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41 minutes | Aug 3, 2021
Devin Shacket: Acting and Audition Coach | Episode 033
Devin is an incredible acting and audition coach based in New York. I had the opportunity to take one of her classes and was blown away by her knowledge and useful and practical advice for actors. In this episode, Devin talks about common traps that actors fall into during auditions, how to steer clear of generalizations while performing a character, and how to adjust to performing in front of a camera.Devin Shacket is an actress, casting professional, audition coach, and on-camera acting teacher. Devin began coaching and taping auditions in early 2013, while working in the House of Cards: Season 2 casting department. Her casting credits include the second season of House of Cards, alongside Emmy Award winning casting director, Julie Schubert, feature films including Good Funk, Black Nativity, Three Backyards, and theatre projects and the San Francisco Playhouse. Her students have appeared on television shows such as The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Iron Fist, Happy, Gotham, New Amsterdam, Switched at Birth, Tyrant, Ramy, The Deuce, Jack Ryan, Sneaky Pete, Quantico, Infierno Verde, Jessica Jones, Blue Bloods, Sweet Bitter, The Looming Tower, FBI, Dickinson, The Blacklist, The Godfather of Harlem, and more. In addition to private coaching and audition taping, Devin teaches on camera acting and audition technique to adults and young actors internationally. She has been a guest lecturer at NYU Stonestreet School for Film and Television, SF Playhouse, SF State University, Palm Beach Atlantic University, dBs Berlin Film School, and several private studios in New York City. She is the founder and Artistic Director of the New York Drama Center.You can learn more about Devin by visiting https://www.thenewyorkdramacenter.com and https://www.devinshacketoncamera.comSign up for the Actorcast Newsletter at Actorcast and join our membership to gain access to exclusive content at Become an Actorcast Premium Member | Actorcast.
47 minutes | Jul 27, 2021
Margaret Sclafani and Zach Singer: Film Directors | Episode 032
I had the opportunity to work with both Margaret and Zach on a short film in early 2020 and was inspired by their work as filmmakers. In this episode, we discuss why they decided to pursue a career in cinematography, why film is an effective medium to tell stories, and some of the challenges that come with being a film director. They also share their insights for those looking to pick up a camera.Margaret Sclafani is currently working on the feature film, Greetings from Arizona, as producer, co-director and cinematographer. She began her career in the film industry in 2008 as a post-production coordinator and production coordinator on documentary and short films, many with women at the helm. In 2010, she wore multiple hats at startup, Parent Earth, making videos about sustainable living and healthy food for families, working as director of photography, editor, associate producer, and line producer. Establishing herself in New York, she concentrated within the camera department, working her way up from assistant camera, to operator, to cinematographer. Her one minute documentary film, Water Walker, on indigenous water protectors was accepted into the Galway Film Fleadh in 2016. She also won a grant from the Russo Brothers to make a short documentary about her Sicilian-American heritage, Saints of Little Italy, which screened across the NYC boroughs as part of the NYWIFT Women Filmmakers: Immigrant Stories Series. In 2019, Margaret began working as the in house DP for MTV News. While there she also worked as Director of Photography on multiple independent shorts and features and continues to work freelance on both narrative and documentary projects. Her recent short directorial work, We Are Here, filmed March 1st 2020 and finished in post remotely. You can learn more about her past work experience at www.ladybugrelease.com.Zach Singer studied in the Film/Video program at CalArts, selected from a large pool of applicants to be one of twelve students in their undergraduate film program. He began directing and producing theater and short films at the age of 14. In 2005, Zach obtained the theatrical rights to ‘Canibal! The Musical’ (written by South Park’s Trey Parker) and produced and directed the show as a benefit for the Matlou Foundation, a non profit that helps children afflicted with AIDS in Botswana, Africa. In 2014, Zach Directed ‘Lily’ (Produced by James Franco and Deborah LaVine) a short film adapted from an unpublished stage play by Tennessee Williams. From 2015-2019 he produced and directed several music videos including ‘Baby It’s You’ by Haley Reinhart and ‘The Standard’ by Tolliver. Throughout his career as a producer and director, Zach has consistently worked as a video editor and story producer for companies that include MTV, Comedy Central, VH1, ATTN:, Genius, Discovery, Nickelodeon, as well as working on several award winning social/ web campaigns for entertainment clients A24, Disney, Fox Searchlight, Amazon/ Roadside, and Magnolia Pictures.You can learn more about Margaret and Zach by visiting https://www.margaretsclafani.com and https://www.zachsinger.tvSign up for the Actorcast Newsletter at Actorcast and join our membership to gain access to exclusive content at Become an Actorcast Premium Member | Actorcast.
