Thursday, March 23, 2006

SF Bay area actors' resources

I have just updated the resources page on my site. There is now a comprehensive list of digital resources for actors, including audition announcement lists. Click the link above and enjoy!

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Jennifer on the History Channel

Jennifer Jajeh will be featured in speaking roles in 3 upcoming episodes of the History Channel series,
"Man, Moment, Machine". The show "explores the history-making intersection
between a dynamic leader, a significant moment in time and an important
technology". Congratulations, Jennifer!

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Alexander technique class starting

Looking for a way to get some Alexander technique training without breaking the bank? Practitioner Constance Clare is offering a class starting tomorrow night at the Asian American Theater Company. Students of mine have spoken very highly of her, and I think Alexander Technique training is one of the best things an actor can give himself or herself (along with my class :)) Click the link below for more information.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

worth listening to

Some of you know I harbor a special fondness for the Scottish indie pop band Belle and Sebastian. I used to mention it more in the class than I have of late, but I actually have a B&S logo tattoed on my left shoulder. They have been important to me for a long time. I am looking forward to seeing them in concert her in SF March 21.

Recently NPR did an interview with the leader of the band, Stuart Murdoch. There is a link above to a screen (actually the title of this entry is the link: "worth listening to"") where you can click to hear the interview or read a trancscript. Murdoch is an incredibly thoughtful guy, and a great artist. I would say there is something Chekhovian about his way of seeing and rendering things. He talks about how he started the band as he pulled out of a prolonged struggle with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and he also talks about how he is becoming increasingly open in his music about his spirituality and his religious feeling. In session 1 of the Monday night class, I always make sure that Stanislavsky's characterization of acting as the birth of the soul through art gets mentioned. The more I work with the technique, the more I see how fitting this characterization of acting is, so I was very moved to hear Murdoch talking in this way. Belle and Sebastian were very important to me in the years before I moved out to CA and kind of pulled out of a rut myself, so it was really interesting to hear him talk about this. So you might want to give it a listen.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Josh Lenn on SpikeTV

I got this message from Josh today:

If you are looking for some entertainment tonight check me out on the premier episode of Pros vs. Joes.

I go head to head with some weak old pros like Jerry Rice, Dennis Rodman, Matt Williams, Jim McMahon, and the beast Bill Goldberg.

More info on

It should be fun!

Take care,

More props for Miklos!

Miklos' film "The Enfolding" has been selected to play at the Oxford International Festival of Films in competition – May 2006. This is an international competitive festival with simultaneous screenings in Oxford and London! (


PS Miklos designed the utteracting site, so if you're ever looking for a website, he's your guy.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Neal Bell does it again

Hi all,

For those of you who have been in a cycle while we worked on Cold Sweat, and for anyone else: Neal Bell's play On the Bum is running now at Studio ACT, the producing entity for the conservatory. The play is a comedy about doing government-sponsored theater in the sticks during the Depression. But as always with Neal, it packs a bit more of a wallop than your average comedy. Anyway, the production is beautifully conceived and staged. The acting is a bit uneven but there are a few fine performances. I would recommend it highly. In the end it is actually quite moving. And for those of you who know the play Cold Sweat intimately, you will be in for a couple of surprises with this play.



Friday, March 03, 2006

Diane acting in short

Diane Karagienakos is acting in a short. She describes the project as follows:

The director is Eric Escobar, who teaches film at SFSU. The short (which played
Sundance in 2004 and starred Renee O'Connor of "Zena
Warrior Princess" fame) is titled "One Weekend A
Month". He's developing it into a feature and is
shooting this scene as part of the development
process. The feature is yet untitled. You can watch
the short at

Miklos' film "The Enfolding" appearing in Sonoma Valley Film Festival

Miklos' film "The Enfolding" (on which I served as an acting coach) will be shown in the Sonoma Valley Film Festival (April 5-9). Congratulations!

See Tristram Shandy

Hi all,

I saw the movie Tristram Shandy this weekend. It is a delightful British comedy about the madcap world of independent filmmaking. Not to be missed! Showing at the Clay.

Anna to play lead in film project

Anna McConnell will be playing a leading role in a film entitled A Wilderness in Your Heart, by Robin Dunn. I read the script and it is a very exciting project. Congratulations!

Cassie to appear in SHOVE

Cassie Powell will be performing Mark Eisner's comedy SHOVE with the Custom Made Theater Company, opening in April. Congratulations!

Nancy and Josh will be doing Shaw!

Nancy Bower and Josh Lenn will be appearing in the Shaw play The Devil's Disciple with the Actor's Ensemble of Berkeley. Congratulations!

Cassie Powell in Love's Labors Lost

Cassie is appearing in the NO NUDE MEN production of Shakespeare's play Love's Labors Lost. Show information is as follows:

The show opens March 10, and plays March 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31, April 1, 7, 8. All shows are at 8 PM, at the Exit Theater, on Eddy between Mason & Taylor. Reservations can be made by emailing the company at

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