Thursday, June 10, 2010

Biz Conference for Actors - Who Will You See?

ANMT

Actors: The deadline is approaching for the early bird registration discount for ANMT’s Biz Conference for Actors. Until June 15th you can get the entire weekend of events for $195. (Day rate also available if you only want to attend one of the days). The 3-day conference runs August 6-7-8. Here’s a look at the complete schedule with confirmed speakers to date. If you've been wanting to meet the experts that are part of the Los Angeles musical theatre scene, this is one conference you won’t want to miss!
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Friday, August 6th


7:00 - 8:00 pm - Opening Wine & Cheese Schmooze

8:00 - 10:00 pm - The State of Things: Panel discussion on the state of the industry today.

Confirmed Panelists:
Gerry Koch (Senior Agent, The Gage Group)
Steven Glaudini (Prod. Artistic Dir., Musical Theatre West)
Richard Israel (Director)
Victoria Morris (Senior Agent, KSR)

Invited Panelists:

Julia Flores (Flores Casting)
Harry Groener (Broadway actor)
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Saturday, August 7th

9:00 - 10:00 am - Coffee and Donut Schmooze

10:00 - 11:30 am - Workshop: Audition Tools: Auditioning is an art unto itself. Concrete, simple tools and methods you can use to get your mind in a good place so you walk into every room set up for success.

Confirmed Panelists:

Dan Callaway

11:30 am - 1:15 pm - The Actor as Entrepreneur or Firing Your Day Job: Stop being a poor, desperate actor, get your money in shape, and thrive. It’s not as hard as you think. A panel of entertainment pros tell you how to do it.

Confirmed Panelists:
Brian Bellomo (Lead Coach for Abundance Bound)
Norman Large (Broadway actor)

1:15 - 1:45 pm - Lite Lunch Schmooze

1:45 - 3:15 pm - Shooting Yourself in the Foot: The things actors unwittingly do that lose them work.

Confirmed Panelists:
Rob Sternin (Executive Producer, TV)
Pru Fraser (Executive Producer, TV)
Nick DeGruccio (Artistic Dir., Havoc Theatre Company)
Heather Provost (Broadway Producer)
Bob Fraser (Writer, Producer, Show Runner, Author)

3:15 - 3:30 pm - Coffee Break Schmooze


3:30 - 5:30 pm - Perspective Behind the Table: What it’s really like on the other side of the table. Panelists offer their perspective on what the actor is walking into when they enter the room.

Confirmed Panelists:

Amy Lieberman (Casting Director, Amy Lieberman CSA)
Heather Provost (Broadway Producer)
Calvin Remsberg (Director/Producer)

Invited Panelists:

Michael Donovan (Casting Director)
Forbes Candlish (Producer)
Michael Michetti (Co-Artistic Dir., The Theatre @ Boston Court)

5:30 - 7:30 pm - Break for off-site dinner


7:30 - 10:30 pm - L.A. Theatre Scene: Representatives from the various LA Theatre companies talk about the state of things and what’s going on, what they need/want from the actors they see.

Confirmed Panelists:
Barbara Beckley (Artistic Director, The Colony Theatre)

Invited Panelists:
Jessica Kubzansky (Co-Artistic Director, Theatre at Boston Court)
Michael Ritchie (Artistic Director, Center Theatre Group)
Jason Alexander (Seinfeld; Artistic Director of Reprise!)
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Sunday, August 8th

11:30 am - 1:00 pm - Actor Life - It's About More Than Booking Jobs: Experts talk about cultivating a full and rich life that supports your acting career.

Confirmed Panelists:
Barbara Deutsch (Career and Life Coach)
K Callan (Actor and Award Winning Author)

Invited Panelists:
Davis K. Brimberg, Ph.D. (Licensed clinical psychologist specializing in performance concerns)

1:00 - 1:30 pm - Lite Lunch Schmooze

1:30 - 3:15 pm - Practicalities: Which headshots work? Which ones get immediately rejected? How important is your reel? What about your resume? Mixed panel discusses the tools of the trade and how actors can do themselves every favor by having these elements up to date and in place.

Confirmed Panelists:
Ray Garcia (Actor/Photographer)
Jacole Kitchen (Agent, KSR)

3:15 - 3:30 pm - Coffee Break Schmooze

3:30 - 5:00 pm - It’s Who You Know: How to make meaningful connections in the industry, use technologies like social media, and not be annoying.

Confirmed Panelists:
Dallas Travers (Author)
Jacole Kitchen (Agent, KSR)

Invited Panelists:
Kat Landsberg (Producer, Pariah Entertainment Group)

5:00 - 6:00 pm - Break for off-site dinner, and move to NoHo Arts Center

6:00 - 8:00 pm - Audition Assessment: An overall assessment of performance, presence in the room, headshot and resume, material, what that person’s product is, etc. (All participants will be able to audit this session: a limited number will have the opportunity to actually audition and be assessed by the panel.) Note: This session will take place at the NoHo Arts Center on Magnolia, just west of Lankershim.

Confirmed Panelists:
Richard Israel (Director)

Invited Panelists:

Gerry Koch (Senior Agent, The Gage Group)
Nick DeGruccio (Artistic Dir., Havoc Theatre Company)
Michael Michetti (Co-Artistic Dir., The Theatre @ Boston Court)
Michael Donovan (Casting Director)
Julia Flores (Flores Casting)

8:00 - 9:00 pm - Final Schmooze - at NoHo Arts Center

The location of the 2010 Actor Biz Conference is the ANMT facility at 5628 Vineland Avenue, just north of Burbank Blvd. For more information and to register go to
www.anmt.org/conference_actors.asp.

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