Acting Workshop: Ken Jennings

2/15/2008:

Sign up for this 8-week acting workshop beginning in March. And no, it’s not the Ken Jennings that whooped butt on Jeopardy.

Book by today, to avoid $100 price increase.

Acting Workshop with Broadway Actor Ken Jennings

hoboken-ken-jennings.jpgCommencing March 2008, Mr. Ken Jennings, Broadway, film and television actor, will conduct an 8-week seminar on acting and on pursuing a life in the professional theater at The Center for the Performing Arts at DeBaun Auditorium, located on the campus of Stevens Institute of Technology. The Center is on 5th & Hudson Streets in Hoboken, New Jersey, an easy commute from New York City by PATH and NJ Transit bus as well as Northern and Central New Jersey communities.

Mr. Jennings has played in eight shows on Broadway: Sweeney Todd, Urinetown, the musical, Sideshow, Grand Hotel, London Assurance, Present Laughter, All God’s Chillun’ Got Wings, and Mayor. He won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical and a Theatre World Award for his performance as “Tobias” in Sweeney Todd on Broadway. For 5 seasons, he played “The Ghost of Christmas Past” in A Christmas Carol at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Television credits include principal parts on Ed, Hack, Third Watch, Law and Order, Another World, One Life to Live, and All My Children. He plays “Minnie” in the soon to be released feature film Asylum Seekers. He has many Off-Broadway credits and he has appeared in regional theaters throughout the country in roles as diverse as “Shylock” in The Merchant of Venice and “Pierre Pontdue” in High Button Shoes. His vast career also includes commercials, voice-over work and opera.

Read more after the jump.

His intensive 8-week seminar entitled “Acting and the Professional Theater” will include scene study work, audition technique and an examination of the attitude and regimen necessary to a life in the professional theater. It is designed to help you find the techniques and methods that will help you survive and thrive in the professional theater. Mr. Jennings has successfully lived and worked as a professional actor for over 30 years, and you can succeed, too. Personal attention will be paid to each individual actor and their specific strengths and concerns.

“Pursuing a career as a professional actor in New York can be like living in a fog – a fog thick enough to bruise and suffocate. Lost in this fog, the actor asks, ‘What do I do? How do I succeed? How do I gain the dream I was chasing by coming to New York?’ Many actors are swallowed by this fog. I meet such actors frequently. Daily, I battle the fog. Making one’s way in this crazy business is not just about talent. I know many talented actors who aren’t working. And doing well at auditions isn’t enough. The real glue to a career is your attitude between auditions. Making opportunities, shaking auditions out of the trees when the whole world is saying ‘You can’t do it.’ Attitude, discipline, resilience, a self-imposed regimen to cut the fog – they’re as important as talent. Sculpting a regimen, swallowing disappointment like a tonic to make me healthier, building my own road of opportunities – those are the things I’ve been good at. They have helped me be what I am – a working professional actor.” – Ken Jennings

The cost for the workshop is $400 per person if booked before February 15, 2008. After February 15, the cost is $500 per person. There is also a $75 first class audit available, for those interested. For more information, please contact The Center’s Box Office at 201-216-8937 or BoxOffice@debaun.org For directions and more information on The Center, please visit www.debaun.org or www.myspace.com/debaun

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