ABIGAIL ZEALEY BESS, DRECTOR/HEAD of Weird Sister Films - FIRST TIME GUEST!
Q&A/Sides with a Reader One on One
Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 6:30pm
AC is happy to welcome FIRST TIME GUEST Abigail Zealey Bess!
Abigail is open to meeting All Types-All Ethnicities-All Ages (18+).
After a Q&A she'll see Film/TV SIDES with a Reader ONE on ONE
For this seminar, Abigail would like you to bring in a 2-3 page Film/TV scene that you feel showcases your strengths as an actor. The event will start off with an informative Q&A, followed by your presentation of the scene with a reader.
You have the option to bring in your own 2-3 page Film/TV scene, or select one from our General Sides database (link located in your Actors Connection account upon registration). Please bring in TWO copies of your chosen scene - one for you, and one for your reader (with the reader's lines highlighted).
Always bring a hardcopy of your headshot/resume to class for feedback purposes.
**Please keep in mind that all programs at Actors Connection are for educational and professional development purposes. Participating in any class or event is not a promise of employment.**
Abigail Zealey Bess
Zealey Bess, is an award-winning filmmaker and theatre director with a résumé that features
work with the legendary Sidney Lumet, John Leguizamo, Kevin Smith, Matt LeBlanc, Frank
Whaley, Bruce Beresford and many others. Her work has crossed boundaries and platforms for many years as an independent director and producer in film and theatre.
She has been directing theatre and film, specializing in new work since she arrived on these
shores and established her company, Weird Sisters, as a theatrical entity in 1997.
Under the auspices of her company she has developed numerous projects in collaboration with many writers both established and newly emerging on the New York scene.
She subsequently directed and produced her debut film, the award-winning baseball trilogy:
Play Ball! (Fanfare for A Common Man, Random Acts of Intimacy, Caught in Time) that screened throughout the globe including the Berlin Film Festival, Cannes Director Fortnight, and at over 40 USA festivals including New York, Newport, Seattle and Savannah.
In addition to garnering Best Film at seven USA festivals, she was awarded 1st Prize for Best Short Film by woman director at the LA Women In Film Competition.
As a long-standing member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre based in New York, one of the
leading developmental theatres of new plays in the USA, she has directed and produced
numerous new works. NY Theatres where she has worked include The Foundry Theatre, Ohio Theatre, Soho Repertory Theatre, Abingdon Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre, Playwrights
Horizons, Here, Cort Theatre Broadway, and internationally the Edinburgh Festival, the Young Vic, the Strand Theatre, London. Recent Credits: the award-winning NY Fringe Winner The Radicalization of Rolfe by Andy Burgh at the Players Theatre and the Soho Playhouse 2016, Paper Doll by Susan Eve Haar at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017, Leviticus, Edinburgh Fringe 2018 with Sawyer Spielberg’s Theatre Company, WATG.
Most recent credit Saugerties with Chad L. Coleman and Beau Garret at Hudson Guild Th in LA.
She continues to head Weird Sisters developing feature film projects and theatrical ventures in NY, Regionally and in Europe devoted to the promotion of prolific women artists and writers giving voice to new thought-provoking work.
Film Projects include award-winning Mary and Louise, (Awards: Best Short film screenplay LA FF, Accolade Award Competition Special Merit, Best Composer Score, Brit Penrod Best Trailer, WIF Finalist), and Icarus Stops For Breakfast (Jerome Grant Finalist) award winner and currently on the 2019 festival circuit.
Full Length Features currently in development include Walking Shadows, the story of two unlikely Vets finding friendship and rebuilding their lives in the aftermath of Vietnam by Chris Ceraso and The Beacon, a psychological thriller by Bryant Martin.
She is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, Cinefemme, SDC, Actors Studio PDU, NYWIFT, LPTW and Board Member of Dell Arte Opera.
She is on the Faculty for the Graduate Film Program at Tisch School of the Arts, NYU,
Columbia University, NYCDA and is represented by Linda Weaver at Access Talent.
The following disclaimer is provided specifically at the request of and in accordance with SAG/AFTRA: Seminars or classes are for educational purposes only and will not secure or provide opportunity for employment in the field or representation by an agent or casting director.