44 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
Mimi Intagliata: Director of Production Operations at Disney Theatrical Group | Episode 031
Mimi Intagliata has a 30 year career working in production and stage management, most recently as Director of Production Operations at Disney Theatrical Group. In this episode of Actorcast, she provides us with a wealth of knowledge and a behind-the-scenes look into how shows are made. We discuss her career path, the biggest challenges involved in her role, and why others within the industry must develop a foundational understanding of production management.Mimi Intagliata (she/her) is the Director of Production Operations at Disney Theatrical Group. During her time at DTG, starting in 2013, she’s worked on Beauty and the Beast at Shanghai Disneyland Resort, the Broadway Production of Frozen the Musical, the national tour and theatrical film of Newsies, the new tour of The Lion King, and developmental productions of The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Shakespeare in Love. Mimi has spent over 30 years working in theatrical production. Prior to joining Disney, she was the Director of Production at Paper Mill Playhouse, a premier regional theatre in Millburn, NJ. There she guided over 40 shows to the stage, including the World Premiere of Newsies and the North American Premiere of the 25th Anniversary National Tour of Les Misérables. Before her time at Paper Mill, Mimi was the Production Manager at Dodger Stage Holding, working on, among other shows, the Broadway productions and national tours of 42nd Street and Urinetown, and the off-Broadway Production of Bare: A Pop Opera. She also worked for the touring company NETworks as an Associate Production Manager and, prior to making the transition to Production Managing, was a Stage Manager working in settings as varied as children’s theatre, opera, and dinner theatre and spent nearly 10 years criss-crossing the country and globe with touring shows. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Indiana University, Bloomington, and is originally from St. Louis, MO. Mimi currently resides in Maplewood, NJ, with her wife, Alicia, and their two children, Lucas, 18, and Celeste, 15.To learn more about Mimi, please visit her on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/mimi-intagliata-a716755/. You can learn more about her work with Disney at https://disneyonbroadway.comSign up for the Actorcast Newsletter at Actorcast and join our membership to gain access to exclusive content at Become an Actorcast Premium Member | Actorcast.
16 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
Dealing With Rejection | Episode 030
As we all know, we face a lot of rejection in our acting careers. It's important to develop a process for yourself in dealing with this rejection. In this episode of Actorcast, we discuss the various things to keep in mind as you are hitting the pavement for auditions and why we mustn't get too attached to the outcome.Sign up for the Actorcast Newsletter at Actorcast and join our membership to gain access to exclusive content at Become an Actorcast Premium Member | Actorcast.
