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Dec
1
Sat
COME FROM AWAY
Dec 1 – Dec 30 all day
COME FROM AWAY @ Royal Alexandra Theatre | Toronto | Ontario | Canada

BOOK, MUSIC & LYRICS BY IRENE SANKOFF AND DAVID HEIN
DIRECTED BY CHRISTOPHER ASHLEY

DUE TO PHENOMENAL DEMAND COME FROM AWAY MOVES TO THE ELGIN THEATRE FEBRUARY 2019

Save with a group of 15 or more. Call 416-593-4142 or 1-800-724-6420.
More information on groups, schools & experiences

It’s been called the “edge of the world.” The weather is wild, but the locals never lack for warmth. And it’s here, in Newfoundland, where a remote town became the epicenter of a remarkable true story filled with unusual characters, unexpected camaraderie and uncommon generosity.

COME FROM AWAY is the breathtaking new musical that Toronto has embraced with open arms and has audiences leaving the theatre night after night claiming they are “proud to be Canadian!”

Written by Tony nominated Canadians Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and helmed by Tony-winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley, COME FROM AWAY “takes you to a place you never want to leave!” (Newsweek)

Royal Alexandra Theatre
February 13, 2018 to January 20, 2019
260 King Street West, Toronto
ON, M5V 1H9
416.872.1212 or 1.800.461.3333

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
Tuesday to Saturday 8PM
Wednesday 1:30PM
Saturday & Sunday 2PM
No performances – Sunday, Jan 6, 2019

Dec
15
Sat
TORONTO: Seth Yanklewitz, CSA (Executive Vice President Casting & Talent (MGM & Epix)
Dec 15 @ 9:00 am – Dec 16 @ 6:00 pm

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Full Infohttps://goo.gl/9fwuyN

To Apply or Questions email: Toronto@AWCmasterclass.com
or call (310) 467 3338

A Weekend Actors Fund Benefit With

Seth Yanklewitz, CSA

Emmy Nominated Casting Director / Executive
Executive Vice President Casting & Talent (MGM & Epix)

Recent Projects Include:
SINGLE PARENTS (ABC),
DAD OF THE YEAR (Netflix),
UNTITLED J.N. PROJECT (Fox)
YOUTH & CONSEQUENCES (YouTube Red)
LIBERTY CROSSING (Go90)
ALL NIGHT (Hulu)

Emmy Nominated NEW GIRL,
Toronto/Vancouver Shot MINORITY REPORT 

Vancouver Shot LUCIFERWAYWARD PINES,  X-FILES,
BUDDY GAMES 
(Feature Directed By Josh Duhamel)
 Toronto Shot HORROR PICTURE SHOW 
GOTHAM, LAST MAN ON EARTH, LEATHAL WEAPON, ROCKY , GREASE LIVE, etc.

….and previous projects include:
“The Hangover” (Warner Bros), “Eastbound & Down” (HBO), “Blades of Glory” (Dreamworks/Paramount), “Project X” (Warner Bros),  “The Grinder” (Fox), “The Inbetweeneers” (MTV), “Rock of Ages” (New Line/ Warner Bros), etc.

** Plus Toronto Casting Director Special Guest **

Jesse Griffiths
Casting & Associate Projects Include: EXCELSIS (Universal), BREAKTHROUGH (20th Century Fox),  V-WARS (Netflix), ANNE (CBC/Netflix), IN THE DARK (CBS), IT 2 (Newline), FARGO (MGM), CRAWFORD (CBC), CARTER (CTV/Sony), PRIVATE EYES (Global)

TORONTO
Saturday, Dec. 15 -­‐ Sunday, Dec. 16
Saturday & Sunday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Participation for Experienced Performers.

