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The October TEASELETTER

The October TEASELETTER

October 2017 

This time the topic in my newsletter is "Power Reset". I've been pretty busy, professionally and emotionally. What I mean with this, you can find out here: October Teaseletter.

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My new TEASELETTER

My new TEASELETTER

September 2017

What have I been up to since my move to LA? What am I doing right now and what am I planning to do next? I'm also looking for some great ambitious talented collaboratos to join my team. And opportunities for you to tease me and others;-) Who can possibly resist this? Here you go: TEASELETTER 

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New Power Hobby: STUNTS

New Power Hobby: STUNTS

August 2017

Yes, you read correctly! I'm training to become a stunt woman. After my experience in Taekwondo in Germany I've been waiting for the moment to start kicking again. And stunt class is perfect for it: Power Workout and martial arts combined with acting skills and a great, ambitious, powerful acting community. If you are in LA and are interested in Stunts as well, check out XMA - Extreme Martial Arts in North Hollywood. See you there! Haaaya!

CANNES Film Festival

CANNES Film Festival

May 2017

After 3 years not being able to, I finally did it again - attending my favourite film event - the Cannes Film Festival. Apart from enjoying the red carpet screenings of YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE by Lynne Ramsay, IN THE FADE by Fatih Akin, GOOD TIMES by the Safdie Brothers and L'AMANT DOUBLE by François Ozon, I've met some great people from all over the world (Netherlands, Mexico, Australia, Russia) and got inspired by there passion and ambition. The most important thing what I learned was "don't stress yourself with meticulous schedule planning and go with the flow". This advice is mostly for actors. Pick one event to start with and let it go from there. You always run into people you've never expected to meet or get to know. Here's one of numerous coincidents: At a screening event I ran into a crew member of the thriller short film FAITHFUL I had shot in LA just a week before Cannes. Next to her was sitting a producer from NYC I met at the Tribeca FF this year, on the other side was sitting a showrunner I know from LA and behind her was my acting friend from France saving a seat for me.

Starring in Thriller Short Film FAITHFUL w/ Swedish director

Starring in Thriller Short Film FAITHFUL w/ Swedish director

May 2017

And sometimes it's really worth it to fight against traffic and public transportation breakdowns to make it to the Callback even though you're faaar too late. I booked the role! It's the lead role in this amazing thriller short film FAITHFUL which is directed by Niklas Berggren, a talented Swedish film maker. Smart script, unexpected turn-arounds and emotional depth - sounds like a great project, right?! Check out the teaser. More info to come.

Badass role in art short film Trilogy

Badass role in art short film Trilogy

March 2017

That's what I was waiting for - playing a tough role with vulnerable cracks. Maxwell Morro and his amazing team made it possible! SCOPE OF RED/ROTE STILLE is part of a poetic art short film trilogy using 3 different languages - German, French and English. Perfect for an international actress like me - yay!

Shooting my own short IN TOUCH

Shooting my own short IN TOUCH

March 2017

Exiciting news! I just finished shooting my second short which I wrote, produced and starred in. But hey, the people I've met so far in LA made it very easy. It took me only 2 weeks to get it all organized. Big thank you to the amazing team Josua Fischer, Nadine Kübler and Luca Nicora. And a call to other actors - stop waiting and start creating your own films.

Oscar Viewing Party of TONI ERDMANN with cast and crew

Oscar Viewing Party of TONI ERDMANN with cast and crew

February 2017

I can't believe that this happened... As a newcomer in the film industry and only one month in LA I received an invitation to the official Oscar Viewing Party of the German film TONI ERDMANN nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. Cast and crew as well as the German press was there at this spectacular location which allowed a phenomenal view over the city. Meeting Sandra Hüller - lead actress of the film and one of my German acting idols - as well as the writer and director Maren Ade was my highlight of the event. And who needs to win an oscar to prove that it's still an exceptional piece of art and a mustsee?! Have a look at the trailer of TONI ERDMANN

Newsreporter role in feature film PSYCHOPATHS

Newsreporter role in feature film PSYCHOPATHS

February 2017

And just right after the exciting Oscar weekend I got back to work portraying a newsreporter for the thriller feature film PSYCHOPATHS written and directed by Tony Aaron II. This is going to be good. Really good.

