Join us at a Workshop on "Audition Preparation and Cold Reading Techniques" with Laura Gardner

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Join us at a Workshop on "Audition Preparation and Cold Reading Techniques" with Laura Gardner
Start: 02/21/2009 - 6:00pm
End: 02/23/2009 - 12:00am

The New Mexico SAG Conservatory Presents:
“Audition Preparation and Cold Reading Techniques”
A workshop with Laura Gardner
of the Howard Fine Acting Studio in Los Angeles

Laura is a fabulous teacher and if you’ve ever attended one of her classes you know this workshop is a not to be missed opportunity. The current slow period in the industry is also a great time to hone your skills and get ready for when things pick up again.

In this workshop performers will be working on:

•        How to enter and leave the room with your self-esteem intact
•        Discovering different ways to impact and take charge of the audition
•        Scene preparation from the pre-read to the producer’s session
•        Ego survival - how to enjoy the audition process
•        Discovering your "type" and how to overcome type-casting
•        How to bring your unique self to any role by taking creative risk
•        How to stop sabotaging yourself and overcome your fear

When: Saturday, February 21 and/or Sunday, February 22
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. with lunch break

Members may be able to attend both workshops if interested; however you’ll be waitlisted for your second choice in order to give everyone a chance to attend at least one session. Both days will cover the same material, but those attending both sessions will be given a different and more challenging scene to work on the second day.

Where: Santa Fe – Location TBD
Once your reservation is confirmed you will be notified via e-mail of the exact address

$35 SAG members and is on a first-come-first served basis. Should space become available to non-SAG members the cost will be $60

Email Tammy Decker at or phone Tammy at (505) 268-2127, or (800) 724-0767, option #7. Please provide the following:

•        Name
•        SAG ID number
•        Phone number
•        Email address
•        Day(s) you wish to attend (in order of preference)

All RSVP's are forwarded to the Conservatory Committee chairperson in the order in which they are received. You’ll be notified of your acceptance into the class by her.

Each class is limited to 15 participants.

You’ll be provided with one scene ahead of time to have ready for the workshop, other scenes will then be given during the day.

Cancellations: The Conservatory is a benefit of membership. Please be sure to notify us no later than 24 hours before the workshop if you are unable to attend. No shows will be penalized by having to be waitlisted for the next workshop.

Laura also will be offering private one-hour sessions on Monday, February 23rd at a special rate for SAG members. If interested, please email Tammy Decker at She will have Laura contact you with cost information and available time lots.

About Laura Gardner

Ms. Gardner just completed the independent film Truth Never Lies and recently appeared on-stage in Razorback at the Rogue Machine Theatre Company in Los Angeles. Last year she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress by LA Weekly for her performance in Fighting Words, which opened at the Celtic Arts Center in Los Angeles and then transferred to the Millennium Center in Wales.

Gardner is on the faculty of the Howard Fine Studio, one of L.A.’s top professional acting programs. Laura trained at Boston University, Rutgers and Herbert Berghof Studios where she studied with Uta Hagen and Carol Rosenfeld. She’s taught in Wales at The Actors Workshop and the Academy of Musical Theatre; in New York at HB Studios, Stella Adler Institute and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Laura also taught at the NC School of the Arts, Circle Theatre, Palm Beach Community College and the George Street Playhouse. In Los Angeles, she has trained fellow actors at Santa Monica College, Actors' Center International, West Coast Ensemble, Women in Theatre, the Road Theatre and for the Screen Actors Guild Conservatory.

Laura appeared on Broadway in Smile. She also has extensive regional credits. You may have seen Laura and her husband, Frank Collison, recurring on the NBC hit show My Name is Earl. Some of her other TV and film credits include Close to Home, Criminal Minds, The West Wing, Judging Amy, Boston Public, The Gilmore Girls, Party of Five, Callback: the movie, Profiles, L.A. Law and Cheers.

Watch for her in the feature Finding Red Cloud and the full length Broadway musical, Eclipse of the Heart.