TJ on TV

Hi all,

This news from TJ Metz, from the first three cycles of Mother of Invention. Congrats TJ:

“I am on the tele…cable actually…tomorrow night, Friday 12.14.07 at 8 PM.
The show is a reality show. It’s like dinner and a movie. The movie is Return to me with David Duchovny and Minnie Driver. During the commercials, 3 other actors and myself, pretend like we’re on a date. It was filmed in beautiful Half Moon Bay – one very chilly afternoon – last month. I’m guy number 3. I was hired to be goofy and sarcastic…I hope I delivered. You tell me. =)”

Take care!
TJ METZ
415.608.8825
tjmetz@gmail.com

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catch her on the way up

Hi all,

Forgive the long hiatus. I can only invoke Abraham Lincoln’s observation that it is better to keep silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and leave no doubt.

A friend of mine, Elif Batuman, has a star that is rising quickly: she has had at least one piece published in the New Yorker, and was recently awarded something like twenty-five grand for being a promising woman writer. Anyway, she will be reading at three bay area locations this week, as she reports, with scintillating wit, in her blog:

http://www.elifbatuman.net

It won’t suck, believe me.

Anyway, cheers, here comes Xmas, hold on tight,

A
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Andrew Wood Acting Studio

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the new dynamic duo

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I am VERY pleased to announce that I will have a partner in crime for the cycle of the
Advanced Class beginning in January (will meet on Wednesday nights): Denmo Ibrahim, the
co-founder of the acclaimed San Francisco theater ensemble Mugwumpin. She will be
teaching one component of the class, in which she will bring her extensive background in various physical theater disciplines to bear in way that will support us in our ongoing work to cultivate a
free and animated physical instrument capable of directed powerful interventions in the
worlds we are living in, and will help equip us for the physical boldness asked of us in our
preliminary steps into the world of Shakespeare.

I have included Denmo’s bio below. It speaks for itself!

For those of you who have only done one cycle of the Essentials class but would like to get
in on this, let me remind you that there is a Tuesday night cycle of the Essentials class
starting October 16.

Cheers, be well,

Andrew

Denmo Ibrahim is a founder and co-Artistic Director of mugwumpin, San Francisco’s
award winning performance company. Locally, she has been commissioned to create new
ensemble-built performances for Theatre of Yugen, foolsFURY, Shotgun Players, Golden
Thread, Root Division, and EXIT Theatre. In May, she was awarded the TBA New Work
Fund for emerging playwrights for a world premiere produced by Golden Thread
scheduled for 2008. As a performer, she has been nominated for the “Irene Ryan Acting
Award” (Boston) and a “Joseph Jefferson Award “(Chicago) for Best Actress in a Lead Role.
In San Francisco, Denmo has served on the selection committee for the Playwrights
Foundation and was a member of The Gym at The Magic for the development of
experimental work. She has studied commedia dell’arte with Antonio Fava at the
International Stage in Italy, acrobatics with Mirco Ferri, and intensive training with Giovanni
Fusetti `s clown pedagogy: The Red Nose. Denmo is a graduate of Boston University and
holds an M.F.A. in Lecoq-Based: Actor Created Physical Theatre from Naropa University.
She offers private workshops for theatre companies and public programs for youth and
adults in ensemble creation. This fall she will be teaching a Neutral Mask intensive
sponsored by The Exploratorium.

Andrew Wood Acting Studio

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couchsurfing dot com

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Hi all,

I met with a prospective student recently who was visiting SF from Barcelona on her way around the world. She told me about this website called couchsurfing.com where you can find people in cities you are going to visit who will elt you sleep on their couch for FREE. She said she has had great experiences both as a host and a guest, and a cursory look at the website reveals that many other people have had a similar experience. So checkitOUT!

Cheers,

A
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couchsurfing dot com

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Hi all,

I met with a prospective student recently who was visiting SF from Barcelona on her way around the world. She told me about this website called couchsurfing.com where you can find people in cities you are going to visit who will elt you sleep on their couch for FREE. She said she has had great experiences both as a host and a guest, and a cursory look at the website reveals that many other people have had a similar experience. So checkitOUT!

Cheers,

A
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walkin the walk

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Hi all,

I am pleased to announce that I will be appearing in a staged reading of Andy Black’s play “The Second Weekend in September”, which is being presented by the Bay Area Playwright’s Center. One night only! October 23rd at 7:30 PM at the Off-Market Theater, 2nd Floor. The play is a reimagining of Same Time, Next Year with two men, one closeted and one very out. Guess which one I am playing! Hope you can come out and see it.

Cheers,

Andrew

Andrew Wood Acting Studio

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class relocates, Tuesday night cycle starting in Oct

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I am excited to announce that the class will be meeting at the Golden Gate YMCA’s theater space starting in October. A secured parking lot, ample street parking, central location close to BART and Muni: it’s gonna be grrreat!

Also, starting October 16, there will be a Tuesday evening Essentials class. Full calendar on utteracting.com calendar page.

Cheers,

Andrew

Andrew Wood Acting Studio

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we got mugwumped (and it felt GOOD!)

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It’s so bracing to see a truly original theatrical event. I went with a bunch of friends to see mugwumpin’s show in the SF Fringe tonight. These guys have really developed a voice that is unlike anything I have ever seen, and I am a bit of a jaded ex-New Yorker when it comes to theater. Fresh, genuinely funny, enigmatic without being self-important, leaves you wanting more. What more can you ask for? Props to mugwumpin! I’ll throw down for you guys anytime! There’s one more show tomorrow (Sunday, so catch it if you can).

I spoke to Denmo Ibrahim afterwards, who directed the piece. She was very gracious and approachable, and I am really impressed with the physical skill of her actors. She studied a French form of mime called Le Coq (deon’t think Marcel Marceau) that is a FANTASTIC form of movement training for actors. I hope she will be gracing the halls of the Andrew Wood Acting Studio ‘ere long, helping to inspire and instruct.

Cheers,

Andrew
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Earle Gister does Chekhov in New York

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Hi all,

I was doing some research recently on one of my Yale acting teachers, Earle Gister (class veterans know who I am talking about, I talk about him a lot). Well, anyway, I came across this article about a showcase production of Chekhov’s The Sea Gull that Earle is staging:

http://www.playbill.com/news/article/86319.html

I found it interesting because the way the production came about is exactly the way I envision starting to produce work with my students in the future.

I know two of the actors mentioned: one Kimberly Ross, was in my thesis production at Yale, and the other, Paul Niebank, was in my class, although we never worked together on a production.

The list in the article of actors Earle has taught is impressive, to say the least.

Cheers,

Andrew
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Andrew Wood Acting Studio

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second wednesdays play-reading group kicks off

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Hi all,

Last night, a group of my students and some new faces met at Cafe La Vie in Hayes Valley for the kickoff of Second Wednesdays, the playreading group associated with the Andrew Wood Acting Studio. We read Chekhov’s Three Sisters. It was a very good time. We laughed a lot. How I love that play!

Speaking of, er, Chekhov, I am going to see something tonight at the Fringe called The Sewers, which got a glowing rave in SF Weekly. It’s part of the SF Fringe Festival. The SF weekly reviewer said that it’s something like Chekhov meets Blade Runner. I am very,very curious.

Anyway, cheers,

Andrew

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