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StoryAtlas 3.0

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017

StoryAtlas 3.0

Major change is coming to StoryAtlas! I’ll explain the process that lies ahead for the studio, but first, I want to look back at our remarkable evolution, to put this new phase in perspective. When I founded StoryAtlas in 2013, our first instructive offering was a men’s only class called “Actors as Emotional Athletes” that included a small but incredible group of artists, including Alexander Dreymon, Jerod Meagher, Vincent Montuel and Jason Fracaro. At that point in my career, I felt more suited to helping men – most not much younger than I was at the time – with some of their specific and unique challenges to developing characters. That class wound down in 2014 with a beautiful scene between Bob Dallmeyer, a sprightly man in his mid-70s, and Jason, a hard-working, generous-of-spirit young man who ended up becoming my producing partner. The two of them performed a scene from “The Shawshank Redemption.” In the scene, Bob’s character expressed that he may not have it in him to reach the fabled Zihautanejo. Simply put, it was great work. After class, I took Bob out to dinner at Bossa Nova on Sunset. He gave me advice about both career and romance, in an inversion of our roles as teacher and pupil. He told me that I should find a way to become a father, that I would be a good one. Less than six months later, Bob died. But the remnants of the work of those two men remains a symbolic highlight of the purpose of that first incarnation of StoryAtlas: to fortify and inspire men to be vulnerable and real with one another with the pretext that the vulnerability was all about the craft of acting. It was and it wasn’t. The second incarnation of StoryAtlas has been our own two-year journey at Studio A on Hyperion Avenue. When I re-started teaching after wrapping up the shoot for “Guys Reading Poems,” I knew that I wanted to teach both men and women this time. Two fundamental principles were important to me in this second go-round. I wanted to create an environment that fostered a welcoming, community of artists and I wanted to teach acting free of the confines of one particular method. I wanted to use the class as an experiment for how to approach the craft of acting, even if that meant I risked looking foolish or had an exercise fall flat. I’ve seen a...

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Mauricio Soto is March honoree for StoryAtlas

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017

Mauricio Soto is March honoree for StoryAtlas

Our latest five-week StoryAtlas acting cycle was the second in our series of three “Shadow Power” classes, on the topic of Hero Worship. We had a remarkable group of actors! We give two honors every month. One is chosen based on the quality of the final performance (EXCELLENCE IN PERFORMANCE AWARD). The other is based on our observation of the actor’s growth and insight into the topic over the entire five-week class (BREAKTHROUGH AWARD). This month, both our “Excellence in Performance Award” and “Breakthrough Award” went to Mauricio Soto, for his role as Silvio opposite Ronnie Kroell and Jorgie Goico in a scene from the play “Pvt. Wars” by James McLure. This is only the second time in the history of the StoryAtlas studio that the same actor won both the “Excellence in Performance Award” and the “Breakthrough Award.” The last time and only other time it happened was the January, 2016 cycle on “Death and Dying,” for which actress Yuki Sagara won both awards. StoryAtlas Honorees for March, 2017: Excellence in Performance Award: Mauricio Soto for his role as Silvio in “Pvt. Wars” by James McLure Breakthrough Award: Mauricio Soto for his role as Silvio in “Pvt. Wars” by James McLure The conclusion of our Shadow Power series – Dark Side Rising – begins this Sunday, April...

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Sarah Connine and Shereen Khan are January StoryAtlas honorees

Posted by on Feb 3, 2017

Sarah Connine and Shereen Khan are January StoryAtlas honorees

Our first StoryAtlas cycle of the year started with a four-week investigation of the dreamscapes of our actors, culminating in an Open House performance of the scenes they developed using this innovative approach. We honor two actors every month. One is chosen based on the quality of the final performance (EXCELLENCE IN PERFORMANCE AWARD). The other is based on our observation of the actor’s growth and insight into the topic over the entire four-week class (BREAKTHROUGH AWARD). This month, our “Excellence in Performance Award” went to Sarah Connine, for her role as Nora in Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” opposite Yuki Sagara. Shereen Khan, Actress Our “Breakthrough Award” went to Shereen Khan for her comedic performance as Mary Warren in the Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” opposite Camille Carida and Mauricio Soto. StoryAtlas Honorees for January, 2017: Excellence in Performance Award: Sarah Connine for her role as “Nora” in Henrik Ibsen’s “The Dollhouse.” Breakthrough Award: Shereen Khan for her role as “Mary Warren” in Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible.” We are taking the month of February off as StoryAtlas founder Hunter Lee Hughes travels to D.C., but will be back in March for the second cycle in our “Shadow Power” series called Hero...

