Actress Anne Bobby to Lead Acting and Film-Making Workshops at Sanford International Film Festival


May 11, 2016

Actress Anne Bobby will lead a series of workshops at Sanford International Film FestivalSanford, Maine - Over the past several years, actress Anne Bobby (TV's Mad About You, Clive Barker's Nightbreed, Bioshock) has spent more and more time away from her home base of Brooklyn, New York, where she continues to work in theatre, film, TV and voice-overs, to come to Maine, where she believes some of the best Independent film is currently being made.

She's back again this month to attend the Sanford International Film Festival (May 25 – 29), where she has two films in competition (including one she wrote and produced) and is a featured guest at the festival’s “Horror Friday” on May 27 at Smitty's Cinema in Sanford. But she won't just be attending the festival in support of her projects or to meet her fans - Anne will be offering two master classes in acting, as well as a workshop in acting for film and television (in which she will also be coaching actors through auditions for the winner of the festival's screenplay competition). In addition, Anne will offer several seminars in celebration of film acting, establishing a career, and independent film production.

"I started acting professionally when I was fourteen, and was fortunate to be nurtured by people like Mike Nichols and Oliver Stone, Jeremy Irons and Tom Stoppard, Marvin Hamlisch and Alan Menken and Stephen Sondheim. They kept me honest as a young performer, and gave me tools that every actor needs if they're to grow as artists and have a career that grows with them."

Bobby graduated high school as a YoungArts Finalist as well as a Presidential Scholar In the Arts, and remembers the processes as rigorous ones... particularly the monologues. "Monologues are the balance beam of acting," she says. "You have to project a command of sometimes archaic language, the journey of a story and your most authentic self, all in the scope of two minutes with no one to play off. Tough at any age - but a massive challenge for a young performer applying to drama school, or competitions, or just auditioning".

Which is why Bobby's first master class is for high school juniors and seniors only. A limited number of students will be able to perform their monologues before a group of peers and have their work critiqued and developed by Bobby, who will offer the same class to older performers as well in a second master class later that day.

Her Saturday workshop will offer techniques for film and television acting and will be followed by real-time demonstrations, as Anne will be coaching actors as they audition for roles in the winning "Script to Screen" table read, to take place the following day.

Sunday's seminars will focus on building careers in filmmaking and theater with a frank discussion about agents, social media, drama schools, grants and scholarships, child performers, and secrets to building and sustaining a career in the arts, to be followed by a panel on creating and promoting your own Independent film.

"There is so much work coming up to New England for artists," Bobby explains. "So much already here. It's the ideal time for actors and filmmakers in Maine to expand their skill-sets and develop their crafts so they can move between mediums. The work is really out there for the theatre and film actor, including voice and narration work. But different mediums call for different techniques. Good news is that as you develop those techniques, you add to your viability and versatility as an actor."

All classes will take place at Sanford High School. Seminar and workshop tickets and film festival passes can be purchased on www.sanfordfilmfest.com, which also has further class details. Spaces are limited so attendees are encouraged to book early.

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Sanford International Film Festival (SIFF) is an annual five-day community celebration of film and filmmaking. Festival highlights can be found at www.sanfordfilmfest.com. Tickets to film screenings can be purchased online in advance or at the door.