Orange is the new black on green screen as well

Orange is the new black on green screen as well

February 2017

And booked! My first commercial since I moved to LA this January. I had the pleasure to shoot for Inhance Digital in front of a green screen. The final product will be me as an avatar on a computer screen for people to click on me for further information - funny, right?! I can't wait to see and click. Let's keep those awesome jobs in LA coming! 

Move from EAST to WEST COAST and being international anyway

January 2017

The new year starts with exciting news: I'm moving to Los Angeles. New York City has taught me a lot about the craft and finding my heart in it, and it's still one of my favourite cities in the world, no doubt, but after having spent last summer in LA it feels like the right thing to do. Getting cast in 4 short films, a commercial and a theater play in only three weeks was unbelievably exciting - I didn't see that coming at all. Plus the amazing open-minded people I've met, the healthy and conscious lifestyle I started here and - of course - the good weather which also had a huge impact on my acting skills - sounds weird, but it's true- and not to forget the fun Uber rides with the most inspiring life stories. How could I not have chosen LA after this experience?! So here I am, equipped with an updated work permit and ready for a new adventure. 

Featured in German newspaper SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG

Featured in German newspaper SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG

October 2016

Oh, I have exciting news to announce. My favourite German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung published an article about my career in America with the title "Munich actress in exile - New life with exclamation mark". I feel very honored to be featured in their print and online newspaper. 

Article in German

English translation

Heading to Europe for Filmfestivals and Family

Heading to Europe for Filmfestivals and Family

September 2016

After three wonderful and exciting months in Los Angeles I'm heading back to Europe to attend several Film Festivals (BFI London, Hofer Filmtage, Zurich Film Festival, Munich Filmschool Fest, International Short Film Fest in Berlin) to do what I love - networking - and, of course, see my family and friends again after two years. But no hard feelings, I'm planning to continue this amazing journey as an actress in America. If I may state Arnie Schwarzenegger: I will be back. 

Amazing review for PARK PLAYS

Amazing review for PARK PLAYS

August 2016

We received an amazing review for our show PARK PLAYS at the Actors Workout Studio from Nohoartsdistrict.com: "The Actors Workout Studio has created a safe space for these actors and writer to produce these truthful qualities, and in an entertaining and moving way." Click here for the whole review.

LA Stage Debut

LA Stage Debut

August 2016

Be alert: My LA stage debut is coming up. My wonderful acting partner Jim Victor and I are going to perform the beautiful play RIDE FOR LIFE by Chris Karmiol at the Actors Workout Studio in North Hollywood three weekends in August starting Friday, August 12th. Tickets and details here: https://actorsworkout.ticketleap.com/loveinbloom/. Who wants to take the ride with us?

Featured in Munich's newspaper MÜNCHNER MERKUR

Featured in Munich's newspaper MÜNCHNER MERKUR

July 2016

I'm so happy to be featured in one of Munich's leading newspapers MÜNCHNER MERKUR. How I got started in America and what my future plans are, find out here. A huge thank you to Peter Seybold who did a fantastic job with writing it. 

Shot TALE OF MADNESS with French Filmmaker

Shot TALE OF MADNESS with French Filmmaker

July 2016

After being in LA for just a month I've been cast in 4 short films! Isn't that incredible?! One of them is called TALE OF MADNESS with a beautiful script by the talented filmmaker Thomas G. Monstellato from France. I'm playing a tough detective who interrogates God. Very intesting, I tell you! I'll keep you posted regarding the screening. 

