Acting/Improv

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Live From Detroit, it’s JCC Maccabi ArtsFest! In the Acting/Improv specialty, professional artists work with you to form an ensemble that will explore theatrical performance technique, process, and staging at a professional level. You will learn various traditions of improvisation and theater from slapstick comedy to monologue and scene work. You will be challenged to master your improvisational and acting pieces to be performed for your peers at the ArtsFest Showcase—the grand finale of JCC Maccabi ArtsFest.

2014 Artist in Residence

Lisa Melinn

Lisa_MelinnLisa Melinn began her life in the theatre at age five, when she played Snoopy in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. After getting bitten by the acting bug, Lisa spent most of her childhood singing show tunes and performing in plays. She also spent three summers studying and performing at The Hampton Playhouse in Hampton, New Hampshire. Lisa began acting professionally while still in high school, recording voice overs for regional and national radio commercials.

Lisa studied Musical Theatre and Drama at Syracuse University, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Upon graduating, Lisa returned home to Michigan and began working at The Second City/Detroit. Lisa worked as an actor/improviser in both The Second City Touring Company and the Resident Company, where she co-wrote and performed dozens of original shows. Lisa also spent over a year in a wedding dress, playing Tina in Tony n‘ Tina’s Wedding. Favorite roles in local theatre include Jessie in ‘Night Mother, Zillah in A Bright Room Called Day, Helen in Night of the Living Dead: The Musical, and The Narrator in Wolves.

Lisa has taught acting and improvisation to students of all ages, from 6 to 60, for Farmington Hills Schools, The Second City/Detroit, Michigan Actors Studio, Water Works Theatre Company, Michigan Youth Theatre, and Oakland Community College’s Theatre Program.

Audition Requirements – Acting/Improv 2014

What are we looking for?

  • A passion for acting and a strong desire to focus on growth and improvement of acting skills
  • A willingness to take positive risks onstage
  • An ability to be a trusted member of a company or a team
  • Participation in school/community/professional theater training programs is recommended

In addition to answering the questions below, you must submit a video sample of your work. Please record a video of yourself performing a monologue no more than 90 seconds in length, contemporary or classical. The monologue must be from a play, not a film and not self-written. Be sure to state the name of the piece prior to performance. We will look for preparedness and some evidence of character choices.

Once you have recorded the video, please upload it to a site such as YouTube or Vimeo and copy and paste the link into your audition form.

Please answer the following questions in the text boxes provided on the application.

  1. Tell us briefly about your experiences in acting/improv at school, home, or in workshops/classes.
  2. Tell us briefly about your passion and desire for acting and your process.
  3. Why do you want to participate in JCC Maccabi ArtsFest?
  4. Tell us about the piece you chose and why you chose it.
  5. Anything else you would like us to know about you and your acting/improv skills?
  6. Please provide the link to your video audition.

* For basic instructions to upload a video to YouTube, please click here