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Richie Lillard and Shereen Khan are StoryAtlas honorees for December

Posted by on Jan 3, 2017

Richie Lillard and Shereen Khan are StoryAtlas honorees for December

We closed out StoryAtlas 2016 with a four-week workshop on the topic of, “Overcoming Your Acting Weakness.” We had a remarkable group of actors! We honor two actors every month. One is chosen based on the quality of the final performance (EXCELLENCE IN PERFORMANCE AWARD). The other is based on our observation of the actor’s growth and insight into the topic over the entire four-week class (BREAKTHROUGH AWARD). This month, our “Excellence in Performance Award” went to Richie Lillard, for his role as Mac Sledge in the original screenplay “Tender Mercies” by Horton Foote. Singer-Actress Kirsten Holly Smith appeared opposite Mr. Lillard in the scene. Our “Breakthrough Award” went to Shereen Khan for her comedic performance in the screenplay “After Hours” by Joseph Minion, in the role of Julie opposite Mauricio Soto as Paul. StoryAtlas Honorees for December, 2016: Excellence in Performance Award: Richie Lillard for his role as “Mac” in the screenplay of “Tender Mercies.” Breakthrough Award: Shereen Khan for her role as “Julie” in the screenplay of “After Hours” Our January cycle, “From Dream to Scene: Channeling Your Dreamworld into your Acting Work” begins Sunday, January...

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Camille Carida and Daniel Berilla are StoryAtlas honorees for September

Posted by on Oct 4, 2016

Camille Carida and Daniel Berilla are StoryAtlas honorees for September

This past Sunday, we closed out yet another cycle of StoryAtlas, this time on the topic of, “Genre Study: Sci-Fi.” We had a remarkable group of actors and a fascinating topic! We honor two actors every month. One is chosen based on the quality of the final performance (EXCELLENCE IN PERFORMANCE AWARD). The other is based on our observation of the actor’s growth and insight into the topic over the entire four-week class (BREAKTHROUGH AWARD). This month, our “Excellence in Performance Award” went to Camille Carida, for her role as Amy in the original screenplay “Her” by Spike Jonze and opposite Laurence Fuller. This is the second time Ms. Carida has won the “Excellence in Performance Award” this year. Our “Breakthrough Award” went to Daniel Berilla for his second cycle at the StoryAtlas studio for his performance as Neo in the original screenplay “The Matrix” by Lilly and Lana Wachowski, opposite class monitor Eduardo Torres. StoryAtlas Honorees for September: Excellence in Performance Award: Camille Carida for her role as “Amy” in the screenplay of “Her.” Breakthrough Award: Daniel Berilla for his role as “Neo” in the screenplay of “The...

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StoryAtlas founder Hunter Lee Hughes scores award at Breckenridge Film Festival

Posted by on Sep 20, 2016

StoryAtlas founder Hunter Lee Hughes scores award at Breckenridge Film Festival

On behalf of his feature film directorial debut “Guys Reading Poems,” StoryAtlas founder Hunter Lee Hughes accepted the “Creativity in Drama” award at the 36th annual Breckenridge Film Festival this past Saturday. Quick-thinking actor and friend Rex Lee managed to shoot Hunter’s acceptance moment with his I-phone! And here it is. Congrats to all the winners and filmmakers who attended the festival and we look forward to the next one!...

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Meditations on Acting, Part 1: Acting and Athletics

Posted by on Sep 15, 2016

Meditations on Acting, Part 1: Acting and Athletics

By Hunter Lee Hughes Certainly, the pursuit of an athletic career is not the perfect metaphor for the pursuit of an acting career. But there are striking similarities in key aspects of the livelihoods that I believe are worth examining to enhance and deepen an actor’s understanding of his craft. A poet writes a poem, a sculptor makes a sculpture, a photographer snaps a picture, but an actor doesn’t have a product to show for his art…outside of his own body. It is the same with athletes. Their body is their offering. No more, no less. This is the first key area in which I think there is greater overlap between acting and athletics than acting with many other artistic disciplines. When an athlete has an outstanding day on the field, a colorful radio commentator might swoon, “What a PERFORMANCE from So-and-So tonight!” Guess who also have performances? The pursuit of a performance (rather than a tangible product outside the body) means that there are better nights and worse nights. You may like it or hate it, but Salvador Dali’s “The Persistence of Memory” is never changing. Neither is “A Tale of Two Cities” or any of the poetry by Walt Whitman. It is done. But if you go down and see “A View from the Bridge” two evenings in a row, there’s a good chance you’ll experience a change in the quality of performance from one night to the next. And while an actor’s performance within a film may be locked into place, that’s really a function of the director and editor, not the actor. On set, there was a big difference between take one and take four, when the actor slightly adjusted the line given to her, leading to a delicious twinkle in her eye. In take three, the actor moved his head differently and smiled at the end of the scene rather than looking down. In take five, a bug unexpectedly crawled into frame and the actor incorporated a reaction to it into his performance. In take six, the actor took an extra moment to breathe before she said her fourth line. The actor’s work – moment by moment – is a performance that varies in quality and texture depending on the day, the conditions and the execution by the actor. It’s similar for athletes. An athlete who performed at a peak level of fitness last week may be...

