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WORKSHOP BIOGRAPHIES



GERARD MICHAEL MAC CARTHY - WORKSHOP FOUNDER, CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Writer, artist, musician and film director Gerard Michael Mac Carthy was born in Dublin, Ireland where he completed a Masters in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama in 1988. He has lived and worked in Russia since 1989.

From 1989-1991, Gerard worked as a consultant to establish Russian Video as one of the first independent television and film production companies in Russia.

His co-production and line production credits include ‘Prodigal Son’, a drama documentary about Sergei Prokofiev, with live performances conducted by Valeriy Gergiev for the BBC; Nine Days in Leningrad for Windmill Lane Pictures; and Maxim Pezhemsky’s script debut 'Nicotine'. He also was involved in bringing Michele Placido to Russia to star in Vladimir Bortko’s film ‘Afghan Break’.

At 25, as writer/director and co-producer, he made his feature film debut with the Russian language Micha (Lestnitsa Sveta) shot at Lenfilm Studios in St.Petersburg. 'Micha' was nominated for the Prix Europa.

Gerard was Media Consultant to Saatchi and Saatchi Internationals start-up operation in Russia, producing and line producing the first commercials filmed in Russia while also producing, scripting and directing information films for the St.Petersburg Government-Sobchak / Kissenger Commission.

In 1996-97 together with TVIN Media, he established Russia’s first agency specializing in product placement, Alliance.

As an artist, Gerard is one of the founders of the Aeternae group created in St.Petersburg in 1995.

As an actor, Gerard has appeared in small roles in several films and popular television series in Ireland and Russia including 'Glenroe', 'Remington Steele', 'The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne'.

In 2005, Gerard established INFINITI Film and Media which has three projects in development and is currently in pre-production on 'ANOTHER LIFE/ÈÍÀß ÆÈÇÍÜ' slated for production at the start of 2008. INFINITI also produces Gerard's electronic music project, CURBCRAWLER (curbcrawler.com, myspace.com/curbcrawler).




GABRIELLE KELLY - CO-FOUNDER


Gabrielle was born in Ireland and educated in England before moving to the US where she has lived for the past 25 years. She has worked in the film industry as an international communications executive, publicist, film producer, script writer/editor, and educator with extensive international entertainment industry contacts in studio and indie world. She is considered in the industry to be an expert fund-raiser, public speaker, and media consultant.

Her experience as a producer includes work with Sidney Lumet, Jay Presson Allen, Robert Evans, Phillip Noyce and William MacDonald on films such as The Verdict (Paul Newman), Sliver (Sharon Stone), Show Girls (Gina Gershon), The Saint (Val Kilmer), Stag (Ben Gazzara), D.A.R.Y.L, All the Queen’s Men (Matt le Blanc) etc.

She spent several years as head of project development at Eddie Murphy Productions where she was responsible for sourcing and developing projects directly for Eddie Murphy. She has also developed animation projects for Marvel Comics and Dreamworks and Andy Warhol’s The Factory, and the Broadway musical Le Cage Aux Folles with Mike Nichols.

As a teacher/lecturer, Gabrielle has founded and participated in several specialized film writing, film production, and talent development courses including an intensive course in script-writing at the University of Florida, and co-developed the Feature Film Development Programme at the Los Angeles Film School. She is also Adjunct Professor at USC's Screenwriting programme, UCLA Extension's Producing for Film & Television Courses, and the Los Angeles Film School Production Faculty.

Gabrielle is a Member of the Board of Directors of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).


BARRY PRIMUS

(Barry Primus has conducted two intensive film acting workshops at the INTERNATIONAL FILM WORKSHOP.)

BARRY PRIMUS originally hails from in New York City and is widely renowned as a feature film scriptwriter, producer, director and actor who for nearly 40 years has worked at the forefront of the tv and movie industries in the US. He has channeled his experience and know-how into teaching actors, directors and writers how to optimize their talents all over America with intensive group acting courses and personal training and reharsals with such renowned actors as Bette Midler and Benicio del Toro.

Barry was one of the first members of the Lincoln Central Repertory company gaining much of his early experience from founder and Oscar winner Elia Kazan who had worked as a director with Hollywood greats such as James Dean, Marlon Brando, and Vivien Leigh.

Barry is also a member of the world famous Lee Strasberg Actors Studio where he is a moderator for the Studios acting courses.

On screen, Barry has appeared in more than 50 films and numerous prime time TV shows. As a director his best know film is 'Mistress', produced with Tribeca Films and starring Robert de Niro. He has also directed many television shows. As an actor, his better known movies are New York, New York, Boxcar Bertha (Scorcese), Absence of Malice alongside Paul Newman, Life as a House with Kevin Kline and Hayden Christensen, and Night and the City with de Niro, Jessica Lange and Eli Wallach.

His TV roles include parts in LA Law, Miami Vice, Washington behind Closed Doors, The X-Files and Cagney and Lacey. Barry is currently preparing a feature film project entitled Riverside from his own script and has recently launched the web site INNER OBJECT, where he interviews internationally acclaimed actors such as Frank Langella, Christopher Walken, Gina Gershon, Robert de Niro and Martin Landau.

