Event Calendar

The Riant Theatre's Season Includes:
 

The Launch Party for the Strawberry One-Act & Theatre Festival &
Screening of the Video Diaries Project

Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 3pm
The Poet's Den Theatre
309 East 108th Street, NYC
Between 1st & 2nd Avenue
Trains:  #6 to 110th Street

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THE STRAWBERRY ONE-ACT & THEATRE FESTIVAL - Summer 2016
July 14, 2016 - July 31, 2016
The Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th St, NYC
Between 9th & 10th Avenue
Trains:  A,C,E,B,D,F,Q,R,N,#1,2,3 to 42nd
 St.

 

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The Awards Ceremony & Performance
For the Strawberry One-Act Festival

Sunday, July 31, 2016 at 7pm
Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th Street, NYC

Trains: A,B,C,D,E,F,N,Q,R,#1,2,3 to 42nd Street
 
Tickets may be purchased online now or at the Box Office for the Strawberry One-Act Festival beginning July 14th at the Box Office at:

The Theatre at St. Clement's, 423 West 46th Street.

Box Office Hours:

Monday - Friday: 6pm - 10pm

Saturdays: 11:30am - 10:30pm

Sundays: 1pm - 10:30pm

CASH ONLY AT THE BOX OFFICE

TICKETS may be purchased online and picked up 30 minutes before show time.
The STF is an extension of the Strawberry One-Act Festival, in which Full Length Plays, Musicals, Short Plays and Staged Readings of new works are showcased.

:: February 2019

Event Pass for the Riant Theatre's Writers and Actors Retreat Cruise

During our Retreat you will have an opportunity to participate in several events*:

  • Bon Voyage Networking Cocktail Party on Saturday, February 16th at a host hotel (TBA).
  • Book Signing Event, Swag Bags, Guest Speakers will talk about Producing & Writing for the Theatre in NYC;
  • Welcome Aboard the Cruise Cocktail Party;
  • Writing Seminar for playwrights, screenwriters and novelists;
  • Read scenes from your play or novel to the group;
  • Actors read TV sides for Casting Directors;
  • Do your monologue for an Agent whose clients are currently working on Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theatres, international and national tours, cruise ships, episodic TV and feature films;
  • Select an Acting or Singing Workshop and work on audition monologues or songs; and
  • Participate in morning Fitness Exercise Classes. 

    *  Events are subject to change.

 

WORKSHOPS
 
 
MARGARET EMORY, agent with SW Artists
 
"WHY IS IT SO HARD TO GET AN AGENT?" and "WHAT ARE THEY LOOKING FOR, REALLY?" 
 
These are two of the most common questions every actor we know asks who are seeking representation.  Margaret, the author of one of the most comprehensive books on the market called "Ask An Agent" now available in its 2nd edition with updates, will fill you in.
 
A talent agent for over 20 years, she's currently at SW Artists and has a background as a performer, director and also served as an adjunct professor at Marymount Manhattan College.
 
In this 90 minute session, you'll learn it ALL: Do's and Don'ts, Making a Great First Impression, Correspondence/Following Up, Cover Letters, Sign or Freelance, Selecting the Right Headshots, Resumes, Reading/Interviewing for an Agent, Knowing Your Type, Is a Manager Also Needed, Union Affiliation Importance, Classes & Networking Seminars. When seeking representation, take this intensive FIRST!
 
Margaret's will also have copies of her 2nd edition book - ASK AN AGENT available for purchase and signing.
 
Formerly a legit agent at Dulcina Eisen Associates, Margaret is currently representing actors for film, TV and theater AND building the commercial and voiceover department at SW Artists, a theatrical talent agency in New York City. SW Artists is a franchised agency representing union and non-union talent: Seniors, Teens & Young Adults, Musical Theater Performers, Actors for On Camera Commercials, Voice Overs, Theater, Film & TV, TV Hosts and Public Speakers.  Limited freelancing with an eye to sign.  The second edition of Margaret's book ASK AN AGENT was released last month and is also available on Amazon.com!
 
Workshop modules include:
 
Developing Your Brand - how to make an impression the minute you walk through the door. Evaluation and advice from a seasoned professional on how to locate and market your essence in a competitive winning position. Who are you? What do you do? How can you compete? What is it that separates you from others and makes you the unique, marketable talent you are? These questions addressed and answered by 20+ veteran industry professional Margaret Emory, author of highly-successful ASK AN AGENT available now in its second edition.
 
Participant Size:  32
Workshop Duration:  90 Minutes
 
On Camera Technique - For commercial and TV/film auditions, learn simple technique to win the job. Learn how to translate theatre skills into the medium of on camera in a fun-filled exploration. The workshop covers commercials, voiceovers, film and TV copy, procedures, expectations and delivery.
 
