Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Friendly Plug for Kathleen France - This Friday!!!

This Friday, April 2nd, 7:30pm at the Metropolitan Room is Kathleen France's cabaret show "The Book of Love," which last year garnered her a nomination for a 2010 MAC Award for Female Debut. This coming evening will be special, since some special guests artists (included Marquee Five member Julie Reyburn and "We Can Make It" Director Peter Napolitano) will perform along with Kathleen.



In addition, the proceeds of the tickets will go towards a literacy charity called The Reading Excellence and Discovery Foundation (READ) -- www.readnyc.com -- which is a New York based charity that helps children learn how to read. As Kathleen emailed me, "I wanted to donate to a charity right here at home, and this organization works with children in all 5 boroughs. READ utilizes teens in the community as tutors, teaching young children how to read. This not only helps the younger children succeed in their education, but also benefits the teens by making them role models in their communities, developing teaching and life skills that will assist them in their schooling and career paths. it replaced doubt and frustration with self esteem. When we give back to education, the entire community benefits!"

It's ALSO going to be a Birthday party for Kathleen! Sounds like great joy and a giving attitude all around. See you there!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Pictures from Big Gay Idol 03.25.2010

A lovely audience member (with a good camera!*) caught these photos from last Thursday's show at Big Gay Sing/Big Gay Idol with the New York City Gay Men's Chorus:


with Host Scott Nevins


Act I. Audition!


Act II. Singing the full song! There are 200+ guys behind me!

And for those who want to see what Petula Clark sang that night:



*I have a sneaking suspicion that they might have been taken by a TimeOut New York photographer, as I recently saw this photo spread on TimeOutNewYork.com. But these were sent to me anonymously, so I can't tell for certain.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

A Week of All Weeks: Salon, Birthday, Marquee Five, MAC, Big Gay Idol, and the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory!

This week was one for the record books - due to all the blog-worthy events the past week, this entry is going to be so long and will require a Table of Contents! Read on and click through the following for the "event" you're most interested in reading about:

03.21.10 Sigali Sings "Solstice" and The Salon
03.24.10 My Birthday and Marquee Five at The Iguana!
03.25.10 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, MAC Awards, & Big Gay Idol
03.26-28.10 The Weekend, Interview, and back to The Salon!


03.21.10 Sigali Sings "Solstice" and The Salon
Sunday I went to Sigali's Metropolitan Room debut show "Solstice," which featured her wonderful soprano trill, comedio-frantic uptempo songs, and modern-rock-ballads-made Standards. Some wonderful material choices were made (I loved her voice on "Trouble With Tahiti" and "Grateful"). She has more shows in April at the Metropolitan Room, and check out her website.

After that, I headed on over to my weekly Sunday haunt, The Salon. I'm the official Bloggette of this open mic, so you can read my detailed explanation on all the singers and events at the official blog. I sang a song originally heard via Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion, "On Such a Night as This," written by Hugh Martin. It's an odd little song, romantic yet comedic. According to Michael Colby, it was written as a comeback Broadway vehicle for Jeanette MacDonald (there's a tongue-in-cheek reference to Jeanette's in the lyric "On such a set did young Jeanette sing lover come back to me"). However, she died before the show (entitled "A Little Night Music" before the Sondheim show) came into fruition. I sang it in my 2007 one-woman show in Los Angeles and brought it back to The Salon to stay on the theme of "Heavenly Bodies/Spring Equinox," since it did reference the stars in the skies as well as the stars of Hollywood. Special guest performer of the evening was Jenna Esposito, who blogged her experience of the evening (plus a few more) and mentioned me on her BroadwayWorld.com blog.

03.24.2010 My Birthday and Marquee Five at the Iguana!
Wednesday was my Birthday, so I took the day off from any possible work and treated myself right: chiropractor, hair cut, conversation with Mom, shopping for a few accessories, stopping by Brookstone to demo the massage chairs and hand-held massage tools (mmmm!), then met my husband Pete for sushi/rice balls at a new restaurant/cafe discovery - OmsB - on the East side. They specialize in wrapped rice and various fillings in triangular "balls," which are super portable and really fun to eat. We walked back to the Iguana club, eating Tasti D Lite (no Pinkberry in the area, unfortunately).