Fees (2 Days):
$275* usd – STUDIO/Early Registration ($385.11 cad)
$375* usd – ACTRA/CAEA/AGENCY ($483.00 cad)
$475* usd – NON-UNION ($599.91 cad)

(MC / VISA / AMEX all fees & details below)
PAYMENT INSTALMENTS AVAILABLE ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS.
One on One Appointments : 
$149.00* usd Union
$249.00* usd Non Union

One on One appointments are available for actors participating in the full workshop, and preference will be given to Union actors. Appointments are approx. 20-25 minutes in length. One on one appointments are made available for actors who have specific questions, material or career concerns that are not appropriate to consult about in a group setting; as well as for parents of younger performers who have questions / want to have feedback, dialogue as we don’t allow non-actor auditors into any masterclass. One on one appointments are NOT encouraged for any other reason, and will not be granted for actors who are not working in the session.

RegisterToronto@AWCmasterclass.com

 

About The AFC (formerly the Actors’ Fund of Canada)

The AFC is the lifeline for Canada’s entertainment industry. Over 12,000 professional members of the industry from all over Canada and in the fields of film & TV, theatre, music and dance have been helped by The AFC, which provides emergency financial aid to assist cultural workers in recovering from an illness, injury or other circumstances causing severe economic and personal hardship.

A career in the entertainment industry seems like a dream come true for many people. The all-too frequent reality is that entertainment professionals face a precarious livelihood after years spent perfecting and practising their crafts. The AFC believes that the risks that Canadian artists take as they create some of the finest live and recorded productions in the world should be recognized, valued and supported by all Canadians.

The AFC is a registered charity that has distributed more than $1 million in rent payments, grocery money, utility payments and other basic living expenses in the last 24 months. Performers, creators, technical staff and other production team members can benefit from The AFC, which receives no government funding and is wholly sustained by support from individuals and entertainment industry organizations.

About Seth Yanklewitz:

SETH YANKELWITZ, CSA

Seth Yanklewitz is currently the Executive Vice President of Casting & Talent for MGM and Epix, overseeing casting for all film and television projects at the company.

In early 2011, Seth Yanklewitz and his former partner Juel Bestrop began casting on the FOX comedy pilot NEW GIRL, for which they received an Emmy Award nomination in the category of “Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series.”

As the former Vice President of Casting at the Fox Broadcasting Company, projects overseen included Emmy Award-nominated NEW GIRL, as well as LEATHAL WEAPON, X-FILES, WAYWARD PINES, LAST MAN ON EARTH, ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW LIVE, GREASE LIVE, GOTHAMTHE GRINDERMINORITY REPORTLUCIFER and SLEEPY HOLLOW.

A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Yanklewitz originally attended the university to pursue acting, but quickly discovered an interest in casting when he interned at a prestigious commercial casting company. Upon graduation, Yanklewitz landed an assistant position on the East Coast search for Jon Turteltaub’s “The Kid,” during  which he introduced then-unknown child actor Spencer Breslin to the producers and Disney casting executives.

After moving to Los Angeles, Yanklewitz spent three years working with Casting Director Bonnie Timmermann. Together they cast large ensembles for dramatic films, including “Pearl Harbor,” “Black Hawk Down” and “Spy Game.”  Yanklewitz then began his foray into comedy, working on the feature film, “Stuck on You,” for the Farrelly Brothers.

When Yanklewitz met casting director Juel Bestrop, the two formed Juel Bestrop and Seth Yanklewitz Casting. For six years, they cast some of the most successful feature comedies in recent history, including “The Hangover,” “Blades of Glory,” “Four Christmases,” “Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Squeakel” and “Project X,” as well as the critically acclaimed HBO comedy series “Eastbound & Down.” For their work on “The Hangover,” Yanklewitz and Bestrop won the Casting Society of America Award for “Outstanding Casting of a Comedy Feature.” Additional projects include Rock of Ages” (New Line Cinema/ Warner Brothers) starring Tom Cruise and Catherine Zeta Jones, and most recently, Yanklewitz wrapped casting the feature films “Who Do You Think Would Win” for NETFLIX produced by Adam Sandler and “Buddy Games” for WWE Directed by Josh Duhamel. In the television world, most recent projects include series projects for HuluYouTube Red and GO90.

Seth Yanklewitz previously sat on the National Board for the Casting Society of America.

