Presenters

Laura BelseyBobby CollinsSaul ElkinHarris FerrisRobert FingermanJeanne Palmer-FornarolaLinda GelmanRosalind JarrettJody Kleinberg BiehlRobert LamoreauxRichard LawrenceRay LesleePeter RiegertKen TabachnickDon ZakarinPaul ZuckermanAlan Zweibel

Guest Speakers

Dance Audition and Panel Discussion

Lucille DiCampli
McDonald, Selznick Associates – New York Director/Agent

Lucille DiCampliLucille’s career has spanned the spectrum of dance. She’s worked as a professional dancer, choreographer, producer, and agent in several talent agencies in New York, Boston and in Los Angeles. While working as an agent in L.A., Lucille assisted in the growth, development and visibility of dance and choreography in all mediums. Several years ago, she opened the New York division of McDonald Selznick Associates and is currently directing the agency. MSA represents some of the finest Choreography and Dance talent in the business. Her clients have choreographed or danced in feature films, television, music videos, tours, Broadway shows, commercials, and more. They have worked with vocalists like Madonna, Britney Spears, Michael Jackson, Cher, and Beyonce. On Broadway, in such shows as Wicked, In the Heights, Mary Poppins, Guys and Dolls, Billy Elliot, and Rock of Ages; just to name a few. Her directors and choreographers have received American Choreography Awards, Emmy Awards, Tony Awards, DramaLogue Awards and MTV Awards. Lucille is thrilled to be back on the East Coast, working with her roster of high caliber artists and establishing a stronger dance community in New York.

Bre O’Toole
McDonald, Selznick Associates

Bre O’Toole joined McDonald/Selznick Associates East Coast division in May, 2007 upon graduating from The University at Buffalo with high honors and a BFA in Dance. Bre has been immersed in the dance world for years and is now working alongside Lucille DiCampli at MSA NY.

Roberto Villanueva
Executive/Artistic Director
BalaSole Dance Company

Roberto VillanuevaRoberto Villanueva, born in the Phillipines, received his BA in Dance from the University at Buffalo. He is the Executive/Artistic Director BalaSole Dance Company. He is acclaimed nationally and internationally for his technical abilities as a dance artist, and has worked with dance companies such as Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Steeledance, Marie-Christine Giordano Dance, Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company, Pick of the Crop Dance, and Buffalo City Ballet. Roberto received a special scholarship at the school of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in 1992. After winning the national title of Mr. Dance of America 1993, Roberto performed, taught classes and judged competitions throughout North America for Dance Masters of America. He has performed in the works of notable choreographers such as Dwight Rhoden, Kevin Wynn, Milton Myers, and Leni Williams. He has been commissioned to create works for Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company, University at Buffalo’s Zodiaque Dance Company, and Glendale Community College’s Physical Graffiti Dance Company. One of these works was featured at the Gala of the American College Dance Festival in 2004. He also completed two guest artist/teaching residencies at East Carolina University in North Carolina and Glendale Community College in Arizona. Roberto is certified in Fitness and Pilates instructions, and has an extensive professional background in retail, financial, and operations management.

Acting in Musicals

The CRY HAVOC Company, Inc. is a not-for-profit theater company in New York City committed to creating raw, provocative, and humane theater by approaching all plays – both comedy and drama – as conflicts between individuals struggling to do what each desperately believes is right. Since its founding, CRY HAVOC has developed more than one hundred new plays, as well as scores of new approaches to existing plays through its active Workshop, Lab, and Studio programs. In that time, CRY HAVOC has also brought more than 25 of these projects to the New York stage, including its critically acclaimed production of Romeo & Juliet (featuring two women in the title roles) and the world premieres of more than a dozen new plays and musicals. Projects developed with CRY HAVOC have also appeared in more than thirty-five productions at other major Off-Broadway, New York, and regional venues, as well as on film and in published editions.

The CRY HAVOC artistic community is comprised of more than 150 actors, writers, directors, designers, and composers. CRY HAVOC Resident Artists include: Jerzy Gwiazdowski (Broadway’s The Lieutenant of Inishmore), William Jackson Harper (Goodman/MTC’s Ruined, The Electric Company), Jenny Kirlin (Motherhood, The Messenger), Chris Stack (School of Rock, Roger Dodger, Evening, One Life to Live), and Jane Pfitsch (Broadway’s Company, Les Liaisons Dangereuses).