Particpant Size: 16
Workshop Duration:  120 Minutes
 
 
 
Diversity Script Writing for Film & Theatre with Tina Chapman DaCosta, College Professor, Filmmaker and Computer Engineer
 
Do you see your stories as images? Is there a burning story inside you, dying to get out? Perhaps you’re looking for a broader audience to experience your story or a way to impact positive change in the world around you. If any of these statements resonate with you, filmmaking may be a channel for your writing. Whether you’re a novelist looking for another avenue for your book or you’re already writing for the screen, this workshop can help you discover other platforms for your writing that can help build more inclusive communities.
This workshop will discuss the critical elements needed for developing scripts for short and feature length films, such as story structure, character development and production processes (preproduction, production and postproduction). The workshop will also present ways to develop and position scripts to help advance diversity and inclusion initiatives in communities and organizations. Specific film script and production examples will be shared from BRICK BY BRICK, a feature length film script that began as a stage play and later produced as a short film.
 
Participant size: 32
Workshop duration:  90 minutes
 
 
Script Review and Readings with Tina Chapman DaCosta, College Professor, Filmmaker and Computer Engineer
 
In this follow on workshop from “Diversity Script Writing for Film & Theatre,” participants will bring excerpts from their scripts or story ideas. Discussions will focus on the critical elements needed for developing dramatic narrative scripts, such as story development, structure and character development. Participants may have their script read in class. Participants will act as readers for each other’s scripts and offer critical feedback. Participants who want their scripts read in class, are expected to bring enough copies to provide one for each character plus two additional copies for the instructor and narrator/scene reader. Scenes should be no more than 10-pages. Participants will receive constructive feedback to further develop their script or story idea.
 
Participant size: 12
Workshop duration: 120 minutes
 
 
Playback Theatre with Tina Chapman DaCosta, College Professor, Filmmaker and Computer Engineer
 
Playback Theatre (PBT) is a form of improvisational theatre where participants share personal stories around a common theme that are enacted on the spot by Playback Theatre actors and musicians. Whether you’re an actor, singer, musician or interested in learning the PBT forms, this workshop is fun, highly interactive and helps us know each other better. Participants will be introduced to basic PBT forms, e.g., pairs, fluid sculptures, perspectives or cast story, and expected to try them out. Participants will also volunteer as storytellers and have their stories enacted. Acting experiences isn’t required but helpful. Wearing comfortable clothing is recommended.
 
Participant size: 16
Workshop duration:  90 minutes
 
 
Tina Chapman DaCosta has been called a “renaissance woman.” Tina has worked as a Diversity Consultant, College Professor, Filmmaker and Computer Engineer. Tina is the Director of Diversity Theater at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in the Office for Diversity and InclusionRIT Diversity Theater is a college wide program for faculty, staff and students that presents interactive learning workshops using theatre and film within the context of diversity and inclusion education and community building.
Tina is the recipient and presenter of several grants and conference presentations for advancing Diversity and Inclusion initiatives using theatre-based methods, such as The Forum on Workplace Inclusion conference presenter (2018), RIT President’s Grant (2017), Howard Hughes Medical Institute Inclusive Excellence Grant (2017-2022), Community Summit on Race conference presenter (2017), National Science Foundation and ADVANCE RIT Connect Grant (2016), and International Museum and Theater Alliance (IMTAL) conference presenter (2015). Tina wrote, directed, and produced several films and plays. Tina’s latest film project, BRICK BY BRICK, a feature length film about the life of Elza “Buddy” Cannaday, the first licensed and bonded African-American contractor in Cleveland, OH, is currently in post-production.
 
 
 
 
Workshop: Scene Study for Film and Television with Patricia R. Floyd, Actor, Director & Writer
 
The good news: With Netflix, Hulu etc. creating their own programming, there is more television and film work out there than ever before.
The bad news: You haven't gotten any of it!
Do you wonder what casting directors see when you walk in the door?
Do you have trouble adjusting from theater technique to on-camera technique?
Are you auditioning for the right parts?
 
Ms. Floyd's 90 minute workshop will explore types and typecasting, as well as scene analysis.
 
Participants will have an opportunity to analyze and perform a scene and receive positive, nurturing critique in a safe, non-judgmental environment.
 
Requirements:  All levels of experience accepted. Please bring a picture and resume if you have one. Bring three copies of the film or television scene you would like to work on. It should be 2-4 minutes long. 
 
