Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 5:00pm
The Drama Book Shop is thrilled to host Ellen Novack and her play Taming the Cyclops.
An audition is a difficult place to showcase your skills as an actor. And an on-camera audition is the hardest. Using Ellen Novack s system of preparing for auditions & invaluable tips about working on-camera, Taming the Cyclops will help you master the on-camera audition and book the job!
Ellen Novack: "A producer, director, manager, coach, teacher, and casting director, I have been in the entertainment business for over 30 years. I began my career as an actress and then became a casting director, working for five years with Joseph Papp at the New York Shakespeare Festival, where I cast over 25 major projects, including the Broadway productions of Plenty with Kate Nelligan and The Mystery of Edwin Drood with Betty Buckley and Cleo Laine. I was the Casting Director for the daytime dramas Another World and One Life to Live, for which I won two Artios Awards for Best Soap Casting. On both shows, I gave early jobs to Nathan Fillion, Anne Heche (when she was 17), Ryan Phillippe (when he was 14), and Hayden Panettiere (when she was 4!). I cast One Life for four years, and then accepted the job of Producer, which I held for three years.
Between soap opera assignments, I ran my own casting office, where I cast TV pilots and independent films and worked for most of the larger regional theatres in the country, including the Guthrie Theatre, American Conservatory Theater, the Goodman Theatre, and Hartford Stage Company. I was also the Managing Director of the Classic Stage Company in New York City.
I am the co-founder of ActorLaunch, a consultation service for actors in New York City and Los Angeles who are just starting their careers or hoping to get help moving forward a career that has stalled.
I was a talent manager for over 10 years, representing such talented people as Lupita Nyong’o, Hale Appleman (The Magicians), and Shalita Grant (NCIS: New Orleans, Mercy Street). I’m currently the Talent Consultant for Authentic Talent & Literary Management in New York and Los Angeles.
In addition to casting, I direct film and am a Lecturer at the Yale School of Drama, where I teach Film Acting Technique and Professional Preparation to 3rd-year graduate acting students. I am also a Lecturer at The Juilliard School, where I teach the 4th-year students Film Acting & Auditioning Technique. I have taught at American Conservatory Theatre and The New School as well. The first film I directed and co-wrote, Psychoanalysis Changed My Life, ran for three years on IFC-TV and was the Official Selection at eleven film festivals in the US and Canada. It was the winner of the Audience Award and the Story/Screenplay Award at The Crested Butte Reelfest, and received a Finishing Grant from NY Women in Film & Television. My second short, The Getaway, was an Official Selection of several film festivals around the country. I am a member of NY Women in Film & Television and the Independent Feature Project."