30 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
Ran Xia: Interdisciplinary Theatre Artist | Episode 029
Ran Xia is a jack of all trades in the theatre industry, and it has certainly proven to be beneficial. Ran has worked as a playwright, director, sound designer, photographer, and graphic designer. In this episode of Actorcast, we discuss how wearing multiple hats can help you create work in the industry and how her various roles inform one another.Ran is an interdisciplinary theatre artist from Shanghai, China. She’s the 2021/22 Beatrice Terry Resident at the Drama League, a resident director at the Tank where she received the inaugural Artist of the Year award. Her works have been developed with Pipeline (Chava the Giant and the Oldest Bird, PlayaLab2020), IRT (Pomegrenade, Arctic's Fridge Fest), HERE (Harmony), Dixon Place*, The Brick ([ai], an adaptation of Ayn Rand's Anthem), The Wild Project, The Tank (Prometheus Bound, In Blue, Echo; Independent Study by Ben Gassman, The Tallest Man in the World by Ailis Ni Riain, and many more). She also wrote and directed the theatrical interactive portion of Risa Puno’s The Privilege of Escape with Creative Time. A frequent collaborator of Exquisite Corpse Co.** (audio/visual installation Echo at the Memory House, on Governors Island), Assistant Directing credits include: The Invention of Tragedy (by Mac Wellman, Dir. Meghan Finn at the Flea); Baby Fat: Act I (A Screeching Weasel punk rock opera, Dir. Michael Scholar, Jr. with Columbia Stages and LA MAMA), The Great Leap (by Lauren Yee, Dir. Taibi Magar at the Atlantic Theater), and Refrigerated Dreams by Carrie Mae Weems, Nona Hendryx, Francesca Harper, and Niegel Smith at Joe's Pub. She’s a commissioned playwright at the Vanderbilt University in fall 2021 and will be directing Orlando (Sarah Ruhl after Virginia Woolf at Barnard College). ranxia.info | thearcticgroup.orgTo learn more about Ran, please visit http://www.ranxia.infoSign up for the Actorcast Newsletter at Actorcast and join our membership to gain access to exclusive content at Become an Actorcast Premium Member | Actorcast.
12 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
Writing as an Actor | Episode 028
While it's great to have focus and clarity in our acting careers, it's also important to champion ourselves by creating our own work. In this episode of Actorcast, we talk about writing as an actor and how actors can utilize the power in writing to create performing opportunities for themselves. As a writer, your performing opportunities do not have to be decided by casting directors or producers. Instead, you can write your roles and add performing credits to your resume in no time, all while learning a lot about yourself as an artist.Sign up for the Actorcast Newsletter at Actorcast and join our membership to gain access to exclusive content at Become an Actorcast Premium Member | Actorcast.
38 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
Tracey Knight Narang: Tony-winning Producer & Playwright | Episode 027
Tracey Knight Narang is the beam of light this industry needs. She is a Tony-winning producer and playwright I thoroughly enjoyed talking with her about her career and perspective as a creative professional. In this episode, we discuss how Tracey became a producer, common misconceptions about the job, and Tracey's recent project, Period Piece.Tracey Knight Narang is a Tony Award winning producer and a playwright. Producer credits include OKLAHOMA!, Be More Chill, David Byrne’s American Utopia, and the highly anticipated Sing Street. She is the lead producer of Period Piece, a live-streamed fundraiser with a mission of destigmatizing menstruation, while raising funds for I Support The Girls, an international organization providing period products for the homeless and those in need. Tracey is a member of the Board of Trustees of New York City Center; on the Steering Committee for CT League of Professional Theatre Women; Westport Country Playhouse Theatre Council Member; and the former Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Actors’ Equity Foundation. Her plays To Each Their Own and Away From You have been produced by FringeNYC and Planet Connections, respectively. Tracey coined the term “Subway Etiquette” after publishing her book Subway Etiquette: The Straphanger’s Guide to Underground Conduct.To learn more about Tracey, please visit https://www.periodpieceplay.com.Sign up for the Actorcast Newsletter at Actorcast and join our membership to gain access to exclusive content at Become an Actorcast Premium Member | Actorcast.
8 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
Jumping Out of the Actor's Chair | Episode 026
It is so important to develop focus and clarity when we are pursuing our careers as actors. It's great to know what type of actor we want to be and how to run our business. But it's also a good idea to build a broad knowledge of the other facets within the industry. In this episode of Actorcast, we discuss why it's important to dabble in other roles in the entertainment industry and how doing so can positively impact your job as an actor.Sign up for the Actorcast Newsletter at Actorcast and join our membership to gain access to exclusive content at Become an Actorcast Premium Member | Actorcast.