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Marsha Morgan and Pam Paulson are StoryAtlas honorees for August

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016

Marsha Morgan and Pam Paulson are StoryAtlas honorees for August

This past Sunday, we closed out yet another cycle of StoryAtlas, this time on the topic of, “Creating Chemistry.” We had a remarkable group of actors and a seriously sexy topic! We honor two actors every month. One is chosen based on the quality of the final performance (EXCELLENCE IN PERFORMANCE AWARD). The other is based on our observation of the actor’s growth and insight into the topic over the entire four-week class (BREAKTHROUGH AWARD). This month, our “Excellence in Performance Award” went to Marsha Morgan, for her role as Maria Enders in the original screenplay “Clouds of Sils Maria” by Olivier Assayas and opposite Erin Haught. Our “Breakthrough Award” went to Pam Paulson for her first performance at the StoryAtlas studio for her performance as Natalie in the original screenplay “The Cooler” by Frank Hannah and Wayne Kramer, opposite class monitor Eduardo Torres. StoryAtlas Honorees for August: Excellence in Performance Award: Marsha Morgan for her role as “Maria” in the screenplay of “The Clouds of Sils Maria.” Breakthrough Award: Pam Paulson for her role as “Nathalie” in the screenplay of “The...

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Camille Carida and Erin Haught are StoryAtlas honorees for July

Posted by on Aug 5, 2016

Camille Carida and Erin Haught are StoryAtlas honorees for July

This past Sunday, we closed out yet another cycle of StoryAtlas, this time on the topic of, “Developing Original Material.” We had a remarkable group of actors and a unique collaboration this month with Hollywood Shorts! We honor two actors every month. One is chosen based on the quality of performance (EXCELLENCE IN PERFORMANCE AWARD). The other is based on our observation of the actor’s growth and insight into the topic over the entire four-week class (BREAKTHROUGH AWARD). This month, our “Excellence in Performance Award” went to Camille Carida, for her role as Dorothy in an original screenplay opposite our class monitor Eduardo Torres. Our “Breakthrough Award” went to brand new StoryAtlas actor Erin Haught for her performance as Madison in the same screenplay opposite Jared McClure. StoryAtlas Honorees for July: Excellence in Performance Award: Camille Carida  Breakthrough Award: Erin Haught  Beginning Sunday, August 14th, we explore the topic of “Creating Chemistry.” Get more information or book the class at the link...

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Marsha Morgan & Eduardo Torres are StoryAtlas Honorees for June

Posted by on Jun 27, 2016

Marsha Morgan & Eduardo Torres are StoryAtlas Honorees for June

This past Sunday, we closed out yet another cycle of StoryAtlas, this time on the topic of, “Genre Study: Mystery/Suspense.” We had a remarkable group of actors and they did extremely well with tense subject matter. We honor two actors every month. One is based on the quality of performance the final night (EXCELLENCE IN PERFORMANCE AWARD). The other is based on our observation of the actor’s growth and insight into the topic over the entire four-week class (BREAKTHROUGH AWARD). This month, our “Excellence in Performance Award” went to Marsha Morgan, for her hilarious and disturbed portrayal of Mrs. Castevet from ROSEMARY’S BABY. Ms. Morgan’s fearlessness in her performance greatly impressed our panel. Our “Breakthrough Award” went to class monitor Eduardo Torres for his role as The Cowboy in MULHOLLAND DRIVE. Torres found a sense of his own power which he used exceedingly well to build the character of a mysterious, intimidating enforcer. StoryAtlas Honorees for June: Excellence in Performance Award: Marsha Morgan for her role as Mrs. Castevet in ROSEMARY’S BABY. Breakthrough Award: Eduardo Torres for his role as The Cowboy in MULHOLLAND DRIVE....

