Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Compliment: Cary Arts Center


I wanted to say thank you for bringing yet another wonderful production of War Bonds: The Songs and Letters of WWII. What a wonderful addition the extra instruments were!

Who knew, we would get a special, never-seen-before production with the incorporation of your injury?! I hope that you are healing quickly and are returning to normalcy.

Please extend my thanks to Serena and to all the other members of the production.

Our audience loved the show; thank you so much for greeting them after the show ended—that was a lovely touch. We heard nothing but positive comments from our audience.

I do hope we will work together again in the future! Best of luck to you as your tour season begins.


Sarah Preston
Performing Arts & Operations Coordinator
Cary Arts Center

Sunday, September 23, 2012

History With A Wink - In One Era


The Carteret Arts Forum will present 100 years of American history Thursday, Sept. 27, when Serena Ebhardt presents the cabaret “In One Era and Out the Other,” a one-woman show that shares history with song, performance and humor.
The show opens at 6 p.m. at Joslyn Hall on the Carteret Community College campus.

Tickets are $35, and the performance is included in the forum’s 2012-13 five-show subscription series.

Subscriptions for the rest of the season will be available at the show.

The show gives an overview of the 20th century in America through a patriotic lens. Ms. Ebhardt uses headlines, protests, popular culture, natural disasters and more to make history personal. The show is also interactive, and audience members should be ready to help with a chorus.
Ms. Ebhardt began her professional stage career at the age of 6 as Gretel in “The Sound of Music.” Since then, she has performed hundreds of roles in Europe, Canada, Off-Broadway, and in regional theater across the United States.

In 1998, she co-founded EbzB Productions with her husband, David zum Brunnen. Their productions of “War Bonds: The Songs and Letters of World War II” and “The Night Before Christmas Carol” may be seen on public broadcasting stations across the United States and abroad.

Ms. Ebhardt’s dramatic training includes N.C. Governor’s School and Hedgerow Theatre’s Master Acting Classes with Rose Schulman. She was a Paul Green Scholar in Dramatic Art at the University of North Carolina and has been trained by The Kennedy Center, The Lincoln Center Institute, and the National Center for Creative Aging as a Professional Teaching Artist.

For more information visit www.carteretartsforum.com or call 252-726-1152.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Auditions - The Best Christmas Pageant Ever 2012 Tour

Please Forward To Potentially Interested Actors/and Actresses
And/Or Please Post on your facebook account...

Paid Acting Positions...

Seeking 3 Actors and 3 Actresses for "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever"  SE Regional Tour.

William Jones Productions/Classic Productions
Serena Ebhardt,  director

Rehearsals begin November 20, 2010 and will take place in Raleigh, NC.
The production tours from November 25 - December 18, 2012.

Please submit digital headshot and resume to wally.jones@casamanana.org

Friday, September 14, 2012

Crafting a Public Identity: A workshop for creative artists, writers and performers on navigating the arts business maze.

Crafting a Public Identity: A workshop for creative artists, writers and performers on navigating the arts business maze.  Arts Marketing Blog Profiles: An Interview with Serena Ebhardt of EbzB Productions.

by Susan Raab, Raab Associates, Inc.

Name:  Serena Ebhardt

Arts Profession & Specialty:    Theater, Playwriting, Production, Acting.  Co-Founder in 1998 of EbzB Productions - a Professional Touring Theatre

Website/Blog: www.ebzb.org

Number of years in the field:

Brief Bio : 
EbzB Productions, Inc. strives to develop original, touring, theatrical productions to promote integrity, self-discovery and positive transformation of individuals, artists, audiences, and communities.  We believe that the performining arts encourages positive transformation through discoveries unveiled immediately and upon reflection.

EbzB teaching artists are dedicated to the promotion of dramatic art as a valuable educational tool.  We are trained by The John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts "Artists as Educators:  Planning Effective Workshops"; The Lincoln Center Institute's International Educator Program and the National Center for Creative Aging as teaching artists.

EbzB Is also endorsed by the North Carolina Arts Council's Touring Artists Directory.  In addition to performances, EbzB Productions, Inc. is available for student workshops, residencies, and professional development seminars. 

Founded in 1998 by Serena Ebhardt and David zum Brunnen, EbzB Productions celebrates the profound impact of storytelling through theater in a repertoire of simple and compelling productions, flexibly designed for easy touring to all types of performance spaces.