Participant Size:  16
Workshop Duration:  90
 
Patricia R. Floyd is an actor/director/writer proudly hailing from Detroit, MI. She is a two-time AUDELCO Award winner. She served as Guest Director in Residence at Stamford Theater Works where her directing credits included: A Lesson Before Dying, Crumbs for the Table of Joy, Blood Knot, A Walk in the Woods, Medal of Honor Rag, Intimate Apparel and Bee-Luther-Hatchee. She appeared in two episodes of the HBO mini-series Show Me a Hero and recurred as Judge Rochelle Desmond on Law and Order. Her recent television appearances include: Jessica Jones, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, Elementary and Orange is the New Black. She has been in several films including: Thirty Years to Life and has roles in two films awaiting release, Bikini Moon and The Incredible Jessica James. Some of her favorite theatrical credits include: The American Menu, A Raisin the the Sun, The Raft of the Medusa and Munched.  She is a veteran voice-over actress and audiobook narrator.  She is a three-time Golden Earphones recipient from Audiophile Magazine.    Ms. Floyd has worked as a guest director/instructor at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the New York Film Academy and is a Lifetime Member of the Actors Studio.
 
 
 
Singing Audition Technique Workshop with Nadine Earl Carey, Singer, Actress & Vocal Coach
16 bars is all the time you have to sing and captivate the auditioner. Let your unique style of expression and confidence come through on every note with technique that will help your notes soar. Bring your lyrics to life and make the song your own. Focusing on breath, tone and lyrics, Participants will be asked to prepare “16 bars” of two songs. One (1) Musical Theater song  and (1) one contemporary song, either pop, r&b or gospel.
 
Participant Size: 16
Workshop Duration: 90 Minutes
 
Singing Technique and Performance Workshop with Nadine Earl Carey, Singer, Actress & Vocal Coach
Sing your heart out and enjoy vocal freedom.  This workshop will work on vocal technique for 30 minutes followed by participants performing a song with feedback.  Technical exercises include breath management, resonance, flexibility, range, articulation and posture. Singing a song of their choice, participants will apply the techniques to their song and experience vocal freedom by allowing the song to flow through their body, without tension, and letting their artistry shine.
 
Participant Size:  16
Workshop Duration:  120 Minutes
 
NADINE EARL CAREY is a remarkable soprano with an extraordinary stylistic and expressive range. Her operatic roles include Adele in Die Fledermaus, Oscar in Un Ballo in Maschera, Frasquita in Carmen, Mrs. Jenks in The Tender Land and Madame Goldentrill in The Impressario. She appeared in Porgy and Bess at The Metropolitan Opera. Her musical theater credits include: A Little Night Music, Ragtime, Lost in the Stars, A Grand Night for Singing, Closer Than Ever, A…My Name is Alice. Ms. Carey has been featured as a festival artist at the Canandaigua Lake Chamber Music Festival, the Music-on-the-Lake Festival in Canada and the Women in Music Festival at Eastman School of Music. She appeared with the Garth Fagan Dancers in the world premiere of Famous Orpheus, Oyamo O’s reggae version of the Greek myth. Ms. Carey portrayed Sojourner Truth in Freedom Under The Stars and Anna Douglas in A Circle of Friends, programs that tell the story of the abolitionist movement in Rochester, NY. She has performed on the Music In Midtown Series at the CUNY Graduate Center, The Hudson Guild Theater Production of The Sleeping Beauty and Romeo and Juliet. Her acclaimed show, I Feel A Song Comin’ On- The lyrics of Dorothy Fields has delighted audiences throughout the United States.
She is currently on the voice faculty of City College of New York. She has been on the voice faculty of Long Island University (Brooklyn Campus) Rochester Association of the Performing Arts and the Hochstein School of Music (Rochester, NY) She is a Board Member of National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS-NYC)
 
 
 
ACTING FOR COMMERCIALS with Erica Palgon, ERICA PALGON CASTING & BEYOND, Casting Director

Raise your acting to a competitive, more confident level with this workshop for commercials. Having trouble deciphering material?  Do you find yourself second guessing your acting choices?  Are you asking yourself, “How do I make this material funny? How can I come across "real, authentic" in my auditions with sales copy?"

Learn specific tools and skills in this workshop, that will focus on accentuating and tailoring your style to your acting as well as building your confidence.
 
· A focus on honing in on and trusting YOUR creative ideas and details.
· Owning, facing and using your fears and nerves in a smart, clever and effective way.
· Making the best use of nonverbal improv.
· Get a comprehensive understanding and clarification of expectations of directors and producers, as it relates to acting in commercials, as well as overall professionalism.
· Addressing common mistakes in auditions and how to avoid them.
· Work on all types of commercial copy – spokesperson, promos, multiple person scenes, extensive copy with specific blocking, copy with little or no dialogue.
· Playing it safe vs making smart bold choices. 
· Give yourself the edge in auditions by being in the know of the most recent ads airing and observing the tone of the ads.
 
