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Masters Workshop

Criteria for Success in Hollywood

Actors & Writers Creative Seminar


Guest Speaker: Bo Svenson

An acting and writing lesson given by Bo Svenson, a 50 year Hollywood veteran (Outlaw, Legacy, Kill Bill Vol 2, Inglourious Basterds).

Actors will learn to appreciate the value of being themselves within the given circumstances of the scene, where writers will learn how to grab the reader, and format their screenplays for maximum impact — and be succinct.


About the Seminar:


The workshop is a positive and uplifting experience — not a critique session!

The workshop focuses on the participants’ unique Inner Self and Personality — the Qualities that determine our success in Life.


Actors will on camera render stanzas of Hamlet’s speech to the Players — perhaps the finest acting ‘lesson’ ever written — after which the actors and Bo will talk about the actors’ experience.


The first page of each writer’s screenplay — with the title but without the writer’s name so to keep the writer anonymous — will be placed on an overhead projector and discussed to ascertain if the writer successfully conveyed the story’s setting.


Prior to Attend:



Practice Hamlet’s “Speech to the Players” (Act III, Scene II – A Hall in the Castle). Prepare the speech that begins with: “Speak the speech, I pray you” and ends with “they imitated humanity so abominably.” Although the actors don’t have to memorize the speech — they may read it if they like — they are encouraged to learn as much of the speech as possible and be ‘off book’.


Prepare a hard copy of the first page of your screenplays, with the play title but without the writer’s name. An electronic copy should also be submitted to with the subject starting with “Screenplay for Seminar”.

Date and Time:

December 7, 2017
9:30 AM – 1:00 PM


Vancity Theatre
1181 Seymour St,
Vancouver, BC V6B 3M7