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November 2002


Joe Henson will return to the DC area on December 7th & 8th for those of you who still need a headshot or are looking for an update! Call his NYC studio at 212-463-0575 to schedule an appointment.

Session cost is $325 for one roll (36 exposures)
Hair and Make up by the lovely Kerry is $95 for women and $35 for men.
Also call for details about the new digital photography option.

Strawhat Auditions in NYC for 2003 have been scheduled for March 23 - 25 and application forms are available at

The Actor's Center--Are You A Member?
Wonderful opportunities abound through the Actor's Center - but you can't take advantage if you're not a member!

Annual AC Membership Meeting: Monday, November 18th - 7:00 pm at the Spectrum Theatre in Rosslyn. The general membership meeting will be followed by a presentation featuring the producers of the 48 Hour Film Festival - a hot new filmmaking competition that is sweeping the country! Don't miss this!

Break a leg to all who have submitted their post cards for the annual
AC lottery auditions! I look forward to seeing you there if you are selected!

It's also not too early to begin to prepare for the
Annual AC Showcase - which will take place in Spring 2003. In order to participate in this process (and yes) competition, you have to be an AC member! Full details for participation will be available in the first part of next year - but now is the time to be thinking about a scene, a scene partner (who must also be a member) and a director (does not need to be a member.)

Any alum who are also
aspiring directors can contact me if interested in getting in touch with others who are looking for a director for their scene. Send your name, phone number and e-mail address and I'll pass it along to those who are looking.

Artists Producing their Own Work
The greatest desire of theatre artists is to engage in their art for - the play. The artist lives a life in constant search of opportunities to exercise the creative spirit and share with an audience his or her passion for telling the stories which both reveal and challenge our perceptions of the world in which we live.

In keeping with its mission to provide an environment in which actors may take chances, test themselves and garner respect for individual initiative, The Conservatory supports these endeavors by giving alumni the space to create and perform each Spring.

Proposals for the spring slots (February and March weekends) should be sent to Ray Ficca at NCDA as soon as possible! There is no formal deadline at this point - but there has been much interest expressed so don't wait until the last minute! Proposals must include: the title of the piece, cast breakdown, director's name, SM's name, marketing plan and production budget.

For additional information or if you have questions contact Ray Ficca at

Rhonda Carter will appear in Strange Intelligence with BAPA's Imagination Stage directed by Conservatory Faculty member John Vreeke. The show will tour through May 2003. Details to come on local opportunities to see the show - or if it will have any dates at the White Flint location. Rhonda is also taking the huge plunge into full-time acting as of November 15th - which will be her last day with the Federal Government!

Michael Standifer has with two partners formed Bright Eyes Productions in LA and their first project is his very own screenplay No Drama which will begin principal photography in February 2003 - and Michael will be one of those principals! Michael has also signed with Innovative Artists Agency and is happy to have a real agent! Fingers crossed for his audition last week for ABC's Alias!

Krista Welter reports that she and Greg are engaged to be married! Congratulations!

Erin Ellison is now the lead singer for the DC based Ursula Major! They performed at the Art-O-Matic festival this past weekend. You can also catch them at Signal 66 Art Gallery on November 22nd and at Galaxy Hut in Arlington, VA on January 4th. Shows begin at 8:30 - 9:00.

Krista (Brown) Robbins and her hubby have been super busy! This past spring they appeared in Dog Days for Animal Planet - a show about New Yorkers and their dogs - the episode aired November 4th and episodes are typically re-aired on Fridays at 8pm - if you want to see if you can still catch them! Husband Todd filmed Extreme Variety with host Tom Cavanah (Ed from Ed) which aired October 23rd on NBC. Krista and Todd have also been performing each weekend at Great Adventure NJ - Krista in her one-woman puppet show - Monster Madness and Todd his own act. Todd is also in the (we think) November issue of FHM Magazine in a story on the Coney Island Sideshow School. And finally - Krista and Todd will be performing Sideshow Saturday Night with Todd Robbins and Friends at the Soho Playhouse every Saturday night at 10:30 pm beginning Nov. 9th. Whew!

