What an auspicious & delicious way to start my acting gigs in 2016!
Being on set for three days as the FBI Interrogator on the quirky CBS series, Limitless, directed by the Academy Award-winning Peter Werner, living the words of Co-Executive Producer/Writer, Taylor Elmore, (who obviously has so much fun writing that even his stage directions are a blast to read!), and making a treasured new friend in Evgeniya Radilova, reminded me of how I've lived a lot of my career on TV so far, and how I see it continuing in the future.
More thanks than could ever be expressed (for so many things) to the generously spirited Jennifer Rudolph of The Actor's Green Room for suggesting me to Ross Meyerson and Kim Krakauer of Tucker/Meyerson Casting. And a big thank you to Kim Krakauer for giving me such awesome support during the casting session, too. The episode is called "Undercover" and it airs February 16, 2016.
On the teaching front, there are two new 4-week SitCom Courses, sponsored by The Actor's Green Room, that I'm really excited about. I love helping actors with Script Analysis tools, The Rules of Comedy, Cold Reading skills, and much more for their pilot season auditions and bookings. Click here to enroll. Check out the times and details here, along with information on Private Coaching here: YourSitComCoach.com
The trailer for Carlos Amaral Baptista's Written in Stone came out last week. Here's one of my scenes:
The Amy's Horse Live Theatre Podcast that all of us actors and the producer, Christopher Flockton, recorded in each of our own home studios was a blast. It's Episode 9, Ninety Degrees of Separation by David Guaspari. With Abigail Hawk as Sondra and Chris Kipiniak as Zandor, both recording from New York. Joined by Margaret Reed in New Jersey as Nina, and Tim Hopper in Chicago as Roy.
I can't wait to share the fruits of my directorial debut with everyone. It's looking really good in post-production. That's for my next blog post.........
A Sweet '16 to you and yours!
2015 was filled with many happy acting projects including a 3-theatre engagement, first at the 2015 Tony Award-winning Best Regional Theatre Cleveland Play House, then to Mark Cuddy's brilliantly run Geva Theatre Cente and his equally welcoming The Cape Playhouse, as global celebrity Masha, in the Tony Award-winning play #VanyaAndSoniaAndMashaAndSpike, cast by the inimitable Paul Fouquet, with 6 or so films rounding out the year.
A few of them include Josh Mostel's tough-talkin' wife in the comedy by Isaac Chehebar, "The Amazing Ray," cast by the incredibly warm-hearted Donna Grossman Bernstein; the lovelorn lead in the extra-talented Hugh Scully's "Confabulation" with Kevin Nagle and Frank Schiavone; and the devastated mother in the awesome spoof by Chris Carfizzi, with amazing makeup by Lenore Koppelman in #WhitePrivilegeFrankenstein.
The year's-end feature film was as the mother of the horrified daughter Samantha Scaffidi and Alan Hasnas as my husband in #DamienLeone's "Terrifier", with much gratitude owed to the hilariously talented actor & "LI Diva" award-winning star, Katie Maguire Edri, who also produced and cast me in #ChristopherEadicicco's "Waiting for the Sun."
Plus some voiceover gigs. And I started teaching my SitCom classes at The Actor's Green Room, thanks to the generously-spirited, bright light, that is Jen Rudolph.
Looking forward to continuing the filming of the oh-so-gifted Joe Ronca's feature film comedy, By The Dashboard Light, in 2016, as the erotic-Jeopardy aficionado mother of the lead character, perfectly portrayed by Keith Chandler and DP'd by the amazingly creative eyes of Derek Mindler.
And I'm so excited about the juicy series regular and recurring roles that I am booking on primetime TV series in 2016! Maybe as Liz Keen's mother on #TheBlacklist. Or a family member on #KevinJames' new multi-camera #SitCom coming to NYC. Or another of Denis Leary's old flames on "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll." ;)
Happy Holidays to everyone!!! And may 2016 be the year that all the rest of your dreams come true! Blessings, goodies, and love to you, your family, and friends!!!
AUDITIONING FOR SMALL PARTS (Under 5 lines) TBAThursday December 4, 2014. 3:00-5:00pm. AND/OR Tuesday December 16, 2014. 6:30pm-8:30pm at Weist Barron Studios, 35 West 45th Street NYC
“It’s only a few lines, what’s the big deal?”
You know the Rules Of Comedy, now come play with them all day in this Intensive On-Camera Workshop of Sitcom Scenes chosen specifically for you. Or you can bring in scenes of your choosing*. Either way, it’ll be a blast improving your script analyses skills, like how to find the jokes and how to land ‘em, all while gaining more comedic confidence for slammin' SitCom success in any comedic adventure you encounter!
*Scenes MUST be memorized before the beginning of class, so register ASAP to give yourself time to get those words down.
ONE-DAY ONLY 10:00am – 5:00pm
$145 Special Holiday price
To get the confidence you need for the approaching pilot season, book private coaching sessions with Your SitCom Coach-Maggie Reed, in-person or on Skype.com, now to hone your funny bones and get the confidence you've been looking for with your comedy monologues and scene work. In-person or on Skype.com. Click here to take advantage of current rates before they go up January 1, 2015.
Do the C.O.W.* Everybody now! Well, not Everybody.Just actors who want to start DEVELOPING A CHARACTER through script analysis.
These are the 3 steps:
Go through the script and write down what your 1. Character says about themselves 2. What Others say about your character AND...wait for it... 3. What the Writer says about your character
After you do that, you're probably going to start feeling like you're getting a pretty good idea of who your character is.
One thing I love about acting is that it's like a big jigsaw puzzle that's so fun to 1. find those innie-outie pieces and 2. start interlocking them until there is a clear (yet, nubby) picture of your character.
Of course, there are more steps after this. But, I said 3, and I'm a woman of my word. ;) Have fun with this 1st dive into your character's world.
For coaching on more script analysis skills and further character development techniques, contact #YourSitComCoach - Maggie Reed at Maggie@YourSitComCoach.com. Sessions available either in person in NYC or over Skype. Check out more information and session fees, including volume discounts (going up January 2015) at YourSitComCoach.com
*I totally stole this concept from Mary Lou Belli. She is an awesome teacher, and is also the incredibly talented director of the hit TV show Girlfriends among many other popular TV shows. And she's a very accomplished writer, as well - Acting for Young Actors and Directors Tell The Story. maryloubelli.com
Rising star Trey Gerrald, has a recurring role on Orange is the New Black and has appeared and will be on Tina Fey's Tooken, You're the Worst, Next Caller, and The Carrie Diaries, to name a few. Tom Coll has booked. So has Megan Grocutt. Likewise with Daniel Hepner, Bill Beckwith, Joe Gesuale, Jill Wurzburg, Megan Elliott, Rahmel Reid, Terrence Jenkins, Jeff Joslin, Irene Minko, Max Brand, and so many more of my students/clients. In projects such as Blue Jasmine, The Wolf of Wall Street, American Hustle, Nurse Jackie, The Fosters, The Good Wife, Win, Win with Paul Giamatti and the new HBO miniseries directed by Todd Haynes with Kate Winslet as Mildred Pierce (and yours truly as Maggie Biederhof), plus indie films, TV, stage, and internet productions.
This year has been an embarrassment of riches for us all. May it continue on in all of our lives who read this and want the world to be a richer place by giving audiences food for thought, emotional inspirations, and insights they might not have had before.
Please let me know how your projects are going. I'd love to hear about anything you're working on. And send me a link to your website or Facebook, ActorsAccess, etc. page. I'll display it on my Links page. Bravo to you for living your dreams!