 

SIMPLISAFE Infomercial in LA

SIMPLISAFE Infomercial in LA

July 2016

I'm excited to tell you about my infomercial shoot for SIMPLISAFE with the Oscar winning director Robert D. Port. The first Oscar winning director I've worked with! This can happen only in Los Angeles. In the picture I was posing in my special agent outfit with the executive Producer Chris Strand. Life is good! 

Interview with INDIEACTIVITY

Interview with INDIEACTIVITY

July 2016

I'm so excited about the released interview with the online indiefilm magazine INDIEACTIVITY! I'm very grateful for this opportunity to contribute to the indie film world and let my own voice be heard! 

Interview INDIEACTIVITY

Great Review for AWoW Performance

Great Review for AWoW Performance

May 2016

"What happens when an 19th century German immigrant (Justin Phillips) attends a casting with a modern day casting director (Clarissa Hoffmann)? Hilarity, that's what, from two outstanding actors." (Charles Hare, AWoW Founder) AWoW Review

We received a great review for our performance of the short comedic play "John" by Jodie Leidecker at the AWoW May Showcase. It was an honor to share the stage with amazing artists and musicians like Pianist Alexander A. Wu (Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall), singer Andrea Diaz and poet Allison Sylvia. For anyone interested, AWoW is holding Showcases every month at the Cell Theater. For more info visit the AWoW Website

Amazing Article in Munich Newspaper

Amazing Article in Munich Newspaper

May 2016

I'm featured on the front page of one of the leading local newspapers in Munich! HALLO MÜNCHEN wrote an amazing article with the title ON HER WAY FAR UP THE CAREER LADDER (Page 3) about my acting career in America. Check it out if you dare to read German!

Article HALLO MÜNCHEN

 

AWoW's May Showcase at the Cell Theater

AWoW's May Showcase at the Cell Theater

May 2016

We'll do it again and we're featured in PLAYBILL! Justin Phillips and I are going to perform Jodie Leidecker's comedic short play "John" at the ARTISTS WITHOUT WALLS MAY SHOWCASE. Artists like Violinist Deni Bonet (recorded and performed with R.E.M., Sarah McLachlan, Cyndi Lauper, Scissor Sisters), Jazz pianist John Ambrosini and saxophonist Premik Russell Tubbs (performed with Lady Gaga, Sting, Whitney Houston, Carlos Santana, Jackson Browne and James Taylor) have performed at the AWoW Showcase before. I feel very honored to perform among such amazing, talented people. Come and join for an exciting and diverse evening of entertainment.

May 24th | Cell Theatre 338 W 23rd St | 6.45pm | Free admission

Commercial for AwesomeNYC available on Vimeo

Commercial for AwesomeNYC available on Vimeo

April 2016

I'm excited to share the awesome commercial I did with AwesomeNYC! Now available to watch on Vimeo! Very cool video! Check it out!

ETCHINGS at the Kraine Theater

ETCHINGS at the Kraine Theater

March 2016

Oh, I'm so happy to announce that I got cast in the staged reading of the new beautiful play ETCHINGS. The cast is impressively strong as well as the directors and co-writers Ashley Adelman and Kelly Teaford. It's produced by IVP (Infinite Variety Productions) and will take place at the Kraine Theater this Tuesday, March 8th, 9pm. More info click here.

Cast in Agatha Christie's MURDER ON THE NILE

Cast in Agatha Christie's MURDER ON THE NILE

March 2016

What an exciting role! I'm thrilled to anounce that I'll be playing the devious French Maid in Agatha Christie's play MURDER ON THE NILE with The AlphaNYC Theater Company, directed by the great Billy Peck. The cast is extraordinary talented and a pleasure to work with. 

Shows: March 10th 9pm, 11th 7pm, 13th 8pm

Location: Producers Club, 358 W 44th St (between 8th & 9th)

Tickets are available online (15$) http://MurderB.Eventbrite.com or if still available cash (20$) at the door 

 

NYU TV Studio Short Film

NYU TV Studio Short Film

February 2016

Shooting at the Sight & Sound TV Studio of NYU with the phenomenal director Razieme Iborra and the amazing actor Jesse Stier. Oh, how I love working together with talented people! 

