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.
Starring Jim Meskimen with special guest stars Erika
Christensen, Tamra Meskimen and Taylor Meskimen
All Acting Center alumni/students!
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:
Cady McClain Joins The Young & The Restless
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.”
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.
On November 1st one of the founders of The Acting Center, Tamra Meskimen, delivered a 101 Improv workshop at the Cal Lutheran 2013 Arts and Learning Symposium titled Conversations, Connections, Critical Thinking. She delivered the workshop to a group of arts educators who really loved it and saw how they could incorporate improv and non evaluation into what they teach.
Here is what they had to say: “Really practical and I loved the safe environment you created to practice these skills in. Lots of fun!”
“We can use a lot of these techniques to augment LAUSDs 2nd Step Program.”
“Loved the tie to education and how it directly benefits teachers and how to practically implement it in our teaching.”
The keynote speaker for the symposium was Acting Center student Jim Meskimen.
After years of juggling being a “soap star,” while raising her daughter alone, Michelle Stafford decided it was time to share the very insane story of how her daughter came to be.
Stafford teamed up with her friends Paige Long and Acting Center student Paige Dorian, to create the web series that TV Guide calls “Brilliant, Scathingly Funny and Positively Wild.” The only web series to make the 2013 TV Guide Hot List, “The Stafford Project” pays homage to “The Larry Sanders Show,” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” with Stafford playing a version of herself who has been talked into doing a reality show.
In just a few months, “The Stafford Project” has earned almost 400,000 views. The Paiges direct the show and write it with Stafford. Fellow acting center student, Sevier Crespo has a recurring role and produces the show as well.
Amanda Reed can be seen on two TV shows in two weeks!
Last week was Fox’s Brooklyn Nine Nine
and this Sunday on Nickelodeon’s Instant Mom at 8:30pm Pacific. Tune in!
Well done and way to go Amanda!!
On September 28th The Acting Center had its Lucky Number 7 Anniversary party. We celebrated with a show featuring our staff and then an after party with our students and friends. It was a night to remember. Lots of good food, conversation, dancing and the evening culminated with an Acting Center tattoo!
Student, Erika Christensen, appears on KTLA Morning News to promote the 5th season of her series. “Parenthood” returns to NBC with a new day and time, Thursday nights at 10pm.
An Evening with Nancy Cartwright!
The Sag Foundation’s Don LaFontaine Voice Over Lab is proud to present an evening with Emmy and Annie Award winning actress Nancy Cartwright.
On Thursday September 19, 2013 7pm Pacific Time (10pm EST) Nancy Cartwright was interviewed by our very own Jim Meskimen!
It was a great event! Nancy Cartwright was as lovely as can be and Jim Meskimen was charismatic and wonderful as usual! Well done to a great night with two very talented people!