Then the singing began! Hosts Richard Skipper & Dana Lorge had invited my singing group Marquee Five to perform a small set of songs at their weekly Wednesday Night at the Iguana open mic, which is held in the Iguana Club. Featured performers get at least 2 or 3 songs to sing, while others can come and sing a few songs if time and schedule permits. Marquee Five sang two songs, both arranged by our Music Director/Tenor Adam West Hemming. The first was "All that Jazz" as sung from our show "We Can Make It: The Songs of Kander & Ebb" (which we are bringing back April 15th - yes, tax day - at Don't Tell Mama at 8:30pm, tickets available now hint hint). The second was a medley entitled "The Travel and Weather Together Medley." As I explained it onstage, now that Marquee Five is planning on putting together a new show, it's time for us to play with songs, sounds, and other styles other than Kander & Ebb. The medley included clips of Ray Charles, Lady Gaga (yes!), Heisler & Goldrich, and some classic big band/standard songs. Some of these might be expanded into full arrangements by Adam in the near future. In any event, the audience seemed to love the new material! It being my birthday, I was also surprised on stage by Richard carrying a flan cake & candle, and afterwards I drank a delicious X-tini (martini with pommegranate juice & blood orange liqueur) to celebrate.

03.25.10 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, MAC Awards & Big Gay Idol
Thursday was a wonderful mixture of emotions. In the morning, I packed my cameras and some research material and went to the 99th anniversary commemoration of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. My great-grandmother Gertrude "Babe" Rapp worked at the factory, and survived the fire only by leaving early for the day. The fire, which took place the afternoon of March 25th, 1911, sparked a huge Labor Union rally to improve working conditions in factories across the nation. About 149 people died in the fire, mainly young female immigrants. Babe's connection with the fire was always a part of my family's history (I even wrote a 5th grade paper on the subject for my American History class) and it was wonderful to come to New York and finally be there on an anniversary to commemorate my great-grandmother's life and the deaths of many of her friends and co-workers. I attended the 10am coffee hour planned by The Families and Friends Committee of Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition and sat in on discussions of a future memorial, the 100th anniversary plans for next year's commemoration. HBO cameras were there to record for a future documentary, and I recorded right back at them with my little handheld Flip camera. I was also able to talk to family members of those who actually did die in the fire and show them pictures of Babe and my research on the fire. It was sobering, especially seeing the shirtwaist-banners made with some of the names of the victims. Babe said one of her best friends, Sadie, died in the fire - I found and carried a shirtwaist-banner with the name of Sadie Nussbaum on the sash. We carried them from the coffee hour location to the actual building - now named the Brown Building - for the commemoration itself.

There we saw a stage, some musicians, lots of video cameras, a modern fire engine, and a mixed crowd of adults, some NYU students, and a bunch of schoolchildren in plastic fire captain's helmets (on a school field trip on fire safety and history). On the corner of the old Triangle building was a wreath and an area where people drew in chalk on the ground. During the commemoration, there were speakers, politicians, relatives of survivors and victims, and a constant reminder that what happened at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory (abuses in fire safety, locked doors, and general neglect for employee safety) still happens in countries around the world. Take, for example, the death of 22 people in a clothing factory fire in Bangladesh not a month ago. We still have a lot to learn as a global economy!

Standing with the other relatives on the stage, I began to become emotional when the fire engine was commanded to raise it's long modern ladder to the 8th floor of what used to be the factory building. The original fire trucks of the period only had ladders that could reach the 8th floor. Most of the people who died worked on the 9th and 10th floors (Babe was a forelady on the 9th, so had she not left earlier in the day, it was entirely probable that she would have met the same ghastly fate). Seeing the ladder hanging there within view of the top floors but impossible to reach made it all to clear how terrifyingly it would be for anyone trapped on the 9th floor to realize that the ladders were not available to them. I also got a bit emotional as 149 carnations, each with the name of a victim, were handed out to the school children and crowds. We stood in line and each spoke the name on our carnation into a microphone. A special ceremonial bell was rung, and each carnation was laid down near the wreath at the foot of the building. My carnation had the name of Jennie Stellino. The bell was apparently the same bell used in the 9/11 ceremony each year, so that had a lot of significance associated with it as well.

Me & Sadie's banner

The bell

Flowers & bell at the foot of the building.

The building

Leaving the ceremony in the early afternoon, I read on my iPhone via a Facebook message from my friend Nathan (he always knows things before I do!) that Marquee Five had been nominated for a MAC Award in the Vocal Duo/Group category!!!! The announcement had been made at Barnes & Noble in a special ceremony just an hour earlier. This is incredibly gratifying for all five of us, our Director Peter Napolitano, and our pianist Mark Janas. It's a great thing to add to our publicity, and if we WIN the award in May we'll be over the moon with excitement. The full list of nominees can be read here - MANY of my friends (and The Salon and Iguana open mics) have been nominated, and I wish all of them all the congratulations they deserve.

