Professional Child Actor Class – Winter 2021 – Virtual – INVITE ONLY
For students with representation, working professionally, or with a solid acting foundation and professional aspirations. INVITE ONLY.
Some kids just have it—that spark, that special something; it catches agents' and directors' eyes and can lead to an exciting journey into the world of professional acting. But the cute kid and "it" factor will only carry a career so far; the key to longevity and success is doing the work—building strong acting technique, learning the key questions to ask in developing a character and analyzing a script, making strong choices, and knowing the ins and outs of auditioning—whether in person, on Zoom, or in a self-tape. Students will deepen their craft by working closely with other pro kids, guided by seasoned star and Golden-Globe nominee Cynthia Gibb. Students are welcome to bring audition material (tv/film or theater) to class to work on and this preparation will be prioritized. Students will work on a fun script with a child-driven plot, such as Goonies or Matilda (we are taking suggestions!).
In addition to working on craft, Cynthia will mentor students on staying positive (and sane!) through the emotional rollercoaster of acting and auditioning professionally and nurture bonds among the students to create a safe space and strong support system.
When: Mondays from 5 pm to 6 pm
11-Week Session: Jan 11, 25; Feb 1, 8, 22; March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; April 5
Who: Grades 5 – 8, professional child actors, max 10 students
Where: On Zoom
With: Cynthia Gibb
Westport native Cynthia Gibb has over 60 film, TV and theater credits. She received a Golden Globe® nomination for her portrayal of Gypsy Rose Lee in Gypsy, opposite Bette Midler. She also starred in the Karen Carpenter Story. And anyone who ever donned legwarmers remembers her as the star of the TV series Fame! She also starred with Shirley Jones, Dick Van Dyke, Donna McKechnie, Rob Lowe, Patrick Swayze, James Woods, Dabney Coleman, Burt Reynolds, Christopher Lloyd and many others. Cynthia has worked with Oliver Stone, Stephen Sondheim, Jule Styne, Arthur Laurents, Neil Meron and Craig Zadan (producers of the Academy Awards, Smash and Chicago), as well as choreographers Jerome Robbins, Debbie Allen and Jaime Rogers. She has over 30 years professional experience as an actress, singer and dancer. Her TV credits include Law and Order/SVU, Criminal Minds and Without a Trace, among many others. Cynthia is a member of the prestigious Actors' Studio and has taught hundreds of singing and acting students in Connecticut, L.A., and in master classes across Italy.