IMDB:   http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0946134/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

About The Masterclass:

  • Seth Yanklewitz, CSA will be offering a weekend in Toronto benefitting The AFC (Formerly the Actors Fund of Canada) for professional actors, with a focus on audition technique for film and television actors and experienced live performers. Get feedback, adjustments and insight from Seth’s experience at both the casting and network level for pilot and series work – as well as his experiences in casting feature films across all genres.
  • Demystify the casting process and get answers to questions and audition pitfalls from a leading network casting executive.
  • Special attention will also be paid to self taping and taped auditions and the DOs and DON’Ts of taped auditions for both series work and fearture work.
  • Discussion and working in a callback and producer session setting will also be explored and demystified for both US Network, Studio and Canadian co-pro projects. Actors will work in both a one on one audition setting, as well as a chemistry read / call back setting on day two.
  • Actor participants will be cast with specific material chosen for them to work on by Seth in advance for Day 1 and Day 2. Material will be provided to actors no more than 3 days in advance as to best simulate the actual amount of time given to prepare for a similar audition/role. Seth would like to spend time working on audition scenes from the series and projects has most recently worked on whenever possible.
  • Participating actors will be given a second opportunity on Day 2 to perform material in a call back or producer session situation, and will be given new material to prepare at the end of Day 1. Day two will most likely focus on large guest stars, recurring roles, series leads and supporting and lead roles.
  • Opportunities for the assessment of professional materials (headshot, resume, styling, etc.) for participants well as in depth discussion and Q&A period regarding representation and taping for US productions and Canadian actors in US based productions, pilots and features will occur on both days.
  • Our Canadian special guest will be present for our Day 2 Q & A, along side Seth to give opinions on the Canadian market and dialogue with the group.
  • Actors will be working with professional readers and session assistants who are present to support YOUR work, and allow you to do your BEST possible work.
  • This is a special opportunity to dialogue with a high level executive working on some of the most popular shows currently broadcast – not typically available for work sessions or extensive feedback – while raising money for an important Canadian charity that cares for those in need in the entertainment industry.
  • Seth will also discuss digital series, and the new frontier of digital projects (series, limited series, films for broadcast) vs. network vs. cable projects.

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Sample Masterclass Schedule:
DAY ONE : Saturday

  • 9:00 – 9:45 : Introduction and Background (including current projects and pilots and features)
  • 9:45 – 10:15 : Question and Answer period from participants / Seth’s notes on auditioning, working in the audition room, preperation and choices and the difference between network television, feature film as well as comedic and dramatic materials.
  • 10:15 – 1:30 : SCENE WORK and feedback
  • 1:30 – 2:00 : Lunch
  • 2:00 – 5:30 : SCENE WORK continues.
  • 5:30 – 6:00 : Closing remarks, questions and details on day two schedule.

DAY TWO : Sunday

  • 9:00 – 9:30 : Thoughts on casting and auditions, reminders and pet peeves, etc.
  • 9:30 – 10:30 : Special Guest moderated Q&A and Talkback with Seth, opening to questions from the group and a group dialogue.
  • 10:30 – 1:30 : SCENE WORK and feedback (run like a standard session with a reader and assistant with all actors and participants in the room). Actors will receive verbal feedback, possible redirection and will have the opportunity to ask personal questions regarding type, their scene etc.. Actors may be given written evaluation from Seth on both their performance and material overall upon the completion of their scene work.)
  • 1:30 – 2:00 : Lunch
  • 2:00 – 5:15 SCENE WORK continues.
  • 5:15 – 6:00 : Closing remarks, final Q&A

Fees:
(MC / VISA / AMEX):
FULL 2 DAY INTENSIVE :     

– Studio/Early Registration: $275* usd

– CAEA/Agency Price: $375* usd

– Non Union: $475* usd

One on One Appointments : 
$149.00* usd Union
$249.00* usd Non Union

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One on One appointments are available for actors participating in the full workshop,and preference will be given to Union actors. Appointments are approx. 20-25 minutes in length to allow for more personal questions, addiitonal scene work or notes, feedback on filmed materials and reels or sensitive questions not appropriate for a group setting. Materials will not be retained by our special guest at the summation of this masterclass.

