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Anthony Abeson: Acting 2.0 – Doing work that gets work in a high-tech world

Our special guest is famed NYC acting coach Anthony Abeson who has worked with Jennifer Aniston and countless other well known stars.

Anthony’s high school summers were always spent in summer stock, acting and directing along with all the other jobs summer theatre required: stage managing, set construction, lighting design, etc. Even teaching surfaced then; his earliest memory is of writing the name “Konstantin S. Stanislavski” on a blackboard in front of bewildered children’s theatre apprentices.

During his college years at Columbia University he made his off-Broadway debut as an actor and assistant director at the Sheridan Square Playhouse in a repertory theatre whose director first introduced him to Lee Strasberg and the Actors Studio. He was unable to attend his graduation having been appointed by the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council to serve as a resident actor and director of the Canterbury Theatre Company, in Christchurch, New Zealand, that country’s first international, professional theatre, where he worked with actors from all over the UK. As a 22-year-old American it was a challenge to direct actors whose previous director had been Laurence Olivier. Anthony’s teaching continued in New Zealand where he also served as director of the Experimental Theatre Laboratory of the Christchurch Academy of Dramatic Arts, the country’s first training academy.

In the late ’60’s he began his long collaboration with Jerzy Grotowski, first as an actor at the Centre Dramatique National du Sud-Est in Aix-en-Provence, France, and later, in the early ’70’s as a participant/assistant in Grotowski’s first “Special Project” in a forest outside of Philadelphia. Further collaboration occurred under the auspices of the Instityut Aktora in Wroclaw and Brzezinka, Poland.

In 1972 he accepted an invitation to join Peter Brook (former director of the Royal Shakespeare Company) at his Centre International de Recherche Theatrale in Paris, where he participated as an actor in the Centre’s exploration of the effect of non-linear language on the process of the actor. The research was facilitated by the deliberate inclusion of actors from Japan, Africa, France,etc. with hardly any common language between them. Instead, during Anthony’s stay, the verbal impulse was channeled into ancient Greek and /or bird calls. Texts were supplied by Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath’s husband, a distinguished poet who went on to become the Poet Laureate of England.

During the late ’60’s and early ’70’s, Anthony started a theatre company, the Ensemble Theatre Laboratory, one of whose earliest members was the wonderful actor/monologist Spalding Gray, whose richly entertaining version of their tour to Missouri of their production of “The Tower of Babel” can be found in his “A Personal History of the American Theatre.”

During this time, Anthony continued to be exposed to Lee Strasberg and the Actors Studio, becoming one of the youngest people ever to address a special session with Lee.

In 1973 Anthony started another theatre company, this time in Washington, D. C. : The Washington Theatre Laboratory with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the D. C. Arts Commission. Their training program marked the start of many careers including that of actresses Caroline Aaron and Karen Allen. Selected as a seminal archetype of the experimental theatre movement in America, its archival materials are housed in the permanent collection of The Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute at Ohio State University.

Returning to New York, Anthony studied with Stella Adler at her conservatory and joined the faculty of the Drama Department of the High School for the Performing Arts (the “Fame” school) where he first worked with Esai Morales and Jennifer Aniston, among many talented others. Jennifer, who went on to study in Anthony’s adult classes before leaving for LA, wrote of one of her experiences with him in Marlo Thomas’s book: “The Right Words at the Right Time.” While there, Anthony was awarded the first Manhattan Superintendent’s Award for Excellence in Teaching out of the combined faculties of Performing Arts and Music and Art high schools.

For over thirty years, Anthony has been an acting teacher and acting coach in New York City. His work has been documented in the Emmy award-winning episode of the Bill Moyers PBS series “Creativity,” the Ace award-winning Manhattan Cable Television documentary “Chasing Dreams” and the BBC’s documentary “Bus and Truck.” He has been interviewed on E! Entertainment and Shine Television of England. As an author, Anthony has had articles published in The Village Voice, The Washington Star, The Theatre Paper and, in July 2008, the Outlook Section of The Washington Post. He is currently completing his forthcoming book: “Signals through the Flames – Actors Lit from Within.” Many of his acting students have gone on to LA and successful careers in film and television.

Visit Anthony’s website at www.anthonyabeson.com

Harlan Hogan: Tales and Techniques of a Voice-Over Actor

Over the years some very famous slogans have entered your ears via Harlan Hogan ‘s voice:

From Raids ‘ “Kills bugs fast, Kills bugs dead” and Head & Shoulders ‘ “That little itch should be telling you something” to the iconic, “It ‘s the cereal even Mikey Likes”.

Today, Harlan ‘s voice is still bringing us memorable phrases like, “How ‘s that for trendy?” for Ford 150 trucks, “It ‘s not home – but it ‘s close” for Cracker Barrel and reminding PBS viewers day in and day out that, “This program was made possible by viewers like you. Thank you.” His legendary political work includes commercials for candidates from Coroners to Congressmen.

Gamers recognize that the triumphant roar of the mighty Minotaur Alistar in League of Legends is voiced by Harlan. And in a rare on-camera appearance Harlan is the Father discovering the breakthrough cancer drug, Opdivo.

Based in Chicago, Harlan sends his voice world-wide from his state of the art studio, via ISDN, Source Connect, Phone Patch and the Internet.

Not only does veteran actor Harlan Hogan offer a fascinating personal account of the crazed clients, practical jokes, and amazing coincidences encountered during his twenty-five year career, he also provides a wealth of tested tips for surviving and thriving as a voice-over actor.

This indispensable guide features dozens of techniques to help readers train their voices, gain experience, make a demo, join unions, get an agent, and more. It also includes strategies for finding work in venues outside film and television, including games, automated telephone systems, and even Web sites. Actors, broadcasters, and anyone else who longs to make money speaking into a microphone will cherish this informative, insightful, and often hilarious glimpse at the business.

