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Uma Incrocci’s TV credits include appearances on “How To Get Away With Murder,” “Jane The Virgin,” Hulu’s new show “The Path,” “Bored to Death,” “Louie,” “Pan Am,” “Lipstick Jungle,” and “Chappelle’s Show.” She’s also been in a wide variety of indie films as well the Jason Bateman comedy, “The Longest Week.” She’s recently relocated to her hometown of Los Angeles, after many years in New York, where she worked extensively in regional and New York theater. She also co-produced and co-wrote the pilot Living in Captivity (official selection, NY Television Festival and LA’s Independent Television Festival), and co-wrote the book and songs of the rock musical Mother Eve’s Secret Garden of Sensual Sisterhood (FringeNYC; and Winner, New Jersey Playwrights Contest), which is currently in the fundraising stages for an off-Broadway run. Christian Pedersen has appeared on “The Good Wife”, “Damages”, “Fringe”, “Royal Pains,” and has had recurring roles on the daytime dramas One Life to Live, Guiding Light and All My Children. He is fortunate to have performed in dozens of plays in New York, Los Angeles and all across the country. Christian is also an award-winning composer who, along with his partner Uma, has just finished his second rock musical entitled Grandma’s Ring. Together, they’re a husband-and-wife songwriting, producing and teaching team. Between the two of them, they’ve attended over a hundred casting director workshops, acting classes, and business of acting courses, and been on hundreds of auditions. They’ve worked in every area of the business from commercials to TV to webseries to audiobooks. Both have degrees in Theater and are thrilled to share their experiences in the business with the Stage 32 community. Plus, as an exclusive bonus, they’ll then be joined by legendary Casting Director Erica Jensen, who has cast Broadway shows (including Hedwig and The Angry Inch and the recent Of Mice and Men with James Franco) and major off-Broadway and regional theaters (including Classic Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, Williamstown Theater, Actors Theater of Louisville and Playwright’s Horizons). Full Bio »
Are you an actor looking to make the leap from educational theater to professional theater? Or have you built an on-camera career but would like to work in theater more? Outside the major markets of New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, there is a lot of work for actors in Regional Theaters all over the country. Building a career in theater requires a strong working knowledge of the business, how to build relationships with casting directors, and how to best market yourself.
In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, actors Uma Incrocci and Christian Pedersen will walk you through each step of advancing your career in theater. They’ll share from their own experiences auditioning for and working in Regional Theaters, tours and off-Broadway.
Special Guest, Broadway Casting Director Erica Jenson will join!
Plus, as an exclusive bonus, they’ll then be joined by legendary Casting Director Erica Jensen, who has cast Broadway shows (including Hedwig and The Angry Inch and the recent Of Mice and Men with James Franco) and major off-Broadway and regional theaters (including Classic Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, Williamstown Theater, Actors Theater of Louisville and Playwright’s Horizons). This class is a unique opportunity to hear about the theater casting process from both sides of the table – from the actor’s preparation, to what the casting director expects, to their different experiences of the room.
We’ll also talk about the big question for many theater actors as they build their careers: “Do I need an MFA?” Erica attends showcases from all the major programs and she’ll share her opinions and insight. We’ll talk about the realities as well as the joys of a career on stage.
Join us for this one of a kind webinar – we'll have 3 incredible professionals discussing the theater industry!
Uma Incrocci and Christian Pedersen
Ready to make the transition into TV work? Or looking to start your career in TV? Even the best actors can stumble when faced with starting out in a new medium. Especially if your experience or training is mostly in theater, there are key differences between the audition styles. Most actors start with co-star roles, which are often short scenes that can be especially challenging to prepare well. Breaking into TV also requires a strong working knowledge of the business, how to build relationships with casting directors and agents, and how to best market yourself. In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, actors Uma Incrocci and Christian Pedersen will walk you through each step of the TV casting process, from submissions to auditions to producer sessions to bookings. They’ll discuss practical strategies on how to get in the audition room, how to prepare for the room, and how to book the room. They’ll focus on how to tackle a co-star audition – with specific tools and tips on preparing the material, even if you only have one line. They’ll share the tactics they use themselves on how to deal with nerves, how to ace the chit chat in the room, and how to be a smart actor that casting directors will want to call in again and again! They’ll also offer a preview of what to expect on your day on the set. Self-taped auditions are becoming more and more the norm, so they’ll also review how to make a high-quality audition video. After attending over a hundred casting director workshops and classes, going on hundreds of auditions, and booking many TV roles, Uma and Christian offer a unique insider perspective on getting started in TV work.
Ready to make the transition into new areas of acting work? Or are you just starting out and looking to learn more about the different formats of auditions? Even the best actors can stumble when faced with starting out in a new medium. Especially if your experience or training is mostly in theater, there are key differences between theater auditions and television auditions and commercial auditions. Expanding your skills into every aspect of the business is key as you continue to build your career. In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, accomplished actors Uma Incrocci and Christian Pedersen are back by popular demand to walk you through what happens in the audition room – and discuss the differences in each kind of audition, including theater, TV, film, voiceover, new media, and commercial auditions. They’ll also take a look at some sample materials for each kind, and share tips on how to prepare. Self-taped auditions are becoming more and more the norm, so they’ll also review how to make a high quality audition video. They’ll share the tactics they use themselves on how to deal with nerves, how to ace the chit chat in the room, and how to be a smart actor that casting directors will want to call in again and again! After attending over a hundred casting director workshops and classes, going on hundreds of auditions, casting their own projects, and booking work in every area of the business, Uma and Christian offer a unique insider perspective on booking the room, no matter what the format.
