Chattanooga State's Professional Actor Training Program Accepting Applications For Fall Semester

Friday, June 13, 2014

The Professional Actor Training Program at Chattanooga State is currently accepting applications for Fall semester classes.  The two-year program offers students an opportunity to train for a career in theatre, television, and film. 


The program is modeled after the New Actors Workshop founded by George Morrison, Mike Nichols, and Paul Sills. Morrison is considered one of the top acting teachers in the United States. When Gene Hackman received his Academy Award, he thanked Morrison. Nichols is one of twelve artists who have received the four major entertainment awards – Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony (an EGOT).  Paul Sills is founder of The Second City and the improvisational movement in America.  Program directors Rex Knowles and Sherry Landrum worked with these three theatre visionaries at The New Actors Workshop for ten years, teaching acting and improvisation, administrating the studio, and establishing the Masters degree program. 


Students in the program at ChattState study acting, improvisation, voice/speech, and movement.  In addition they study production, audition technique, stagecraft, agents, unions, and professional markets. 


Graduates are working! Malachi Nimmons, class of  2008, is a member of Chicago City Limits, the longest running comedy revue in New York City.  He hosts a weekly show at the Broadway Comedy Club and has appeared in commercials for Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, South Park, and Sony Entertainment Network.  He is a regular on "World's Dumbest."  Jaymi Tinti, class of 2005, did over 100 professional productions at the Barter Theatre. She recently co-founded the Savannah Stage Company, a non-profit professional theatre in Savannah, GA.  Tyler Buckingham, class of 2014, appeared in the Food City Salute commercial - approaching two million hits on YouTube.


The application can be found atwww.chattanoogastate.edu/theatreFor further information or to schedule an audition, contact Rex Knowles at 697-3246 or Sherry Landrum at 697-3247.




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