Kitt LavoieKitt Lavoie is an award-winning playwright and director and the Artistic Director of The CRY HAVOC Company, where he has overseen the development of more than one hundred new plays. Writing: twenty-three produced plays and musical books, including The Median Line (Herbert J. Robinson Award for Dramatic Writing), realer than that (published by Samuel French; winner, 2009 Samuel French New Play Festival), [pwnd] (2009 NYIT Award Nominee, Best Original Short Script), and the widely produced Good Enough and Party Girl. Film: Rainbow Rabbit Reliant (writer/director), “Master Harold”… and the boys (associate director). Television: PBS Great Performances Company and Sondheim: The Birthday Concert, PBS Live from Lincoln Center Camelot. MFA in Directing: Actors Studio Drama School. Member: Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, The Dramatists Guild.

Matt CowartMatt Cowart is a director and producer with a specialty in developing new musicals. Most recently, he produced Sondheim: The Birthday Concert at Avery Fisher Hall with the New York Philharmonic. Recent credits include: Two Gentleman of Verona: The Rock Musical (The Thrust Theater), All Fall Down (NYMF, 45th St. Theater), Broadway: Three Generations (Kennedy Center, co-directed with Lonny Price), Camelot with the New York Philharmonic (Associate Director); the Broadway revival of 110 in the Shade, and Kiki Baby (Eugene O’Neill Music Theater Conference). He was a 2004/2005 Kenan Directing Fellow at the Lincoln Center Institute. Member: Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Matt is a graduate of UNCSA and a Resident Director at The CRY HAVOC Company.

Timothy DavisTimothy Davis is an actor, writer, and producer. A veteran of over thirty plays and ten independent films, Tim has performed in productions with the Berkshire Theatre Festival, Ensemble Studio Theatre, AboutFace Theatre and Diversecity Theatre, among many others. Film and television: Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Steven Soderbergh’s The Girlfriend Experience. MFA in Acting: The New School University. Member: Actors Equity. He is Associate Artistic Director of The CRY HAVOC Company and a lifetime member of the Actors Studio.

Kerry FlanaganKerry Flanagan is an actress who has appeared in dozens of musicals and straight plays in New York, around the United States, and around the world. New York productions include the rock musical Jessie, several installments of The Chris Betz Show, Al Takes a Bride, Jesus Christ Superstar, and It’s Karate, Kid! – The Musical (winner of NYIT award for best new musical), among others. Kerry toured the country as a vocalist with The Eden White Band, with whom she performed at Lilith Fair. MFA in Acting: New School University (Actors Studio Drama School). Kerry is a member of Actors Equity and a lifetime member of The Actors Studio. She is a Resident Actor and Artistic Associate at The CRY HAVOC Company.

Perfecting Your Audition: An Actor’s Workshop

Andy-Roth
Specializing in voice over, Andy Roth
is a casting director with almost two decades of experience.

After many years as the in-house casting director for Cunningham Escott Sleven and Doherty (CESD), one of the country’s top commercial talent agencies, Andy struck out on his own. Since then he has been working for many of the biggest advertising agencies, casting houses and production companies in the world.

In his career, he has served as casting director on thousands of projects ranging from commercials, animated films and television series, to documentaries and video games.

Stephen Henderson
Stephen McKinley Henderson
has worked throughout the United States, on and off Broadway, and in television and film. He is a Fox Foundation Fellow, Distinguished Alumnus of Purdue University College of Liberal Arts, and a former Chair of the department. His term as Chair was interrupted by his work with Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, August Wilson. In his eloquent obituary for Mr. Wilson, Michael Feingold of the Village Voice wrote:

“…To think of the great characters and scenes in August’s plays is to think of an epic parade of great African American actors who have seized their moment to make theater history: James Earl Jones and Mary Alice in Fences, Charles S. Dutton in Ma Rainey and The Piano Lesson, S. Epatha Merkerson confronting him in the latter, Roscoe Lee Browne sagely ironic in Two Trains Running, Stephen McKinley Henderson oozing malice in Jitney, Ruben Santiago-Hudson and Lisa Gay Hamilton glaring a skyful of weaponry at each other in Gem of the Ocean…”

In Buffalo, he has received two ArtVoice Awards, for Outstanding Performance and Career Achievement. In 1993 he accepted the Artist of the Year Award from the Arts Council of Western New York presented by National Endowment for the Arts Chair Jane Alexander.

Professor Henderson has been a part of several productions at Kennedy Center, most recently as a member of the acting company for Kenny Leon’s historic Century Cycle Readings in 2008. His four Broadway roles include Slow Drag in the revival of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom with Charles S. Dutton and Whoopi Goldberg, and Van Helsing in Dracula, The Musical, directed by Des McAnuff. His five off-Broadway roles include Pontius Pilate in the LAByrinth production of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, directed by Phillip Seymour Hoffman and. Turnbo in August Wilson’s Jitney. During its off-Broadway run in 2000, Jitney garnered the N.Y. Drama Critic’s Award for Best Play and Drama Desk, Obie, and Audelco awards for each actor as members of the outstanding ensemble of the New York season. In Los Angeles, Professor Henderson won the NAACP Theatre Award for Outstanding Dramatic Performance by a Male as well as a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award as an outstanding featured actor. The London run of Jitney garnered the Olivier Award for Best New Play of the London season, 2002.

