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Aug 14

Jim Meskimen Video Tribute To Robin Williams

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As a tribute to Robin Williams The Acting Center student Jim Meskimen wrote a poem and then recited it in the voice of Robin Williams.

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Jun 14

TAC Alumnus Jennifer Aspen Launches Web Series “Los Angeles Right Now!”

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The 6 episode web series is available today on YouTube!
Check out the first episode below:

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This new web series follows the career of Evelyn Stanhope, a late night public radio show host played by Aspen, whose life and career are on a comic descent off the air.

The Los Angeles RIGHT NOW! team is heavy with Acting Center talent. Joining co-creators Jennifer Aspen & Acting Center co-founder Christopher Smith (who also wrote the series) are Acting Center alums David O’Donnell (Producer), Tyler Parkinson (Co-Director/Music), Kelly Meyersfield (Co-star) and Acting Center Executive Director April Biggs (Associate Producer).

Aspen co-starred in ABC’s hilarious dramedy GCB, alongside Kristin Chenoweth, Leslie Bibb, Annie Potts, Miriam Shor and Marisol Nichols. Created by Robert Harling and set in Dallas, Jennifer played “Sharon Peacham,” former beauty queen turned wife and mother who deals with the pressures of being perfect by stress-eating. Jennifer also played Olivia Holt’s overprotective Mycologist/Monster hunter mother in the Disney original movie Girl Vs. Monster, which premiered last Fall. Jennifer recently had guest starring roles in the CBS comedy, “Two and a Half Men” and the NBC drama “Harry’s Law”.

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May 14

David Paladino with Minnie Driver in “Return to Zero”

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Our teacher and alum, David Paladino, recently walked the red carpet at the premiere of Lifetime’s Return to Zero. David has a supporting role in the film that stars Minnie Driver, Paul Adelstein, Alfred Molina, Connie Neilson, Andrea Anders, Sarah Jones and Kathy Baker.

Return to Zero is the first Global Premiere for LIFETIME.

“Every once in a while, a film comes along that has the power to make a difference in the lives of others. ‘Return to Zero’ is that powerful and moving story that so many people around the world who have faced similar challenges can relate to,” said Christian Murphy, A+E Networks’ senior VP of international programming and production. “We felt it very important to present this moving film with such incredible performances from A-list stars as the first global premiere for Lifetime.” (Variety.com)

RTZ is the true life story of the films writer, director, producer, Sean Hanish. It’s about a couple who are devastated and break up after enduring a stillbirth but wind up reuniting when the wife becomes pregnant again.

Return to Zero premieres in the US & CANADA on SATURDAY, MAY 17th at 8pm/7pm Central on LIFETIME! Please check your local listings as times may vary depending on your cable or satellite provider.

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May 14

The Stafford Project Wins Best Comedy at The LA Webfest

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The Stafford Project Wins Best Comedy at The LA Webfest

Recently The Stafford Project won “Outstanding Comedy,” “Outstanding Writing in a Comedy,” “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy (Michelle Stafford),” and “Outstanding Comedic Guest Stars” at the LA Web Fest.

Emmy Award winning actress Michelle Stafford, created the show with friends Paige Long and Acting Center student, Paige Dorian. Together the three co-write the show, which made last year’s TV Guide “Hot List,” calling it “Brilliant, scathingly funny and positively wild!”

The show also co-stars Acting Center student Sevier Crespo, who produces the show through his company, New Slant Productions.

Co-director and supporting actress Paige Dorian said, “The Acting Center gave me the training and confidence to be a part of this show. I use what I learned in class in every single aspect from writing to directing to acting and I’m grateful for The Acting Center in every single way I could be!”

Paying homage to the shows they love (“The Larry Sanders Show,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” and “Sex and the City,”) Stafford plays a version of herself
, who has been talked into doing a “reality show.” The Stafford Project highlights the humor in humiliating situations, for which Michelle’s own life serves as inspiration.

To watch The Stafford Project, visit www.thestaffordproject.com

Paige Dorian, Paige Long and Michelle Stafford. The Stafford Project Wins Best Comedy at The LA Webfest

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Apr 14

Two Things That Put You In Charge

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Much advice is given to actors these days about what they need to have in order to succeed. “Have you gotten an agent yet?” “Do you have a good manager?” “Do your headshots look like you?” “Do you have a web site up?” All of these are very valid and important things that help an actor get the auditions, the roles, the career.

But what about what the actor needs to CREATE?

Do you have a sense of what you want to create as an artist?

An artist is involved in creating moments. It’s your job to do something that causes an audience, or a casting director, or a director, to experience a moment in that character’s life that didn’t exist before. And by creating those moments, you will actually influence people.

Here is the next question: can you create these moments with certainty? Can you do it sometimes? Can you do it once in a while? Or can you do it all the time? Can you walk into an audition and feel confident that you are going to be believable and make someone have an actual experience?