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  1. AUDITING (NO Participation):

– Union $200* usd
– Non Union $325* usd

*Fees are charged in CAD equivalent.

  1. AUDITING : Auditing by application only, will be allowed at the costs listed above for auditing both day 1 and 2. Auditing performers are strictly there to observeThey will not participate in performance, question and answer, discussions or one-­‐on-­‐one meetings if applicable.

Application Process: PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

Please email your current headshot and resume, and training to Toronto@AWCmasterclass.com  with SETH YANKLEWITZ TORONTO 2018 in the subject line.

Indicate your age range, union status (and membership number), contact details – and whether you’d like to participate or audit (as well as whether you’re applying for one of the 4 ONE ON ONE appointments).

Applicants accepted to participate will receive a confirmation email requesting payment information to secure their spot. Any and all questions are welcomed in advance of the workshop.

THERE ARE LIMITED SPOTS TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS WORKSHOP.

Preference will be given to experienced union performers. Actors will be placed on a waitlist once the workshop enrollment is full, and will be offered auditing spots as available.

CSA Disclaimer:

Workshops/Classes are NOT job interviews.  The presence of an industry professional is in no way a promise of employment. Actors Workshops Canada does NOT attempt to procure employment for actors/artists – we are strictly for educational purposes. Professional materials will NOT be retained by industry professional at the summation of the weekend masterclass.

Dec
16
Sun
MANN CASTING HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER & BRUNCH
Dec 16 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
MANN CASTING HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER & BRUNCH @ DOMINION PUB + KITCHEN | Toronto | Ontario | Canada

AN INVITATION FROM CASTING DIRECTOR STEVEN MANN
AND THE MANN CASTING TEAM

To all my friends IF you can join my team at Mann Casting and My friends at the Dominion Pub + Kitchen please do. The Red Door Family Shelter is such a wonderful place and we are always honored to help them.

To my actor peeps… IF you are here this week for an audition or just wanna drop off an unwrapped toy for a child, or winter clothes or toiletries it would mean the so much to us.

A Christmas Carol
Dec 16 @ 7:30 pm – Dec 22 @ 2:30 pm

By Charles Dickens
Performed by John D. Huston

December 16-22, 2018
Tuesday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday matinees at 2:30 p.m.

For over 25 years, veteran solo performer John D. Huston has recreated the performances of Charles Dickens’ own one man A Christmas Carol to full houses and standing ovations in the NAC’s 4th Stage. We’re proud to welcome this Ottawa holiday tradition to The Gladstone for a third year. Huston, nominated by the Capital Critics’ Circle as Best Actor 2014-15, performs A Christmas Carol using a remarkable range of accents and body language.

Tickets: Buy Tickets

Adult: $36 + $3 facility fee = $39
Senior (65+): $32 + $3 facility fee = $35
Student/Artist*/Unwaged: $20 + $3 facility fee = $23
*including Theatre Ontario members

Save money when you buy tickets to two or more shows!


Presented by:

Black Sheep Theatre

Dec
22
Sat
FREE FILM BUSINESS ORIENTATION SEMINAR FOR ACTORS: 9-10AM EVERY SATURDAY
Dec 22 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
FREE FILM BUSINESS ORIENTATION SEMINAR FOR ACTORS:  9-10AM EVERY SATURDAY @ ACTORVAN | Vancouver | British Columbia | Canada

Film Business Orientation Seminar for Actors: 9-10 am every Saturday.

Welcome to ActorVan. Join us for our Film Business Orientation Seminar for Actors. We’ll answer all of your questions regarding the TV/Film industry and help guide you through the initial steps of launching your acting career.

It is extremely daunting to start on this acting journey without sound advice on how to go about getting a solid start.

Whether you are a “new” actor or “returning to the biz,” contact Actorvan and join us for the orientation.


Where: 750 Hamilton St Vancouver – Google Map

When: Every Saturday from 9am-10.

