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Punch & Polish
Stage Werx Theatre
San Francisco, CA
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Punch & Polish
Audition season is only a couple of weeks away! And, you know how auditions work - you've got two minutes, just like everyone else. But. Do you know how to really use your two minutes?

Can you be SO EFFECTIVE with your two minutes that the auditors put your headshot in the 'YES' pile? Can you make your two minutes SHINE so that your work doesn't fade into the misty memory of a long day of well-meaning, yet uncast, actors.

Yes, you can. With Punch. And with Polish.

Face it. Auditioning is not acting. Okay, it leeeeeads to acting, but auditioning is really about making an impression. A good impression. It's about WOWing people, so that they cast you in a show. Then, instead of auditioning all the damn time, you will get to do what you actually want to do -- ACT!

With Punch & Polish, you'll bring your best 2 (or 3) minute audition piece. We'll work you hard and fast, on your feet, with on-the-fly suggestions about shape, pacing, blocking, vocal level and quality. We'll also help you hone and highlight the emotional truth of your scene. Together we'll tweak and massage your piece so that when you walk onto that stage, you're ready, willing, AND able to knock all their socks off.

It doesn't matter if this is your first audition, or your fifth, or your fiftieth. If you've done your work, (and we know you have), and if you've got some skills (and we know you do), bring your best audition piece to us. We'll give you the Punch & Polish you need to be confident and professional when you walk out there for your two minutes.

We want you to nail it. And you will.

3-hour Group Session with 2 Skilled Instructors
Includes 20-minute individual feedback session for each participant.

MARTHA RYNBERG is a director, writer and performer. Primarily, she aims to collaborate with performance artists to find the 'story' in personal histories and social and political movements. She is the original and current director of the internationally acclaimed "W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour," and the basis for FX's television series, "Totally Biased."

Martha is also the current director of Thao P. Nguyen's "Fortunate Daughter," a contributing director of Zahra Noorbakhsh's "All Atheists are Muslim," and the ensemble director of the nationally touring show, "DIS-ORIENTED: A Trio of Solo Performances by Asian and Arab American Women." As a principal director at Solo Performance Workshop (SPW) since 2008, she supports the development of original, dynamic autobiographical solo performances that have been featured widely at Bay Area and national venues.

Martha is also a founding member of Mixed, Blended & Whole, a queer multidisciplinary and multicultural performance collaborative. Martha's current project, "Lady Parts," is an evolving, revolving collection of shorts that explores the dark and hilarious corners of inheritance, parenting, and internalized misogyny. (Really, it's funny.)

JAENE LEONARD made a home in New York City for ten years before moving to the Bay Area. She received acting training with Atlantic Theater's Professional Program, at Stella Adler Conservatory and with original Group Theater member Bobby Lewis. (If you don't know him, look him up!) She has studied acting with -- or been directed by -- Golden Globe- , Emmy-, Tony-, and Oscar-winning artists including Mr. Lewis, David Mamet, Bartlett Sher and William H. Macy.

Jaene's first play, "Chic Band" -- a scene from which was published in Smith & Kraus' Best Stage Scenes 2000 -- received a workshop production at Baby Jupiter in NYC and staged readings with Playwrights' Kitchen and at Track 16, both in LA. "What About Boo?" was part of Yankee Rep's (NYC) End of the Line. She also served as head writer for the show and acted in it. The first of her "Arizona Plays Trilogy" was a semi-finalist for the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference in 2008. "Home$ickness," a short play about the fast and furious mortgage debacle, received a developmental reading with Playwrights' Center of San Francisco in 2010, and "Oil and Water," about the BP Oil Spill, was produced in San Francisco's Sheherezade in 2011. "As Is - No Warranty" received a staged reading with Berkshire Playwrights Lab in August, 2009, under the direction of Jim Frangione, and starring Grant Shaud of Murphy Brown fame.

Jaene, fully surrendered now to a DIY mentality, recently added solo performance to her bag o'tricks, writing and performing "Last of Eleven," and "It's the End of the World, Awki," under the expert tutelage and direction of Martha Rynberg.



Stage Werx Theatre (View)
446 Valencia Street @ 16th
San Francisco, CA 94103
United States

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Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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