Acting for Screenwriters – With Fred Ponzlov


8 week course, once a week beginning February 21 at Elizabeth Gabel’s Studio
Far Horizan Studio
304 Washington St SE,
Albuquerque, NM

Actors respond to roles that are written from an actors perspective. This workshop helps you obtain and write that perspective

Course Description

Introduces the basic foundation and technique of acting based on the Stanislavski system as interpreted by Sanford Meisner.  Class session will concentrate on the basic building blocks of scene structure based on a behavioral model.  In addition an overview of the craft of modern acting and an appreciation of the acting process.


Course Objectives

–           Creating basic scene structure.

–           Understanding and Identifying behavior within a scene structure.

`           Utilizing that ability to write behavior instead of dialogue.

–           Creating a morgue of character dialogue that can be used in scene structure.

*           Acquiring a working methodology and vocabulary for approaching actors with roles that are intriguing and challenging.

–           Understanding the creative process and the “roles” actor’s play in any production and how to best utilize their talents in service to the screenplay.

–           Learning the ability to think creatively in a dramatic structure.


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Frederick Ponzlov has acted in many episodics and feature films over the years including “Turner and Hooch,” “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” “Alley McBeal,” “Murder She Wrote,” “General Hospital”, and is a winner of three Los Angeles Dramalogue awards for acting but took a hiatus ten years ago to start a career as a screenwriter.  His first screenplay “Undertaking Betty,” starring Christopher Walken, Naomi Watts, Alfred Molina and Brenda Blethyn, received rave reviews at Cannes and won the Bafta for Best Comedy.

Two other films that he is written are currently optioned for production but he recently returned to  acting starring in “Forfeit of Grace” a film in which he was nominated for best actor at the Method Film Festival in Los Angeles.  A graduate of the famous Neighborhood Playhouse in New York, he most recently was the Artistic Director of the Long Beach Repertory Theatre. He is the co-author of the book “Solomon Speaks on Reconnecting your Life,” which has been translated in over 20 languages and has been read all over the world. On the production end of things he was an assistant casting director at HBO and assistant producer for ABC Circle Films in Los Angeles.

He recently relocated to Albuquerque New Mexico where he now teaches acting and acting for screenwriters, directs and acts himself.  Most recently he directed a production of “The Shadow Box” at the Adobe Theatre in Albuquerque which received extremely favorable reviews and is currently directing “Mary Stuart”.