Participant size: 17
Workshop duration: 90 minutes
 
'This workshops is a learning experience. It is not an employment opportunity. When the workshop is over the Casting Director teaching this workshop will not be taking home, nor be given access to your headshot, resume or any other of your promotional materials.'
 
Erica Palgon, ERICA PALGON CASTING & BEYOND
Casting Director for all types of films, commercials, voice-over, TV, webseries, theater, and reality casting. Erica works with all types of talent...improve/sketch/comedians, hosts, storytellers, writers, singers, musicians, influencers, voice over and beyond.
 
Erica has worked on the casting of films “Hedwig And The Angry Inch,” “Shortbus”, “Series 7,” “Great World Of Sound;” “Just Like the Son” with Mark Webber and Brendan Sexton III, “The Project” with Michael Stahl David and Matt Servitto, “Doomsdays” with Leo Fitzpatrick, “Hannah Has a Ho Phase” with Kate McKinnon, “C Street” with Dylan Walsh, Don Stark, Michael Gross, Jessica Blank and Grainger Hines, “Dark” executive produced by Joe Dante, starring Brendan Sexton III and Michael Ecklund, dramatic feature “Hudson Tribes” featuring Godfrey, Sherman Howard, Liz Larsen, Owen Campbell. Short films “Visit 57” directed by Kate Phelan; and a hilarious short film “Murphy Crib, featuring an ensemble of creative female comedy talent.
 
Erica served as casting consultant for 2014 Shorty Awards, the awards for best content in social media, attaching Natasha Leggero as host and presenters Matt Walsh, H. Jon Benjamin and Gilbert Gottfried. She is very proud of her casting work for “Unlocked The World of Games Revealed”, a docuseries about the video game industry. The cast of celebrity correspondents includes Sean Astin, Tom Arnold, Michael Rooker, Matt Walsh, Penn Jillette, and Zelda Williams. Erica also completed casting on a comedy series for TruTV’s Late Night Snack, titled “Blank meets Blank,” cast a home renovation team for a new series HOMEMADE.COM for A&E and FYI, hosts for HISTORY CHANNEL and dating show “Date Night Live” for LIFETIME. Her other TV and web credits include FULL FRONTAL with SAMANTHA BEE, SESAME STREET, HSN, PBS, TV LAND, BUZZFEED as well as a new series “West 40s” for Comedy Central writer/director Mark Sam Rosenthal.
 
Erica also cast several hilarious promos for COMEDY CENTRAL for Amy Schumer Show, The Daily Show, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, South Park, and Tosh.0. She has extensive commercial casting credits among them Sobe ad for the Superbowl; Booking.com commercial and ESPYS video, (both which aired during 2016 ESPYS Awards show), Geico, Google, Target, T-Mobile, Wheat Thins, Nature Made Gummies, Kellogg’s Lord and Taylor, Chevron, Volvo, Panera Bread, HGTV, voice-overs for Boar’s Head, T-Mobile, TJ Maxx, and Citibank. Over her 20 years in the business, Erica has worked with and learned from top commercial and film directors, including John Cameron Mitchell, Tom DiCillo, Jesse Peretz, Matt Aselton, Phil Morrison, Jeff Preiss, David Gordon Green, Pam Thomas, Kinka Usher, Frank Samuel, Dewey Nicks, Mark Pellington, Mark Tiedemann, Fredrik Bond, Stacy Wall, and Morgan J Freeman. Erica’s reputation and skills also caught the attention of renowned ad agency GREY Advertising, whose casting department hires her regularly to prep and cast for their top clients, over the past 9 years. Jobs include Pringles, Febreze, Olive Garden, TJ Maxx, Longhorn, Hasbro, Abreva, Emergen-c, Trulicity, Canon, Advil, Panadol, Ad Council, Radio Shack and Breath Right.

Sunday, February 17th at 3:00 PM Price: $250.00

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Email us at RiantTheatre@gmail.com to obtain an application for the Strawberry One-Act Festival March 2019. (15-30 minute plays.) 

Email us at RiantTheatre@gmail.com to obtain an application to the Strawberry Theatre Festival for Full-Length Plays (55-90 minutes), Musicals (not to exceed 120 minutes), Short Plays (40-50 minutes), Variety Acts, Cabaret Acts, Magic Shows, Sketch Comedy, Improv Shows and Readings..  

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Email us at RiantTheatre@gmail.com to obtain an application to the Strawberry Theatre Festival for Full-Length Plays (55-90 minutes), Musicals (not to exceed 120 minutes), Short Plays (40-50 minutes), Variety Acts, Cabaret Acts, Magic Shows, Sketch Comedy, Improv Shows and Readings..  

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