The day was special enough - but it wasn't over yet! I had been shortlisted by the New York City Gay Men's Chorus earlier that week to take part in the Big Gay Idol portion of their second annual Big Gay Sing (see this earlier blog entry for the submission I sent in). The show that I was to compete in took place that Thursday night (four male singers would compete on Friday during the second performance). My competition was Marsha Mercant - a wonderful singer, the guest performer of the evening was none-other than the legendary singer-actress Petula Clark and the host of the evening was Scott Nevins (who brought a huge amount of energy, humor, and some hilarious impersonations to the Skirball stage). During the first act, Marsha and I one after the other were interviewed briefly (I got to plug Marquee Five and our brand new MAC Award nomination!) and then we each sang the last verse and finale of the Cabaret song "Maybe This Time" with just piano accompaniment by Christopher Littlefield. We then turned our backs to the audience and Scott held his hand over each of our heads, asking members of the NYCGMC to count raised hands in the audience as official votes. So when we left the stage, we didn't know who had won. We enjoyed watching the rest of the first act from the wings until returning to our dressing room during intermission. We were then informed that I had won!!! After a brief talk-through of the song with the conductor/MD Charles Beale, I watched the second act from the wings again, and then walked on stage and sang the entire version of "Maybe This Time" with the band and the chorus playing and singing backup. I had never been backed up by such a huge group of people, and I could feel their immense energy behind me as I sang. A wonderful experience all around! Thanks go to Artistic Director Charles Beale, Jeff Lettiere, Christopher Littlefield, Host Scott Nevins, Executive Director Peter Criswell, and all the lovely singers of the NYC Gay Men's Chorus!

with Marsha Mercant

with Host Scott Nevin

with Pianist Christopher Littlefield

03.26-28.10 The Weekend, Interview, and back to The Salon!
Since I had spent my birthday night with Marquee Five at the Iguana club, on Friday I went out with Pete for a celebratory sushi dinner that neither of us could really afford but who cared anyway :P. It was down near Southstreet Seaport, and although it was cold we walked around a bit until our reservation time was near. I had some plum wine, Pete had his obligatory salmon skin handroll, and we had green tea ice cream, so most of our bases were covered.

The next day, I headed over to Adelphi University and was interviewed on camera by two graduate students on the oral history passed down to me by my family regarding Babe and the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. I brought the printouts of my 5th grade essay, some online research, and pictures of my great-grandmother that my sister Lisa Rein had found in our Dad's collection of family photos. Arriving unprepared to anything is weird enough for me, and this was my first official on-camera interview. So I felt a little weird talking off the cuff. However, the guys were very sweet and we're going to swap footage (their interview footage of me for my flip camera Commemoration footage).

Grandma Erma Rein & Great-Grandma Gertrude "Babe" Rapp holding a baby picture of me

Today, I did my normal weekly mid-day Sunday job teaching Drama over at All Soul's Church, and am now looking forward to enjoying The Salon tonight (the theme is "Never Before Heard," the guest performer is Bill Zeffiro and the co-host of the evening is Frank Evans).

blog done...whew!...

Thursday, March 25, 2010

MARQUEE FIVE is NOMINATED FOR A MAC AWARD!!!!


BIG NEWS for Marquee Five - we are nominated under the VOCAL DUO/GROUP category for a 2010 MAC Award!!! AND Peter Napolitano is graced with two nominations for DIRECTOR and SONG. AND our pianist, Mark Janas, is nominated for OPEN MIC (the Salon), HOST (the Salon) and MUSIC DIRECTOR! This is thrilling news, and we're with some wonderful co-nominees. Playbill.com has a list of all the 2010 MAC Award nominees! Please read it for ALL the lovely nominees, which includes The Salon, Mark Janas, and many of my friends.

And now I'm off to the Big Gay Idol/Sing with the NYC Gay Men's Chorus. My day is going pretty darned well today!

Monday, March 22, 2010

This Weds - Come celebrate my Birthday (and see Marquee Five sing too!)

This Weds - come celebrate my birthday with Marquee Five at The Wednesday Night at the Iguana!!!

