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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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