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Leah Cevoli, Jorgie Goico and David Charles are StoryAtlas Honorees for May

Posted by on Jun 21, 2016

Leah Cevoli, Jorgie Goico and David Charles are StoryAtlas Honorees for May

This past Sunday, we closed out yet another cycle of StoryAtlas, this time on the topic of, “The Monologue.” We had a remarkable group of actors and they rose to the intimidating challenge of performing alone. We honor two actors every month. One is chosen by the panel of industry guests based on the quality of performance the final night (EXCELLENCE IN PERFORMANCE AWARD). The other is based on our observation of the actor’s growth and insight into the topic over the entire four-week class (BREAKTHROUGH AWARD). This month, once again, our “Excellence in Performance Award” went to Leah Cevoli, this time for her heartbreaking and insightful monologue from LEAVING LAS VEGAS as Sera. Our “Breakthrough Award” was a tie – for the first time in StoryAtlas history! Jorgie Goico found both depth and nuance in his monologue from DOG DAY AFTERNOON while David Charles embodied the concept of a “raw nerve” with his electric monologue from NETWORK. StoryAtlas Honorees for May: Excellence in Performance Award: Leah Cevoli for her portrayal of Sera in LEAVING LAS VEGAS. Breakthrough Award (tie): Jorgie Goico for his portrayal of Sonny in DOG DAY AFTERNOON and David Charles for his portrayal of Howard Beale in...

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Leah Cevoli and Michael Coghlan are StoryAtlas Honorees for April

Posted by on Jun 21, 2016

Leah Cevoli and Michael Coghlan are StoryAtlas Honorees for April

This past Sunday, we closed out yet another cycle of StoryAtlas, this time on the topic of, “Drunk & High: Creating a Hot Mess.” We had a remarkable group of actors and a fun (but deceptively difficult!) topic. We honor two actors every month. One is chosen based on the quality of performance on the final night (EXCELLENCE IN PERFORMANCE AWARD). The other is based on our observation of the actor’s growth and insight into the topic over the entire four-week class (BREAKTHROUGH AWARD). This month, our “Excellence in Performance Award” went to Leah Cevoli, for her hilarious yet all-too-human performance as lush Edina Monsoon in ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS. Ms. Cevoli’s unique friendship with Patsy Stone provided a great vehicle for Cevoli to explore comedy, while maintaining a sense of reality about her character. Our “Breakthrough Award” went to Michael Coghlan for his performance as Julio in Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN. The scene opposite Hunter Gibson as Tenoch provided opportunities for Mr. Coghlan not only to explore the character’s drunken condition but also his guilt-racked conscience. April honorees: Excellence in Performance Award: Leah Cevoli for her work in ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS! Breakthrough Award: Michael Coghlan for his work in Y TU MAMA...

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Ronnie Kroell & Soledad Torres are StoryAtlas Honorees for March

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016

Ronnie Kroell & Soledad Torres are StoryAtlas Honorees for March

This past Sunday, we closed out yet another cycle of StoryAtlas, this time on the topic of, “Character Study – The Law: Cops, Criminals & Court.” We had a remarkable group of actors and a heavily requested topic, due to all the procedurals our actors see. We honor two actors every month. One is chosen by the panel of industry guests based on the quality of work the final night (EXCELLENCE IN PERFORMANCE AWARD). The other is based on our observation of the actor’s growth and insight into the topic over the entire four-week class (BREAKTHROUGH AWARD). This month, Ronnie Kroell was chosen for the EXCELLENCE IN PERFORMANCE award for his portrayal of Dick Goodwin in QUIZ SHOW. Kroell artfully navigated the character’s admiration for the intellect and charm of his friend Charles Van Doren (movingly played by Michael Coghlan in our studio), with his disappointment that such a bright, young talent may have perpetrated fraud on a naive nation. Our BREAKTHROUGH AWARD went to Soledad Torres, who was studying in the studio for the first time and acting in a professional environment for the first time. She played opposite her brother Eduardo in a scene from THE KILLING. List of March, 2016 StoryAtlas Honorees: Excellence in Performance Award: Ronnie Kroell for his work in QUIZ SHOW Breakthrough Award: Soledad Torres for her work in THE...