Film and television work includes Arthur in Jim McKay’s Everyday People for HBO Films, presented at the Sundance Film Festival; Omar in the Fox television series New Amsterdam; and two of William Duke’s PBS American Playhouse features, A Raisin in the Sun, with Danny Glover and Esther Rolle and The Killing Floor, with Alfre Woodard.

Dr. Samuel Hay cites Henderson’s work as an actor, director, and educator in his text, African American Theater, A Critical Analysis (Cambridge University Press) and John Houseman includes Henderson’s work at Juilliard in his memoirs, Final Dress (Simon and Schuster, 1983) and Unfinished Business (Applause, 1988).

The Business of Independent Film

Patrick MorrisPatrick M. Morris. Mr. Morris is the Chief Executive Officer of HAGIN Investment Management and the President of 57th & Irving Productions. He has 15 years of investment experience and began his career at Pillette Investment Management. He continued his career at Deutsche Bank, Pulse Trading, and Natexis. His experience includes quantitative research, analysis, marketing, and sales. He has a BA from Syracuse University and a Masters in Political Communication from Emerson College. He is an expert commentator on hedge funds and has been featured in numerous financial media outlets, such as HFM Week, Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch, AR Magazine, and Fox Business News.

Mr. Morris is a member of the Professional Association for Investment Communications Resources (PAICR), the Amsterdam American Business Club and he is a founding member of the Society for Financial Econometrics (SoFiE). He holds FINRA series 7, 24, 30, 63, and 65. Mr. Morris is also the executive producer and film financier of independent films: American Teen, The Cake Eaters, I Bring What I Love, August, and Choose. He formed 7-57 Releasing in 2010 with partners at the 7th Floor Productions and has distributed nationwide his film, The Cake Eaters and he is currently in the process of releasing a Spanish-language film, La Soga, which is due to premiere in NYC on August 11th this year.

Entertainment, Arts and Media Law Panel

Dennis ReiffDennis R. Reiff is the President of Reiff & Associates an insurance broker specializing in all areas of entertainment insurance.

His firm arranges insurance for numerous feature films, Broadway and Off-Broadway plays, documentaries, commercials, photographers, event planners, music producers and television shows. Mr. Reiff and his son Dylan are especially noted for helping filmmakers with difficult errors and omissions liability insurance.

Mr. Reiff is a member and supporter of the Independent Feature Project (IFP), New York Production Alliance (NYPA), Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP), Production Equipment Renters Association (PERA) and the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS).

He was recognized as an insurance “Power Broker” by the publication Risk & Insurance in 2008 and 2010 for his outstanding work in the entertainment and media insurance field.

Reiff & Associates is located in New York City and on the web at reiffinsurance.com.

Don KaplanDon Kaplan has been a transactional entertainment attorney for over 30 years specializing in the music industry. He is currently in his own practice after having first worked at 2 major records companies (RCA Records and CBS Records (currently Sony Music) and then in private practice for many years, first with the boutique law firm, Grubman & Indursky and then Greenberg Traurig.

On the artist side, he has represented such artists and personalities as Alicia Keys, Good Charlotte, Joan Jett, Marc Anthony, Marky Ramone, John Melendez and Mr. Jackie Mason. On the corporate side, among others, he has represented Island Records, Chrysalis Records, and Mushroom Records (Australia) and was a significant part of the team representing Live Nation in its well-publicized deals with Jay-Z, Shakira, and U-2.

He teaches an annual bridge course at UB Law School on the legal aspects of the recording industry and most recently attained a life goal by becoming host and producer of a weekly AM radio show entitled “The Broadway Show”.

Dean Silvers, Esq.(JD ’79, Law School) – is an American award-winning film producer, film director, writer, and an entertainment lawyer. He has produced numerous noteworthy films, including Flirting with Disaster, Manny & Lo, and Spanking the Monkey, which won many awards, including the Audience Award at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival and two Independent Spirit Awards. (Twenty Two Productions, Inc. / Teatown Communications Group). Dean Silvers earned a Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo in 1980. He is a member of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Journalism and New Media

Marie HickeyMarie Hickey, an Emmy Award winning producer, is the New York Bureau Chief for the syndicated entertainment show “Extra”.

She has worked in television for more than 20 years covering not only entertainment stories but hard news as well.

A graduate of Fordham University, Marie is also an adjunct instructor at Manhattan College in the Bronx.

 
 
 

Thomas McDonaldThomas McDonald attended UB as an undergrad from 1995 to 1997 in the Media Studies program.

