Free Film and Theatre University
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Want to learn more about our 2018-2019 courses? Then don’t miss our open house with BAW Founder Amy Werba, and BAW core acting instructors Sei Shiomi, Celia Anne Browne and Clarence Tokley.. This is a great opportunity for new students to meet teachers & fellow classmates, and for those still considering registering for Fall 2018 classes to find out more about our school.
The evening will include:
- an introduction to our faculty with Q & A session
- acting exercises & games
- time for participants to mingle over snacks & drinks
- the opportunity to register for 2018-2019 classes
Amy Werba holds a Master of Arts degree in Film and Theatre from New York University (NYU) Tisch School of the Arts, and a D.E.A./pre-doctorate in Psychology from Sorbonne University in Paris. Her training as an actress/director was with Lee Strasberg and Shelley Winters (on scholarship) at the Actors Studio in New York, and Sandra Seacat. As an actress, Amy Werba has appeared in over 22 international motion pictures, working with an array of directors such as Herbert Ross, Claude Chabrol, and Liliana Cavani, as well as actors such as Peter Ustinov, Mickey O’Rourke, Helena Bonham-Carter, Shelley Winters, Ben Gazzara, and Mikhail Baryshnikov. She began her career as an assistant director working for several notable directors including Vincent Minnelli (Nina with Ingrid Bergman and Liza Minnelli), Pan Cosmatos (Cassandra Crossing with Burt Lancaster and Sophia Loren), and Luigi Comencini (La Donna della Dominica with Jacqueline Bisset and Marcello Mastroianni). In 1995, Amy Werba created the Bilingual Acting Workshop (BAW) in Paris. In addition to her role as BAW’s Artistic Director, she continues her career in Paris as an actress and director. Amy Werba co-wrote the film Eva’s Dreams in 1995 (presented at the Venice Film Festival). She recently produced and directed Rebecca Gilman’s Glory of Living. For five years, she’s been a drama professor at the American University of Paris (AUP); she collaborated with New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Summer Acting Program in Paris, and is currently coaching lead performers at the Lido in Paris and Cirque du Soleil. Additionally she works as a private coach for films, castings, and auditions. In 2008 she founded The Living Theatre Conservatory with Judith Malina, and founded and began producing the MasterLab series.
Sei Shiomi began his acting training in a performing arts school in Boston. After graduating from New York University (Tisch School of the Arts) with a BFA degree in acting and studying at the Stella Adler Studio, he worked in Off-Broadwy productions for two years as an actor and director (notably Pan Asian Repertory Theatre company). During that time, he became increasingly interested in directing and in different training methods. In 1996, Sei decided to leave New York in search of diverse approaches to acting that existed in the world. This research took him on a cross-continental trip across Europe, during which he met and worked with theatre professionals from Russia, Bulgaria, Norway, Italy, England and Japan (including Yoshi Oida from Peter Brook’s company). Sei arrived in Paris in 1997 and followed an apprenticeship with Amy Werba at the Bilingual Acting Workshop before accepting his position as a BAW instructor. He also created the Four Courners Theatre Ensemble and co-produced and performed in Arthur Miller’s The Creation of the World and Other Business. His directing credits include (in English): The Baby with the Bathwater by Christopher Durang, Desdemona by Paula Vogel, The Glory of Living by Rebecca Gilman (co-directed with Amy Werba), The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov, The Baltimore Waltz by Paula Vogel, Beyond Therapy by Christopher Durang, The Blue Room by David Hare, The Big Funk by John-Patrick Shanley, Split by Michael Weller, Refuge by Jessica Goldberg, Old Saybrook by Woody Allen, Blue Surge by Rebecca Gilman, Doubt by John-Patrick Shanley, Stuck by Jessica Goldberg, Independence by Lee Blessing. (In French): Le Chat du Rabbin by Johann Sfar (an adaption of his comic book), Suspendus by Franck-Olivier Lafererre, Ecrits d’Amour by Claude Bourgyex, Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset (winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1928) for the Avignon theatre festival, La Ligne – la vie de faussaire by Sarah Kaminsky, Lâleh – une fleur en partage by Aude-Laurence Clermont-Biver (in Luxembourg and in Paris).
Celia Anne Browne has an extensive background in the arts. Dance was her first love. She was born into a thespian family who ran a theater in Montauk in the Hamptons for seventeen years and continues to produce in NYC. As an actress, she has experience in theater, film, and television. While in NYC she performed in many original plays including at Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage, Theater for the New City, and Ensemble Studio Theatre, and several stages on Theatre Row. She has also appeared in independent films and the soap opera All My Children. Longing to expand her experience, she shifted her focus from professional acting to the teaching of Yoga and Meditation. Distinguished producers, directors, and actors have been some of her favorite students. She was on staff at the award-winning Cornerstone Theater Company in LA for six years. In the past few years she has been writing, including developing a treatment and script for a TV show. She was encouraged to teach the Eric Morris System of Acting, a method she has felt passionate about and at home with for many years. Celia has known Eric since she was a teenager, and his instrumental and craft technique have been an extraordinary creative guide. Currently she teaches in LA, NYC, and Paris. Other wonderful study of the acting craft has included the Acting program at Emerson College, Circle In The Square and New Actors Workshop in NYC, the conservatory of the late greats George Morrison, Mike Nichols, and Paul Sills.
Clarence Tokley is a Paris-based teacher, filmmaker, and writer. A native of New Jersey, Clarence attended Rutgers University, obtaining a degree in History and Film Studies. After graduating, he worked with kids and teens as a social worker for 8 years while also writing and working as a filmmaker and creator. He dove into any form of expression he could find and worked on whatever projects he could get into; everything from theatre, spoken word, and cinema. To refresh himself Clarence attended the New York Film Academy in New York City, then packed up everything and moved to Paris, wanting to get a taste of the European style of storytelling. He fully immersed himself in the film industry and quickly landed his first job in Paris. Some of his credits include Rush Hour 3, Truth in 24 (Audi Le Mans racing Doc), Exes, and the Cherry Orchard. Clarence has also worked as an Assistant Director with the theatre company Theatre en Anglais and does voice-over work in Paris. Along with his duties as teacher of the BAW Teen and Youth Acting courses, he is the director of children and teen camps in France. When he’s not teaching, Clarence continues to work professionally in film and theatre production in and around Paris. Clarence has a strong love for creating and collaboration. He wishes to continue exploring his craft and growing as an artist and person.
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