For who: Anyone over the age of 19. This workshop is specifically for people interested in acting or wanting to find out more about how to break into the acting industry.

Cost: Free! Then audit the class that starts at 10am!

Register by emailing Marc at marc@actorvan.com or send a text to 604 805 3291. Spaces are limited.


Topics Discussed:

  • Vancouver Film industry overview
  • Getting started plan
  • Headshots
  • Agents
  • Casting Directors
  • Casting process
  • Day in the life of an actor
  • Cost & pay of being an actor
  • Tips for early success!
  • Q & A

Register by emailing Marc at marc@actorvan.com or send a text to 604 805 3291. Spaces are limited.

Train with a Firestarter | *NEW* Saturday On-Camera Acting Class
Dec 22 @ 1:00 pm
Train with a Firestarter | *NEW* Saturday On-Camera Acting Class @ Miriam Laurence Acting Studio Toronto | Toronto | Ontario | Canada

TRAIN WITH A FIRESTARTER |  SATURDAY ON-CAMERA ACTING SESSION
Held on Saturdays. Approximately 60+ hours of class time in total.

Times 1:00pm-5:00pm/6pm

Actors new to class $780 +hst

Actors returning to class $720 +hst

*As usual, a clearly defined personal payment plan is an option.

CLASS OVERVIEW

+ relaxation techniques and vocal warm-ups

+ Strasberg Sense Memory and Song & Dance

+ improvisational techniques for character

+ practical and organic on-camera skills

+ short prepared scenes, monologues, and long-term Scene Study

+ cold reads and “off-book” audition techniques

*All work is filmed on personal SD cards.

CLASS DESCRIPTION

In this 12 week session, we will cover exercises drawn from far-ranging sources: relaxation, vocal, physical and sensory techniques, emotional connectivity, text analysis, auditioning, monologue and scene study for theatre and film.

In all of Miriam’s classes, special attention is paid to techniques for on-camera acting. Cold reads, monologues and scenes are filmed on HD video cameras. Students must supply their own disks and take it home at the end of the session.

Actors have found that studying with Miriam over a year or two builds their technique and forces them to take risks more effectively than going from teacher to teacher. Because of the depth of training offered, working with Miriam leads towards a highly skilled and intuitive acting style in theatre, television, and film. Actors need to gain the freedom, the information, and the knowledge to explore the many choices available to them in order to become better actors as a result. All of Miriam’s acting classes are held in her downtown studio in Toronto.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER OR FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Dec
29
Sat
Cinderella and the Ice Slipper
Dec 29 2018 – Jan 6 2019 all day

Writer: Ken MacDougall
Director: Matt Cassidy
Producers: Sarah and Matt Cassidy
Music Director: Wendy Berkelaar
Choreographer: Jessica Vandenberg

December 29, 2018 to January 6, 2019

Friday Dec 28 – 7pm PREVIEW
Saturday Dec 29 – 2pm OPENING
Sunday Dec 30 – 2pm7pm
Monday Dec 31 – OFF
Tuesday Jan 1 – OFF
Wednesday Jan 2 – 2pm7pm
Thursday Jan 3 – 2pm7pm
Friday Jan 4 – 2pm
Saturday Jan 5 – 2pm
Sunday Jan 6 – 2pm CLOSING

Producers Sarah and Matt Cassidy are back with their 5th annual panto; Cinderella and the Ice Slipper.
Poor Cinderella is stuck in a dead end job. She works hard at the Steppe Restaurant while the evil Mama Steppe and her awful daughters get to go to the Snow Ball at Prince Charms Palace.
Cinderella gets to go thanks to the Fairy Godfather “I’ll make an offer they can’t refuse.”
Will Cinderella get to slip into the Ice Slipper? Will she leave before the clock strikes midnight? Get your tickets to find out. Cinderella and the Ice Slipper is a new twist on an old fairy tale.

Tickets: Buy Tickets

Children’s ticket: $35.40 + $4.60 HST + $3 facility fee = $43
Adult ticket: $40.71 + $5.29 HST + $3 facility fee = $49
Preview:
 $25.66 + $3.34 HST + $3.00 facility fee = $32

Save money when you buy tickets to two or more shows!

