Dear Friends,

The holiday season is supposed to be a time of joy, but for the many people in Tennessee who lost family members, friends, homes and pets, the month of December is anything but merry. Many Burt Reynolds’ friends are among those mourning great losses. It was only a few short months ago, that Mr. Reynolds was in Tennessee shooting the movie Dog Years. He met so many wonderful people that the fires have a personal significance to him. His heart is aching! He asks that every Burt Reynolds’ fan join with us in offering prayers and support. May the New Year dawn hopeful for everyone touched by this tragedy.

Coming to theaters, VOD and Digital EST on December 2nd – Pocket Listing

Momentum Pictures and Orion Releasing have made available the poster and trailer for Pocket Listing, the new film starring Rob Lowe (TV’s Parks and Rec) and Burt Reynolds (too many movies to mention). Directed by Conor Allyn, Pocket Listing offers sit on the edge of your seat double crosses, adultery, murder, mistaken identity, and revenge plots which ensue when a mysterious power player and his sultry wife hire a disgraced Los Angeles property broker to discreetly market and sell their Malibu villa. The film also stars James Jurdi (Reaper), Jessica Clark (A Perfect Ending), Logan Fahey (The Zodiac), Caitlin Gerard (The Social Network), Noel Gugliemi (The Fast and the Furious) and Christos Vasilopoulos (Banshee).

Ever the busy working actor, Mr. Reynolds also narratates The Shangri-La Suite (English title Killing the King), a heavy drama set in the late 1960s about a pair of teenagers obsessed with Elvis Presley. The film title refers to the location of a cataclysmic encounter, and the teaser on the movie’s poster should be enough to warrant standing in line for tickets: Meet Karen Bird and Jack Blueblood. Lovers. Dreamers. Serial Killers.

All of us at the Institute wish to send special congratulations to student Michael Varde. Mike has been studying with Mr. Reynolds’ mentor, Wynn Hammond, in NYC. His efforts have found him great success in plays and on camera in the Big Apple. Mike was recently cast as sinister slayer, 'Charles Starkweather', in A Crime To Remember/A Teenage Wasteland, which aired December 6 on the Season 4 premiere of Investigation Discovery.

The dream of a new Burt Reynolds Institute for Film and Theatre will never fade. While raising the necessary capital to begin construction has not been easy, we remain optimistic that friends and fans of our Bandit worldwide will recognize the value in participating in our efforts. Securing Mr. Reynolds’ legacy for generations to come by reopening the Burt Reynolds and Friends Museum is but one part of our plans. We also hope to remain a place where people pursuing a career in the entertainment industry can hone their skills under the watchful eye of Burt Reynolds’ trained instructors. We wish to again become a home away from home for the millions of Burt Reynolds’ fans who visited the Museum to share their memories… to relive the excitement they felt when first watching a Reynolds’ movie… to view the many awards and honors bestowed upon their favorite movie star and… to meet the man himself. We did that once and we can do that again, but we need your help.

A few years ago we started a Buy a Brick Building Fund Campaign. We asked that every fan send $1… that every fan ask their friends to also send a dollar. The network of Burt Reynolds’ fans is great, but we cannot reach everyone on our own. Many of you sponsor fan pages on the internet. Many of you are car aficionados who attend rallies and shows where the Bandit’s Trans Am holds center stage. In these environments, you are surrounded by hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people who do not know that we need their help. We ask that you become our representative to the world. One dollar… $1 from each and every Burt Reynolds’ fan will make a dream come true and you can be a big part of that dream.

The Burt Reynolds Institute for Film and Theatre is a 501(c)(3) non-profit in good standing. All donations are tax deductible. Our volunteers work tirelessly to keep the Institute running smoothly, but they cannot do it alone. We need you!

As you make your gift list for this holiday season, please consider donating to the Burt Reynolds Institute. Our mailing address is: Post Office Box 264, Jupiter, Florida 33458. If you have any questions about the donation/fund raising process, please call Managing Director Donna Carbone at 561-743-9955. Thank you! Have a wonderful holiday season and a very Happy 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 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. Individual classes cost $30 per week. Students paying for a month in advance will pay $25/week ($100 per month). Payment must be made on the first Sunday of every month.

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
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. For location information, call 561-743-9955. 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 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. Cost: $150. Please call 743-9955 for date/time or to schedule private lessons.

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. Cost: $150. Please call 743-9955 for date/time or to schedule private lessons.

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 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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Donna Carbone recently wrote a guest editorial article which appeared in the Jupiter Courier. Please have a look at what she wrote by clicking here:

Michael Varde was recently cast as sinister slayer, 'Charles Starkweather', in A Crime To Remember/A Teenage Wasteland, which aired December 6 on the Season 4 premiere of Investigation Discovery. Stream it here:

Sherman Roberts, Lee Marlow and Beverly Blanchette have been performing lately with the Shakespeare Troupe of South Florida. Their last show was called Comic Relief and it was at John Knox Village in Pompano on November 14. More shows are planned and shows are usually free (donations accepted).

Beverly has also just been cast in the Pulitzer Prize winning play, Between Riverside & Crazy at Gable Stage, as 'Detective O'Connor'.

Cynthia Morrison has just been published in DRAMATIC SHORTS Vol. II, published by AG Books in the U.K. and now available on AMAZON.CO.UK and only available on Kindle for now ( The book includes five of Cynthia's short plays: Pepper Precinct, Object of Desire, The Rusty Anchor, Steam and Cane and Very Able.

Fundamentals of Acting students Megan Zwaans and Nadine Edery also recently performed roles in local theatre plays: Megan in Surfing the Rubicon at the Willow Theatre and Nadine in the Barn Theater production of A Nice Family Gathering.

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 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
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