Thursday, July 29, 2010

Callaway and Provost to lead Actors Conference

ANMT

Calling all actors: Dan Callaway and Heather Provost are hosting a 3-day conference for actors in North Hollywood August 6, 7, and 8th. This is a chance to hear from Producers, Directors, Agents, Casting Directors, and a host of other entertainment professionals about how to succeed in the business of acting. Check out the updated list of panelists scheduled to appear.
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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)
Forbes Candlish (Producer)

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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 (Actor, Vocal Teacher)
Heather Provost (Broadway Producer)
Angel Creeks (Dancer/Singer/Choreographer)

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)
Michael Salerno (Western Regional Mgr - Actors Work Program at the Actors' Fund)
James Leo Ryan (Broadway Actor)
Evelyn Halus (Performer and Vocal Coach)
Thomas Griep (Musical Director)

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., Havok Theatre Company)
Bob Fraser (Writer, Producer, Show Runner, Author)
Thomas Griep (Musical Director)

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)
Lee Martino (Choreographer)

Invited Panelists:
Michael Donovan (Casting Director)
Michael Laughlin (Manager/Show Quality Universal Studios)

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)
Ivan Rivas (Actors' Equity Association)
Lewis Wilkenfeld (Artistic Director Cabrillo Music Theatre)
Chad Borden (Producing Dir. Havok Theatre Company)
Douglas Clayton (LA Stage Alliance)

Invited Panelists:
Michael Ritchie (Artistic Director, Center Theatre Group)

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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)
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)

Invited Panelists:
April Webster (Casting Dir., Lost, Criminal Minds, Fringe)

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)
Kat Landsberg (Producer, Pariah Entertainment Group)
Jacole Kitchen (Agent, KSR)

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:
Gerry Koch (Senior Agent, The Gage Group)
Richard Israel (Director)
Heather Provost (Broadway Producer)
Thomas Griep (Musical Director)
Evelyn Halus (Performer and Vocal Coach)

Invited Panelists:
Nick DeGruccio (Artistic Dir., Havok Theatre Company)

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

The location of the 2010 Actor Biz Conference is ANMT, 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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