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Martin Matamoros & Ronnie Kroell are StoryAtlas February Honorees

Posted by on Feb 24, 2016

Martin Matamoros & Ronnie Kroell are StoryAtlas February Honorees

This past Sunday, we closed out yet another cycle of StoryAtlas, this time on the topic of, “Creating Realistic Fear & Suspicion.” We had a remarkable group of actors and a terrifying topic. We honor two actors every month. One is chosen by the panel of industry guests based on the quality of performance the final night (EXCELLENCE IN PERFORMANCE AWARD). The other is based on our observation of the actor’s growth and insight into the topic over the entire four-week class (BREAKTHROUGH AWARD). This month, Martin Matamoros was chosen for the EXCELLENCE IN PERFORMANCE award for his portrayal of Victor Ziegler in EYES WIDE SHUT. Matamoros re-invented the character in a fascinating, fearless manner that captured the attention and votes of our industry panel. His compelling variance of tactics used to intimidate, seduce and charm Bill (Eduardo Torres) into submission of his viewpoint won over our guests. Ronnie Kroell took on Norman Bates in an iconic scene from PSYCHO where he must confess to Marion Crane (Yuki Sagara) that, “We all go a little mad sometimes.” Early on in the month, Ronnie discovered Norman’s childlike wonder and charm, while developing the reservoir of contempt stirring underneath the surface. Ronnie had the confidence not only to build layers, but to let go of them, too. Honorable mention for the evening goes to Marsha Morgan, who probably achieved the single most memorable moment of the night when she pulled out a gun in character as Rachel Cooper in NIGHT OF THE HUNTER. Great job, Marsha! List of February, 2016 StoryAtlas Honorees: Excellence in Performance Award: Martin Matamoros for his work in EYES WIDE SHUT Breakthrough Award: Ronnie Kroell for his work in PSYCHO...

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StoryAtlas Honorees…

Posted by on Feb 20, 2016

StoryAtlas Honorees…

At StoryAtlas, we honor actors at the end of each cycle for both excellence and growth. We began honoring actors in September, 2015. At that time, StoryAtlas founder Hunter Lee Hughes chose one actor every month that epitomized the goals of the studio. In January, 2016, we evolved to give two separate honors each month, one chosen for their excellence in performance on the final night of the cycle (Excellence in Performance Award) and one chosen for their growth over the entire cycle (Breakthrough Award). It’s possible (and indeed has already happened) that the same actor may win both honors for the month. Here are our actor honorees so far: September, 2015 – “Acting in the Independent Film” Cycle Excellence Award for the Cycle – WHITNEY ANDERSON for her work in THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT.             October, 2015 – “Creating LGBT Characters for Straight and Gay Actors” Excellence Award for the Cycle – Jorgie Goicoechea for his work in WEEKEND.             November, 2015 – “Confronting Your Acting Weakness” Excellence Award for the Cycle – Edwin Alexis Gomez for his work in BOOGIE NIGHTS.             January, 2016 – “Death, Dying, Grief & Loss” Excellence in Performance – Yuki Sagara for her work in TERMS OF ENDEARMENT. Breakthrough Award – Yuki Sagara for her work in TERMS OF...

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2016 Acting Class Cycle announcements….

Posted by on Dec 10, 2015

2016 Acting Class Cycle announcements….

At StoryAtlas, YOUR opinion matters. We did an extensive survey of our actors this year and checked in about what YOU needed in 2016. Based on the results, we’ll be making a few changes around here and will present to you the workshops YOU need the most. Now to the good part….our 2016 workshops! At StoryAtlas, we combine the creative and the pragmatic, bringing you topic-based instruction that sharpens your skills. Generalized instruction is great, but solving problems related to a specific acting topic more accurately reflects the acting challenges you face in the real world. We asked you which topics YOU wanted in 2016 and programmed these workshops accordingly: 1. “Death, Dying, Grief and Loss” – Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24 2. “Creating Realistic Fear” – Jan. 31, Feb. 7, Feb. 14, Feb. 21 3. “Genre Focus: Television Procedurals” – March 6, 13, 20, 27 4. “Drunk & High: Creating a Hot Mess” – April 13, 10, 17, 24 5. “The Monologue” – May 1, 8, 15, 22 6. “Genre Focus: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense” – June 5, 12, 19, 26 7. “Developing Original Material w/a Filmmaker” – July 10, 17, 24, 31 8. “Creating Chemistry” – August 7, 14, 21, 28 9. “Genre Focus: Sci-Fi” – September 4, 11, 18, 25 10. “Creating LGBT Characters” – October 2, 9, 16, 23 11. “Genre Focus: Romantic Comedy” – Oct. 30, Nov. 6, Nov. 13, 20 12. “Overcoming Your Acting Weakness” – Nov. 27, Dec. 4, Dec. 11, Dec. 18 You can to buy three-month pass ($200 savings off regular price) or a five-month pass ($500 savings off regular price). These packages let you pick either three or five classes of your choice for the whole year at a greatly reduced price. Choose wisely!    ...

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