Mary-Clay Boland, Rob Decina, Paul Christie, Drew Birn and Pat McCorkle to Speak at the 14th Annual ActorfestNY

ActorfestNY announced today that it will hold its 14th annual career building event, ActorfestNY, October 14, 2006, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Marriott Marquis, New York, NY. More than 2,000 aspiring and working actors looking for advice on how to take their career to the next level will attend. A free raffle will be held at the event, admission to the exhibit hall is free and workshops, panel discussions and seminars range from $20 to $25 each. Visit http://www.ActorfestNY.com for complete details.

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New York, NY (PRWEB) October 2, 2006

ActorfestNY announced today that it will hold its 14th annual career building event, ActorfestNY, October 14, 2006, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Marriott Marquis, New York, NY. More than 2,000 aspiring and working actors looking for advice on how to take their career to the next level will attend. A free raffle will be held at the event, admission to the exhibit hall is free and workshops, panel discussions and seminars range from $20 to $25 each. Visit http://www.ActorfestNY.com for complete details.

“Throughout the day at ActorfestNY, attendees will be able to spend time with top directors, learn how to win roles, participate in a casting director's master class, discover inside secrets to being cast in daytime drama, and so much more” explains Steve Elish, publisher. “By participating in workshops, seminars and panels and then spending time with a variety of professionals in the exhibit hall, actors and those aspiring to be actors will receive vital career advice, and make some very important connections.”

Actors have the opportunity to attend a variety of sessions at the day-long event including:

•The “A” List: A Live Interview with Tony Winning Stars

•Shooting in New York: Meet TV Series Casting Directors

•The Casting Director’s Master Class

•The 30-Second Spot: Learn the Art of Auditioning for Commercials

•Hitting the Right Notes: How to Audition for Musical Theatre

•Going Solo: How To Produce Your Own Show

•On Camera Techniques: Perfect Your Performance

•Make Your Looks Count: Break into Print Modeling

•The Serious Art of Being Funny: Get Cast in TV Comedies

Today’s hottest agents, managers and casting directors will be at ActorfestNY. Here’s just a few:

David Caparelliotis, Casting Director, Manhattan Theatre Club; Mary-Clay Boland, Head of Casting, “As The World Turns”; Rob Decina, Head of Casting, “Guiding Light”; Stuart Howard (C.S.A.), Stuart Howard Associates; Pat McCorkle, McCorkle Casting; Arnold Mungioli, President, Mungioli Theatricals; Tara Rubin, Tara Rubin Casting; Paul Christie, President, New York Division of Screen Actors Guild; Jodi Collins, Jodi Collins Casting; Erica Jensen, Casting Director, Calleri Casting; Michael Katz, Michael Katz Talent Management; Drew Birn, Announcer, “The Daily Show”; and Jennifer Rudin Pearson, CSA , Director, Casting, Walt Disney Feature Animation.

Sponsors to ActorfestNY include My Z Clips, Procter & Gamble, Guiding Light, As the World Turns and the Screen Actor’s Guild. For sponsorship information, contact sales manager Allen Buhl: abuhl@backstage.com. For registration information, go to http://www.actorfestny.com.

About Actorfest

For more than 14 years, Back Stage's yearly Actorfest has been the event for both aspiring and seasoned actors who want to take their careers to the next level. Held in Los Angeles and New York as twin events, Actorfest helps attendees strengthen their chances for success by offering both tools and knowledge — the building blocks for a lifelong career as a performer. Actorfest features information about headshots and demo reels including websites, podcasts, and DVD reels, auditions and callbacks, and acting for the stage and for the camera. Actors learn from a variety of industry professionals — casting directors, agents, managers, producers, union officials and, most importantly, career actors. Actorfest offers workshops, panel discussions, seminars, a master’s class and a live casting call, and in the exhibition area features dozens of photographers, acting teachers, and other critical products and services. Actorfest teaches about the craft and business of performing.

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