Thursday, September 18, 2003

Here is a great website for all kinds of Bay Area arts and culture events. There are listings for all kinds of dance, theatre, music, and art events as well as auditions and arts related jobs. Actors can join and have their headshot, information, and current shows posted on the web.

Film Arts Foundation

This organization is a great resource for actors and filmakers in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Wednesday, September 17, 2003

Jeffrey Bihr Studio provides a focused environment for rapid advancement in the techniques of theater.

Jeffrey's insightful teaching cuts to the heart of the theatrical question at hand without fuss or over-analysis.

He catalyzes students' ability to identify and solve problems with grace and humor when their images are too general; when they have overlooked textual clues to character; when the size of their presentation is inappropriate; when their bodies are not fully engaged.

Jeffrey's experience as an actor, director, composer and master teacher in America, Japan, London, Germany and Canada results in a training technique that draws from a variety of sources and styles.
Jeffrey Bihr Studio
Check out Ed Hooks. He's a fantastic acting teacher based in Chicago. He is also a well known specialist in teaching acting to animators.

Mr. Hooks is also a respected author. His book The Audition Book (Winning Strategies for Breaking into Theater, Film and Television is a required text at the NYU Tisch School of Drama. Another book, "The Ultimate Scene and Monologue Sourcebook, is a popular and invaluable reference for professional actors and acting teachers internationally. He has written two other books, Acting for Animators, now in its fourth printing for Heinemann, and Acting Strategies for the Cyber Age, which was published in June 2001. For ten years, Hooks wrote a monthly by-line column for Callboard Magazine, published by Theatre Bay Area in San Francisco, and he now writes a monthly column for the on-line publication Casting Connection (

As an acting teacher and coach, Ed has trained thousands of actors in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. His past students include Heather Locklear ("Melrose Place"), Teri Hatcher ("Lois and Clark") and many other recognizable and working actors. It is difficult to watch television for a single evening without seeing several of Ed's past or current students at work on various shows or in commercials.

In addition to his regular acting classes for actors, Ed Hooks teaches acting to animators, the kinds of people who make movies like "Shrek". In this position, he has taught widely in the U.S., Europe and Asia. For an in-depth look at this side of Ed's career, go to his other web site,