As an actor you have to create a believable and convincing character. Your agent and manager, and you too, work so hard to get you in that room, but if you don’t deliver, the business model falls apart.

Do you have a technique that you use to become a character and live as that person in that moment, in that room, right then and there? Do you have the tools to read a script and take that character from the page and turn them into a living, breathing person, every time? For real.

That’s the next, very important step in this two-step process.

Learn, practice, drill, and get that skill for yourself. Deliver consistently.

So create the kind of character moments you want to create and make them believable. Then create them at auditions and on set, and you will have the career you want, because you created it!

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Apr 14

Former TAC Improv Student Directs Helen Hunt and Aaron Paul – Decoding Annie Parker

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Former Acting Center Improv student Steven Bernstein directs the award winning film Decoding Annie Parker starring Helen Hunt, Aaron Paul and Samantha Morton and is creating an enormous awareness about Breast Cancer and the BRCA-1 Gene mutation. The film tells the story of geneticist Dr. Mary Claire King, who after 15 years of research discovered the genetic link to certain types of breast and ovarian cancer. It also tells the story of Annie Parker, a heroicthree-time cancer survivor.

Decoding Annie Parker will be released in theaters beginning May 2nd the following cities:
ATLANTA – BOSTON – BURBANK – CHICAGO – FAIRFAX, VA – HOUSTON – LOS ANGELES – MIAMI – NEW YORK – PHILADELPHIA PHOENIX – SEATTLE – WASHINGTON DC

The film will also be available On Demand.

You can view the trailer here.

Decoding Annie Parker Directed by Steven Bernstein - Former Acting Center Improv Student

TO SUPPORT THIS FILM, GO SEE IT OPENING WEEKEND!

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Mar 14

Another Entertaining and Artistic Friday Night in Hollywood!

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The Friday Night Salons at The Acting Center are an entertaining and artistic way to spend a Friday night in Hollywood!

On March 21st we had another amazing night of entertainment. There were performers who did Stand-up, Scenes, Monologues, Music, Song and Improv. Our latest 101 class got up to do improve and they rocked the house!

The performers were, Liu Xiaoliu, Michael Lerman, Stephanie Scholz, Makenna Timm, Paul Connor, Avihai Yaffe, Tayla Holborow, Brett Wagner, Kayla Baity, Clariza Pierce, Tom Ayres, Jason Chacon, Alexander, Tamra Meskimen and Host Elvis Winterbottom.

The next Salon is April 25th.

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Mar 14

Great review of The Impression Guys!

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Starring Jim Meskimen with special guest stars Erika

Christensen, Tamra Meskimen and Taylor Meskimen

All Acting Center alumni/students!

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Great review of The Impression Guys!
“You’ll first dismiss it as an excuse to stitch together some very good impressions by Meskimen, Marquand and others. 
But if you give it time, you’ll realize there’s a depth to the characters and a compelling storyline. Some vulnerability that you don’t see coming.” – Kevin Nalty, Will Video For Food
Binge-watch the 6 part series starting here:
 
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Mar 14

Cady McClain Joins The Young & The Restless

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Cady McClain Joins The Young & The Restless

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Emmy Award Winning actress and Acting Center student Cady McClain has joined the cast of The Young & The Restless on CBS, which has been daytime’s number one drama for an unprecedented 27 years.

 

Having previously starred in All My Children and As the World Turns, both of which landed her with Emmy awards, Cady will be taking over the series regular role of Kelly on The Young & The Restless. Both the press and fans are already discussing the writers’ big plans in store for Cady’s character whose rumored love interest will be the legendary Jack Abbott.

 

Cady has worked extensively in film, television, and theater as an actress but also as a writer, producer and director. Her enthusiasm for performance carries over to music where she has recorded two albums.

 

Cady credits The Acting Center with saving her as an actor, “I was on the verge of quitting because I was finding acting so painful using my old method-based technique. The exercises liberate you to find your own, unique expression using your imagination, not someone else’s idea of what is ‘right.’ Now I love acting more than I ever have.”

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Feb 14

The Acting Center’s Friday Night Salon!

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On Friday February 21st we held another fun evening of improv, stand-up comedy, songs and monologues. The Acting Center’s Friday Night Salon! Camille Solari tried out some of her pregnant woman stand-up. Josh Grondon , Stephanie Scholz & Chris Null did some amazing original music. Emily Davenport, William Tyler and Nathaniel Bell did three wonderful monologues and The Acting Centers Improv students and teachers, Michael Lerman, Taylor Meskimen, Alicia Knight, Makenna Timm, Stephanie Scholz and Tamra Meskmen did some killer Improv. It was another creativity unleashed evening at The Acting Center!
The next one will be on March 21st.