46 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
Sharon Fallon: Theatre Producer & General Manager | Episode 025
One could tell that Sharon is incredibly passionate about her work as a theatre producer and general manager. She has been helping producers and artists bring their shows to life in theaters across the country for several years now. In this episode of Actorcast, we chat about how Sharon got into the theatre producing industry, what the role of a producer actually entails, what it's like to develop a show, and how to find the perfect balance between artistry and finances.Sharon Fallon, (Sharon Fallon Productions) is an independent Theatre Producer, General Manager, and Theatrical Consultant. She brings a unique perspective to her work, having worked in both the commercial and non-profit theatre industry for over 20 years. In 2015 she created a boutique theatrical production/general management company with a mission to bridge the gap between art and business, allowing productions to be financially viable and artistically satisfying, and successful. Taking a holistic approach – from page to stage and everything in between, she specializes in one-on-one work with early-career producers and artist-driven niche projects (showcases, readings, early development workshops, etc.) as well as larger (big budget) union and non-union projects. In addition to producing commercially, Sharon served as the Associate General Manager of both the Helen Hayes Theatre and Lyric Theatre in New York. She is currently the Executive Producer of MotherFreakingHood and has a number of new works that are in development. Broadway credits include Indecent, Beautiful (Broadway, London & National Tour), Matilda The Musical, and Lysistrata Jones. Sharon is a member of the NAMT, the National Association of Musical Theatres, and serves on the New Work Festival Committee.To learn more about Sharon, please visit https://www.linkedin.com/in/sharon-fallon/Sign up for the Actorcast Newsletter at Actorcast and join our membership to gain access to exclusive content at Become an Actorcast Premium Member | Actorcast.
28 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
Micah Spayer: Lead Actor in RUB, a Christopher Fox Film | Episode 024
"Exploring themes such as the man box and male loneliness (which happiness.com described as “the ticking time bomb that’s killing men”), RUB is a film anyone who’s struggled with feeling like an outsider can relate to."In this showcase episode of Actorcast, I speak with Micah Spayer, the actor who plays Neal in Christopher Fox's film, RUB. Micah and I discuss the themes present within the film, why they are important to explore today, and Micah's process for delving into this lead character. We also discuss what audiences should expect when going to see this film.For the last 13 years, Micah has traveled around the world as an actor. He has written, produced and directed several award winning stage plays and films, including his most recent short film: How to Order Happiness, which made an appearance at the LA Film Festival. He prides himself on working with good, creative people. He has a Bachelors in Musical Theatre from Western Illinois University. He is the father of a beautiful 1 year old girl and enjoys wine, jazz and art.You can learn more about Micah and RUB by visiting https://www.facebook.com/micah.b.spayer | https://www.facebook.com/rubfilm and https://www.instagram.com/rubfilm1/Sign up for the Actorcast Newsletter at Actorcast and join our membership to gain access to exclusive content at Become an Actorcast Premium Member | Actorcast.
27 minutes | May 25, 2021
Robert Diamond: Editor-in-Chief at BroadwayWorld | Episode 023
Robert Diamond created BroadwayWorld from a love of technology and theater and it was inspiring to hear his journey. In this episode of Actorcast, we talk about how Robert started BroadwayWorld, how actors can take advantage of the platform, and why BroadwayWorld covers theater, not just on Broadway, but from all over the world.Robert Diamond founded BroadwayWorld.com in 2003, which has now become the largest theatre web site in the world. He also serves as the site's Editor-in-Chief, covering Broadway and beyond, with specific local coverage for 100 cities in the United States, 45+ countries worldwide and 10 other related areas of entertainment - including dance, opera, concerts, comedy, films, television and more. In 2014, the site was awarded an Award for Excellence in Theatre Arts Education by the prestigious Theatre Museum. As a respected member of the Broadway and theatre community, Diamond also served as Lead Producer for a series of sold-out shows using the BroadwayWorld 'brand' for a set of 'Standing Ovations' concerts, which also branched out into titles that included Holiday Shows and even more specific concerts like 'From Stage to Screen and Back Again' in tandem with publishers and movie studios. All proceeds were in turn donated to Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS, the industry's leader in aid for performers in need.To learn more about Robert and BroadwayWorld, please visit https://robertdiamond.com and https://www.broadwayworld.comSign up for the Actorcast Newsletter at Actorcast and join our membership to gain access to exclusive content at Become an Actorcast Premium Member | Actorcast.
