Maine Media Workshops + College

Hollywood comes to Midcoast

Apr 02, 2018
Caitlin FitzGerald’s connection to Maine Media goes back to when she attended the Young Artists program as a teen.

Rockport — For more than 45 years, Maine Media Workshops + College has drawn award-winning film and television professionals to teach at its coastal campus. The school also counts Oscar and Emmy winners among its alums.

Kicking off the 2018 season June 2 and 3, Catlin Adams, coach to many of Hollywood’s hottest A-list stars, will lead a master class on film acting. The workshop offers actors and directors a rare opportunity to spend a weekend with the top-level coach whose clients include Amy Adams, Nicole Kidman, Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts, Brad Pitt, Josh Hartnett, and directors such as Darren Aronofsky.

Camden native Caitlin FitzGerald, who played Libby Masters on the critically-acclaimed Showtime series “Masters of Sex,” will teach Unlocking Emotion: Tools for Directors & Actors July 15 through 21. The week will help actors and directors overcome inhibitions and the fear of risk that can lead to on-camera breakthroughs. Her other credits include “Code Black,” “Rectify,” “New Girl” and “It’s Complicated.”

Actor Clark Middleton will teach Finding Yourself in the Character: Acting for Film Aug. 26 through Sept. 1. Performers will explore how to find the portal that allows them to inhabit a character and take command of what they’re feeling or fighting. Middleton’s credits include “Birdman,” “Kill Bill: Vol. 2,” “Sin City,” “Snowpiercer”; and recurring roles on “Twin Peaks,” “The Blacklist,” “Law & Order” and “CSI: Las Vegas.”

Actress, author and Moth performer Annabelle Gurwitch will teach students how to carry an audience into the heart of a true story when she helms Live Storytelling Oct. 7 through 13. In addition to being a New York Times bestselling author and a featured storyteller on The Moth, Gurwitch has appeared on NPR, “Oprah” and “Real Time With Bill Maher”; hosted television series for HBO, TBS and Discovery Channel; given talks at Google, TEDx, SXSW; and written pieces for The New Yorker and many publications.

Best known for his five seasons playing defense attorney Maurice Levy on HBO's “The Wire,” Michael Kostroff will offer two workshops, Comedy for the Unfunny and Audition Psych 101, on the weekend of Oct. 13 and 14. The first class is about how comedy can be approached with many of the same tools used in drama, with hilarious results. The second class helps actors deal with the mental side of the audition process.

Voiceover workshops also have been added to the school’s offerings. Tish Hicks, an L.A.-based voiceover pro and coach, will teach Making A Career in Voiceover June 17 through 23. In addition to being the voice of Citibank for six years, Hicks’ clients include Subaru and TCM; and her voice can be heard in audiobooks, animation and major video games. She also is the founder of The V.O. Dojo in L.A. Vivienne Leheny will teach The Voice in Their Ear, a two-day audiobook narration workshop, Sept. 15 and 16. Leheny has narrated more than 45 books in the last three years including five ongoing series; and has been the promo voice for NBC, CocaCola, American Airlines and Revlon.

Many of the workshops are scheduled in close proximity to directing classes, also taught by industry pros, with the idea that performers and directors stand to gain much from understanding each other’s worlds. For more information and how to apply for scholarships, visit mainemedia.edu/filmmaking. Maine Media Workshops + College is a nonprofit 501(c )3 organization.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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