedy
with Josh Harris

 

Ever dreamed of sending huge crowds into fits of laughter, having killer stage presence, and knowing what it takes to make money being funny? Now’s your chance! 

Nationally acclaimed comedian Josh Harris from NBC’s Stand Up for Diversity, Bill Bellamy’s Who’s Got Jokes, and Dave FM’s Atlanta’s Funniest Person Finalist shows you how to “find your funny” in this 8-week stand-up comedy class!

 

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Total Memorization
Taught by B. Todd Johnston

 

Actors have to memorize lines. It’s part of our job. Do you dread this task? Are you mystified by the process and wish you knew a better way?

This workshop gives you specific tools that make memorizing fun and exciting. You will improve your cold read skills, develop your acting instincts, and increase your confidence in auditions.

 

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Haber Film/TV Audition Intensive
Taught by Della Cole

 

This Intensive course is designed for trained actors who have some audition experience.

 

As professional actors, we often audition and work on projects that don’t necessarily challenge the full spectrum of our talents. You may be comfortable with industrials, commercials, and voice-over but fall apart when you audition for a film. With the increase of film and television coming to Georgia, now more than ever, Atlanta talent needs to be ready for Hollywood auditions.

In this Intensive, using the “Haber Audition Technique”, actors work with film and television scripts, learning how to nail the audition in a limited amount of time. The focus is on the nuts and bolts of breaking down a scene, including relationship, intention, history, opening and closing beats, core and masking. Using the skills you learn will greatly improve your audition skills. This valuable cold-reading technique works.

 

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Hypnosis and NLP Workshop for Actors
With Leigh Ann Ledbetter and Tony Kyprios

 

 

A playful experiential workshop designed by and presented by US based hypnotist Leigh Ann Ledbetter and Australian hypnotist and Master NLP practitioner and trainer Tony Kyprios that includes hypnosis and neuro linguistic programming (NLP) specifically tailored for actors.

Experience a new slant on techniques and tools that are designed to empower and shift personal limitations while expanding possibilities and potential. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about creating desired outcomes in an intimate small group setting.

 

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Scott Hilley Medical Fund Benefit

At The Sketchworks Theatre

 

 

You’ve heard him as The Reverend on Cartoon Network’s “Squidbillies” and he’s voiced hundreds of commercials. You’ve seen him on stage and screen. 

Now the talented Scott Hilley needs your help. He’s been recovering from a stroke he had last year and has been having additional medical issues. Well, the bills are mounting up. We’d like to give him a hand – more than mere applause. We need to help Scott regain his health and vibrancy.

Your generosity will allow him to do just that. Let’s get Scott back on track, so he can continue to entertain us with Bugs, Yosemite Sam, and Porky, and make us all laugh our derrieres off.

 

Sunday, August 18

2:00 pm
Sketchworks Comedy Theatre

This star-studded party features Laughing Matters and Dan Thurmon. The many special guests include Gwen Hughes, Rob Cleveland, Melanie Frady, Barry Stoltze & Scott Hilley!

There will be raffle prizes and a silent auction as well!

 

Get tickets – $25.

 

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