Sara Beecher is stage manager for the upcoming production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at Washington Shakespeare Company directed by Lee Mikeska Gardner. The show runs November 29th - January 4th. Call 202-418-4808 for details and tickets.

Faculty News
John Vreeke directed Death and the Maiden for Theatre J -which got a great review from the Post. The show runs through December 1st - call 800-494-TIXS for tickets. He is currently directing Strange Intelligence for a touring show with BAPA's Imagination Stage.

Naoko Maeshiba is in rehearsal for Communitas a multi-disciplinary performance piece, which will have it's premiere at Baltimore's Theatre Project January 10-12, 2003. Tickets are $10 - call 410-752-8558.

Michael Johnson will perform in the title role of Sydney Bechet Killed A Man with Metro Stage. The show runs February 4 - April 6, 2003. For tickets and info go to or call 703-548-9044. Michael will also do fight choreography for Romeo and Juliet at the University of Maryland, College Park. The show is scheduled for March 2003 - details to come.

Alum Ray Ficca and Dennis Dulmage will appear in the upcoming Charter Theatre production of
What Dogs Do by Chris Stezin, and directed by Keith Bridges The show will run here at the Conservatory January 8 - 26, 2003. For tickets call 202-333-7009 or visit

Alum Sarah Melinda (Eron) will be originating the role of Angela in a staged reading of the new musical Worlds Away. The reading is scheduled for January 11 at 8pm at the Lyceum in Alexandria. In 2003 Sarah will sing for her supper - playing the role of Rosie in Bye Bye Birdie at Way Off-Broadway Dinner Theatre in Frederick, MD. The show runs January 31st - May 4 - for tickets and information call 301-662-6600. New on the NCDA faculty, Sarah just completed assistant teaching unarmed combat with Michael Johnson here at NCDA, and students will have the opportunity to test with the SAFD in April 2003.

Shows at The Conservatory

The final show of the 2002 Actors Repertory Theatre season!
by John Barton
Directed by Steven Scott Mazzola
December 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14 at 8:00 pm
December 7, 8, 14, 15 at 2:00 pm
Opening Night Celebration December 6th after the show.
Free and reservations are strongly suggested - 202-333-2202.

The Fourth Semester Final Showcases:

The Fourth Semester Day Ensemble in
A Delicate Balance
by Edward Albee
directed by Lisa Rose Middleton
December 21st at 8:00 pm
December 22nd at 2:00 pm

The Fourth Semester Evening Ensemble in
The Lady From Dubuque
by Edward Albee
directed by Barra Kahn
December 20th at 8:00 pm
December 21st at 2:00 pm
Call 202-333-2202 for reservations! Come on out and support your fellow actors!

The Friday Seminars
Don't forget about the professional seminars each Friday at the Conservatory - open to all faculty, current students and alumni!

November 15 The Albee Plays -
The Lady from Dubuque &
11:00 - 3:00 pm
A Delicate Balance
Lead by Barra Kahn and Lisa Middleton

November 15 The Albee Plays -
The Lady from Dubuque &
5:30 - 9:30 pm
A Delicate Balance
Lead by Barra Kahn and Lisa Middleton

November 22 The Greeks
1:00 - 3:00 pm Lead by Steven Scott Mazzola
(Guest Director for the ART production of

November 22 The Greeks
5:30 - 9:30 pm Lead by Lisa Middleton

December 6 Acting for the Camera (work will be taped and reviewed)
11:00 - 3:00 pm Lead by John Vreeke

December 6 Acting for the Camera (work will be taped and reviewed)
5:30 - 9:30 pm Lead by John Vreeke

December 13 Acting for the Camera (work will be taped and reviewed)
11:00 - 3:00 pm Lead by John Vreeke

December 13 Acting for the Camera (work will be taped and reviewed)
5:30 - 9:30 pm Lead by John Vreeke

And lastly...

It's fall fundraising time! This year the Conservatory has become a participating member in the
United Way Campaign, the Combined Federal Campaign and the United Arts Organizations Campaign!

Our Designation Number is: 8674

We hope you'll remember us this year!