Hot on the heels of BRIFT (Burt Reynolds Institute for Film & Theatre) alumna Andrea Conte’s double exposure in the hit television series Burn Notice and Necessary Roughness last month, Executive Director Kelly Dennehy announced that another Institute graduate, Peter Marzilli, had sailed high in this summer’s production of The Tempest at the Carlin Park Amphitheater. Along with Master Class actor, Richard Ribuffo, the two performers, as part of a seasoned cast, made Shakespeare in the Park an event to remember.
Not one to sing her own praises, Dennehy was shy about publicizing her much touted appearance on A&E’s popular series, The Glades, on July 31stas the naughty, saucy older woman with an eye for younger men. Her perfectly timed delivery of “Show me again” may well become “the” pickup line for the sexy senior set. Dennehy prefers to talk about all the accomplishments that BRIFT graduates and current students are adding to their resumes. Among those is 12-year-old Taylor Blackwell, who will be a series regular on the new STARZ network series, Magic City, playing the part of Lauren Evans. Taylor has also been cast as “little Eve” in the pilot episode of Charlie’s Angels airing September 22nd on ABC. Additionally, actors John Van Dalen andMarianne Haaland booked parts on Magic City.
Master ActorTodd Vittum will be seen in two productions— as Dr Liquori in the feature film HURRICANE ALVIN and as Jack Carroll in Puerto Rico. He will be joined on the set of Puerto Rico by BRIFT Master Actors DavidAusem, who will portray John Homer, and Rhonda Stearns, who will give life to the role of Senator Homer. Additionally, Stephen Mairano will portray Tony Rivera, a hit man for the Puerto Rican mob, and Ivey Singer plays a senatorial aide. Singer also booked a role in Mondo Art.
Kendra Chichanski is filming the Vanilla Ice Project and will soon appear in the upcoming series, The Designing Women of South Florida. Master Actors Amy Hoerler, Bill Butland and stage combat instructor Cynthia Morrison recently appeared at the Sailfish Club of Palm Beach in Sisters Valor, written by Morrison.
BRIFT actor Johnny Colon is preparing for a feature part in the film, Chicago Rot, which will be filmed over a two month period in the Windy City. He plays the role of Detective Kyle Cooper.
In the realm of advertising, Diane Hulton booked a national infomercial for Genie Bra Body Shaper and Dominic Mangone booked a national spot for Kohl’s department store. Mangone and Rhiannon Richards were cast as students in All That You Can’t Leave Behind along with Jackie McDow, who plays a nurse. Richards recently appeared in The Wedding Singer at The Lyric Theatre in Stuart.
For more information about these actors and the many talented performers at the Burt Reynolds Institute for Film & Theatre, contact Dennehy at 561 743-9955. Anyone interested in studying the art of acting for the camera and the stage should contact Dennehy for information on upcoming classes. BRIFT is housed at the Burt Reynolds Museum, which is open Thursday to Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm.