Wednesday, October 31, 2007

More Kevin, extras and workshops

Excuse my need to do a little inbox housekeeping. Below are a few items of interest to actors, nonactors and, well, me:

  • Locally connected actor Kevin Rahm, who's now on "Desperate Housewives," also appeared on the season premiere of "Scrubs." Click here to watch the episode at, and one cheer for Kevin. Thanks for the tips, AC.
  • The feature film "Feast 2: Sloppy Seconds" is currently shooting in Plain Dealing and needs extras. Since this movie is about a ferocious hungry monster, you might get lucky and get eaten. Log on to Glorioso Casting to register, and two cheers for sequels. Yum, yum.
  • Local theater actor/director Mary Thoma also acts in movies. She will teach a character-crafting workshop for young actors on Saturday, Nov. 3, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Bossier Arts Council's East Bank Theatre. It is open for actors ages 10 to 15. For info, email or call the East Bank Theatre at (318) 741-8310. Cost is $80. Three cheers for Mary.
  • Local movie actress Megan Brown is teaching two-day intro to film acting workshops for child and teen actors on Saturday, Nov. 3, and Sunday, Nov. 4. Ages 7 to 12 meet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. Ages 14 to 18 meet from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Workshops are presented by Acclaim Talent Agency. For info, contact Megan at or call (813) 690-2230. Cost is $150 each and $100 more for an extra sibling. Four cheers for Megan.
  • If you need full info about these workshops, check the comments below, where I've posted the full text from their emails. Hip-hop hooray ... ho, hey, ho.


Alexandyr Kent said...

By Mary Thoma

Creating A Character from the Inside Out and the Outside In!

An Acting Intensive Workshop in Character Development Part of THE ACTING FUNDAMENTALS Series by Mary Thoma


Saturday, November 3rd
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
(Bring a sack lunch!)


East Bank Theater/Bossier Arts Council
630 Barksdale Blvd.
Bossier City, L 71111
(318) 741- 8310


Open to young actors ages 10 - 15 years old.
There is a FIRM LIMIT of 12 students for this workshop, so please register early to hold your spot.


Many young actors have not been taught a process for developing believable and interesting characterizations. In this workshop, participants will learn solid skills that will serve them well from auditions through performance.
A sampling of techniques will give the students several options for beginning to develop a process that works for them. * Actors will be emailed scenes to work with prior to the workshop.


Email to register and receive more information. To pay by phone, call East Bank Theater at (318) 741-8310.
Workshop Fee: $80


MARY ALFRED THOMA is an actress, director, choreographer, teacher, writer and creator of two theater companies: The Sign Company and This Is Who I Am
(c) Summer Institute for Youth. Mary has credits in theater, radio, television and film. She studied with The National Theatre of the Deaf, The Broadway Teaching Lab 2007, and has been a participant in a majority of "acting for film" workshops in Shreveport. Mary currently teaches and directs theatre for Southfield Middle School in Shreveport.

Internet Movie Data Base Listing:

A few comments from past participants
of Mary Thoma's workshops:

"I would love to attend another workshop with Ms. Mary.
I learned many new terms and different techniques."

"I would definitely tell other young actors to take workshops or acting lessons from Ms. Mary.
I would tell them that because she teaches important skills and makes it fun and sometimes serious. You are learning these skills and sometimes you don't realize it. She doesn't force you to do things that you don't want to and only pushes you to your limits. She is a great teacher to learn from!"

"I surprised myself today when I got up on stage and sat on the chair and let my emotions flood me. I surprised myself when I just spoke what I was feeling (and cried), and everyone understood me (and got my message.)"

"The chair exercise was my favorite because I could choose ho I wanted to be.
I learned how to stay in character and to try different ways to get what I wanted."


Alexandyr Kent said...

Is your child interested in being in the movies in town? Have they done extra work and wondered how to get one of the speaking parts? Are auditions still intimidating? If you have answered yes to any of these questions or have a child about whom everyone says "What a little actress!" training is the essential next step.

Megan Brown is holding an Introduction to Film Acting workshop for children and teens Saturday, November 3rd and Sunday, November 4th 2007 in Shreveport! Class size is limited in order that each student receives individual attention, so please register early.

Saturday's class will review basic material we covered over the summer. Sunday's class will delve more deeply into that material. Each student will work on camera and receive feedback on his/her work. When possible, we will work from scripts that are currently being produced in Louisiana in order to give the children and teens the experience of working with the type of material for which they will have the opportunity to audition.

This introductory class will be required for students wishing to continue their studies with Megan Brown.

Children 7-12 11am-3pm
Teens 13-17 4-8pm

Megan will teach the students how to:

Analyze a script, looking for clues.
Break down a script into the obligations.
Fulfill the obligations of a script.
Create living, breathing, believable characters.
Create a moment before.
Relax during auditions and on set.
Make unique choices and stick with them.
Trust themselves and their imaginations.
Have fun and be professional!
There will be so much more...

Before moving to Shreveport, Megan taught the principles of acting to children and teens aged 7-17 at the Young Performer's Studio Workshop in Tampa, Florida. She has recently worked with Kevin Costner, William Hurt and Demi Moore in Mr. Brooks and with Brad Pitt on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Megan is a member of the Screen Actor's Guild and has been working professionally as an actress since 1998. She is a graduate of Columbia University and has recently moved to Shreveport. Megan is represented by Jeffrey Nightbyrd of Acclaim Talent. For more information on Megan, please see her website at

Rate: $150 per solo student, $100/student sibling rate

Please register early as class size is limited in order that each child may receive individual attention. Scholarships are available for those with financial need. Please send an email to or call 813-690-2230.

Here's some feedback from Erika Scott, mother of Renwick Scott, a young Shreveport actor who booked a role in K-Ville after taking one of Megan's workshops:

Dear Megan,

Ren is still taking about how much he enjoyed your workshops. I have been advertising your classes to other parents, too. I told them that you are thorough, well organized, friendly, professional and that the kids just love you!
The best to you,
Erika Scott
(Renwick's mom)


In the morning, Ren will be headed to New Orleans to be filmed in an episode of Kville. We are so excited. Thank for the part you played in preparing him for this. Let us know when the next training class starts. In the meantime, I'll keep you posted on how things go.

Thank you,

Erika Scott
Renwick's Mom


HEADSHOT SPECIAL Exclusive for Megan Brown's students...

Jackson Beals is offering a special for Megan Brown's students.
for more samples and information on Jackson's work: Please see

Please contact him at 813-785-4004 or for details


If you know of anyone who would benefit from the classes, please pass this on!