By October 29, 2013Uncategorized

Audition and Screen Acting Technique
3-Day Master Class in Paris

Nancy Bishop, CSA Casting Director and author, of Secrets from the Casting Couch, offers special Master Classes in Paris, January 24-26, 2014.

Summary: This three day intensive series of Master Classes is designed for actors who wish to brush up on their professional on screen audition skills as well as to make connections in the international acting community. Each actor will get professional feedback and a copy of their scene work. The three day Master Class will be co-taught by Joel Kirby, Head Acting Coach of the Nancy Bishop Technique.

Class Schedule:

Friday, 24th January 2014
09:30 Meet at venue for welcome coffee, and introduction.
10:00-13:30 Marketing Seminar for International Work
In this seminar, actors will learn how to present themselves for international work; how to
crack into the US and European markets. Marketing skills covered will include how to
develop an effective CV, chose a key photo for headshots, and create a show reel and
website. Casting videos from successful actors will be screened.
13:30 Lunch
14:30-18:00 Archetype Workshop. Actors should bring their photos and CVs for discussion. The
class will view and critique one another’s headshots, helping to pinpoint a key archetypal
image for each actor.

Saturday, 25th January 2014
10:00-13:30 Master Class: Strategies for Film Auditioning
13:30 Lunch
14:30-18:00 continuation of Master Class. This section targets specific strategies for casting, including cold reading skills, and audition technique. Actors will be assigned scenes from a variety of genres to prepare for the following day.

Sunday, 26th January 2014
10:00-13:30 Master Class Scene Study. Actors will further develop auditioning and screen acting skills with a mock casting by taping and reviewing scenes.
13:30 Lunch
14:30-18:00 continuation of shooting scenes followed by reviewing and critique.
18:00 Farewell drink.

About Nancy: Emmy-award nominated, American Casting Director, Nancy Bishop, has cast over sixty American and British films, from her base in Prague. She has cast for major feature films including and Mission Impossible IV, Roman Polanski’s Oliver Twist, Prince Caspian, Bourne Identity, and she recently finished the European casting on Bong Joon-Ho’s Snowpiercer, starring Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, and Octavia Spencer. She is currently casting the International TV Series, Crossing Lines, starring Donald Sutherland and Marc Lavoine. She has been teaching film acting workshops throughout Europe, the UK, and the US for many years. In addition, Nancy is the founding head of the Acting for Film Department at the Prague Film School.

About Nancy’s best-selling book (published by Methuen Drama) Secrets from the Casting Couch: Why is it that so many good actors don’t perform well at auditions? “Secrets from the Casting Couch” gives practical advice for actors, written from a Casting Director’s point of view, teaching the craft of film auditioning in front of camera. This best-selling book shows how actors can work with today’s internet technologies to book roles featuring advice and actual exercises that achieve results in the casting studio. The book will be available for a discounted price of 10 EUR.

About Joel: Joel Kirby and Nancy Bishop have been collaborating for many years, on casting and coaching. Joel was crucial to the development of the Bishop technique of screen actor coaching. A professional actor himself, he resides in Berlin. His international film acting credits include, Babylon A.D., Euro Trip, Harrison´s Flowers, Hitler: The Rise of Evil, Anne Frank: The Whole Story, Beyond the Sea, The Ghostwriter (directed by Roman Polanski) and Faust directed by Alexandr Sokurov, awarded the 2011 Golden Lion for Best Film in Venice. German films credits include, Drei Schwestern: Made in Germany, Erkan und Stefan and most recently award-winning Hannah Arendt directed by Margarethe von Trotta. Joel has collaborated with Nancy on casting many projects including Hellboy, Mirrors, and The Illusionist.

About Paris: Meet and work with actors form all over Europe in beautiful Paris, “La Ville-Lumière” – The City of Light.
The master classes will take place at Studio Name in Paris (district or description of the area “close to Notre Dame and the Seine, etc). France: “the birthplace of cinema” responsible for many of its early significant contributions is also of particular interest to actors because of its rich, cultural and theatre history, cuisine and fashion, and because hundreds of international film makers and large scale studios flock to here each year to shoot films.

WHEN: 24-26 January, 2014 (10:00-18:00)
WHERE: Studio Name, Adr…..
COSTS: Class fee: TBA, please inquire at

ACCOMODATION INFORMATION: Because participants may require different levels of budget/comfort, the organizers will recommend several different contacts for accommodation options.

HOW TO REGISTER: Please send a photo and CV to Master Class coordinator Eirin Forsberg, Preference will be given to serious career actors, with a commitment to skill enrichment. The 3-day Master Class space is limited, and we anticipate the class will fill up quickly so please register soon.
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