Click here to see the clip.

JOHN at the Equity Library Theater Festival

JOHN at the Equity Library Theater Festival

January 2016

Great news! The Equity Library Theater Winter Play Festival invited me to perform a comedic short play "John" by Jodie Leidecker on February 13th, 2pm at the Equity Library Theater. The story is about a German immigrant from the 1800s who emigrates to New York to become a comedic Broadway actor. Ironically I will playing the American casting director and the talented (American) Justin Philips will play the part of the German immigrant John. I promise you, it's going to be a lot of fun!

Commercial for DORITOS Crash the Superbowl

Commercial for DORITOS Crash the Superbowl

November 2015

Wanna see me playing a nun? SINFUL JOY is a commercial we produced for the Doritos Crash the Superbowl Ad Contest. Such a fun shoot! Check it out at: crashthesuperbowl. If you like it, give a 5- STAR RATING so that it will be shown during the Superbowl 2016.

Promo Shoot for Wellns

Promo Shoot for Wellns

October 2015

Oh, what an amazing promo shoot I had for the new wellbeing company Wellns! Starting with the amazing director Agnieszka Vosloo (her first feature film was with Liam Neeson, Christina Ricci and Justin Long), an amazing beach location in the Hamptons and an amazing crew. I can't wait to see the footage with me doing Taekwondo, Tai Chi and Yoga during sunset! Thank you, Universe, for this great opportunity!

Manhattan Repertory Theatre

Manhattan Repertory Theatre

September 2015

I'm back - on stage! This is when my heart does a double jump! I'm thrilled to announce that I will perform as the lead in ONE HAND CLAPPING IN THE WIND at the iconic Manhattan Rep Theatre. Being part of the Fall One Act Play Competition, this serio-comic play by Nicholas Rey deals with the need of redesigning our romantic relationships according to our today's rapidly changing society. Alongside the enormously talented actor and friend Brooks Kaya, I will embody the character Alice who is about to break up with her boyfriend Ted. Facebook

September 17th/18th/19th, 9pm; September 20th, 8pm

For tickets (20$) email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Manhattan Rep Theatre, 303 W. 42nd street (8th avenue), 6th floor

Webseries THEN THAT HAPPENED

Webseries THEN THAT HAPPENED

August 2015

And then that happened... I'm delighted to be part of the wickedly funny and inspiring webseries THEN THAT HAPPENED created by some lovely Australians. As the process server I have the honor to say the famous line "You've been served". Muhahaha! IMDb Facebook

Performance Project LILT

Performance Project LILT

July 2015

Wonderful projects are coming my way! I am excited to announce that I will be part of Josiah Cuneo's performance project LILT which will combine a short film with live perfomances on stage (dance, movement and reading). The film will be shot in a paper factory in Brooklyn this July and the show will take place in the fall. I'll keep you posted for details! 

Commercial ONE WORLD TRADE CENTER

Commercial ONE WORLD TRADE CENTER

August 2015

Flying high on the One World Trade Center: The tallest building in the Western hemisphere just inaugurated its observatory in May and yet I'm shooting a commercial in the Skylobby upon the 64th floor. What better location is there?! A big Thank you to the fantastic directors Andrew and Remy Neymarc and their fabulous team of Neymarc Visuals. I'll keep you posted when it's been released! 

 

Feature Film TANGO SHALOM

Feature Film TANGO SHALOM

July 2015

I'm thrilled to announce that I got cast in the lovely feature film TANGO SHALOM! It's based on a true story about a Hasidic Jew who struggles with his beliefs, family and community, in order to realize his dream of dancing the tango. Yes, following your dreams isn't that easy... but totally worth it!

