Tuesday, April 25, 2017

WGA Members Approve Strike Authorization In Historic Turnout

Film and TV writers are ready to take to the picket line next week, voting overwhelmingly to give their union leaders the authority to call a strike if this week’s final round of bargaining fails to produce a contract.

The strike authorization was approved by 96.3% of the 6,310 writers who cast ballots, according to the Writers Guild of America (WGA), a record 67.5% of eligible WGA members. A strike, if it comes to that, can’t begin until midnight May 1, 2017 when the current film and TV contract expires. The WGA’s last strike, launched in 2007, lasted 100 days. That authorization vote was approved by 90% of voters.

A strike can still be averted if the WGA and management’s Alliance Of Motion Picture & Television Producers can work out a deal this week. The talks, which took a two-week hiatus to allow the WGA East and WGA West to poll their members on strike authorization, resume tomorrow and are expected to continue throughout the week and possibly into the weekend, if necessary. It’s also possible the strike deadline could be extended if the two sides think they’re close to a deal.

For more information, read David Robb's article in Deadline by clicking here.

Paola Lázaro and Nick Cordero Receive Outer Critics Circle Award Nominations

On Tuesday, April 25, 2017, former HOLA Awards honoree Danny Burstein and Jane Krakowski announced the list of Outer Critics Circle (OCC) Awards nominations in the Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel in the theater district of midtown Manhattan.


Nick Cordero picked up a nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Musical for his work in the Palminteri-Menken-Slater musical A Bronx Tale. Paola Lázaro received a nomination for the John Gasser Award, which is presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright, for her play Tell Héctor I Miss Him.

The Outer Critics Circle, the organization of writers covering New York theatre for out-of-town newspapers, national publications and other media beyond Broadway, celebrates
its 67th season of bestowing awards of excellence in the field of theatre, the Outer Critics Circle is an association with members affiliated with more than ninety newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations, internet, and theatre publications in America and abroad.

The winners will be announced on Monday, May 8, 2017. The annual Gala Awards Dinner and presentation of awards to the winners will be held on Thursday afternoon, May 25, 2017 at the legendary Sardi's Restaurant. For more information, including a list of this year's nominees, click here or here.

The Mental Game of Auditioning Workshop with Herman Chaves

ONE DAY IN NEW YORK
Master Class for Bad Ass Actors

with Herman Chaves



Sunday, May 21, 2017
2-6pm
Teatro SEA
107 Suffolk Street, First Floor
(between Rivington and Delancey streets), NYC

F, J, M, Z trains to Delancey/Essex • M14A, B39 buses


Price: $150 ($100 for HOLA members)

SMALL CLASS SIZE. LIMITED TO 15 ACTORS.

To register, call HOLA at (212) 253-1015 (credit cards accepted), 

then e-mail your headshot & resume to
thegameofauditioning@gmail.com
so that Herman can select your scene from film or television.


Goal:
To empower you and relieve the fear and anxiety that happens around auditioning, while also training you to break down scripts like a pro and to OWN your audition process.


 Some of the Topics Covered:

  1. How to overcome audition anxiety/nerves.

  2. On-camera auditioning for film & television.

  3. The #1 thing a casting director is looking for.                                                  

• Do you get so UPTIGHT or TENSE before an audition that you can't think straight?
• Are you NOT TRUSTING YOURSELF, scared/worried that you might forget your lines?
• Do you become so tense to perform your scene because you worry about embarrassing yourself?
• Do you care too much about the approval or validation of the casting director?


It does not have to be that way.


Many actors experience feelings of audition anxiety. Audition anxiety is the number one obstacle to a relaxed, effortless confident read, a quality that you must have to lock in on on with your reader and enter the fun zone!

Yes, it is possible and I will show you in this
one-day master intensive how you can attain this.

Let's work together on implementing and applying a powerful pre-game mental strategy, so you can affect the reader, causing them to have an experience and allowing your truth to play full out, unapologetically. In one day, you can have total clarity and relief on how to overcome the mental game that is stopping you from booking the room every time.

  1. The Mental Blueprint: A SOLID UNDERSTANDING OF HOW TO WIN THE MENTAL GAME OF AUDITIONING AND BOOK THE JOB AND THE ROOM. Herman bases his teachings on, psychology, sports psychology and years of experience and interviews with top actors, casting directors and directors, as well as his own personal experience out in the trenches.

  2. Script Analysis: HOW TO ATTACK TV & FILM SCRIPT LIKE A STREET FIGHTER. WE GO FOR THE JUGULAR. THERE'S NO TIME TO INDULGE IN WEEKS OF SCRIPT BREAKDOWN. LEARN THE FAST, LASER SHARP WAY THE PROS DO IT.