Founders: Serena Ebhardt and David zum Brunnen delight audiences on their frequent tours throughout the United States. This award-winning husband-wife, actor-manager team bring over forty years of experience to the stage. Their careers have taken them from off-Broadway and the U.S. to Canada and Europe. In addition to their EbzB resumes, the couple have appeared together in many productions, among which are Travesties, She Stoops To Conquer, Reckless, Cloud Nine, Nicholas Nickleby, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Cat and The Canary, Raney, Dearly Departed, and the off-Broadway American Premiere of Winding The Ball.

1. What's made the most difference in your career success? 

Understanding the business aspect of Show Business. Negotiating Contracts, Bookkeeping, Public Relations and Marketing are just as important as raw talent to an artist. 

Cultivating real and positive relationships with everyone you meet.  We are not talking about "networking" or "social networking", we are talking about developing real and respectful friendships with your community.  Some of our most enjoyable and lucrative work has been the result of ideas generated among friends.  We've had surprise opportunities with our latest productions from people we knew when we were just starting out - 40 years ago!  Everyone you meet has something to teach, offer, and benefit your development and career.  For example, while working at Hedgerow Theatre in Philadelphia, Serena was offered a part-time position by Susan Raab of Raab Associates, a children's book publicity agency.  This job, relationship, and friendship not only gave Serena valuable experience in learning professional publicity techniques, database building, technology and relationship building; it also resulted in a valuable friendship which has returned thousand-fold for Serena.  Twenty years later, Serena hired Susan's son, Jeff Raab as an actor in a production she directed.  These long-term, cultivated relationships prove most valuable to career success.

2. What would you advise newcomers entering the field? 

Educate yourself.  Get your university degree.  A broad-based education is mandatory because it enables empathy and understanding for the people, events and politics conveyed on stage.  Take classes in marketing, business, and accounting as part of your major or electives.  Design an independent study that focuses on organizational administration.  Actor Conservatory training is great for technique and career networking, but it often doesn't help you understand the content and context of the material you will perform.  It is not enough to perform a song or monologue technically.  An artist should be able to interpret, apply metaphor, understanding, and value.

Get as much experience as you can auditioning, performing, working on the tech crew, and volunteering in the theatre's administrative office.  It's so important to understand all the jobs in the theatre so that you can appreciate everyone's contribution to your success.  You never know when the stage manager may have an opportunity to recommend an actor.  He will recommend someone with whom he enjoyed working and who makes him feel appreciated.

Trust your instincts.  If an audition or job offer violates your personal values, decline it.  It won't ruin your career to say no.  Hold onto your integrity - it is the only thing you can be sure of in this business.

3. Are there 5 Dos & Don’ts you’d be willing to share about the business?

Do be kind and respectful to everyone you meet.

Don't talk behind other people's back.  You never know when the God mic is broadcasting your intimate stage whispers to the crowd in the greenroom.

Do get a signed contract when you work.

Don't go against your instincts.

Do get attractive promotional materials (head shots, website, resume', demo reel, classic audition clothing)

Don't spend exorbitant amounts of money on your promotional materials.  Keep it simple and within your budget.  You can upgrade when you can upgrade.

Do have a support system.  That system should not only include fierce friends who make you laugh, but also equally important activities that make you feel good about yourself when you've had a bad day at the theatre.

Don't assume that Broadway and Hollywood are the only definitions of success in the acting business.

Do develop your talents to serve in other aspects of life - perhaps as a teaching artist, or drama therapist, or as a communications director.  The skills of an actor are extremely useful in corporate, educational, and medical environments.

Don't sell your soul for fame and fortune.  Both fame and fortune are simply by-products of a job well done and a life well lived. 

4. What resources (organizations, online groups, tools) would be helpful to those new to the field?

National Endowment for the Arts http://www.nea.gov/resources/disciplines/presenting/resources.html
    Presenter Consortiums

Unified Auditions
    Strawhat http://www.strawhat-auditions.com/
    SouthEastern Theatre Conference http://www.setc.org/north-carolina
    League of Washington Theatres  http://www.lowt.org/

    Actors Equity Association  http://www.actorsequity.org/
    Screen Actors Guild  http://www.sagaftra.org/

Arts Councils
    Local Arts Council
    State Arts Council

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Free Spirits Ensemble

EbzB served as special guests for the Free Spirits Ensemble at the Halle Cultural Arts Center in Apex, NC.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Saturday, September 1, 2012