Dec
31
Mon
NEW YEARS EVE
Dec 31 @ 9:30 pm

New Years Eve – The tradition continues!

Ring in 2019 with an all-new variety cabaret show on New Years Eve with a variety show that runs until the midnight countdown.

Paul Hutcheson will be back this year as host and headliner. The rest of the acts will be announced intermittently between now and December 1st.

Tickets: Buy Tickets

Adult: $22 + $3 facility fee = $25
Student/Artist*/Unwaged: $14 + $1 facility fee = $15
*including Theatre Ontario members

Save money when you buy tickets to two or more shows!

Jan
1
Tue
COME FROM AWAY
Jan 1 – Jan 30 all day
COME FROM AWAY @ Royal Alexandra Theatre | Toronto | Ontario | Canada

BOOK, MUSIC & LYRICS BY IRENE SANKOFF AND DAVID HEIN
DIRECTED BY CHRISTOPHER ASHLEY

DUE TO PHENOMENAL DEMAND COME FROM AWAY MOVES TO THE ELGIN THEATRE FEBRUARY 2019

Save with a group of 15 or more. Call 416-593-4142 or 1-800-724-6420.
More information on groups, schools & experiences

It’s been called the “edge of the world.” The weather is wild, but the locals never lack for warmth. And it’s here, in Newfoundland, where a remote town became the epicenter of a remarkable true story filled with unusual characters, unexpected camaraderie and uncommon generosity.

COME FROM AWAY is the breathtaking new musical that Toronto has embraced with open arms and has audiences leaving the theatre night after night claiming they are “proud to be Canadian!”

Written by Tony nominated Canadians Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and helmed by Tony-winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley, COME FROM AWAY “takes you to a place you never want to leave!” (Newsweek)

Royal Alexandra Theatre
February 13, 2018 to January 20, 2019
260 King Street West, Toronto
ON, M5V 1H9
416.872.1212 or 1.800.461.3333

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
Tuesday to Saturday 8PM
Wednesday 1:30PM
Saturday & Sunday 2PM
No performances – Sunday, Jan 6, 2019

Jan
3
Thu
OPERA PUB
Jan 3 @ 8:00 pm
OPERA PUB @ Amsterdam Bicycle Club | Toronto | Ontario | Canada

The first Thursday of every month
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Location: Amsterdam Bicycle Club

FREE EVENT

There’s a bar in Toronto where you can hear live opera—for free—with a pint in hand: this is AtG’s Opera Pub.

About Against the Grain Theatre’s Opera Pubs:
Running the first Thursday of every month, AtG Opera Pub nights are improvised, wild nights that offer up your favourite beer on tap with a side of operatic arias and ensembles, performed by both established and emerging opera talent. Free admission, discounted pints of beer. It’s the perfect introduction for newbies and a welcome break for opera vets who you want to see something “a little different.”

AtG Artist Director Joel Ivany and Music Director Topher Mokrzewski chatted with Jenna Douglas at Schmopera about the idea behind Opera Pub.

“Opera Pub brings this most secret of pleasures to astonished newcomers.”—The Globe and Mail

Placing opera inside a bar put Against the Grain Theatre on the artistic map of Toronto and, since then, the company has grown into an operatic force in Canada. Yet even while creating new works for the Banff Centre and Harbourfront Centre Theatre, Against the Grain has maintained its monthly opera pub night…offer[ing] patrons one more chance to have a pint alongside some of the city’s best singers.—Toronto Star

Duration/What Time Should I Show Up?: Musical performances begin at 9pm and wrap by 11pm. We perform 3–4 sets of 15 minutes and take a break between each set to refresh our drinks and chat with the audience.

1) You can arrive super early and enjoy dinner/drinks before the show (and try to grab seats and a table). Arrive before 8pm to grab a seat — it’s usually standing-room-only after 8:30pm.

OR

2) Join us for the late-night set, starting at 10pm, and ending around 10:30pm/11pm. More seats and tables become available at this time.

CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION