MEET THE ARTIST SERIES
A Plateau Theatre activity entitled: “Meet the artist Series”. A specially invited guest artist of the film/TV and theatre milieu will come to share their viewpoint and personal experience of the industry with the participating students. Guest speakers will include: actors, comedians, producers, directors, writers and casting directors, etc. who will come to share and demystify their chosen careers. The "meeting" will be set in an intimate and friendly ambiance and each artist conversation will last an hour and a half. The “Meet the artist Series” is geared toward our student-members, but is also open to the public. Anyone interested in further learning about various aspects of the entertainment, film/TV, and theatre business are warmly welcomed to attend.
March 20, 2014 – Meet the artist Lynne Adams
On March 20, 2014, we had a fascinating evening with actor Lynne Adams who talked about her career and shared her thoughts on acting with us. Since her first appearance in “Un zoo la nuit” (directed by Jean-Claude Lauzon in 1987), she has worked non-stop. She has played Cliff Robertson’s daughter-in-law, been Joe Montegna’s and Hulk Hogan’s wife, Ryan Gosling’s mom, and punched Ellen Burstyn. She has performed both in English and French in films, TV series, plays, corporate productions, advertising, animation, voice work and life events. She was a member and president of the Montreal ACTRA Branch Council and strongly supports the idea that artists must be knowledgeable of the “business” part of “show business”. She recently co-starred in the Australian production “Tell the World” (2014). Many people will also recognize her as the voice of “How It’s Made”, a popular show on the Discovery Channel. She is presently working on a screenplay with great characters, a good story, and no car chases or exploding missiles.
September 25, 2013 – Meet the artist Michel Shane
It is with great pleasure that we have welcomed Michel Shane at RID Acting School. Michel has established himself as one of the motion picture industry’s premier independent producers with films grossing nearly one BILLION dollars in revenue. His film, I ROBOT, starring Will Smith, released by 20th Century Fox, has smashed box office records by grossing over $50 5/24 million in its opening weekend. I ROBOT II, starring Will Smith, is in development at FOX. Shane has worked with Steven Spielberg, Leonardo Di Caprio, Tom Hanks, Will Smith, Nick Nolte, Jennifer Garner and others. He joined Dr. Modi, an Indian billionaire, to help produce (fully financed film) BUDDHA, which is based on a script written by Academy Award Winner David Ward (“The Sting”). Michel produced 100 episodes of the acclaimed reality show “BAIT CAR” for Tru-TV. Shane is developing a television series with Lions Gate. Recently Michel sold “STRONG ENOUGH TO DIE” to Sony Pictures Television to develop as a network series. In 2014, Michel will produce three films respectively in Asia, Europe and South Africa. His company, FILMS HANDPICKED Inc., has another 6 films in development. Michel has also produced Steven Spielberg’s award winning CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Martin Sheen and Christopher Walken. Other producing credits include Paramount Classic’s NORTH FORK, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival starring James Woods, Nick Nolte, Claire Forlani, Peter Coyote and Daryl Hannah and which Roger Ebert called one of the “most important American films of the decade”. He also produced STEALING TIME starring Peter Facinelli and featuring in one of her first film roles Jennifer Garner. Roger Cardinal is associated with Michel in developing new projects with FILMS HANDPICKED Inc, of which he is Chairman. These features projects will be completely produced in and from Montreal.
June 13, 2013 – Meet the artist Daniel Pilon
Daniel Pilon was pleased to share with us the highlights of his career and to express his views on acting. Daniel is a heavy hitter in the North American Film Industry. His film credits in the United States include Brannigan, The Hamptons, Dallas, Ryan’s Hope, The Guiding Light, Suspicious Minds and many others. In Quebec, he has played in several movies directed by Gilles Carles, Roger Cardinal and other well-known directors. He was even selected to play the part of James Bond, an offer he refused to play in the movie “The Milky Way” directed by the famous Luis Bunuel.