Visit Harlan Hogan’s webiste: www.harlanhogan.com

Hollywood acting coach Margie Haber: Get the part without falling apart

Our special guest is Margie Haber, author of How to Get the Part Without Falling Apart.  This book is the answer to every actor’s audition prayers. Acting coach Margie Haber has created a revolutionary phrase technique to get actors through readings without stumbling over the script. The book helps actors break through the psychological roadblocks to auditioning with a specific, 10-step method for breaking down the scene. Actors learn to prepare thoroughly, whether they have twenty minutes or two weeks.  With a client list that includes Halle Berry, Brad Pitt, Kelly Preston, Heather Locklear, Vince Vaughn, Téa Leoni, Josie Bissett, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Laura Innes, and Tom Arnold, among others, Haber encourages and leads the reader through the audition process with helpful and oftentimes humorous examples. Includes script excerpts, audition stories from today’s hottest stars, and tips from top industry professionals.

Margie Haber is known as Hollywood’s top audition coach. She began her career as an actor before becoming a coach. Margie’s philosophy empowers actors to create strong ‘characters’ for both auditions and booked roles. And whether that is on TV, film or stage. It’s about finding your own power in the lives you create.  For more than twenty years, she has taught many of Hollywood’s rising stars at her own Margie Haber Cold Reading Workshops in Los Angeles. Ms. Haber also holds ongoing workshops in San Francisco and New York, as well as seminars in other cities nationally and worldwide.

Margie Haber has always given her all to her students. It was while teaching at the Lee Strasberg Institute in the 1970’s that she noticed actors were confident at scene study but struggling with the audition process. Using her past experience as a speech therapist combined with her acting experience Margie developed the internationally recognized Haber Phrasing™. A 10-step instinctual approach to cold reading and auditions.

The Margie Haber Studio opened in 1986 and just a few years later, two of Margie’s clients, Brad Pitt and Michael Easton, wound up testing for the same role in the film “Thelma & Louise“. That was Pitt’s career breakthrough role and she’s helped thousands of other actors do the same ever since.

(See her client list here.)

Margie Haber recently evolved her teaching to empower actors beyond the audition to life on the set and the stage. She hand-picks and trains all her teachers, therefore, ensuring a studio filled with caring, passionate educators who encourage students to grow as a person as well as an actor.

For over three decades, students have attended her Stop Acting and Start Living the Life workshop in cities across the globe. Including Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Atlanta, and New York City.

In 2015, she coached and associate produced the feature film, Bravetown, (starring Josh Duhamel, Lucas Till, Laura Dern, and Maria Bello). She also recently produced and starred in Hollywood Trials, a Docu/Reality TV series about Margie starring Emmett Scanlan for RTE network in Ireland.

Margie Haber’s book, How to Get the Part Without Falling Apart, is used throughout the world in drama schools and colleges. Her interactive app, Stop Acting, has over 120 minutes of videos that help actors build creativity and confidence. The free Actors Connect With Margie app is a handy way for actors to keep up with exciting studio news.

Visit her website at www.margiehaber.com

Anthony Meindl: A top LA/NY acting coach who helps people get real

Our special guest is Anthony Meindl, author of At Left Brain Turn Right: An Uncommon Path to Shutting Up Your Inner Critic, Giving Fear the Finger and Having an Amazing Life and  Alphabet Soup For Grown-Ups: 26 Ways to Not Worry (Really!), Be Happy (Truly!), and Get Over Yourself (Finally!) Anthony Meindl is an LA-based Writer/Director/Teacher/Founder of AMAW studios worldwide, with studios in LA, London, NY, Vancouver, Toronto, Sydney and Atlanta. He has also taught internationally in Sofia, Bulgaria, Rome, Capetown, South Africa, Melbourne, and Paris. He has guest lectured at the Gaiety School/The National Theatre School of Ireland, the prestigious Moscow Art Theater, the Actors Centre London, and is the guest acting teacher at David Lynch’s Masters of Filmmaking Program in Fairfield, Iowa.

Visit Anthony’Meindl’s website: www.anthonymeindl.com

More than 10,000 actors have read the book that is helping artists get out of their own way and achieve their goals. With inspirational and hilarious stories, Anthony sets the reader on a journey to start realizing their creative potential and tap into their innate talent. You will learn to stop comparing yourself to others and start living the life you always dreamt of living. We wrongly believe that success (and creativity) looks a certain way, and when we fail to realize those ideas and pictures in our head, we often give up. At Left Brain Turn Right finally shows artists what creativity really looks like – and how to achieve more of it (and success).  Once you get on the path of your artistic life, you will learn how to silence your inner critic, give fear the finger and experience the life that has been waiting for you.

Do “inspirational” books often leave you feeling uninspired? Does your spiritual practice take a backseat to The Walking Dead? Do all the self-help books you binge on end up becoming “shelf-help” books that gather dust and never get their bindings cracked? Alphabet Soup for Grown-Ups: 26 Ways to Not Worry (Really!), Be Happy (Truly!), and Get Over Yourself (Finally!) is a book that just might change your relationship with the most important person in your life: yourself. It’s a down-to-earth, accessible, inspirational book, without all the new age mumbo jumbo; just 26 simple and hilarious ways for people to stop postponing happiness and live their dreams now. Acclaimed author Anthony Meindl picks up where his first book, At Left Brain Turn Right, leaves off and gives readers 26 fresh and practical life tools for everyday people covering the A to Z’s of “B”-ing!

Visit Anthony’Meindl’s website: www.anthonymeindl.com