He has been doing creative design, software development, and management within the digital media industry in New York City for ten years. He is currently product development & prototyping manager at Viacom MTV Networks Global Digital Media group, focusing now on iPhone and smartphone applications.

In his spare time he organizes reading groups around the city for the discussion of philosophical and ethical issues related to business and other aspects of modern life.

He currently lives in Manhattan’s East Village.

Drew LivingstonDrew Livingston (BA ’95, Communication) currently serves as Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of TrashTalkFCM (TTFCM), an experiential marketing agency. He’s responsible for the creation, management and execution of campaigns for clients such as Proctor & Gamble, The Coca Cola Company, US Navy, Philips, Citibank, General Mills and HBO.

Drew is an entrepreneurial thinker with expertise in strategic planning, new technologies and innovation.

As Chief Creative Officer, he’s responsible for such award-winning campaigns as the “Full Throttle Mack Cement Truck Campaign” for The Coca Cola Company, which won a Silver Addy and a Creative Media Award and the “Starbucks Red Cup Holiday Campaign” which won the Yahoo! Purple Chair Award and a One Show Gold Pencil for Exceptional Innovation in Media.

Lorrie LynchLorrie Lynch is a journalist, author, professor and speaker, with an expertise in celebrity journalism honed at USA TODAY and its Sunday magazine USA WEEKEND.

A veteran of Oscar, Emmy and Tony ceremonies, White House state dinners, royal weddings and presidential inaugurals, Lynch is a celebrity writer whose conversations with stars like Elizabeth Taylor, Oprah Winfrey,
Harrison Ford, Julia Roberts, George Clooney and more have been USA WEEKEND cover stories. Before her association with the magazine she oversaw personality coverage at USA TODAY and edited its daily People page.

Lynch, a 1975 graduate of Central Michigan University, was on the founding staff of USA TODAY, joining the national newspaper even before its publication in 1982. As a reporter in the News section she covered national stories and Washington politics. As the paper’s San Francisco Bureau Chief from 1982-1985, she covered Western issues and reported the beginning of the AIDS crisis.

An adjunct professor at American University, as well as a media consultant and freelance writer, Lynch specializes in writing for convergent media.

Steve LiesmanSteve Liesman ’85, Senior Economics Reporter for CNBC reports on all aspects of the economy, including the Federal Reserve Bank and major economic indicators.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

David Alan KogutDavid Alan Kogut is a leading expert in creating corporate brand image and identity through new media communications and technology.

President of both Northeast Venture Group Inc. and Life Course Media, David Kogut has over 20 years of experience in advertising, print, video, photography and web solutions.

 
 
  
 
 

Pam BensonPam Benson, BA ’76, is the Senior Producer for National Security at CNN in Washington, DC. Ms. Benson has been with CNN for 25 years. Before joining CNN, she worked for local Buffalo television stations.

She serves on the board of directors of the UB Alumni Association as well as the Health Volunteers Overseas and the International Women’s Media Foundation.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Scott KerrScott Kerr – A 28-year media and marketing veteran, Scott Kerr is a Director at Time Inc for the Style & Entertainment Group magazine brands – including People, Entertainment Weekly, InStyle, StyleWatch and People en Espanol. He oversees the research & insights for these brands and helps position them to advertisers.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Drew KerrDrew Kerr ’79, is president and founder of Four Corners Communications, Inc., a New York City-based public relations consultancy which has specialized in online and offline media since 1990.Four Corners provides a small group of exclusive clients personalized strategy, creativity, and execution from more than 25 years of public relations experience.

Kerr’s relationships with reporters, editors and bloggers have helped his clients land stories everywhere from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and the Associated Press to Reuters, Business Week, Advertising Age, Mediapost, CNBC, NBC-TV, national radio networks and the top Web 2.0 blogs and news sites.

Directing

Bob Fisher
Bob M. Fisher, ’73, – owner, Celsius Films. As an experienced producer of TV commercials and films, Mr. Fisher has produced thousands of commercials for national clients throughout the world.

Celsius has also produced numerous documentary and fundraising films for non-profit and educational organizations. Recently, Celsius has moved into the area of new media and is currently developing product-oriented short films for placement in free standing video kiosks.

His commercials have been awarded 11 Clio’s as well as a Lion at Cannes and 2 AICP-MOMA awards. His 30 second films have won awards in almost every major award show.

In 2009 he produced, “The Surge”, a documentary on the military strategy involved in the Iraq War.

Recently he was the UPM and Line Producer for the 2010 release of “Cheech & Chong’s, Hey Watch This” based on the duo’s successful world tour and produced the theatrical trailers for “Jerry Seinfeld’s Marriage Ref”.

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