Thursday, February 5, 2015

CMH Drama program chosen to host Hollywood actress' workshop

Karen Olivo Workshop

                The Tommy Awards and Wisconsin Public Television are thrilled to announce that Tony Award-Winning actress and Broadway star Karen Olivo has chosen Catholic Memorial’s award winning program from schools applying all over Wisconsin to host her critically acclaimed Audition and Interview Etiquette Workshop. The workshop will take place at Catholic Memorial on February 25th at 3:00PM.  The workshop will be limited to 20 participants chosen from our company.

Ms. Karen Olivo is a stage and television actress, who is known for originating the role of Vanessa in the Tony Award–winning musical In the Heights both on and off Broadway. She won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance as Anita in the revival of West Side Story. She is the first and only actor to win a Tony for a performance in West Side Story. She was also nominated for both a Drama Desk and an Outer Critic's Circle Award for her critically acclaimed performance as Anita. She earned her second Astaire Award nomination for Best Female Dancer for her performance in West Side Story, after previously winning the same award in 2008 for her performance in In the Heights.

                On television, Olivo had a recurring role in The Good Wife on CBS. Olivo was a series regular in the second season of NBC's Harry's Law. She also appeared on both Law and Order and Law and Order: Special Victims’ Unit.

                During the workshop, Ms. Olivo will explain audition and interview etiquette for students through a series of demos:

1. “Posture with purpose” – How to enter a room naturally and confidently.

2. “Read the room” – How to take in your surroundings while being present in the moment.

3. “Answering questions”- How to listen and supply the most compelling answers.

4. “Lasting impressions”- How to effectively communicate who you are in a short period of time.

5. “Speak with Distinction”- How to warm up your speaking voice and how to maximize on your unique voice.

Ms. Olivo will also discuss ways of beating nerves and relaxing before high-pressure encounters whether it be a performance, a presentation, or a public speaking opportunity.

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