Lauren Port is a Casting Assistant at MelCap Casting, working in film, television, voiceover, and theatre. She has assisted with Broadway productions of Death of a Salesman, Seminar, Stick Fly, and Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, just to name a few! She has worked with Second Stage on several productions including How I Learned to Drive, and The Blue Flower. Lauren has also assisted with many regional theatre companies such as ACT, Ars Nova, Arena Stage, and The Williamstown Theatre Festival. She is currently the associate on Steel Magnolias (Sony for Lifetime). Recent feature films include Love and Other Drugs and Blue Valentine. Independently, Lauren has cast FanBoy and Joan: 316 for The ExtraPulp Ensemble as well as readings of The Bird and the Two Ton Weight in connection with Syracuse University. Lauren holds a BFA in Drama from Syracuse University.
Lauren will be hosting a one night workshop at TVI Actors Studio in NYC on Tuesday, April 24th, at 7:30 pm. We are ecstatic to have her with us!
Halley Cianfarini just finished a fall tour with Chamber Theatre Productions. She is also featured as an Earthlight Player in Director, Ang Lee’s ““Taking Woodstock”“.
Casting Director for “Taking Woodstock” was New York Casting Director, Avy Kaufman.
Taking Woodstock, Ang Lee, Avy Kaufman
New York TVI Studio Member Karin De La Penha just landed a leading role in Sezze Sun, a play opening in the Capital Fringe Festival in Washington D.C. July 22-26. Karin is currently a part of TVI’s Commercial Agent Showcase and is a frequent participant TVI’s one day workshops with TV, Film and Theatre Casting Directors. The play, “Sezze Sun,” by Kate Mulley will transfer to New York, opening on August 1.
If you’re interested in learning more about TVI’s Agent Showcases and Casting Director Workshops, call TVI (212) 302-1900.
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TVI Member and Actress, Elisabeth Ness, is currently in rehearsals for the role of Kelsi in Disney’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL at La Comedia in Springboro, Ohio. The production offers 8 shows a week, Wednesday through Sunday, from May 7 – July 5, 2009. For more information, visit www.lacomedia.com
Here at TVI, Elisabeth has studied Musical Theatre Audition Technique with Eric Woodall (Tara Rubin Casting) and Soap Opera Audition Technique with Rob Decina (Casting Director for Guiding Light). For more information on upcoming classes, call 212-302-1900!
TVI NY consultant Scott Guthrie will soon be tackling the role of Trevor Graydon in “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” The play will be showing at the Media Theatre in Media, PA from May 6th through June 7th. Scott is represented by Peggy Hadley Enterprises.
Shari Gulley will play Rita in “Uncommon Women and Others” at the Redondo Beach Playhouse. The first play by noted 20th century American playwright Wendy Wasserstein, “Uncommon” is the story of five close friends reminiscing their years at Mount Holyoke College and their quest for self-discovery in the 1970′s in the wake of second-wave feminism. The show runs March 6 – 22, 2009, Fridays and Saturdays @ 8pm and Sundays at 2pm.
Congratulations and a hearty ‘break a leg’ to Bill Mootots, who has had quite the season. Bill will be starring in not one, but TWO shows in the Boston area. First off he will be playing Warwick in St- Joan at the Wheelock Family Theatre in Boston, and shortly thereafter will be rounding out the season by appearing in the Hanover Center for The Performing Arts’ production of A Christmas Carol. Looks like that Alaine Aldaffer class helped with something! Ask your consultants about her Theatrical auditioning intensive coming up December 11th.
Congrats to TVI NY Consultant Mackenzie Thomas, who will be joining the touring cast of Tarzan!, in the regional theatre premiere of Disney’s hit stage musical. Mackenzie Will be monkeying around with the king of the jungle as part of the ape ensemble from January to March in conjunction with Atlanta Theatre of the Stars, and will be performing all winter in sunny locations like Atlanta, San Jose and Dallas. Lucky Monkey. We’re jealous. Also in the cast is Patti Murin, fresh off of Broadway’s Xanadu. Phill Collins composes. Check out the website here and be sure to call Mackenzie soon before she swings off on the nearest vine.
Ever find yourself up at 6am, waiting in line at a Broadway Musical Equity Chorus Call or EPA, only to find out 5 hours later that Casting has run out of time to see any additional talent? Well now, we may have a class to remedy that problem! TVI is thrilled to announce that Eric Woodall of Tara Rubin Casting will be teaching a 4 week Musical Theater Technique class starting up in 2 weeks. Broadway credits include Jersey Boys, Mamma Mia!, Spamalot, Phantom of the Opera, The Producers, The Pirate Queen and Regional Credits such as The Kennedy Center, The McCarter Theater, and east coast casting for La Jolla Playhouse. If you feel you aren’t being seen enough by casting directors, this may be the perfect opportunity to get your foot in the door with one of the top casting agencies in NYC. Slots fill up quickly, so call today to sign up–212.302.1900.
To read more about Eric Woodall and his thoughts on auditioning, visit this site: http://www.playbill.com/features/article/110028.html
Broadway Casting Director and TVI favorite Pat McCorkle (Lieutenant of Inishmore, Emmy Nominee for Pilot Episode of Californication) has an exciting new project going up at the George Street Playhouse. David Bryan of Bon Jovi has teamed up with Urinetown’s John Rando for a new musical based on the 50′s movie TOXIC AVENGER. Pat currently offers a 5-week Masterclass in Auditioning for TV/Film and has a number of 1-day intensives.
At 11:00am, you think actors would be asleep. But these go-getters are taking the “Respect for Acting” approach and waking up early. Here Valerie Kingston‘s scene study class at TVI Actors Studio focuses on Uta Hagen’s book, Respect for Acting, with sense memory and emotional recall exercises.
What’s the Respect for Acting approach, you ask? Come check out Valerie’s class and you’ll find an in-depth answer to that question. And if you already know about Uta Hagen and her book, then come brush up your skills. Valerie takes you from exercises all the way to costume and props. That old wedding dress could actually come in handy.
TVI Actor, Jackie Goldberg, is currently on stage in “Forty Carats” at the Stage Door Theatre in Agoura Hills, CA. She plays the character of “Maude”, the crazy Grandmother. Check the website for ticket info. The show runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00pm til September 13th, so check it out.