May 23, 2013 – Meet the artist Roger Cantin
During this meeting, Roger Cantin, a colleague of our President Roger Cardinal, has enjoyed talking about his artistic experiences with the participants. Roger is a Quebec Film Director and Screenwriter who has made his mark in the film industry with many world-wide award-winning feature films. As a Screenwriter, he has created the highly successful feature film La Guerre des tuques. As a Film 5/24 Director, we owe him film successes such as Matusalem, L’Assassin jouait du trombone, Simon les nuages and many others. Roger has also taught cinema many years at Concordia University.
April 25, 2013 – Meet the artist Walter Massey
Walter, a close friend to our President Roger Cardinal, was thrilled to come to our school to share his memories and his views on acting. The Canadian actor Walter Massey is a theatre, movie and television icon. He has had more than a hundred roles over the last five decades. Walter is also the cousin of Raymond Massey, a famous Canadian actor and a founding member of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association (CAEA).
January 30, 2013 – Meet the artist Roger Cardinal
It is with great joy that Roger Cardinal has answered the many questions of the audience at this meeting. Roger directs all kinds of French or English productions but more specifically dramas, He has directed more than 200 ads, 50 documentaries, 25 short films, 5 high-quality TV series and 6 feature films. In his filmography, 16 of his productions received international recognition and he was also nominated as best Canadian Director at the Genie Awards for his movie called Malarek. Furthermore, he is often invited to give workshops on staging, directing and casting actors.
January 17, 2012 – Meet the artist John Strasberg
Master teacher John Strasberg has gracefully accepted Gilles Plouffe's invitation for the second installment of Intentional Dreams Productions' Intimate Conversations Series. John Strasberg is an internationally acclaimed actor, director, producer, creator, and author whose career continues to carry the long artistic tradition of the Strasberg family. Mr. Strasberg's Organic Creative Process is a unique method of work that has evolved and expanded from the traditional methods of the great masters that have preceded him. After having directed and taught internationally for twelve years (most notably the works of Pirandello, O'Neill, Lope de Vega and Beckett; Shakespeare's “Richard III” in Spain, and “L'assemblée des femmes d'Aristophane”, presented as a musical comedy at the Merida Festival, Strindberg's “Mademoiselle Julie” in New York, and Shakespeare's “A Midsummer Night's Dream” in Quebec), he returned to New York in 1996 to open John Strasberg Studios, an international research center for creative and theatre development, during which time he also published his first book, “Accidentally On Purpose”. Mr. Strasberg worked at the Actors' Studio, where he collaborated with Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, Al Pacino, Marilyn Monroe, 5/24 Dustin Hoffman, Robert de Niro, Harvey Keitel, Ellen Burstyn, Lee Grant, Elia Kazan, and many other renowned actors and directors. He also co-directed Alice in Wonderland on Broadway with Eva LeGallienne.
November 20, 2011 – Meet the artist Paul Doucet
Mr. Paul Doucet has so kindly and graciously accepted Gilles Plouffe's invitation to be the very first guest speaker at Intentional Dreams Productions' newly launched activity. Paul Doucet is a Quebec actor who has a broad range of experience in film, TV and theatre. Paul graduated with a degree in Dramatic Arts from the Université du Québec à Montréal in 1994. His first big-screen credit was in "Erreur Sur La Personne" by Gilles Noel in 1995. Paul went on to appear in numerous other feature films, including: “Sur Le Seuil” by Eric Tessier (2003), “Maurice Richard” by Charles Biname (2005). In 2007, he starred as Remi in “LesTrois P'tits Cochons” directed by Patrick Huard, and playing alongside fellow actors Claude Legault and Guillaume Lemay-Thivierge. And 2011 has proven to be a wonderfully successful year for Paul, as he can be seen in several feature films, including “Funkytown” by Daniel Roby. In the film, Paul embodies the character of Jonathan Aaronson, a former star of local TV and radio, confirmed homosexual with a passion for love; loosely based on the real-life entertainment icon Douglas "Coco" Leopold.