10 minutes | May 18, 2021
The Empathetic Actor | Episode 022
It's no secret that empathy is required of actors. Actors must develop a keen sense of empathy when embodying and portraying their characters. So then why do so many actors have awful reputations for being rude, arrogant, and inconsiderate? In this episode of Actorcast, we discuss why actors must cultivate empathy outside their roles towards the production crew and others they are working with. In doing so, they generate trust and a deep willingness to support one another all around.Sign up for the Actorcast Newsletter at Actorcast and join our membership to gain access to exclusive content at Become an Actorcast Premium Member | Actorcast.
57 minutes | May 11, 2021
Brian O'Neil: Author & Coach, Acting as a Business | Episode 021
Brian and I originally chatted on my other podcast, Relate with Patrick McAndrew, and after that conversation I knew I wanted to have him on Actorcast. Brian is an expert on the entertainment industry and particularly on the business side of acting. In this episode, we discuss why actors must develop a business vocabulary for their business, how to develop relationships with agents and managers, and how actors can find success through connecting with various players in the industry.Brian is the author of Acting As a Business: Strategies for Success, Fifth Edition, published by Random House, currently in its 40th printing. Acting As a Business is now considered such a vital resource that it recently won a spot on Entertainment Weekly Magazine's exclusive list of Top Ten "Show-Biz Industry Bibles." Brian is also the author of the book Actors Take Action: A Career Guide for the Competitive Actor. Brian created the advice column "Actor's Cues and A's" for Back Stage, and his books are required or recommended reading in many conservatory training programs, including Yale and Juilliard. Brian is the country's foremost lecturer on self-marketing techniques for actors. He lives in New York City and works with actors at all stages of their careers. Since 2010 alone, actors who have worked with Brian have become the stars of major motion pictures (Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Inside Llewyn Davis, Robin Hood, Drive, and the Columbia Pictures release Great Hope Springs with Meryl Streep); been the recipients of Emmys and a Golden Globe (The Big Bang Theory); have become the stars of such television series as: Netflix's Sense8, Orange Is The New Black, HBO's True Blood, Charlie Sheen's Anger Management, Stargate Universe, and Outsourced. Also in the recent past, Brian's clients have landed leading and supporting roles in such Broadway productions as Frozen, the eight-time Tony Award winning Once, the five-time Tony winner Peter and the Starcatcher, Ching-lish, Al Pacino's The Merchant of Venice, Robin Williams's Bengal Tiger, American Idiot, Enron and Next Fall. Actors who have worked with Brian have later signed with agencies including: Creative Artists Agency (CAA), William Morris/Endeavor, ICM, Paradigm, Gersh, Innovative Artists, Abrams Artists, Don Buchwald & Associates and many others.To learn more about Brian, head to http://www.actingasabusiness.comSign up for the Actorcast Newsletter at Actorcast and join our membership to gain access to exclusive content at Become an Actorcast Premium Member | Actorcast.
35 minutes | May 4, 2021
Adam Weissman: Entertainment & Media Lawyer | Episode 020
I first got acquainted with Adam Weissman through a mutual contact at The Actors Fund and after connecting I definitely wanted to have him on the show. Legalities, rights, and regulations aren't often at the top of actors' minds when performing in projects, but it's important for us to have a foundational knowledge in these concepts. In this episode, Adam and I discuss common legalities actors should know about, what we should and shouldn't post on social media, and common pitfalls actors fall into regarding legal issues.Adam is a NY-based lawyer that represents artists, creators, and production companies in the media and entertainment world. Adam's practice combines his love of the arts and performance, fascination with the changing landscape at the intersection of law and digital media, and insight gained from his past as an associate at a litigation firm, fighting for his clients in court and resolving complex disputes. Outside of law, Adam is a musician and performer with a passion for the Blues, R&B, and Rock, and dabbles in documentary film-making. You can learn more about Adam and his law practice at https://www.adamweissmanlaw.comSign up for the Actorcast Newsletter at Actorcast and join our membership to gain access to exclusive content at Become an Actorcast Premium Member | Actorcast.