March 24th - 8PM

After a successful run of our show "We Can Make It: The Songs of Kander & Ebb" and before our last performance of this show on April 15th, catch Marquee Five singing handful of NEW songs! And come with your sheet music and sing as well if you want to.

240 W. 54th St (between 7th and 8th)

Call for reservations: (212) 765-5454

“Wednesday Night At The Iguana”.
$12 cover, CASH, no minimum!
http://www.richardskipper.com/iguana/index.html for more information.

"Entertainment with a capital E! Richard Skipper and Dana Lorge are as dynamic a hosting duo as you're likely to find anywhere in the Big Apple. They have infused new life into the variety show brand of family-friendly live entertainment. The evening is called Wednesday Night at The Iguana and the excitement is building in the VIP Lounge on 54th Street."
~ Lynn DiMenna, Cabaret Scenes

Info on Marquee Five: www.MarqueeFive.com

Thursday, March 18, 2010

March 25th - 8 pm - I'm Singing with the NYC Gay Men's Chorus!

Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, NYU
566 LaGuardia Place (at Washington Square South)
New York, NY 10012

March 25th, 2010 -- 8:00 pm!

I just got the great news that I will sing with the New York City Gay Men's Chorus during the Big Gay Idol portion of their Big Gay Sing 2 event! Hosted By Scott Nevins with Special Guest Star Petula Clark! The evening will be filled with songs by soloists and the entire Chorus in lovely harmony - but also included is what they call "Big Gay Idol" - and I'm one of the two final contestants!!!

This means that I get to sing at least once on March 25th. On that night, and in the first half of the show, I and fellow contestant Marsha Mercant will get to sing a portion of "Maybe This Time" from "Cabaret" the musical. Audience members then vote their favorite singer. The winner will get to sing the song in full during the second half of the evening, only this time with the full band and the ENTIRE NYC GAY MEN'S CHORUS AS BACKUP!

A different set of 4 singer-contestants will appear for the other scheduled evening, March 26th at 8pm, to sing "I Am What I Am" from "La Cage Aux Folles," if you are interested in the idea of the event but can't make it on Thursday!

Very exciting!

The YouTube for NYC Gay Men's Chorus has all of the contestants' submission videos - http://www.youtube.com/user/NYCGMC. Mine is also found on my YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYcFfR5igJo

Charles Beale - Artistic Director of NYCGMC -- described this two-night event is "giant Karaoke party to celebrate song!...this competition is intended to be fun." So I look forward to glamming it up, wearing my fake diamonds, perhaps a sparkly top, then singing my heart out for a bit, enjoy the talent and fun onstage...

...and then perhaps (crossed fingers) singing my soul out with a huge number of fantastically talented gay men singing behind me.

A girl can dream, right? Hope to see you there!

More info about the Event: http://www.nycgmc.org/event.aspx?EventId=BGS2010

For Tickets: http://skirballcenter.nyu.edu/calendar/big_gay_sing_2

Information about Skirball: http://skirballcenter.nyu.edu/

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

I'm Singing for New York City Gay Men's Chorus' Big Gay Idol 2010!!!

I just got the great news that I've been "shortlisted" by the New York City Gay Men's Chorus to sing for their Big Gay Idol portion of their Big Gay Sing 2 event! Hosted By
Scott Nevins with Special Guest Star Petula Clark!

This means that I get to sing at least once on either March 25th or March 26th. In one of those nights, and in the first half of the show, I (and three other contestants) will get to sing a portion of "Maybe This Time" from "Cabaret" the musical (others have the choice also to sing "I Am What I Am" from "La Cage Aux Folles"). Audience members then vote their favorite singer of the three. The winner will get to sing the song of their choice again in the second half of the evening, only this time with the full band and the ENTIRE NYC GAY MEN'S CHORUS AS BACKUP! A different set of 3 singer-contestants will appear for the other evening, so a total of six contestants and two "finalists" (of sorts) will sing.

Very exciting!

I will know on Thursday whether my evening is Thursday March 25th or Friday March 26th. Watch this blog on Friday to see which night I will perform. In the meantime, please check out my submission video I made for this competition. To be perfectly clear, Charles Beale - Artistic Director of NYCGMC - made it straightforward in his welcoming email to us that this two-night event is "giant Karaoke party to celebrate song!...this competition is intended to be fun." So I look forward to glamming it up, wearing my fake diamonds, perhaps a sparkly top, then singing my heart out for a bit, enjoy the talent and fun onstage...

...and then perhaps (crossed fingers) singing my soul out with a huge number of fantastically talented gay men singing behind me.