  3. YOU WILL EXECUTE YOUR CHOICES WITHOUT DOUBT for your Mock Audition, scenes will be provided - every actor works.

  4. A FREE HANDOUT OF "THE GAME BOOK", which covers even more in depth what you will learn on this day. No need to take notes in this class. We give them to you to take home so you can focus.

  5. Hear from the Casting Director's and Director's mouth what their pet peeves are, and what they REALLY want from you in the room. Pre-recorded audio.

Q: How is this different from other audition classes?

A: We are being respectful of your time and money, so we address only the indispensable, primary needs that you must have out in the real world when you are auditioning for film and TV. There is NO FLUFF in this Master Class. We hit hard, pull down the barriers and show you how to:

  1.  Own every audition in your own way.

  2. Understand and own what is applicable in a real world situation.

  3. Arrive with the correct mindset to approach an audition like a street fight - your life is on the line and you are there to AFFECT THE READER.

  4. Learn how to quickly assess your sides and make choices. NO overthinking– you mist get out of your head.
  5. Learn how to EXECUTE that assessment.
  6. Remember, NO FILLERS, NO FLUFF.


• The Class will watch a video that shows how fear affects performance in any field AND how it is the origin of giving a Bad Audition - Auditions are 90% mental!

• Applying what we get from The Manual and video, we will transition to the reader/actor contact exercise. It's not enough to just understand all of this intellectually. We must get on our feet and experience - simulate - the bodily sensations, nerves, breathing, avoidance, etc. that come up when you are in front of the casting director, or reader. This is called AFFECTING THE READER - your only job. THIS work is where you really begin to see your own true potential as an auditioning actor. Your RAW God-given talent starts to shows up, Because an actor's best work is only expressed when he or she believes they are safe in the room, while connected to the reader.

• BONUS:
 Hear prerecorded audio comments from casting directors regarding not only the business, but their "pet peeves" with actors.

• PLUS a Q
&A - please bring lots of questions.


HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to “gossip”. In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members or Friends of HOLA who are getting acting, performance or similarly artistic gigs and/or recognition in the media. The names of HOLA members and Friends of HOLA are listed below in boldface. To see what other HOLA members are doing currently, click here.

Elaine Del Valle, shown at right, is the writer, director, star and producer of the webseries "Reasons Y I'm Single", which is now available for streaming on Amazon Prime. To see the webisodes, click here. In addition, one of the webisodes (titled "The Latina Date") was just selected to be screened as part of the Queens Book Festival kickoff event, Immigrant Series, via New York Women In Film and Television. The event will consist of a panel discussion and is scheduled to take place in May at LIC Landing in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens. For more information, click here or here.

Angie Regina co-stars in the short film Indentured Servant (written, directed and starring Bobby DeJesús). The film will make its world premiere as an official selection of the Dominican Film Festival in New York (DFFNY) scheduled to take place in July in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York. For more information, click here.


  
Edna Lee Figueroa, Edmi De Jesús, and Gerardo Gudiño, shown clockwise from above left, were featured in the Héctor Luis Sin Censura blog (written and edited by Héctor Luis Riveraas a result of the former two (an all-HOLA member cast) starring in and the last directing the Joselo Arroyo two-hander Máscaras afuera. The play, written by Joselo Arroyo (and adapted for an all-female cast from the original all-male cast by Figueroa) will be presented as part of the FUERZAfest - Latino LGBTQ Fest, taking place in May at the Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center in Manhattan's El Barrio neighborhood. To read the blog, which is in Spanish, click here.

Víctor Cruz will be guest-starring in two episodes of "Colors of Rhina" (MNN), which was created and starring Rhina Valentín, as well as directing a few episodes of the show's first season.


If you are an HOLA member or a Friend of HOLA and want to submit a bochinche item, send us an e-mail. If you live in the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, why not join? If you live outside the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, you can find out more information on how to do so, by clicking here. If you are not a Friend of HOLA, why not become one?

Monday, April 24, 2017

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to “gossip”. In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members or Friends of HOLA who are getting acting, performance or similarly artistic gigs and/or recognition in the media. The names of HOLA members and Friends of HOLA are listed below in boldface. To see what other HOLA members are doing currently, click here.

Caridad del Valle, shown at right, booked a commercial (and accompanying print ad campaign) for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCHealth) after reading the casting notice in the e-mail announcements HOLA sends to its members and self-submitting.

Raquel Almazán will have her play La Paloma Prisoner presented in a workshop reading by Hi-ARTS and La Lucha Arts. The play will be directed by Estefanía Fadul, co-star Almazán, Gilbert Cruz, Adriana Sananes, and Mônica Steuer, and take place in May at Hi-ARTS, located at the ArtSpace PS 109 space in Manhattan's El Barrio neighborhood. For more information on the presentation, click here.

Inma Herediashown at left, will present a special one-night-only performance of her self-penned solo show Divas de España. Directed by Adolfo Vásquez, the show will take place on Friday, April 28, 2017 at Thalía Hispanic Theatre, located in the Sunnyside neighborhood of Queens. For more information, click here.

