Dear Friends,

As the new year dawns so does the promise of a big year for the Burt Reynolds Institute for Film and Theater. High on our list: the Dream Giveaway Sweepstakes through which one lucky ticket holder will win the once-in-a-lifetime prize of a beautifully restored Special Edition 1977 Trans Am. Included will be an autographed shaker hood, an autographed glove box, an autographed window sticker and a custom made Stetson cowboy hat–all bearing The Bandit’s signature. The Sweepstakes not only benefits the Institute’s building fund, it supports many well-deserving charitable organizations.

Enter to win at: http://www.dreamgiveaway.com/gw/211?promo=BANONE and get bonus tickets when you donate $25 or more.

“Burt Reynolds. Meet Burt Reynolds!” Earlier this month, I had the great pleasure of watching as Mr. Reynolds met his namesake at the Loggerhead Marine Life Center. The flippered Burt is an Olive Ridley sea turtle found tangled in a net on Hobe Sound Beach. Burt, the turtle, is only the fifth of this species to ever be found stranded in Florida. He is progressing well and responding to therapy. The two Burts plan to visit with each other often. For more information on the wonderful rescue work done at the center, please visit their website: https://www.marinelife.org/seaturtles/rehab/patients/burtreynolds

January 10th will be an exciting day for Burt Reynolds’ fans. Mr. Reynolds’ latest film–Apple of My Eye–will be released. In this heartwarming family-friendly drama, he plays “Charlie”–a wise dog trainer at Southeastern Guide Dogs. “Charlie” finds a novel way to help a newly blind equestrian who has always had difficulty bonding with the world’s most popular pet. I won’t give away the secret, but it has to do with a miniature horse named Apple.

Our acting and improvisation classes continue to hone the skills of our students. Their successes are our successes and many of our students have found roles both in front of the camera and behind the scenes. The upcoming Lifetime movie Boyfriend Killer features many of our Master Class, Improv and Fundamentals of Acting students. Master Class student and award winning artist James Hook has received rave reviews for his art designs on the film from Director Allyn Darnay. Boyfriend Killer airs in early January. If you miss it the first time, watch for reruns.

Managing Director Donna Carbone published her third book… he second in the Cat Leigh and Marci Welles crime novel series. Silk Suit/Stone Heart continues the tradition started in Through Thick and Thin of involving readers in the solving of murders committed in Palm Beach County. In the next few weeks, Donna will also publish Lambie and Me–a real life children’s book in the style of Calvin and Hobbes. The beautifully drawn illustrations in the book are the creation of talented Master Class student Kevin Mayle. Donna and Kevin are hoping that Lambie and Me will be the first of many adventures for their two main characters–an adorable little boy and his trusted stuffed animal. All books are available on amazon.com.

Our accomplishments for 2016, while exciting, will pale by comparison to what we are planning for 2017. Stay with us…we promise you will not be disappointed.

On behalf of Mr. Reynolds, the board of directors, our staff, students and volunteers, I want to wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

Douglas Rill
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Burt Reynolds Institute for Film and Theatre


MASTER ACTING CLASS with Burt Reynolds
By invitation only. Students must complete a required number of Fundamentals of Acting classes and reach a certain level of expertise. For inquiries, please email Donna Carbone at info@burtreynoldsinstitute.org or call 561-743-9955.

FUNDAMENTALS of ACTING with Sherman Roberts
Sundays at 1PM in the Lake Park Mirror Ballroom. Each Fundamentals class is split into two sections. The first half of the class is dedicated to scene study in which students will work with a different partner on stage each week. After a scene has been performed, students are given redirect by our instructor, Sherman Roberts. They are then encouraged to take the scene home and work on with the intention of performing it again the next week. The second half of the class is Acting for the Camera. Sherman will provide short scenes from movies, television shows and commercial which will be taped and played back. During the playback portion, Sherman will give redirect. Please contact Donna Carbone at 561-743-9955 or email info@burtreynoldsinstitute.org to RSVP now.

Thursdays at 7:30PM Improvisation Plus, taught by master improvisational artist Todd Vittum, offers budding and experienced comedians an opportunity to hone their impromptu speaking and acting skills. Vittum has been teaching Improv for many years and is himself an experienced performer. He has designed innovative scenarios that make the imagination come alive. Under his excellent tutelage, laughter and learning go hand in hand. The class meets on Thursday evenings at 7:30PM in the Mirror Ballroom. Please contact Donna Carbone at 561-743-9955 or email info@burtreynoldsinstitute.org to RSVP now.

Saturdays from 10AM-noon Todd Vittum teaches the ever popular Side-By-Side on Saturday mornings from 10AM to noon. This class offers adults and children between the ages of 10 and 15 an opportunity to share the stage in a nurturing and fun environment. The class incorporates monologue delivery, scene study, and improvisation for a well-rounded experience. Please contact Donna Carbone at 561-743-9955 or email info@burtreynoldsinstitute.org to RSVP

Mondays at 7PM (except for the first Monday of each month)
Todd Vittum teaches an advanced class in scene study and character analysis, which includes intermediate and advanced acting techniques. The class will be offered three Monday evenings a month. Please note that there will NOT be a class on the first Monday of each month. There WILL BE classes on the second, third, and fourth Mondays of each month. The off week will give students an opportunity to perfect whatever scene or monologue they are working on for presentation in class. Students are required to bring their own scenes and should provide three copies--one for the student, one for the scene partner, and one for the instructor. Learning to choose material that is right for you is part of your training. If you have any questions, the instructor will be able to help you decide on the proper material. A 2-3 minute monologue is required for the first class. This class will allow actors to hone their acting skills while providing an opportunity to study scene structure and character development. Scene study is the foundation of all performance and is instrumental if actors are to develop an emotional connection to the character they are portraying. Scene study is also used to teach the vocabulary of acting and how to respond to a director's instructions. Character analysis helps an actor to understand the role they are playing. To be successful, an actor must replace their personality with that of the character being portrayed. However, it is still necessary for an actor to allow their natural emotional response to a situation to show through at appropriate times. The ability to blend the real and the imagined creates a more stable and dynamic character. For the moment, the class will be held in in the Commission Chambers. Please contact Donna Carbone at 561-743-9955 or email info@burtreynoldsinstitute.org to RSVP now.

