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 Post subject: Amber teaching a two day acting course at Dragon con
PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 10:08 am 
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DragonCon is pleased to offer a unique acting workshop over a two day period by acclaimed actress, director, and author Amber Benson. If you are interested in a career in acting either on the stage or screen or just want to polish up your professional skills, here is your chance to gain insights, learn skills, and gain insights from the successful. talented, and knowledgeable Amber Benson.
Amber Benson is a writer, director and actor. She currently writes the CALLIOPE REAPER-JONES paranormal romance series for Ace/Roc and her middle grade book, AMONG THE GHOSTS, came out in paperback this past fall from Simon and Schuster. As a director, she co-directed the Slamdance feature, DRONES - which was picked up for distribution by Phase Four Films - and directed (and co-wrote) the BBC animated series, THE GHOSTS OF ALBION. Her acting work includes the Steven Soderbergh film, KING OF THE HILL, and the indie feature, RACE YOU TO THE BOTTOM, for which she won the Best Actress Award at Outfest. She spent three years as Tara Maclay on the television series BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER.

Two Day Workshop with Amber will include:

Dragon*Con is pleased to offer a two-day Actor’s Workshop with actress and director Amber Benson. A veteran actress with over twenty years of experience, Amber most notably played the character Tara Maclay for three seasons on the hit show Buffy The Vampire Slayer. As a director, her films have played at various film festivals (including the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City) and her latest film Drones is available on Netflix streaming and on Showtime.
This two-day workshop will include:

We will talk about the business aspects of becoming an actor. This will include ‘Getting an Agent’, ‘The Audition Process’ and ‘New Media: Using YouTube and The Internet To Create Your Own Celebrity’.

Good Improv skills are imperative for any would-be actor. Learn to listen to and interact with your fellow performers by playing Improv Games that bolster your confidence in your own instincts and help you to relax and enjoy the process of being creative.

Learn to create a back-story for your character. This also includes developing accents, physical characteristics, etc. that can give you a real insight into your character’s internal motivations.

Breaking into pairs, you will work on two character scenes that will then be performed in front of your fellow workshop participants. Each participant will also receive a copy of an ‘audition scene’ or ‘sides’ that we will work on together during the course of the workshop. On Sunday afternoon, each participant will have a ‘mock audition’ that will be recorded on video and then watched and critiqued. (After the workshop has concluded, participants will get a copy of their audition tape via email.)
And a chance to get personal advice and ask your questions.

The Workshop

The workshop will take place on Thursday, August 30, and Friday, August 31, 2012 from 9AM to Noon and then from 1PM to 5PM. The cost for attending the workshop is $250 per student. This is a separate fee from Dragon*Con Membership (also required) and will cover the cost of the class. Space is limited to twenty participants. No videos of the workshop will be permitted. Space is limited for each workshop. First come, first served. Dragoncon will keep a list of those who have applied for admittance once it is filled in case any later choose to drop out. Accepted attendees are asked to please notify Dragoncon if you find you will unable to attend.

If you have further questions, please contact David A. Cherry at

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