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Veteran actor, Stephens alumnus hosts casting workshop for students

October 28, 2015

Acting in front of a video camera is no different than acting on a stage, veteran actor, director and Stephens alumnus Mark Taylor told theatre students last week.

Taylor, a member of the Stephens College Board of Trustees, hosted a series of casting workshops on Friday and Saturday.

Students had the opportunity to audition for a television commercial, comedy show and television drama using cue cards from actual programming.

Taylor split students up into two groups—those auditioning and those reviewing the auditions.

“On one side they’re getting experience of working an audition, and on the other side they’re hearing and seeing what it’s like to make the casting decisions,” Taylor said.

For many students, it was the first time performing in front of a camera. Cue cards proved a little distracting, and students said they were surprised when reviewing the footage to see how their eye movements and facial gestures translate on screen.

Although students were critical of themselves, Taylor praised their performances, saying in one round of auditions, they would have all received callbacks.

It was high praise. Taylor has an extensive acting and directing career. He’s been in “High School Musical 2,” “Honey I Shrunk the Kids,” and ”Arachnophobia.” He’s been on numerous television shows, including a reoccurring role on “Boston Legal,” “The Practice” and “Melrose Place.” He’s also a director, writer and producer.

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