A girl can dream, right? Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Pictures from Art/Song exhibit/performance with Jay Alan Zimmerman

First, some pictures taken by the management of the chashama, inc. Flickr gallery:













Then, my view of my fellow singers from behind the scenes:





More information about the event can be viewed here.

You can see the rest of the pictures from the evening of March 3, 2010 with Andrea Dora HERE.

You can see the rest of the pictures from the evening of March 10, 2010 with Raissa Katona Bennett and Candy Benge HERE.

To view the Flickr collection of photos from the Chashama 112 West 44th Street location, go HERE.

Monday, March 15, 2010

RIP Peter Graves

Time for my actor-geek to lower her head and praise the late Peter Graves (March 18, 1926 - March 14, 2010). I liked him in "Mission: Impossible!" I laughed and adored him in "Airplane!" and even "Airplane II." And in the many episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000, he was still a consistently solid actor, despite the inanity and stupidity of the script, directors, and chunks of cardboard flying on strings meant to look like alien vampire bats (seriously!!!!).

Here are some great Peter Graves moments, a Peter Graves-inspired skit, and one infamous monologue he was forced to do:









Saturday, March 13, 2010

YouTube entry for the New York City Gay Men's Chorus - Big Gay Idol competition!

This is my entry for the New York City Gay Men's Chorus Big Gay Idol competition -- "Maybe This Time" by John Kander and Fred Ebb from the movie musical "Cabaret."

I was invited to submit my entry for this competition after Marquee Five's February 25th performance of our tribute to Kander & Ebb "We Can Make It: The Songs of Kander & Ebb." Two gentlemen from NYCGMC saw me sing "Maybe This Time" in the show and invited me to take part in this contest. So here's my submission! This performance isn't very much changed from our Don't Tell Mama show...maaaaaybe a bit "smaller" for the camera. In any event, my concentration is on a general build and the emotional struggle as well as the traditional big "Diva" notes and ending. It would be awesome if I was chosen to be one of the 3 finalists in either the March 25th or the March 26th shows, and even more thrilling to be chosen to do the finale with the entire chorus behind me! If I do get to perform with the NYCGM Chorus, I'll get the opportunity to work with their Music Director and adjust my choices to their artistic vision. Very exciting!



The Instructions on how to enter were:
"Entries to the competition will initially be by a YouTube video or mp3 audio file of you singing one of the audition pieces below. Videos and Mp3s with photo submitted will appear on our dedicated YouTube channel."

"Please note that to enter, you MUST sing ONE of the two audition pieces in the key given a cappella, ie without accompaniment. Audition piece 1 can be sung in either the low or high key."

"The Selection process: Once all the entries are in, we will then select up to 6 finalists - 3 for the 25th and 3 for the 26th. Each will sing on one of the two nights. In the first half of the show, the finalists for that evening will each sing the opening to the song. After an audience vote and the intermission, the winner will then sing with the chorus and full band in the second half of the evening...."

"...Ensure you sing in the indicated key. Begin your recording by saying your name, using the same name as you give in the application form, as follows: 'This is [your name] and this is my entry for the New York City Gay Men's Chorus 'Big Gay Idol' competition'. Then, give it your all, and really perform! "

Thanks for watching!
-Sierra

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Marquee Five sings at Wednesday Night at the Iguana, hosted by Richard Skipper & Dana Lorge!

Two weeks from today is my Birthday! And what better way to celebrate my life than by singing with four other AMAZING people: Vanessa Parvin, Mick Bleyer, Adam West Hemming and Julie Reyburn. Together, we're MARQUEE FIVE! Come celebrate with me at the Wednesday Night at the Iguana open mic/musical variety show!

March 24th - 8PM

After a successful run of our show "We Can Make It: The Songs of Kander & Ebb" and before our last performance of this show on April 15th, catch Marquee Five singing handful of NEW songs! And come with your sheet music and sing as well if you want to.

240 W. 54th St (between 7th and 8th)

Call for reservations: (212) 765-5454

“Wednesday Night At The Iguana”.
$12 cover, CASH, no minimum!
http://www.richardskipper.com/iguana/index.html for more information.

"Entertainment with a capital E! Richard Skipper and Dana Lorge are as dynamic a hosting duo as you're likely to find anywhere in the Big Apple. They have infused new life into the variety show brand of family-friendly live entertainment. The evening is called Wednesday Night at The Iguana and the excitement is building in the VIP Lounge on 54th Street."
~ Lynn DiMenna, Cabaret Scenes

Info on Marquee Five: www.MarqueeFive.com

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

THE SALON & MARK JANAS RECIEVE A BISTRO SILVER ANNIVERSARY AWARD!

