HAPPY NEW YEAR from Amanda Melby

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Amanda Melby and Nancy Mercurio
Amanda Melby and Nancy Mercurio
OUROBOROUS

I was super excited to be asked to star in “Ouroborous,” a sci-fi short written by Paul DeNigris and directed by Alex Broderick at University of Advancing Technology.  The part was written with me in mind, which was awesome, and it was heavy on green-screen and special and practical effects, which was new to me.  I played Dr. Faye O’Neill and Nancy Mercurio played the future version of the same character.

 It is currently in post-production.

Thurrock Film Festival co-Founder Natalie Williams presents Amanda Melby with Audience Favorite Award
Thurrock Film Festival co-Founder Natalie Williams presents Amanda Melby with Audience Favorite Award
KERRY AND ANGIE
“Kerry and Angie,” a short I directed in 2011, continues to play around the world!  Locally, it played at the Bloody Hero International Film Festival and Judith Eisenberg won Best Actress at that festival, the Jerome International Film and Music Festival, and at Film Bar as part of the Arizona Filmmaker Showcase.  It also played in NY at the Brooklyn Girl Film Festival and in the UK at the Thurrock International Film Festival where it was nominated for Best International Film and won the Audience Favorite!  I was lucky to travel to both the Brooklyn and Thurrock Festivals and attend in person.  It is also now playing on Shorts HD, which is available on DirectTV.  It is part of the “Shorts in Love” programming bracket.

Arizona Theatre Company’s Cafe Bohemia
TORTILLA CURTAIN
I was thrilled in March to be asked to be a part of Cafe Bohemia at Arizona Theatre Company.  Café Bohemia, a season of play readings, jams, and ideas, features diverse new works from bold and inventive playwrights.  I read the role of Kyra Menaker-Mossbacher, as well as some other small parts.  “Tortilla Curtain” was written by Matthew Spangler based on the novel by T. C. Boyle.  Katherine Monberg directed the reading.

Screen grab from the Courtyard by Marriott commercial
Screen grab from the Courtyard by Marriott commercial
COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT
The Courtyard by Marriott commercial I shot is still airing and I am so grateful!  The spot starts with a man (the guy in the picture) falling up an escalator in the airport.
Thank you Courtyard!

VERVE STUDIOS
I continue to own and coach at Verve Studios.  We’re in our 8th year of business and our 2nd year at the new studio location in the Scottsdale Airpark.  I am teaching ages 11-adult and love it!  www.VerveStudio.net

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY

I was thrilled to be asked to teach as a Faculty Associate the Acting for Film and Television at Arizona State University this past fall.  The 300 level course is a requirement for Film Production majors.  I had a blast being on campus and am excited that I’ve been asked back for the Spring Semester.  

That’s a little of what I was up to in 2013.  I wish you, your family and your company a successful, happy and prosperous 2014!
– Amanda Melby
amanda@amandamelby.com
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MELBY TAPPED TO TEACH AT ASU Spring 2014

After a successful first fall semester, Amanda Melby has been asked back to teach a section of THP387 – Acting for Film and Television at Arizona State University for the Winter-Spring 2014 semester.  The course covers commercials, film acting, episodics, PSAs, auditioning and more.  It is a required class for Film majors.  She will be teaching as Adjunct Faculty.

www.amandamelby.com


MELBY TAPPED TO TEACH AT ASU

Amanda Melby has been tapped to teach a section of THP387 – Acting for Film and Television at Arizona State University for the Fall 2013 semester.  The course covers commercials, film acting, episodics, PSAs, auditioning and more.  It is a required class for Film majors.  She will be teaching as Adjunct Faculty.

www.amandamelby.com