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Acting Career 101

Advice and direction for the new actor on how to build and sustain a professional acting career. Competitive strategies and tools of the trade are presented in an interactive conversation with the presenters. A thorough Q&A session will conclude the seminar.

Speakers include:

* Janice Hoffmann, acting teacher
* Joanne Pattavina, acting teacher
* Wendy Ward, acting teacher


Janice Hoffmann, director, Success Is Sweetest

Janice Hoffmann is the director and founder of Success Is Sweetest, a New York City-based career and lifestyle coaching boutique, which offers a range of professional workshops and customized private coaching services. She holds a BA in Theatre and Dance from NAU, is a Coach U Graduate, and is an OOBR award-winning Meisner and Suzuki-trained actress. In 1996, Ms. Hoffmann was hired by the Ward Studio to develop one of New York's first career mentoring workshops. Thirteen years later, the curriculum has grown into a six-week intensive, where, working in small groups, actors create and execute proactive strategies to launch and sustain professional careers.

Joanne Pattavina, voice teacher
Joanne Pattavina has taught voice-for-stage for over twenty-five years. She was a regular faculty member at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center's National Theatre Institute for ten years, as well as a visiting professor at Trinity College, Connecticut College, and Central Connecticut State University. Ms. Pattavina received her B.A. in theater from University of Connecticut. As an actress, Ms. Pattavina has worked with renowned avant-garde directors, Richard Foreman and Lee Breuer and has numerous Off-Broadway television and voice-over credits. Currently, Ms. Pattavina serves on the faculty of the Ward Studio, where she teaches vocal production and co-teaches audition technique with Studio Director, Wendy Ward.

Wendy Ward, director, Ward Studio
Wendy Ward is the director and founder of the Ward Studio, a professional actor training school located in Manhattan. Since 1989, Wendy has been a celebrated instructor of the Meisner approach, first at The Acting Studio, where she served as associate director, and later at the Ward Studio, which she founded in 1996. In addition to its acting training program, the Ward Studio boasts a robust performance training program, which averages twelve productions a year, and a career mentoring program that includes rigorous audition and monologue training.

Wendy received her B.A. in drama in 1981 from Duke University, where she served on the Advisory Board for the university's drama department. She continued her training at the National Theater Institute and in New York with Anna Deavere Smith, James Price, and Vivian Matalon. More recently, she served on the faculty of University of the Arts in Philadelphia, teaching Meisner to sophomores. Wendy is featured in the book "Acting Teachers of America," available in major book stores.

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