VOID Capricho Show

VOID Capricho Show

July 2015

Ladies and Gentlemen, my third show with the brilliant dance theater company VOID is about to happen! This time my 5 female cast members and me will perform a beautiful and deeply touching show called "Capricho" at Dixon Place in East Village, NYC. Come and enjoy this wonderful piece of performing art! 

Webseries FOURSKINS

July 2015

I'm happy to announce that I will be part of the new comedic webseries FOURSKINS created by recent graduates from PACE University. My role will be the uptight feminist teacher Mrs. Cummings. So looking forward to the shooting! IMDb Fourskins

THE SEAGULL at the Stella Adler Studio

THE SEAGULL at the Stella Adler Studio

"It's very German, isn't it?" - funnily enough, that's one of my lines as Irina Arkadina, the famous actress, in the new modern version of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull. The cast is brilliant and the director Paul Takacs a real genius. What else to say? Just come and join me for my final production at the Stella Adler Studio! Shows: June 3rd/6th/7th/8th/9th/10th at 7.30pm, Location: Stella Adler Studio

VOID Theater Work in Process Show

VOID Theater Work in Process Show

Come and see me this spring in the VOID Theater Work in Process Show! For details check out our Facebook page.

TRUTH OR DARE - VOID Theater Company

TRUTH OR DARE - VOID Theater Company

I'm thrilled to announce my first show with the VOID Theater Company. Together with an octet of insanely talented female performance artists, headed by the inspiring Leni Mendez, we'll present this fall's work on Tuesday, December 2nd, at 8 pm. For more details about the event, please contact me directly. For more information about the company, click here.

Short film PALINDROME

And another short film with the renowned New York University! Alongside the great actress Kasia Glinka I had the chance to star in Audrey Luciani's PALINDROME following Ingmar Bergman's PERSONA. Very experimental and thrilling! I can't wait to see the result! 

SAY 'AUF WIEDERSEHEN' on Youtube

SAY 'AUF WIEDERSEHEN' on Youtube

The short film SAY 'AUF WIEDERSEHEN' is on Youtube! Last week I had the pleasure to shoot with the talented director, Rohun Reddy, and play the role of a famous German actress with a thick German accent. Have fun watching!

SAY 'AUF WIEDERSEHEN'

THEATRE IS EASY Review

THEATRE IS EASY Review

June 2014

We got a first review from Theatre is Easy for our play 97 ORCHARD ST which was part of the project AROUND THE BLOCK:

"Melody Erfani's play 97 Orchard St, created with writers Laura Jo Hess and Alexander Koo, and composer J.P. Makowski, imagines the history of cultural change in the Lower East Side as a sort of balletic musical chairs. Erfani's direction of the piece focuses on what this type of change might look like rather than trying to explain by using the common discourse. It's most effective because it transcends the noise that is heard daily on blogs and newspapers about neighborhoods being culturally destroyed. 97 Orchard Street is now better known as the address of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum." Theatre is Easy by Jason Rost

AROUND THE BLOCK in New York

AROUND THE BLOCK in New York

This June I'll be part of the theatre project AROUND THE BLOCK, which was created by 5 young ambitious directors from the Lincoln Center Director's Lab. Together with my fabolous cast we present an evening of investigative and community driven theater comprised of five individual short pieces that explore five different neighborhoods in New York City. The 90 minute show takes place in bars, an art gallery and a small theatre in these 5 neighborhoods. For tickets and more details have a look at the project’s website. I am thrilled to be part of this amazing group of writers, composers, dancers, designers, directors and actors and I am looking forward to tonight and the coming week!

Article in German newspaper MAINPOST

Article in German newspaper MAINPOST

Today the German newspaper MAINPOST published a great article about my acting life in New York. A whole page including article and photos was dedicated to myself in the weekend edition. Thanks to the author Susanne Popp!

Welcome to my website

Finally it's done - my own Website! I am looking forward to inform you about all my adventures and achievements in the theatre and movie world. It will be exciting! Have fun browsing the Website!