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ACTRA: With Confidence Conference

ACTRA Maritimes is pleased to announce the first ever ACTRA: With Confidence Conference on Saturday, April 5th, 2014.

With some major projects and returning series shooting this coming season, the ACTRA Maritimes Training committee has arranged a conference to help you get prepared to get the work, keep the work coming and beyond.

This one day conference has seminars and training sessions on some great topics. You can sign up for the whole day for just $30.


Saturday, APRIL 5th, 2014

VENUE: Neptune Studio Theatre

Breakfast:            9am        Pastries, tea, coffee – Sign in/Registration

Session 1: 9.30-12.30pm       ‘Casting Workshop’

CASTING DIRECTOR: Deirdre Bowen (Book of Negroes, The Kennedys, History of Violence) – We are thrilled that Deirdre has agreed to lead this session. Deirdre has worked extensively with director David Cronenberg and has cast both Murdock Mysteries and The Listener. Deirdre is the Toronto casting agent for Book of Negroes. In this workshop we will explore the art of auditioning.   We will discuss the do’s and don’ts – paying special attention to self-tapes

Session 2: 1.30 – 3.30pm The BIZ of being an actor

This session will focus on all those things we wish we didn’t need to know: marketing, promotion, the business, the financials, your union. Invaluable, necessary and surprising. Make sure you attend this fun and informative session.

Session 3: 4pm– 6pm New Member Orientation

MODERATORS: Jamie Bradley & Richard Hadley

The introductory session for new members, explains all you need to know about joining your union, get the most out of it and what it can do for you.

This session is also perfect for more established members to take a refresher about how YOUR union is working for you.

SOCIAL                  6pm-7pm    Youth Mocktail Reception

A special opportunity for ALL members of ACTRA Maritimes to get together, but with our youth members able to join in the party! The Neptune Studio bar will be serving alcohol for those of drinking age and a delicious menu of ‘mocktails’ for younger members. A chance to mingle, socialize, meet branch council and staff in a relaxed and fun setting.

Session 4: 7pm – 9pm ‘Taking Direction’ (Seminar) -Studio


Josh MacDonald will wrangle experienced directors onto the stage and call ‘action’ on a lively and interesting session about what you can do for your director and what he/she can do for you.

The day ends with:

Re:ACTRA LIVE:       9pm  – 10.30pm After hours chat!

We have partnered with the folks at WIFT-Atlantic to bring you this informal conversation.

We welcome female professionals from all areas of the industry to talk about: “WOMEN IN FILM & TV”

This session is NOT JUST for women to attend. Round out your day with a beverage and lively conversation.

Sign up by contacting Richard Hadley at

Once your place is confirmed, payment may be made on-line with Visa or Mastercard or in person at the ACTRA office by cash, cheque, Visa or Mastercard.

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