Mon, Jan 30 @ 6 PM: Contemporary and Classical Monologues with coach Meryl Shaw
Meryl Shaw served as Casting Director at American Conservatory Theater for 17 years and has taught audition technique and led audition workshops for over 20 years. She has taught or guest lectured at several universities, including A.C.T., Rutgers, Carnegie-Mellon, Santa Clara University, St. Mary’s College, and S.F. Academy of Art, as well as numerous theater companies Meryl received life coaching certification from SFSU and offers life coaching as well as audition and acting coaching. She works one-on-one with actors and offers individual coaching and classes that integrate life and acting coaching.
Mon, Jan. 30 @ 7:45 PM: Contemporary and Classical Monologues with coach Nancy Carlin
Nancy Carlin is a director, actor, writer, dialect and audition coach, and acting teacher. A former company member of the American Conservatory Theater and California Shakespeare Theater, Nancy is a member of PlayGround. She has performed and directed extensively in regional theaters, including A.C.T., Berkeley Rep, Cal Shakes, Aurora Theater Company, Shotgun Players, African-American Shakespeare, Marin Theater Company, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Carlin is the co-author of the musical,Max Understood, which was developed at the O’Neill National Music Theater Conference and premiered at the Cowell Theater in SF last year. A theater arts lecturer with UC Santa Cruz and San Jose State University, Carlin holds a BA in comparative literature from Brown University and an MFA in acting from A.C.T. Ms. Carlin is a member of SDC, AEA, SAG-AFTRA, and the Dramatists Guild.
Tues, Jan 31 @ 6 PM and 7:45 PM: Songs and Monologues with coach Bobby Weinapple and Dave Miotke
Bobby Weinapple has served for eight years with the SF Conservatory of Music, and currently is head teacher at Seydways Studios, Northern California's’s premier acting studio. Bobby has performed at many of the West Coast's best theatres, and in 1996 was awarded the Dean Goodman Drama-Logue Award for Outstanding Principal Performance in Lady Be Good with 42nd Street Moon. Screen credits include principal roles in many independent feature films, as well as guest appearances on the television shows Nash Bridges and Trauma. Bobby’s direction of Twelfth Night for the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival received critical acclaim, and his Tempest and Taming of the Shrew for the S.F. Shakespeare Festival played to over 50,000 students in more than 60 cities throughout California, followed by an expanded version with a live band and all original music at San Francisco's Gershwin Theatre. He also worked as Associate Director for the long running hit Noises Off at the Marines Memorial Theatre in San Francisco. Bobby worked for many years with orchestras around the country emceeing children's concerts entitled Where In The World of Music is Carmen San Diego? and regularly appeared with the Marin Symphony dressed as a giant chicken named Ollie Opus. His CD of original jazz and blues compositions New Year’s Day was released in December 2015.
The best of us need a coach, someone to help us see ourselves. Bobby sees his job as being able to see every actor not only as they are, but as they might be, and then to hold that vision up. This allows actors to expand their range by identifying their strengths and then looking at what else they need to develop that they might have overlooked. The goal is to bring each and every person to peak performance by making that invisible potential become a visible reality.