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2019

FILM
JON NEIDLE is producing a feature film, "Walk the Rex."
KEVIN DAYSON was in the short film "Running Ahead."
"Raising Buchanan" won "Best Feature" at the ROFL Film Festival in Madrid, Spain. It plays next in the American Presidential Film and Literary Festival in Ohio; Minneapolis/St.Paul, MN; Alexandria, Virginia; Syracuse, New York; Lancaster, PA and Fort Lauderdale, FL! It is also playing at HARKINS SHEA 14 and has been extended until October 10! Showtimes available online. WEDNESDAY, OCT 2 ia Verve Day (Night) at the movies. Come to the 2 pm or 6:45 pm screening of Raising Buchanan and celebrate the work of Verve students and staff and be entered to win some great Verve prizes!
 
"Raising Buchanan" won "Best Comedy Feature" at the Franklin Film Festival. It plays next in Jerome.
AMANDA MELBY
was nominated for "Talent-Performer/Narrator" for the 2019 Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards for her work in the world premiere trailer for "Raising Buchanan."
"Girl, Wired" (KELLY NICOLE) is now on 
Amazon Prime.
PHUONG KUBACKI is in "Pregnant and Deadly" on Lifetime TV; it plays Friday.

"Raising Buchanan"
 won "Best Original Screenplay" and AMANDA MELBY won Best Lead Actress at the New Haven Film Festival; it has been accepted at the Franklin (TN) and ROFL (Madrid Spain) and American Presidential Film and Literary Festivals!
SAMANTHA KADE is cast a lead in "The Murder Muse," a feature shooting now.
 
"Raising Buchanan" played at the New Haven Film Festival in May.
 "Raising Buchanan" played at and won Best Dramedy at the Manhattan Film Festival in May. (AMANDA MELBY, ASHLEY FAULKNER, SHELLY BOUCHER, LYNNETTE BROWN, JOHN BATCHAN, HAYDEN DOMENICO). 
"Raising Buchanan" 
will have its World Premiere at the Phoenix Film Festival in April (AMANDA MELBY, ASHLEY FAULKNER, SHELLY BOUCHER, LYNNETTE BROWN, JOHN BATCHAN, HAYDEN DOMENICO). Screening times are Friday, April 12 at 5:25 pm, Saturday, April 13 at 11:05 am and Sunday, April 14 at 4:20 pm.
"Eleven, Eleven" (CHRIS REDISH, JENNIFER PFALZGRAFF, MALLORY ADAMS)
continues its film festival run; including the Sedona and Phoenix Film Festivals. Follow them online! It plays AT PFF Tuesday, April 9 at 9:25 pm, Friday, April 12 at 3:15 pm and Saturday, April 13 at 1:25 pm.
MALLORY ADAMS
is currently filming a movie in Ireland.
MICHELLE Y. ALLEN
is AD/UPM for "The Dark Side of Opulent II."
"Eleven, Eleven" (CHRIS REDISH, JENNIFER PFALZGRAFF, MALLORY ADAMS) continues its film festival run; follow them online! They've been accepted into the Sedona Film Festival.
SAMANTHA KADE
is in "Invisible," and "Tender Matches," both selections of the Worldwide Women's Film Festival in February.
ZOE YEOMAN
is in "M.E.C.C.A," a short film.
PHUONG NGUYEN KUBACKI
is in "Duel on the Mound," now available on Amazon Prime.
"Soulless" (KELLY NICOLE) is playing at the Worldwide Women's Film Festival also.
KELLY NICOLE
was in "The Devil's Pit," now availble on YouTube.
KELLY NICOLE
is in "Border State."  



STAGE
KATE WILLIAMS is in the cast of "They Chose Me" in October at VYT. 
BOB PETERS and SKYE AYERS
are in "The Crucible" at TheaterWorks.
RACHÉL MADZEY
and BRIANA HUNTRESS are in "The Dutchman" at Tempe Center for the Arts.
CARIN COUNIHAN
was cast as Tatiana Recon in Stage Left's production of "A Comedy of Tenors."  
ALYSSA FABIO
is in "Frozen" at Hamilton High School which runs Nov 7-16. 
ALI GIORDANO
is in "First Date" at SCC Nov 8-17, 2019.
KATHERINE LYNCH
is in "Not Your Average Zombie Apocalypse."
NORA PALERMO
plays Elsa in Greasepaint's "FROZEN" October 10-13.
KATE WILLIAMS
was cast "They Chose Me" in October at VYT. 
LENN FAYNBOYM
was cast in "Lion King Jr" at Desert Stages Theater.
ALYSSA FABIO
did "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" at Limelight over the summer.
ANGEE LEWANDOWSKI
was in "Resisting Irrelevancy" at Theatre Artists Studio.
JESSICA FINK
and KATE WILLIAMS have been cast in VYT's "Matilda."
NOAH LANOUETTE was in "Little Shop of Horrors" at Spotlight Youth Theatre.
APRIL WALTERSCHEID
did stand in at Stand Up Live and Tempe Improv.
BRADY ANDERSON is in "The Wizard of Oz" at Theatre Works.