Pablo García Gámez was interviewed by Javier E. Gómez on the latter's talk show "Diálogo abierto" (BronxNet) where the former spoke on the Callback Series 2017 which is being presented in May at Teatro Círculo, located in Manhattan's East Village (García Gámez's own play, Olvidadas, directed by Diego Chiri and starring Rosie Berrido, is represented in the series. To watch the interview, which is in Spanish, click on the video below (the interview begins at 06:27).



If you are an HOLA member or a Friend of HOLA and want to submit a bochinche item, send us an e-mail. If you live in the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, why not join? If you live outside the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, you can find out more information on how to do so, by clicking here. If you are not a Friend of HOLA, why not become one?

Tony Awards Announce Return of Sound Design Categories

The Antoinette Perry (Tony) Awards announced today that they will reinstate the categories of Best Sound Design of a Play and Best Sound Design of a Musical starting in the 2017-2018 season.

Over the last 18 months, the Tony Awards Administration Committee conducted an in-depth review of these categories as well as all of the 24 competitive categories. This review was conducted in consultation with industry professionals including several sound designers. As a result, the Committee developed a plan to address previous concerns related to adjudicating these categories.

Next season, Best Sound Design of a Musical and Best Sound Design of a Play will be reinstated to the list of competitive Tony Award categories with a new voting process. In addition, it was determined that for similar reasons, the category of Best Orchestrations will adhere to this same new voting process. The Tony nominators will nominate for these categories as in the past. However, voting on the winners of the three categories will now be the responsibility of a subset of the overall voter pool based on their professional affiliation.

The Sound Design committee of United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829, has just released a statement endorsing the decision by the Tony Awards to reinstate the Sound Design categories and annual awards for the 2017-18 season.

"We are very gratified by this outcome," said Nevin Steinberg, co-chair of the committee that is part of the union representing all designers working on Broadway. "Happily, the appeals and activism of our members, of the professional theater community in New York and around the country, and the thoughtful arguments for reconsideration by some of the most prominent individuals and organizations across show business made an impact. Sound designers on Broadway will once again be recognized for the integral and creative work that their colleagues and audiences expect."

The American Theatre Wing's 71st Annual Tony Awards, hosted by Kevin Spacey, will air live from Radio City Music Hall on the CBS Television Network on the evening of Sunday, June 11, 2017. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

HOLA Member Bochinche

Bochinche refers to “gossip”. In this sense, we use it to mention HOLA members or Friends of HOLA who are getting acting, performance or similarly artistic gigs and/or recognition in the media. The names of HOLA members and Friends of HOLA are listed below in boldface. To see what other HOLA members are doing currently, click here.

Edmi De Jesús and Gerardo Gudiño, shown at right, from left to right and also see belowwere mentioned in Broadway World on account of the former starring in Tere Martínez's solo show Mi última noche con Rubén Blades (to be directed by the latter). The production will be presented in April as part of The One Festival at Teatro Círculo in Manhattan's East Village. For more information on the production, click hereTo read the article, click here. They were also featured in El Blog de Pablo with regards to the same production. To read that blog, which is in Spanish, click here.


Pablo García Gámez and Rosie Berridoshown above, left to right, were featured in the El Blog de Pablo as a result of his two-hander Olvidadasbeing presented in May as part of the Callback Series 2017 by and at Teatro Círculo, located in Manhattan's East Village. Directed by Diego Chiri, the play also stars Noëlle Mauri. For more information on the production, click here. To read the blog, which is in Spanish, click here.

Mildred Ruiz-Sapp, shown, in character, at center in the photo at left, wielding sword, is featured in two articles in Broadway World. She, along with Steven Sapp and William "Ninja" Ruiz, collectively known as the performance group Universes, wrote the new musical UniSon. Inspired by the poetry of August Wilson, the piece was developed and directed by Robert O'Hara and will have its world premiere at the Angus Bowmer Theater at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) in Ashland, Oregon, where it will run from April through October. To read the articles, click here and here.

Edna Lee Figueroa, shown at right, and Edmi De Jesús (also see above), were featured in the El Blog de Pablo as a result of starring in the Joselo Arroyo play Máscaras afuera. The two-hander play was written by Joselo Arroyo, the play (adapted for an all-female cast from the original all-male cast by Figueroa) will be directed by Gerardo Gudiño (also see above) and presented as part of the FUERZAfest - Latino LGBTQ Fest, taking place in May at the Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center in Manhattan's El Barrio neighborhood. To read the blog, which is in Spanish, click here.

If you are an HOLA member or a Friend of HOLA and want to submit a bochinche item, send us an e-mail. If you live in the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, why not join? If you live outside the New York metropolitan area and want to be an HOLA member, you can find out more information on how to do so, by clicking here. If you are not a Friend of HOLA, why not become one?