11 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
The Importance of Creating Your Own Work | Episode 019
Relying on auditions to get work can be tiresome and soul-crushing. Instead, why not create your own work by writing a play, filming a web series, or starting a podcast? It is so important for actors to create their own work and in this episode we talk about why. While putting together your work won't necessarily win you awards or accolades, it can provide you with something much more valuable: insight into yourself as an actor and professional.Sign up for the Actorcast Newsletter at Actorcast and join our membership to gain access to exclusive content at Become an Actorcast Premium Member | Actorcast.
16 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
Five Ways to Build Relationships with Casting Directors | Episode 018
In another solo episode of Actorcast, we discuss five different ways that you could build relationships with casting directors. Casting directors are not the scary gatekeepers that some actors make them out to be. On the contrary, they are often friendly, dedicated people who enjoy working and collaborating with actors. There are a variety of ways to make connections with these vital players in the entertainment industry. It's important to keep in mind, however, that building meaningful relationships takes time and patience.Sign up for the Actorcast Newsletter at Actorcast and join our membership to gain access to exclusive content at Become an Actorcast Premium Member | Actorcast.
33 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
Anna Robb: Co-founder and Managing Director of TheatreArtLife | Episode 017
Anna Robb joins us for this episode of Actorcast from an international background in the performing arts. I was so inspired by Anna's story of working as a production stage manager, not only for a variety of types of venues, but in countries all around the world. We discuss her work in the theatre, her international perspective in the arts, and why building TheatreArtLife was so essential for theatre practitioners today.Anna is an experienced Producer/Production Stage Manager. Her 20-year work history spans Asia Pacific, the Americas, Africa, the Middle East and Europe. She has worked for companies such as Cirque du Soleil, Franco Dragone Entertainment Group, Christie Digital Systems and The Sydney Opera House. Anna was an integral part of the research and development, training and formation, creation and operation of the 250 million dollar aquatic show, The House of Dancing Water in Macau. She also maintained the daily operations of this complex show as the head of Stage Management for 7 years. Anna has been employed in the areas of concerts, arena events, corporate events, trade shows, musical theatre, plays, dance, circus, outdoor festivals and mega shows. Anna holds a honours degree in Design for Theatre and Television and is also the Co-Founder and Managing Director for TheatreArtLife, an online platform for entertainment industry professionals.Learn more about TheatreArtLife at https://www.theatreartlife.com/ and @theatreartlife.Sign up for the Actorcast Newsletter at Actorcast and join our membership to gain access to exclusive content at Become an Actorcast Premium Member | Actorcast.
56 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
Sean De Simone: TV Host Casting Director & Coach | Episode 016
After I stumbled upon Sean De Simone's work as a casting director for TV hosts, lifestyle shows, and reality TV, I knew I wanted to have him on the show. In this episode, we dive deep into the world of TV hosting as Sean shares his perspective on how this world differs from the world of acting. We discuss the differences and similarities between hosting and acting, what makes a great host, and why personality and passion matter so much.After graduating with a degree in Communications from the Pennsylvania State University, Sean took the leap and relocated from his hometown of Philadelphia to New York City where he began his career in the entertainment industry gigging around town as well producing, directing and distributing short films and documentaries. In 2002, Sean moved into casting as an assistant during the initial boom of reality television and soon quickly earned his stripes working on numerous non-scripted, formatted and lifestyle shows for many of the major cable networks. In 2007, Sean launched Sean De Simone Casting working on sizzles, series and pilots for networks including A&E, Animal Planet, BET, Bravo, Discovery, DIY, E!, Food Network, Fuse, HGTV, History, Lifetime, MTV, Nat Geo, OWN, Oxygen, Spike, Tru TV, TLC, USA, and WE as well as various production companies in the US, Canada, and the UK. Sean is an expert in TV Host and Brand Spokesperson casting, having worked extensively with QVC and the Home Shopping Network as well as numerous beauty, fashion, home, cook, and fitness brands.Learn more about Sean and his work by visiting https://seandesimonecasting.com/ You can check out his Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/27758285862.Sign up for the Actorcast Newsletter at Actorcast and join our membership to gain access to exclusive content at Become an Actorcast Premium Member | Actorcast.
