The Beverly Hills Playhouse Announces Tricks of The Trade Workshops for Directors and Writers with Howie Deutch and Rick Podell

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The Beverly Hills Playhouse, long known for its renowned acting classes, will hold a Ten-Week Intensive Directors Workshop and a Ten-Week Intensive Writers Workshop. Students will learn the tricks of the trade from working director Howie Deutch and working screenwriter Rick Podell, respectively.

The Beverly Hills Playhouse, founded by acclaimed director and teacher Milton Katselas, has for decades been the home to many of today's top actors, directors and writers. The BHP's ongoing scene study classes focus on Katselas' unique approach to the craft. For the first time, this approach will be applied to two classes exclusively for directors and writers.

The Directors Workshop will launch with a free open class on March 29th. Taught by Howie Deutch, the acclaimed film director and long-time BHP student, the class will focus on a few key points during the 10-week program:

  •     How to communicate with your actors
  •     How to capture the life and spirit of a scene
  •     What is the scene about and how to relate it to the story
  •     How a director prepares
  •     How to make the best use of rehearsals
  •     How to get an actor to trust his or her performance

The Writers Workshop will launch with a free open class on March 23rd. Taught by Rick Podell, the experienced screenwriter and long-time BHP student, the class will focus on a few key points during the 10-week program:

  •     The art of storytelling
  •     How to capture the life and spirit of a scene through dialogue and action.
  •     What is the scene about and how does it propel the story?
  •     What are the elements that go into creating a successful screenplay?

Director Howard Deutch has brought his humanistic touch to a number of successful films since making an auspicious feature debut in 1986 with Pretty in Pink, starring Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy and Jon Cryer. Produced by John Hughes, the film was an instant hit and is considered to be definitive of the era's youth genre movies.

The following year, Deutch directed the popular Some Kind of Wonderful, starring Eric Stoltz, Mary Stuart Masterson and Lea Thompson. The Great Outdoors, written by Hughes and teaming Dan Akroyd and John Candy, followed in a purely comic vein.

Deutch went on to direct the black comedy, Article 99, with the remarkable ensemble including Ray Liotta, Kiefer Sutherland, Forest Whitaker and Lea Thompson.

Getting Even With Dad, starring Ted Danson and Macauley Culkin, returned Deutch to lighter comic territory in 1992. He scored a major success in 1995 with Grumpier Old Men, and its epic teaming of Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau.

Deutch followed with The Replacements, starring Keanu Reeves and Gene Hackman and then The Whole Ten Yards, starring Bruce Willis, Matthew Perry, and Kevin Pollak.

Most recently, Deutch directed the dark comedy, My Best Friend's Girl, starring Kate Hudson, Dane Cook, Alec Baldwin, and Jason Biggs.

Deutch's television credits include The CBS movie, Gleason, starring Emmy-winning actor Brad Garrett. Other credits include the HBO series, Tales From the Crypt, the pilot episode of the hit television series, Melrose Place, as well as Caroline in the City. Most recently, Deutch directed the pilot of Stevie Sanchez for Disney.

Writer Rick Podell broke into feature films with the hit film Nothing In Common, starring Tom Hanks and Jackie Gleason. Rick has written over 100 feature scripts, television shows and movies of the week for Disney, Paramount, Warner Bros, Universal, and 20th Century Fox.

Rick began his writing career for Grant Tinker and Mary Tyler Moore at the famed MTM studios in the early 1980's, he created the series Brothers for CBS, and It So Happens for NBC, as well as working staff for several MTM shows. He went on to such movies of the week as Not Just Another Affair, for CBS, and the acclaimed Christmas movie In The Nick of Time, that starred Lloyd Bridges for NBC. Rick continued his television-writing career as executive producer of The Facts of Life starring Charlotte Rae and a very young George Clooney.

The free open class for the Directors Workshop will be held from 10am -2pm on Sunday, March 29. The free open class for the Writers Workshop will be held from 7pm to 10pm on Monday, March 23rd.

Both workshops will be held at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, 254 South Robertson Blvd. Beverly Hills, Ca. 90211

To reserve a spot for either workshop call 310-855-1556.

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