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ACTORFEST 98: DUES AND DON'TS - Successful Actors On Building a Career

Panel hosted by SAG, AFTRA, and Actors Equity.

Back Stage West would like to thank Diane Robison and the Producers Guild of America, Inca Cavenicia and the Directors Guild of America, Shawna Brakefield and the Screen Actors Guild, Pamm Fair and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, John Holly and the Actors Equity Association, and the Casting Society of America for their support of the 1998 ActorFest conference program.

Conferences assembled and coordinated by Chris Koseluk and Cindy Mulkern of Never Dull Productions.

1:00-2:30 p.m.

Moderator: Amy Aquino

Amy Aquino currently serves as the first vp for the Screen Actors Guild. Her feature credits include Boys on the Side, Working Girl, and Moonstruck. On television she's appeared on ER, Picket Fences, Brooklyn Bridge, The Larry Sanders Show, Murphy Brown, Roseanne, and Law & Order. Her extensive stage credits include The Heidi Chronicles on Broadway and work with the Circle Repertory, Playwrights Horizons, Yale Repertory Theatre, Guthrie Theatre, and La Jolla Playhouse.

Panelists: Nancy Cartwright

For the past decade, Nancy Cartwright has been the distinctive voice behind Bart Simpson on the popular animated Fox series The Simpsons. Cartwright's on-screen acting credits include the films Twilight Zone--The Movie, Flesh and Blood, and Undercover; the TV movies Marion Rose White, Not My Kid, and Deadly Lessons, and guest roles on Cheers and Empty Nest. In 1996, she starred in her one-woman show, In Search of Fellini, at the Theatre Geo in Los Angeles. Cartwright is a graduate of UCLA's theatre department.

Vincent D'Onofrio

Vincent D'Onofrio first came to prominence in 1987 with his unforgettable performance as a tormented Marine in Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket. His film career continued with Mystic Pizza, JFK, Dying Young, Robert Altman's The Player, Mr. Wonderful, Household Saints, Ed Wood (in which he memorably played a young Orson Welles), Strange Days, Stuart Saves His Family, Good Luck, Feeling Minnesota, Men in Black, The Whole Wide World, which he also produced, and Richard Linklater's The Newton Boys. His upcoming features include The Velocity of Gary with Salma Hayek, and Guy, which he also produced.

LisaGay Hamilton

LisaGay Hamilton currently stars on the David E. Kelley series The Practice. Recently she appeared in Athol Fugard's Valley Song at the Manhattan Theatre Club and the Mark Taper Forum and won a Back Stage West Garland award for her work. In addition to roles on TV's Homicide and Law & Order, Hamilton has also been featured such films as Twelve Monkeys, Drunks, Palookaville, Jackie Brown, and the upcoming True Crime, directed by Clint Eastwood, and Beloved, co-starring Oprah Winfrey.

Anne-Marie Johnson

Anne-Marie Johnson's television credits include Damon, JAG, Ellen, ER, Melrose Place, In Living Color, Hillstreet Blues, and the TV movie Asteroids. On the big screen, she's appeared in such films as True Identity, Strictly Business, Hollywood Shuffle, Five Heartbeats, and I'm Gonna Git U Sucka.

Armin Shimerman

Armin Shimerman has been acting professionally since 1975, appearing on Broadway in The Threepenny Opera, St. Joan, and I Remember Mama, in the films Stardust Memories, Blind Date, The Hitcher, and Death Warrant, and on TV's L.A. Law, Beauty and the Beast, Brooklyn Bridge, and most notably Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as Quark. He currently serves on the National Board of the Screen Actors Guild and is an amateur Shakespeare scholar.

Robert Trebor

Robert Trebor can currently be seen as Salmoneus in the syndicated series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. Trebor attended Northwestern University's prestigious theatre program, making his professional acting debut in Brecht's The Caucasian Chalk Circle with the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts and going on to appear in PCPA productions of Tartuffe and Arsenic and Old Lace. He performed in a number of Off-Broadway comedies by Shel Silverstein and did stage work with Playwrights Horizons, the Ensemble Studio Theatre, and Cafe La MaMa. His screen credits include the films Universal Soldier, Talk Radio, 52 Pick Up, and The Purple Rose of Cairo, and TV's Tales From the Crypt, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, Murphy Brown, Miami Vice, and Xena: Warrior Princess

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