JUNE 2016


Dear Friends,

June is shaping up to be an exciting month. Mr. Reynolds has hand-picked three top instructors to teach the Master Class: Fundamentals of Acting teacher Sherman Roberts (June 3 / $30), writer/producer Marc Zatorsky (June 10 / $30), and veteran casting director Ellen Jacoby (June 24 at 7:30PM / $40).

Mr. Reynolds recently commented "I really hope that all of the students of the Institute attend these courses. I'm so proud of what Sherman has done, and you can all benefit from him. Through his words and images, Marc has created so many terrific scenarios and will help all of you with his course. I recently worked with Ellen Jacoby again and cannot complement her enough--she's a true pro in so many ways in an industry where that is sometimes overlooked. You can learn a lot from this amazing woman and I hope you do."

In other exciting news, several fundraisers have been confirmed and we look forward to seeing you in October at Rosarian and in November at the Eissey Theater. More details on these and other fundraising efforts will be coming soon.

Last month, the winner of the 2016 Burt Reynolds scholarship--Jonathan Lockhart, Jr--and his family visited the Master Class. Jonathan talked about the award and his plans for his future in filmmaking. The young man has a true future in this Industry. Mr. Reynolds encouraged him to come back and keep us posted on his success.

Ann Lawlor--who is featured in Mr. Reynolds memoir "But Enough About Me"--also visited the Institute. The two recently reconnected at the Palm Beach Book Festival's awarding of Memoir of the Year' to Burt Reynolds.

To conclude, I'd like to give a shout out to our teleprompter instructor--Patty Serrano--who has worked with everyone from Dan Rather to Burt Reynolds and everyone inbetween. This is the only teleprompter class offered between Orlando and Miami. As with all of our instructors, Patty is a working professional in the Industry and you learn by doing in her classroom. While the course is titled "teleprompter" she covers many other aspects of the Business--including preparedness, readiness, and practice. We are so fortunate to have her as part of the team at the Burt Reynolds Institute for Film and Theatre.

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 for ADULTS with Sherman Roberts
Sundays at 1PM Fundamentals of Acting continues to fill the Mirror Ballroom with actors at every level of expertise. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate performer, or experienced actor, Fundamentals will allow you to hone your craft in a welcoming and nurturing atmosphere. This is a scene study class in which students are given the opportunity to perform a ten minute scene on stage each week followed by redirect from the instructor, Sherman Roberts. Roberts, who is a member of SAG, AFTRA and AEA, has appeared in a variety of roles on stage, in film and on network television. He teaches student how to choose the right material, how to interpret dialogue so that the spoken word is true to what the author has written, character development and body language. The class meets every Sunday at 1PM. The cost is $25/week.

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. Cost: $25/week.

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. Cost: $20/week.

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. Cost: $25/week.

CREATIVE WRITING for the AUTHOR in ALL of US with Donna Carbone
Tuesdays at 6:30PM 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 Tuesday evenings at 6:30PM in the Commission Chambers. Cost: $25/week. Limit: 10 students.

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—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. Cost: $150.

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 keynote speakers. Be more than you ever thought you could be! Class size limited. Cost: $150 Call 561-743-9955 or email briftfinancedirector@comcast.net to RSVP.

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.

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Three teams enter the arena . . .only one leaves victorious! Actors' Rep is hosting 3 guest Improv teams. Each team will perform and at the end of the night, the audience will crown a "winner" by round of applause. The winning team will come back as special guest performers in the July show at Actors' Rep. All tickets $5. Special bonus: 100% of the ticket proceeds goes directly to Take Heed Mod 27 to help them build out their new theater. Listing details: Friday, June 3 at 8PM at Bob Carter's Actor's Workshop & Repertory Company (1009 N Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401). Click here for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1738672429736487

Authors and Actors Alive makes its debut! Due to the success of the Beignets, Coffee and Conversation book signing/literacy event on April 14th, a partnership has been formed between Authors and Actors Alive, a venture of Institute Managing Director Donna Carbone, and the restaurant to bring dinner and a workshop performance of a new play to our community this summer. ABE Cafe is located at Harbourside Place in Jupiter. The first presentation will be Donna's stage play Shell of a Man -- the true story of a Vietnam veteran who has fought a brave battle with PTSD for 40 plus years. Shell of a Man had its first reading last April at the Dallas Convention Center under the auspices of The Black Academy of Arts and Letters. The performance at ABE Cafe will include a fixed price menu, the show and a talk back with the audience. The date is July 15th. Mark your calendars and watch our newsletter for more details on tickets and time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHNThDkj_Lw

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!

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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