CREATIVE WRITING for the AUTHOR in ALL of US with Donna Carbone
Mondays at 6PM Creative Writing for the Author in All of Us is a weekly offering for everyone with a story to tell. Whether you are writing a novel, short narrative, screenplay, stage play or poem, if words are your oxygen, this is the class for you. Under the instruction of author/journalist Donna Carbone, the class utilizes a supportive "think tank" structure. Each week writers present their work, which is read and shared with the class. Critiques are offered as a means of moving a story from conception to completion. The class meets on Monday evenings at 6PM. Limit: 10 students. Please contact Donna Carbone at 561-743-9955 or email info@burtreynoldsinstitute.org to RSVP now.

Sundays from 1:30PM to 3:30PM
Learn how to be the perfect pitch person/spokesperson using professional techniques and insiders secrets in this six-week interactive course. Become a pro at cold reads and in depth presentations. Becomes friends with the camera and put your body and face to work for you. Become proficient at walk and talk, partner pairing and turning boring into brilliant. Master on set etiquette and understand the importance of packing a survival bag. Look and feel like a pro! Class size limited. Please contact Donna Carbone at 561-743-9955 or email info@burtreynoldsinstitute.org to RSVP now.

This two hour one-on-one class is individualized for your needs and designed with the busy professional in mind. Learn to speak in a clear, confident manner with or without the aid of a teleprompter. Even those who have already successfully faced an audience will gain greater confidence mastering the skills of highly trained key note speakers. Be more than you ever thought you could be! Class size limited. Please contact Donna Carbone at 561-743-9955 or email info@burtreynoldsinstitute.org to RSVP now.

Please note: prior registration and RSVP are required for all classes, seminars, and workshops--as some have limited enrollment. Class times/locations subject to change. For information and registration, please contact Donna Carbone at 561-743-9955 or email info@burtreynoldsinstitute.org to RSVP now.

Burt Reynolds Institute classes and seminars are held at Lake Park Town Hall (Mirror Ballroom), 535 Park Avenue, Lake Park, FL 33403. Please note, this is not the mailing address. The mailing address for the Burt Reynolds Institute is PO Box 264, Jupiter, FL 33458



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This memoir tells his story through the people he’s encountered on his amazing journey. In his words, he plans to “call out the assholes,” try to make amends for “being the asshole myself on too many occasions,” and pay homage to the many heroes he has come to love and respect.

But Enough About Me is a must read for each and every Burt Reynolds fan.

If you have not yet ordered your copy of Burt Reynolds’ memoir, But Enough About Me, orders can be placed at www.amazon.com/But-Enough-About-Me-Memoir/dp/0399173544. If you prefer the audio version, you can purchase that online, too: www.audiobooksnow.com/audiobook/but-enough-about-me/1148600


Ay Langdon has been cast as a principal performer in the initial ad campaign for the all new Boca Bargoody's in Boca Raton, Florida, a new branch off of Boca Bargoons the fabric and upholstery store. This is a 'home store' focusing on housewares and gifts. The spot, produced and written by Aaron T Wells of Silverbeach Productions and The Burt Reynolds institute for Film & Theatre, will be airing on the ABC affiliate WPBF during Good Morning America, Dr. OZ as well as their highly rated local news broadcasts. Ms. Langdon is earning the name "a girls best friend" in industry circles due to her prowess on camera acting, hosting, and shopping!

Are you a current or former student of the Burt Reynolds Institute for Film and Theatre or the Burt Reynolds Institute for Theatre Training? If so, we would love to hear from you! Simply write a one to two paragraph blurb and drop us an email at info@burtreynoldsinstitute.org before the 25 of each month (subject line: "In The Spotlight") and let us know what projects you are working on or have completed. PLEASE, NO EXTRA WORK!

SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE THE 25 OF EACH MONTH—no exceptions. We look forward to hearing about—and celebrating—your success!


The Burt Reynolds Institute for Film and Theatre is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that is committed to educating and involving the community and artists in all aspects of film, television, theater, live performances, film festivals, and exhibitions, as well as preserving Mr. Reynolds' memorabilia and the history of the film industry.


Douglas Rill ... Chairman of the Board of Directors
Todd Vittum ... Executive Director
Donna Carbone ... Managing Director/Director of Finance/Newsletter Editor/Media Manager/PR
Gene Kennedy ... Director of Promotions/Co-Chair Building Committee
Karen Chimato ... Class Coordinator
Amy Schulz ... Multimedia Coordinator
Scott Kelley ... Web Design & Production
Carmen Magri ... Historian


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The Burt Reynolds Institute for Film and Theatre
PO Box 264
Jupiter, FL 33458
561-743-9955 | info@burtreynoldsinstitute.org