ASHLEY FAULKNER
is a Pas d'Action at Theatre Artists Studio.
ETHAN DREW is in "Newsies" at Greasepaint Youth Theatre.
ALI GIORDANO
is in "Pippin" at SCC; it opens April 4.
KELLY NICOLE
is Bianca in "Taming of the Shrew" and Audrey in "As You Like It" at Southwest Shakespeare through March 9.
KAREN RAFALOWITZ is in "Second Time Around" at the Sunflower Playhouse March 3-6.
NORMALEE FERRIS is in the Mrs. Senior Arizona pageant.
CAMILA ACHARYA is in "The Wizard of Oz" at Phoenix Country Day School.
SHELLY BOUCHER
is in "Eric and Elliot" at Childsplay.
ETHAN DREW
and ISABELLA BARONE are in "Urinetown" at Greasepaint Youth Theatre."
ALI GIORDANO
and NOAH LANOUETTE were in "Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson" at Spotlight Youth Theatre.
WILL HIGHTOWER
is in "Cash on Delivery" at Hale Theatre.
KELLY NICOLE is Bianca in "Taming of the Shrew" and Audrey in "As You Like It" at Southwest Shakespeare.
KATHERINE LYNCH is in "Shrek.


COMMERCIAL  
HEIDI JOY booked a medical training video.
WILL HIGHTOWER
booked a spot for Four Peaks Brewery.
ETHAN DREW's
spot for Republic Services is airing.
ETHAN DREW
filmed commercials for Toll Brothers, Acne Intellegence and Republic Services.
LAWANNAH CURRY
is busy modeling and working in Florida.
CATALINA QUALANTONE
booked an anti-vaping spot.
PHUONG KUBAKI booked a GE spot.
JUDITH EISENBERG had a principal role in a dental commercial that filmed in CO.
ETHAN DREW
booked a commercial for Toll Brothers.
CAROL GIBSON
booked a Top Golf commercial.
JUDITH EISENBERG
booked a commercial in Miami.



CONGRATS
Lots of AriZoni nominations and some wins! DIANE SENFFNER won an AriZoni for Dialect Coaching "The Elephant Man" at Zao Theatre. ALI GIORDANO won an AriZoni as well!
TYNECKIA LEWIS signed with William Reynolds Agency in Atlanta.  
AMANDA MELBY was nominated for "Talent-Performer/Narrator" for the 2019 Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards for her work in the world premiere trailer for "Raising Buchanan." She and Bruce Dellis WON the Emmy for the writing for the trailer.
RACHÉL MADZEY
signed with Dani's Agency.
Lots of AriZoni nominations! WILL HIGHTOWER is nominated in Actor in a Major Role for "Cash on Delivery" at Hale Center Theatre. NOAH LANOUETTE was nominated for Actor in a Major Role, Youth Musical for Seymour in "Little Shop of Horrors" at Spotlight Youth Theatre and for Actor in a Supporting Role, Youth Play, for "Dog Sees God" at Spotlight. NOLA YERGEN was nominated for Costume Design for GCU's Ring Round the Moon." DIANE SENFFNER was nominated for Dialect Coaching "The Cake" at Stray Cat, "The Elephant Man" at Zao Theatre and "James and the Giant Peach" at Fountain Hills Youth Theater. TAMMY CHAVET was nominated for Puppet Design for "Fairy Tale PD" at Acting Zone.
ETHAN DREW was nominated for Best Supporting Performance in a Musical for his role of Davey in "Newsies" at Greasepaint.
CATALINA QUALANTONE
signed with Signature Models and Talent.
HOLLY DAVIDSON
signed with Signature Models and Talent.
MONICA HOWARD
signed with Ford/RBA.
ROBERT PETERS
signed with Deborah Maddox Agency.
BRIANA HUNTRESS
signed with Ford/RBA.
KEVIN DAYSON
signed with Ford/RBA.
STEVE FETTKETHER
signed with Dani's Agency.

AMANDA MELBY
and JUDITH EISENBERG were on the Women in Film panel as part of IFP/PHX's Filmmaker Fusion.
JAY WALKER
won Best Young Director for 2019 in the Czech Republic via Young Directors CZ .
DEAN FLORENCE signed with the Presley Talent Agency in New Mexico.
ETHAN DREW
signed with an agent in LA. 
BRADY WEBER
signed with an agent in Seattle.
MALLORY ADAMS
graduated from the LIR Academy!
REBEKAH PATTON signed with Presley Talent Agency in New Mexico!
TIA PENNY played with Wood Songs Old-Time Radio Hour, which will be broadcast.
"The Secret Lives of Teachers" (AARON SEEVER, JUDITH EISENBERG) won an Audience Favorite at the APA's Ladies Film Night Out. 
Verve Studios is once again nominated as Best Acting Studio. THANK YOU!
 "The Secret Lives of Teachers" (AARON SEEVER, JUDITH EISENBERG) won an Audience Choice Special Mention (runner up) at the Ojai Short Film Fest.


TV
MONICA HOWARD is in the new Tatum Lynn music video, "Later Baby XO."
ALAYA WALTON booked a lead in a series.
BRUCE KLEFSTAD starred in a promo for the new season of "The Walking Dead:" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hnab4B8B1A4
LYDIA MARTINEZ
booked a TruTV show.
LYDIA MARTINEZ's
episode of "What Would You Do?" is playing soon on ABC.
ZOEPHIA DECKER-KNEALING
was on "Marriage Bootcamp: Reality Stars" playing a young Kim Richards.  


PRINT/VOICE OVER/VIDEOS/MODELING 
CODY BALLENTINE is putting out a new singles! Listen to it on Spotify.
ASHLYN HALL
booked a sweet singing VO job; more details coming soon.
CODY BALLENTINEput out a new single.  Listen to it on Spotify.
RANDY COLVIN
booked some VO work for Oakgate Technology.
ASHLYN HALL
booked a VO for BTCD.
LEE GOETTL
has been busy with his VO work; he finished 3 audio books and is working on 2 more.
PHUONG KUBACKI's
VitaMix ad is out.
ANDERSEN BLOOMBERG
can still be seen in the Phoenix Zoo's Bugs Big Bugs campaign.