Learn directly from Amanda Toye, a producer who developed over 100 drama, comedy, and reality projects to network and cable! Many filmmakers and writers struggle with the question of whether to relocate to Los Angeles or New York to build their careers. But for many, the realities of that are very difficult with money, family, other jobs, and roots already formed in another home. For international filmmakers, it can be an even more difficult transition. The good news is that because of the shifting landscape of the Hollywood system, it has never been more accessible from anywhere in the world. The expanding of a global marketplace, and the door opening opportunities of the digital revolution have made it possible for anyone to become noticed by Hollywood and share their work with an appreciative audience. In this lecture we’ll cover everything you need to know to get noticed, and begin building the kind of career you weren’t sure you could have without making the sacrifice of moving to Hollywood. Having worked with International Studios evaluating and discovering content creators from all over the world, and specializing in bridging the gap between innovative digital practices of development, distribution, fan development and Hollywood, Amanda Toye has worked with filmmaker, writers, and content creators from all over the world from her office in Los Angeles. She currently splits her time between San Jose, Costa Rica and Los Angeles.
Kristi Speiser, Certified Image Consultant and Life Coach for actors who has been in the business 25 years and worked with stars such as Jennifer Lopez, Will Smith and Gerard Butler! Examples of Kristi's Image Consulting Work “Going within is the most challenging place one will ever go. But this brings the biggest payoffs and sets you up for more success in life both personally and professionally”. In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar your host Kristi Speiser will teach you how to gain a clear understanding of who you are and how you are perceived by others, so you can know your brand and stop wasting time and money pursuing the wrong roles or market. By developing proper communication, building solid relationships and having a congruent message with your image, you will connect on a deeper level with casting agents, producers, and ultimately your audience. You will leave the webinar knowing: How your clothing effects communication. How to match your voice to your character or image. How your communication style and behavior is affecting your ability to connect with casting directors. How your relationships shape your overall image. How to market yourself and your image effectively. How to treat your image as a business. Your host Kristi Speiser is a certified image consultant and life coach with the International Coaching Federation. She had a 20-year career in the clothing business and 25 years of exposure to the actor’s life. She has an expertise of creating personal style for clients, an understanding for mass appeal market, and a coach-approach to playing the game of life. Kristi Speiser has created, and continues to create a business that gets results, and she is here exclusively for Stage 32 to share her knowledge with you.
Learn directly from Alex Franklin, Veteran Studio Executive for New Line Cinema, Dimension Films, Lionsgate Films and Artisan Entertainment! In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, host Alex Franklin will discuss the globalization of Hollywood and what filmmakers need to know about important countries and markets around the world to stay ahead of the game. You will learn which markets are becoming the top foreign markets (including China, Russia, India, Brazil and more), important statistics and international comparisons, how foreign audiences, industries, and governments are changing the Hollywood system, and what all of this means for your career. You will learn how globalization is changing the distribution, marketing, production and development processes, and you will leave with a clear understanding of how industry-wide changes resulting from globalization are impacting the job market for writers, producers and directors in the U.S. The growth of international markets continues to impact studio filmmaking decisions, and foreign markets like China dominate the entertainment news. Therefore it is critical that the next generation of Hollywood producers and filmmakers understand the ways in which globalization is reshaping the industry. Your host Alex Franklin is a veteran of the Hollywood studio system, having worked in development and production at New Line Cinema, Dimension Films, Lionsgate Films and Artisan Entertainment. As a Studio Executive, he was involved in the development and production of films including Halloween (directed by Rob Zombie), Saw, Saw 2, The Punisher, 1408 and Youth in Revolt. After leaving the world of studio development, Franklin co-founded Pangea Pictures, a visual effects company which was involved in the postproduction of films including A Perfect Getaway, Brothers and The Warrior's Way. Currently, Franklin is head of film and television at Partos Company, where he specializes in working with A-List cinematographers, production designers and costume designers.
Learn directly from Jack Plotnick, Actor (Emmy-nominated Silicon Valley, The Mentalist, Reno 911, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Meet the Fockers) & Director (Space Station 76, Sony Pictures Worldwide) Actors: Stop chasing the career you want, and learn how to get it to come to you! Wanting to work professionally and wanting to be constantly working often makes actors nervous about needing to book the role and getting upset when they don’t. But, once you change the way you think about your art, it all becomes easier and more fun. And the good news is that when you approach your acting in this way, you book more work! Jack Plotnick has been a working actor for 20 years, amassing over 100 acting credits on IMDB. Why do people keep hiring this guy? Why has his career endured and thrived for so long? According to Jack, it’s not because of his "training". It’s because of his mindset. In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, Jack will show you how to easily create the same mindset by sharing his most important and powerful tools with which he books work. Jack’s method frees you from the burden of studying with the fear-based and result-oriented coaches that dominate the industry. Whether you’re new to the business or a working actor on a series, this webinar will give you secrets and tips that you can apply right away to your acting and produce a better performance. Many actors share with Jack that once they stopped using the techniques they paid for in classes, and embraced his non-controlling and non-result oriented approach, they started booking work! Jack Plotnick has built a career as an award-winning actor, director and performance coach. You may recognize Jack from his series regular and recurring roles on Silicon Valley, The Mentalist, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Reno 911, Action, Ellen, and Drawn Together, and his appearance in the films Meet the Fockers, Down With Love and Gods and Monsters.