This was originally posted on the MarkJanasTheSalon.blogspot.com blog. Congratulations to my friends, creative co-workers, and especially to my Marquee Five cohorts (member Julie Reyburn and Director of "We Can Make It" Peter Napolitano)!



The 2010 Bistro Silver Anniversary Awards announced its list of recipients today, and The Salon was given a Special Award to "The Salon, Created and hosted by Mark Janas, The Algonquin Hotel, Etcetera Etcetera"!

There were a NUMBER of other Salon-regulars on the list as well, among them:

DANIELLE GRABIANOWSKI "Ira Eaker Special Achievement Award, Metropolitan Room, Don’t Tell Mama"

GRETCHEN REINHAGEN "Tribute Show: 'Special Kaye: A Tribute to the Incomparable Kaye Ballard' Metropolitan Room"

SARAH RICE "Theme Show 'Screen Gems – Songs of Old Hollywood' Laurie Beechman Theatre at West Bank CafĂ©"

THE CONCERTS AT TUDOR CITY GREENS "Special Award 'TudorCityGreensAug09 Created and produced by RAISSA KATONA BENNETT"

PETER NAPOLITANO "BMI for Director"

JULIE REYBURN "CD, CD, "Live at Feinstein’s'"

RICHARD EISENBERG "Special Material 'Two Again'"

Read the rest of the wonderful recipients (yay Mitzi Gaynor's Bob Harrington Lifetime Achievement Award!) here

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Richard Lawson Studios Free Open Classes March 12th and 13th in Los Angeles

For actors in the Los Angeles area, I highly recommend this class by Richard Lawson, who is a terrific actor and a terrific teacher. I took this class and grew a better understanding of my power as a self-promoter, self-creator, what my casting was, and how to handle my career in a more focused, controlled way. Please come to the open classes on March 12th and 13th if you are interested in learning more.

"I would love it and appreciate it if you could tell your friends about our Free Open Classes that's coming up this Friday Mar. 12 at 8pm and Saturday Mar. 13 at 2pm. We're doing some exciting things and many people are having some great wins as a result of the winning actions they're taking to manifest their dreams. You're welcome to join us if you haven't been here in a while. I've attached a postcard for you to view. Please forward the card to your friends and associates who may be interested in seeing what we're about."
-Richard Lawson

On March 8th and March 12th, Richard Lawson Studios (RLS) will host two special engagements of its monthly Open House with honored guest and RLS student Nicki Micheaux, star of the ABC Family series, "Lincoln Heights". Nicki was recognized for her work on "Lincoln Heights" with two NAACP Image Award nominations for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series and is also known for her co-starring roles on "Six Feet Under" and "Soul Food." Nicki has also held guest-starring and recurring roles on hit shows such as "ER," "NYPD Blue," and "The Practice." and has numerous film credits including "The Replacement Killers" and "Sweet Jane." This event promises to be lively and inspirational and is not to miss!e Practice." and has numerous film credits including "The Replacement Killers" and "Sweet Jane." This event promises to be lively and inspirational and is not to miss!

To register for the RLS Open House, visit Richard Lawson's Studios, or call (818) 793-8767. Space is limited!

For more information about Nicki's career accomplishments, visit her IMDB page.


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Take charge of your career! Join the acting studio that will get you working. Here's a list of classes currently available at RLS.

· Professional Development Program 1.0 (PDP 1.0). This comprehensive course is designed to propel students on a path toward success. Using the camera as the primary teaching tool, PDP 1.0 is five classes in one: a Declaration of Independence (also known as developing a concept for your career), acting, audition, filmmaking, and mentoring class.

· Professional Development Program 2.0 (PDP 2.0). Building on PDP 1.0, PDP 2.0 is designed to help students develop a greater sense of professional accountability and active daily career-driving rituals that will advance their professional goals and aspirations. PDP 2.0 students are expected to professionally achieve at a higher level, and serve as role models for other RLS students. Upon the completion of PDP 2.0, select students are invited to join the PDP 3.0 class.

· Professional Development Program 3.0 (PDP 3.0). PDP 3.0 is an invitation-only, ongoing class that includes training in acting, studio production, editing, videography, and professional development, as well as personal and professional mentorship from Richard Lawson.