Advanced teen students Rebecca Carbone and Aris Varvarian have successfully auditioned and been accepted into the prestigious Atlantic Theatre Company three week full time program in L.A. for January 2012. The rigorous entry conditions and serious competition for a place in the course didn’t faze Rebecca or Aris. This was confirmed when the coordinator of the program called me praising both of the teens for their acting skills and attitude. Aris was accepted into and completed the demanding course last year so he’ll be a good source of information for Rebecca before they fly to L.A. The Atlantic Theatre Company Youth Program is renowned for placing the first young Australian actors on numerous American TV shows – including the popular series Glee.
Former students Frank Stead and Bobby Babin can be seen strutting their stuff in the online film Waiting, in which Frank plays a town sheriff circa 1929. Waiting is beautifully shot and edited and the period is captured with stark realism. The shoot-out scene alone is just magnificent. Frank’s American accent is seamless thanks to the skills he gained in Bill Pepper’s American Accents and Dialects master class and which he has been perfecting since. There’s no question about fellow actor Bobby Babin’s accent though as he is an American.Bobby Babin was well featured walking the dog and strutting his stuff in the high-rotation Sun Herald Mary Poppins CD giveaway promotional TVC for the August 21st edition. Nice energetic performance Bobby!
Earlier this year current students and former students were all over the Underbelly 3 series playing a variety of roles from 50 worders – Sabeena Manalis as one of John Ibrahim’s girlfriends, Frank Stead as the Police Minister, Ronnie Masoud as one of the mad bad guys – to series 3 co-lead Rob Carlton as put upon Kings Cross detective Neville “Scully” Scullion. Rob also recently played the young Kerry Packer in the critically-acclaimed ABC-TV series Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo.The new Underbelly Razor series, currently screening on the 9 Network, has also been a good source of work for some of our current students. And to top it all off, film armourer and Screen Actors Workshop Armoury for Actors master class tutor Tony Garland is the armourer for the Underbelly Razor series.
Advanced student Sam Smith delivered a commanding performance in the Queensland Flood Clean Up Gas Safety public service TVC, which screened on high rotation during and after the massive state-wide flood clean up campaign. Sam followed up the Gas Safety TVC in July by featuring in a new multi-media Samsung commercial.Advanced adult student Abby Holz is currently in Los Angeles with her agent Gina Stoj. Under Gina’s guidance and mentorship Abby is doing the rounds meeting with producers and local agents and learning about the Hollywood scene and the television pilot season. We wish her the best of luck with her career both at home in Australia and, hopefully in the not too distant future, in the US as well.
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