Tales from the Trail of a YA Author – Cherry Blossom, Asian art, Hawaiian workshops!

Just had a great time celebrating Easter and Passover and Asian traditions in San Francisco! On Easter Sunday, we caught the early part of the Cherry Blossom Parade in Japantown, San Fran where folks get to dress up as their favorite anime characters!


ALso went to the Asian Art Museum there and saw a fabulous exhibit on the history of Yoga. And while we’re on the subject of Asian Art, my friend, the fabulous Hollywood Actress and voice over extraordinaire Yumi Iwama, just alerted me to a cool thing she is doing this summer with fellow thesps Amy Hill, Brian Mulligan (also Yumi’s husband). The idea for the workshops was hatched through their affiliation with the renowned Los Angeles theater, East West Players http://www.eastwestplayers.org. The three actors will be teaching acting workshops for Pacific New Media at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Oahu actors can take advantage of a rare opportunity to get top-notch coaching and career tips from busy Hollywood professionals.
The three classes offered are “Cold Reading, “Acting for the Camera,” and “The Business of
Acting.” The classes are for beginning actors as well as seasoned professionals, and everyone in between and will be held on July 12 and 13, 2014, as part of the Pacific New Media Program at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Registration link: http://www.outreach.hawaii.edu/pnm/
Amy Hill is well known for her many television and film roles, including Enlightened,The Office, Seinfeld, Friends, and her groundbreaking role as Grandma in All American Girl. Brian Mulligan is an award winning director and actor whose credits include Scandal, True Blood, Criminal Minds, Hart of Dixie, and Vegas. He received his MFA with honors in Drama and Teaching from California State University at Long Beach, where he is currently a faculty member. As a teacher and coach for the past 20 years, he has helped launch careers for hundreds of students, including Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, and Simon Helberg.
Yumi Iwama is a TV, voiceover and commercial actress and has appeared on Kickin’ It, Diagnosis Murder, and Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman and recently co-starred in the world premiere of Tea with Music at the East West Players theater.
Iwama learned from Marilyn Tokuda, Arts Education Director of East West Players, that there was a need for actorsʼ resources in Oahu. Tokuda had hosted a successful actors’ event for Oahu actors in 2013 through East West Players. Around the same time, Hill approached Iwama and asked if she and Brian would be interested in teaching in Hawaii. Hill and Iwama originally met through the East West Players. The team hope to make the workshops a yearly event and plan to expand to Maui in 2015.

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