52 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
Penny Templeton: Acting Coach at Penny Templeton Studio | Episode 015
Penny Templeton is a master in the craft of acting. Ryan Kessler connected us both and I was so inspired by her insight into the acting world while we had our conversation. We discussed her career as an acting coach, what the "craft of acting" means to her, and why self tapes or so crucial today. We also talk about why actors must be prepared when encountering their work and why they must make informed decisions when taking on a character.Penny Templeton’s over 30 years of artistry is the culmination of four generations of theatre actresses. Although Penny was warned by her family not to go on the Stage, she embraced her legacy and began performing and studying under such masters as Paul Sorvino and Wynn Handman. Highlights of her career include starring in Joyce Carol Oates’ I Stand Before You Naked at the American Place Theatre, and as Paul Sorvino’s wife in All The King’s Men. She started teaching in the early 1990’s, and opened the Penny Templeton Studio in Manhattan in 1994. Ms. Templeton was selected by Columbia University’s School of the Arts to teach ‘Acting for the Camera’ to third year MFA students. Her book on the craft, business and art of acting, ACTING LIONS has been referred to as “The Actor’s Bible” and has received rave reviews in the industry. Her unique teaching methods and techniques have garnered awareness and recognition from the press as well as industry peers. Most recently the Wall Street Journal highlighted her On-Camera Teaching techniques in its article on the importance of Green Screen in today’s films. She has appeared on ABC News, as well as broadcast media outlets in the US, Great Britain, Canada & Australia as an expert commentator on the craft of Acting. Her articles on acting have been published in national magazines, and she was called upon to be a finalist Judge for the New York Film Festival, Emmys and Cable Ace Awards.Her directorial credits include the Off Broadway show, The Rise of Dorothy Hale, as well as the one man shows: F Train, Idiot’s Guide to Life and I Stand Before You Naked. She is featured in Ronald Rand’s acclaimed Acting Teachers of America, and Glenn Alterman’s book, Promoting Your Acting Career. Ms. Templeton works and Skypes regularly with actors in Theatre, Film and Television in New York City, Los Angeles, throughout the United States, and all over the world. She has recently produced her Facebook Live Stream series on the craft of acting, airing Wednesdays at 5pm EST on the Penny Templeton Studio Facebook page. Penny teaches her Master Class, Advanced on Camera and coaches actor on set, for theater, auditions. and coaches and records self-tape auditions.Learn more about Penny, her book Acting Lions, and her work at https://pennytempletonstudio.com. You can check out the studio's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PennyTempletonStudio.Sign up for the Actorcast Newsletter at Actorcast and join our membership to gain access to exclusive content at Become an Actorcast Premium Member | Actorcast.
47 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
Hank Schob: Acting Coach at Penny Templeton Studio | Episode 014
Hank and I had the opportunity to connect through our mutual friend, Ryan Kessler, who was a previous guest of Actorcast. I was inspired by Hank's devotion to the craft of acting and enjoyed having him share his insights with you all. We talk about why actors need to build a stronger work ethic, why script analysis is such an important class to take, and one of the biggest hurdles that actors need to overcome.As well as being Co-Owner, Hank Schob teaches Camera Technique, Green Screen and Private Coaching for Actors at Penny Templeton Studio. A graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Hank immediately began working on stage. His 50 years of theatre experience Off Broadway include the hit show Your Own Thing, Regional Theatre, and National Tours with stars such as Richard Gere in Awake and Sing, Jose Ferrer in Cyrano, and John Raitt in Shenandoah. He was nominated for a Carbonal Award in the Leading Actor category for his portrayal of Billy Flynn in Chicago. Mr. Schob has also been featured in the films Cadillac Man, Heading for Broadway and Fame. His TV credits include roles on All My Children, Ryan’s Hope, Kojak, and Law & Order. He has also appeared on Good Morning America as an expert commentator on Acting and has been casting director for the feature film The Paragon Cortex as well as for Off-Broadway and Summer Stock. He contributed chapters on Camera Technique to the book Acting Lions.Please visit https://pennytempletonstudio.com to learn more.Sign up for the Actorcast Newsletter at Actorcast and join our membership to gain access to exclusive content at Become an Actorcast Premium Member | Actorcast.
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