Barry is the holder of a Jean Dalrymple Award for lifetime achievement.

"Barry Primus is sensitive to the actor's needs having worked with world class teachers and directors through his long and productive career as an actor and director. He has absorbed what it is that works, and spends little time with that which is rhetorical and theatrical, and which has little practical value to the actor's craft. If I was starting out today I would study with Barry Primus."

MARTIN LANDAU - Actor - Academy award winner.

"As a director and acting coach, Barry can help the actor because he is a fine actor himself. When an actor needs help, Barry can be constructive and perceptive. I have worked with him on many films, and always recommend him highly."

MARK RYDELL - Director, On Golden Pond (Academy Nomination), The Rose; Head of the 'Actor's Studio' (West).

"I've worked with Barry Primus as an actor and director. I have recommended him as a teacher many times, and I continue to do so. He's an artist."

ROBERT DE NIRO.



STEWART PEARCE - THE ALCHEMY OF VOICE


Stewart Pearce was trained as a Classical Actor before his career as one of the world's premier English-speaking Voice Coaches began under the auspices of Cicely Berry. Two of the many prestigious positions he holds are those of the Master of Voice at 'Shakespeare's Globe Theatre' (London) and Head of Voice at the 'Drama Centre' (London).


For 17 years he was head of voice at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, where he trained aspiring talents like Minnie Driver, Ross Kemp and Julia Ormond. His client list now includes Kevin Spacey, Maria Aitken, Minnie Driver, Kathryn Hunter, Josie Lawrence, Julia Ormond, Vanessa Redgrave, Simon Callow, Jack Davenport, Jerome Flynn and Mark Rylance.


Stewart is also in huge demand as a presentation consultant in the corporate market. His unique seminars cover stress management, self-empowerment, personal projection and creativity enhancement. He has presented the Milan Fashion Show for Dirk Bikkembergs, and has been a keynote speaker for BT, Vidal Sassoon UK and US, Momentum PR Dubai and the Well Being Show Dubai 2006 alongside Paul Mc Kenna and Shelley von Strunckel. Stewart's client list has included the London 2012 Olympic Bid, BT, McKinsey & Co, L'Oreal, Redken, Vidal Sassoon, Regis, WPP Programs, Merrill Lynch, Goldman & Sachs, The Isis Center Denmark and the BBC.


Stewart works through a series of Masterclass programmes known principally as 'The Alchemy of Voice' which share the title of his popular book.


MARK TRAVIS

(Mark Travis has conducted intensive workshops for film and television actors and directors entitled THE DIRECTORS JOURNEY and DIRECTING: FROM SCRIPT TO SCREEN for the INTERNATIONAL FILM WORKSHOP.)

A graduate of the Yale School of Drama and a former creative consultant to film director Mark Rydell (‘Intersection’ with Richard Gere and Sharon Stone; ‘Even Money’ with Danny de Vito and Kim Basinger), MARK TRAVIS is the author of the Number-One Best Seller, THE DIRECTOR’S JOURNEY: the Creative Collaboration between Directors, Writers and Actors. His second book on directing, DIRECTING FEATURE FILMS is currently used as required text in film schools all over the world.

Since 1992 Mark has been sharing his techniques on writing, acting and directing worldwide. His workshop and seminar experience includes:

USA: The Directors Guild, American Film Institute, Pixar Animations Studios, UCLA Extension, Taos Talking Pictures Film Festival, Denver Film Festival, Hollywood Actor’s Workshop, Hollywood Film Institute.

JAPAN: Film & Media Lab and Vantan Film School.

GERMANY: UW Filmseminares, ActionConcept, IFS, and the Munich Film School.

ENGLAND: Raindance, Paradigm Film Productions, Hurtwood House, Metropolitan Film School, National Film and Television School, London Film School.

FRANCE: The Cannes Film Festival

Mark has been represented as a director for many years on the Los Angeles and off-Broadway stages. His highly praised work includes: A Bronx Tale; Survival of the Heart; Undressing New Jersey; Once A Man Twice A Boy; Wings; The Coming of Stork; Equus; the improvisational Linke vs. Redfield; and Verdigris which have garnered a total of twenty-eight Drama-Logue, L.A. Weekly and Drama Critics’ Circle awards.

Mark’s television directing credits include The Facts of Life, Family Ties, Capitol and the Emmy Award-winning PBS drama special, Blind Tom: The Thomas Bethune Story.

With his partner, Frederick Johntz, Mark has served as a Creative Consultant on several feature films including: Men of Honor; Barbershop; Barbershop 2; The Day Reagan Was Shot; Norma Jean, Jack and Me; The Last Run; Tournament of Dreams, Del Rio and television episodes of: Lois and Clark; The Pretender; Picket Fences, 90210, Melrose Place; Strong Medicine; NYPD Blue; The Practice and Ally MacBeal.


LEONID SVERDLOV - ASSOCIATE


Leonid Sverdlov established St.Petersburg’s first professional Television and Advertising School in 1998. In 2002, he took charge of the Casting Department of Lenfilm Studios, Russia’s second largest production studio, which led to the creation of special acting courses at the studio under his management.




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